7 Questions with Hardika
Current title: CEO
Current organisation: Gravity Effects
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1. What have you found most challenging as a leader of a small or medium enterprise?
Business owners aren't clear about what ways are beneficial for them. To give proper knowledge about digital platforms, how useful in different ways.
Despite this, the rise of challenger banks, peer-to-peer lending and alternative lenders is beginning to make funding more accessible to SMEs, a lack of funding can have huge knock on effects for your business, and in particular it can be a huge factor affecting inventory management. If funding is down, businesses will struggle to keep up with demand and may lose out on sales.
2. How did you become a leader of an SME? Can you please briefly tell the story?
I work in a different organization, my education and my experience help me a lot. Design is my passion in any form, and it gives me opportunity.
3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?
Sean's morning I planned for the whole day. I complete my house work and reach the office, meetings, some time I work late night for the next day's task.
4. What's the most recent significant leadership lesson you've learned?
Leadership is hard, but even more so in the time of COVID, where the blurring of work and life is the norm, and we face a never-ending churn of emails, Zoom meetings, and phone calls (along with the occasional kid or pet interruption.) Add to that a genuine desire to be there for your team and the stress of leading in a time of considerable uncertainty, and you're likely struggling; you're doing as much as you can, yet that still doesn't seem like enough.
You're busy but not productive, which leaves you feeling guilty, overwhelmed, and driven to do even more. It's a vicious cycle and one that's unsustainable.
Unless you want to burn out, you need to learn an essential lesson for your sanity and longevity as a leader
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 Secret by Rhonda Byrne is a motivational book that promises to inspire and show us all how to search for, find, and live our dreams. The book gives the message that all of us are heroes in their own way and instructs how to fulfill our dreams. I believe it is one of the most ambitious projects taken up by its publishers, Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster.
6. How do you build leadership capacity in an SME?
Building leadership capacity in a business typically involves establishing a competency model to describe the skills and behaviors required by the company’s leaders. Using self-assessment tools, employees determine which skills they lack. Successful companies offer employees workshops, seminars and self-paced training alternatives that ensure the current staff develops the knowledge and experience required to perform executive functions and lead the company in the future.
7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a leader of an SME so far?
APJ Abdul Kalam was among India’s best-known scientists before he became the country’s President. An alumnus of the Madras Institute of Technology, he worked for the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) where he helped launch India’s first satellites into orbit. Later, Kalam worked on developing missiles and other strategic weapons; he was widely regarded as a national hero for leading India’s nuclear weapons tests in 1998. In 2002, Kalam was named the country’s President, and he held that position until 2007. During the Wharton India Economic Forum in Philadelphia, Kalam spoke with India
Knowledge@Wharton about his career as a scientist, his vision for India’s future, and the most important traits for leaders, among other issues.