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7 Questions with Sagar Chaudhuri
7 Questions with Sagar Chaudhuri

Name: Sagar Chaudhuri

Current title: CEO

Current organisation: HiFives

CEO and Founder of HR Tech Saas Company - HiFives. 22+ years of overall corporate experience in tech, management and operations. Graduated from IIT Kharagpur and IIM Lucknow

https://www.linkedin.com/in/sagarchaudhuri/

7 Questions with Sagar Chaudhuri

1. What have you found most challenging as a leader of a small or medium enterprise?

Being able to allocate sufficient resources to critical long-term projects or initiatives

2. How did you become a leader of an SME? Can you please briefly tell the story?

After working 12 years in the corporate sector, I decided to start out on my own; something that I always wanted to do.

3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?

Workout-Work-Workout-Work-Sleep. I try to squeeze in meals and other chores whenever I can.

4. What's the most recent significant leadership lesson you've learned?

To never give up and maintain your cool throughout - there is always a way out.

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?

Rich Dad, Poor Dad - it changed my perspective of how I look at money and making money.

6. How do you build leadership capacity in an SME?

I try to empower people wherever possible, it often happens automatically because we have scarce resources.

7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a leader of an SME so far?

I had an appointment with an HR Leader of an organization where we wanted to sell HiFives. Apparently she had forgotten all about the meeting and was busy with her other meetings, lunches, etc. All this time I was seated at the visitor lobby waiting for her. I took out my laptop and started doing my work. After 4 hours, she happened to pass by (I hadn't met her before) and noticed me. Then the security person informed her that I was actually waiting for her. Finally, we had the meeting and we signed her up as a client.