Name: Prashanta Upreti
Title: CEO & Technical Support Engineer
Organisation: Unheard Stories
I am Prashanta Upreti, and I hold a degree in software engineering from the University of Northampton, along with a Postgraduate Certificate in Project Management Information Technology. Over the past few years, I have actively embraced various roles in the IT industry to foster my professional growth. I firmly believe that transformation is attainable through a constructive approach and by identifying recurring patterns. My strength lies in my capacity to effectively engage with communities, facilitating the enhancement of processes and saving valuable time.
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I hope Prashanta's answers will encourage you in your leadership journey. Enjoy!
1. What have you found most challenging as a leader?
Trying to make it right by balancing things. Cause the difference between right and wrong / true or false is how we balance it. Cause a lot of things are connected with each other only with conflict of interest.
2. How did you become a leader? Can you please briefly tell the story?
My goal was to create something better in life with different portfolio. I was interested in helping people for mutual growth and benefit. The only way we can do it is by being united with each other. I started my journey by engaging myself in welfare activities. I am open to different views and opinion.
3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?
On a day-to-day basis, I establish specific objectives and diligently work towards their realization. In fair weather conditions, I incorporate outdoor running into my routine, and when this isn't possible due to rain or snow, I opt for indoor workouts, including push-ups and light exercises. This helps me energize myself before I proceed with my tasks for the day.
4. What's a recent leadership lesson you've learned for the first time or been reminded of?
Surrounding might not be good always, so just be careful ,everyone is not nice. Step aways from the environment if there is backbite, select your circle wisely. Wrong person will make small things big issue to stop you. Be unstoppable.
5. What's one book that has had a profound impact on your leadership so far? Can you please briefly tell the story of how that book impacted your leadership?
The power of habits. Why we do, what we do in life and business. Cause we want be productive sometime and our pattern of work will describe why and why not. 'Why not 'can be explained by this book to overcome failure to perform task by using different pattern. This book had help me to reward myself for small thing. Small thing in life will make profound impact.
6. If you could only give one piece of advice to a young leader, what would you say to them?
Be authentic no matter what. There is no negative thing, there is a lesson learned and positive / negative feedback depending upon a different view. Don't be dominated by other ,cause world is not an easy place anymore. 6 can be 9 when you turn it.
7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a leader, so far?
Recognizing and respecting the cultural context and priorities is an essential aspect of effective client engagement. In my interactions, I emphasized understanding the client's values and sentiments rather than solely focusing on their specific requirements. This approach allowed me to establish a strong rapport and ultimately secure the deal. Scope creep should always be considered.