Monday, 15 January 2018

Its not all about money

"It's not all about money!" coming from a banker, you get foxed.  
But Kirti Sharma is not a conventional banker. She gave up her lucrative career in a bank to become an entrepreneur. Why? Who is Kirti?

Kirti is an alumnus of Birla Balika Vidyapeeth Pilani, one of the finest boarding schools for girls in India. She says "I feel extremely privileged to have completed my Higher Secondary education from there. It also gave me a platform to develop me as a person who never stops learning!" Kirti's exciting and challenging journey then took her to Miranda House, a renowned college in University of Delhi. Kirti credits her college thus "This institution was my cradle of leadership and nurtured me and making me what I am today".

Kirti went on to do her MBA in marketing from IBS Hyderabad. She was my student and took active part in both curricular and co-curricular activities on the campus. Team work at school or college goes a long way in our lives.



Kirti was member of 'Infinity' the movies Club of IBS Hyderabad. It was adjudged the best club. Kirti and other team members with the trophy.

Campus placement at IBS took her to HDFC Life followed by HDFC Bank and then on to ICICI Securities. From a Management Trainee she rose to become a Chief Manager in a record five years. Quite an achievement by all standards. While at HDFC Life, she received ‘Employee of the Year’ award for FY 2013-2014.



Ever keen on learning along with the job, on weekends Kirti enrolled herself for a certification program by National Accreditation Board for Education and Training (NABET), Quality Council of India. Completion of this course with an All India All Time Rank 3 in Train the Trainer program entitled her to become a qualified Soft skills Trainer. Additionally, Kirti also became a certified Image Consultant under the curriculum of Conselle Institute of Image Management, USA. In December 2016, Kirti wrapped up her corporate career, decided to take the leap of faith, and started her entrepreneurial journey. 

From MBA marketing to a Banking career to Image consulting- it has been an exciting journey for Kirti. She shares her entrepreneurial journey of TuaImagis Image Consultancy (http://tuaimagis.comwith us.

Has your entrepreneurial journey been as exciting as you had expected it to be?
My journey till now has been phenomenal and has given me the opportunity to explore myself beyond expectations.

Kirti spoke to us in this exclusive video.


What are the key challenges that you are facing in your enterprise and how do you plan to overcome it?​ 
F    Few challenges are:
a)   Creating a culture of continuous training support
b)  Convincing the decision makers that Soft skills shine the hard skills!

I have committed myself to create value at every interaction level to ensure a collaborative approach with conviction from the participants as well. This ensures outcome and result oriented discussion pre and post training.

Kirti trains not only corporate employees and professionals but also school children. See the picture below at a Municipal School in Mumbai.

What is your message for present students who want to take the entrepreneurial dive?
    One key message is: It’s not all about the money!
 One thing an entrepreneur should clearly understand is that we won’t get rich quick and it will happen eventually. But one needs to be consistent, have patience and faith in oneself!

We thank Kirti for sharing her journey with Ghumakkad. 

This is the third story in the series Proof of the Pudding. It showcases my former students who have become successful entrepreneurs across IndiaGhumakkad has been teaching MBA and PGDM courses at two different colleges namely IBS and VVISM Hyderabad for last 15 years. We  located ten former-students-turned-entrepreneurs through social media. Their ventures may not be huge, but they have followed their heart. They have pursued their passion. It was such a pleasure to reconnect with these former students and to learn their success stories. Thanks are due to each one of them for sharing their journey after graduation.


Name
MBA Graduation
Business Area
Venture Name & Location
MBA(HR) IBS(2010)
Career Coaching
HRscope Consultants, Patna
MBA(HR) IBS (2010)
Entertainment/ Theatre and Performing Arts
XpressionZ, Bangalore
Kirti Sharma
MBA(Mktg) IBS (2012)
Image Consultant, Corporate Trainer
Tualmagis, Mumbai
Aayushi Kasliwal
MBA(Fin) IBS (2013)
Designer Soaps- manufacture and supply
Soapatite, Indore
Preksha Jain
MBA(Mktg) IBS(2013)
Designer Apparels and Accessories
Preksha Jain – The Fashionate, Kolkata
Anjali Raj
BBA IBS(2013)
Healthy Mother, Healthy Baby
ILove9Months, Kochi
Ishita Raksha and Nidhi Upadhyay
BBA IBS(2013)
A Gourmet Dessert Studio
17 Sugar Street, Hyderabad
Sriram Gundepudi
MBA(HR) VVISM(2016)
Employability Skills Training
Digi Freaks,Hyderabad
Amruth Charan
PGDM(Fin) VVISM (2016)
Digital Marketing, Web/App Development
Aresol India, Visakhapatnam


Hope you enjoyed reading the story as much as we did putting it together. More stories of these young entrepreneurs will follow soon. Stay connected.

Thanks for browsing,

    -  Harsh-the-Ghumakkad with editorial support from Deepthi Nair/ 15th Jan 2018 

Postscript: Few responses on the story
Kirti Sharma:
जीवन के हर अंधकार में,
रोशनी दिखाते हैं आप,
बंद हो जाते हैं जब सारे दरवाज़े ,
नया रास्ता दिखाते हैं आप ,
सिर्फ किताबी ज्ञान ही नहीं ,
जीवन जीना सिखाते हैं आप।

Incredible feeling when your Teacher and Mentor showcases your life weaved in such encouraging words.
Thank you so much Sir, your words have uplifted my spirit to add value in every action!


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Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Convert Your Passion into Profession

"I am happy that I have succeeded to convert my passion into my profession and that's the biggest thing you can have in your  life" says Prabudha Saurabh. Prabudha did his MBA from IBS Hyderabad but decided not to participate in campus selection. Fond of Hindi poetry since childhood, he resumed his work as a freelance facilitator for Kavi Sammelan कवि सम्मेलन - a Live Poetry Concert mostly in Hindi and Urdu. He soon became the first professional facilitator of this un-managed industry in 90 years. He worked with more than 100 poets and 150 organizers in two years successfully, although he did not have a banner of his own.
Bitten by the entrepreneurial bug, Prabudha started HRscope Consultants based at Patna. This was a consultancy proprietorship aimed to work in two fields, Training and Placement. "I started with training and I bagged a couple of Personality Development projects in Patna. Next two years were good enough as a startup because HRscope could break even", added Prabudha.


Startup journey has its ups and downs. Prabudha explains it in his poetic way by recalling one of his teachers. "सर ने किताबें कम
ज़िन्दगी ज़्यादा पढ़ाई। हालाँकि उनकी लाख कोशिश के बावजूद मैंने माउंटेनियरिंग की, ट्रेकिंग। लेकिन ज़िन्दगी के पहाड़ पर कैसे चढ़ना है, ये ज़रूर सीखने की कोशिश की। चढ़ता हूँ, फिसलता हूँ, फिर चढ़ता हूँ। ये 
तो चलता रहेगा।"  Prabudha continues to write poetry. He is an excellent communicator too. Here is a short video clip of his stage performance at IIM Calcutta. See how Prabudha relates to the audience consisting of MBA students and quotes the likes of CK Prahalad with ease.

While doing his MBA, Prabudha showed great team work. Here is a picture taken in 2009 when Prabudha led his team to untangle the 'Human Web'.

Prabudha was always a creative person. Apart from poetry, he helped his team in creating the tallest free-standing tower made of newspapers. It's strength was tested by placing a pebble on top of the tower and transporting it across the room. The winning team with Prabudha at the back.

After MBA, when an opportunity came for script writing for a television series Prabudha grabbed it. Called Big Magic, it didn't really take off. It did not deter Prabudha. Back to Patna, Prabudha decided to extend HRscope consultants to his field of expertise, i.e. artist/poet management. He resumed working in the field of Kavi Sammelan in a proper organisational format, this time with a banner of HRscope Consultants.

Has your entrepreneurial journey been as exciting as you had expected it to be? 
The most exciting thing is that I am working in a field that has been my passion and a hobby since childhood. I am too happy that till now I have succeeded to convert my passion into my profession and that's the biggest thing you can have in your professional life. Also, I occasionally get chance to work as a freelance writer. Besides this, I get a chance to work with Bollywood and media celebrities often and learn from them. I wrote the script for Mahakavi series telecast on ABP News channel.

Prabudha's poems have been featured in many publications. Here is a sample of 2016.

Prabudha adds "Today HRscope is working with most of the top organisers in this sector on one side and the leading poets of India on the other side. We are even managing poets for Kavi-Sammelan and shows abroad in countries like Dubai, Kuwait, Oman, Australia, New Zealand, USA and Canada." Prabudha feels lucky to have bagged the brand of the most renowned poet of India, Dr Kumar Vishwas exclusively. HRscope is managing the brands of many other poets and stand up comedians. Prabudha also manages their social media accounts and helps in their grooming etc. On the organiser side, HRscope is providing event design services.

Way Ahead
Prabudha is always looking ahead. He goes on to add "We are facilitating partner poets to make inroads in Bollywood for writing scripts and lyrics for films. The year 2018 will see at least four to five Bollywood films where typical Hindi Kavi Sammelan poets are going to write the lyrics for films, facilitated by HRscope Consultants. We aim to become a production house where it will start with video albums, short movies and later full length feature films."

What are the key challenges that you are facing in your enterprise and how do you plan to overcome it​?​
As far as the challenges are concerned, the biggest challenge is that traditional Kavi Sammelan organisers are not professional in their behaviour or even in their thought processes. So often we have to struggle while communicating with them but on the other hand it is fun also because you come to observe new set of people and new mindset of people and you have something to learn every day.

As far as the plan to overcome the challenges is concerned, there is no master-key for it and you have to deal with every such situation in a different manner.

What is your message for present students who want to take the entrepreneurial dive?​
My message to budding entrepreneurs is that you can deliver your best if you start working in the field of your interest. There are lot of other businesses that may seem to offer you more than what you will earn in the field of your interest. But then earning is not everything. The ultimate satisfaction could be achieved only when you work in the field of your interest and take my words, success is also achievable more easily if you work in the field of your interest.

Prabudha concludes by adding that "You need to come out of your comfort zone to touch the skies." He quotes his own couplet:
'मिया यूँ ही नहीं मिलती है पगड़ी बादशाहत की
सफ़र में रोज़ कोई ताज ठुकराना ज़रूरी है' (- प्रबुद्ध)

In 2009 when I taught at IBS Hyderabad who knew that two of my students from the same class would become successful entrepreneurs? And that both would excel in the entertainment industry! Here is a picture of the class after a management game in the evening at IBS campus. Both Prabudha and Prashant are seen in the picture along with other batch mates of 2008-10.


Prabudha's story is the second in a series titled 'Proof of the Pudding'It showcases Ghumakkad's ten former students who have become successful entrepreneurs in last 15 years. Thanks are due to the following entrepreneurs who came forward to share their stories.


Name
MBA Graduation
Business Area
Venture Name & Location
Prabudha Saurabh
MBA(HR) IBS(2010)
Career Coaching
HRscope Consultants, Patna
MBA(HR) IBS (2010)
Entertainment/ Theatre and Performing Arts
XpressionZ, Bangalore
Kirti Sharma Chaudhury
MBA(Mktg) IBS (2012)
Image Consultant, Corporate Trainer
Tualmagis, Mumbai
Aayushi Kasliwal
MBA(Fin) IBS (2013)
Designer Soaps- manufacture and supply
Soapatite, Indore
Preksha Shah Jain
MBA(Mktg) IBS(2013)
Designer Apparels and Accessories
Preksha Jain – The Fashionate, Kolkata
Anjali Raj
BBA IBS(2013)
Healthy Mother, Healthy Baby
ILove9Months, Kochi
Ishita Raksha and Nidhi Upadhyay
BBA IBS(2013)
A Gourmet Dessert Studio
17 Sugar Street, Hyderabad
Sriram Gundepudi
MBA(HR) VVISM(2016)
Employability Skills Training
Digi Freaks,Hyderabad
Amrut Charan
PGDM(Fin) VVISM (2016)
Digital Marketing, Web/App Development
Aresol India, Visakhapatnam


More stories of these young achievers will follow soon. Stay connected.

Thanks for browsing,

     - Harsh-the-Ghumakkad/ 10th Jan 2018
#Entrepreneurship #IndiaShining #StartupIndia #IBSHyderabad #VVISMHyderabad #GhumakkadHB #GhumakkadHarsh #Theatre #PrashJade #HRScopeConsultants #Entertainment #ProofOfThePudding #PrabudhaSaurabh 


Friday, 5 January 2018

We are not born with an ‘Operating Manual’

"We are not born with an ‘Operating Manual’" answered Prashant 
Jadenavar while describing his entrepreneurial journey. Hailing from Dharwad, a small town in Karnataka he set up his own amateur theatre group called XpressionZ, which is also a registered NGOXpressionZ promotes art mainly theatre by providing a stage to the fresh and unexplored talent. XpressionZ is also a theatrical and behavioural training institute which aims at overall development of students and those who are unable to afford  courses on theatre and acting. It offers these courses free of cost or at a very nominal fee.

The idea of XpressionZ took birth while Prashant was doing his MBA at IBS Hyderabad. It started as a stress buster at the college with just 6 members and later became the full fledged dramatics club. Before Prashant left it had staged 25 productions and grown to 200 members. A seed had been sown.

Prashant armed with an MBA(HR) worked in the corporate sector in multiple roles for many years. His passion for theatre drove him to set up XpressionZ. He had the confidence having undergone rigorous training in theatrical aspects in institutions like Rangyana-Dharwad and National School of Drama. I could personally witness his passion for acting and spontaneity during the role plays which were part of Leadership Development and Change Management, an MBA elective taught by me at IBS. Here are a picture dating back to 2009 where Prashant is enacting the role of a coach to a distraught teenager.



We asked Prashant about his entrepreneurial journey thus far. His response is given below which would be of particular interest to budding entrepreneurs and startups.


1.      Has your entrepreneurial journey been as exciting as you had expected it to be?

Oh Absolutely. The ups and downs, the unexpected challenges, problems, hurdles, the reliefs, the support, everything has been, shall I say, a spicy biryani worth tasting. Once I quit the lucrative corporate job, there were several questions arising, for which I had no answers. I had just one thought, there is nothing called a perfect decision or a perfect life. We are humans, we make mistakes. We are not born with an ‘Operating Manual’. But once we have decided on something, it’s important to hang on. Believe in the decision, in the goal and most important, belief in us. Not miracles, but yes, our abilities. I knew, I was good at writing plays, was able to make people laugh, cry and take them through emotions. Some where I had to start, and that was the day. I respected myself, and then said, “Pack your things and let’s start the journey”
What are the key challenges that you are facing in your enterprise and how do you plan to overcome it​?​
Key challenges I would say, referring to the porter’s five force model.
Bargaining power of Customers:
As an artist, I always wish to tell a story as effectively as possible. But sometimes it so happens, that a story is applauded by a particular set of audience, would face criticism at another place. So our audience bargains, at every level, may it be experience or for a price for experience.

Bargaining Power of suppliers:
The venue. Auditoriums, are not available most of the time or the increase in the tariffs of the audis, make it difficult sometimes. Most cases venue also has a say about the genre of story they would like their set of audience to hear.

Threat of Duplication:
This is one of the major threat. Hence we don’t usually put up videos of our shows on the social media but for small clippings. But no matter, however careful we are, stories get leaked sometimes, people do steal stories.

New entrants:
This isn’t actually a problem, unless the new set of people are upto the standards. But if they are not sincere about the work. Then it so happens that it hampers our work as well. It’s like I have a field of good crops, and some one has a bad one beside my field, eventually my crops get spoilt too.

Industry Rivalry:
The entertainment industry is such where we find cut throat competition and rivalry. The extent to which people go to succeed is unimaginable. But it also helps us be on our toes and be in the game. After all, our character is known by our friends and our capacity by our enemies.

Solutions:
Overcoming this, well, we keep taking feedbacks in a constructive way, brainstorm with the team and take a decision. Basically it’s trial and error all the time. Reinvent ourselves, adapt to the situations quickly and make necessary changes. Most of all, if we feel difficulty in attaining our goal, we change the path, or strategy, not the goal. We just hang on.


3.     What is your message for present students who want to take the entrepreneurial dive?​
No one cares if you win, lose, succeed or get lost. So just follow your heart, grit, and don’t be so serious but be sincere in whatever you do. Enjoy the journey, after all it is beautiful than the destination itself.


Prashant shares his practical tips on transforming your dreams into reality in a one-minute video. Thanks Prashant for this clip recorded exclusively for Ghumakkad.


Prashant went on to do his PhD. He is a NET qualified teacher of 
the Universities Grants Commission, India. Dr Prashant is not the one who will rest on his oars. He has staged more than 300 productions and written 50 plays himself! He also conducts theatre workshops for school and under privileged children. Few pictures.



Prashant has won many awards. But his humility keeps him 
grounded.



Prashant's story is the first in a series titled 'Proof of the Pudding'
It showcases Ghumakkad's ten former students who have become successful entrepreneurs in last 15 years. Thanks are due to the following entrepreneurs came forward to share their stories.

Name
MBA Graduation
Business Area
Venture Name & Location
Prabudha Saurabh
MBA(HR) IBS(2010)
Career Coaching
HRscope Consultants, Patna
Prashant Jadenavar
MBA(HR) IBS (2010)
Entertainment/ Theatre and Performing Arts
XpressionZ, Bangalore
Kirti Sharma Chaudhury
MBA(Mktg) IBS (2012)
Image Consultant, Corporate Trainer
Tualmagis, Mumbai
Aayushi Kasliwal
MBA(Fin) IBS (2013)
Designer Soaps- manufacture and supply
Soapatite, Indore
Preksha Shah Jain
MBA(Mktg) IBS(2013)
Designer Apparels and Accessories
Preksha Jain – The Fashionate, Kolkata
Anjali Raj
BBA IBS(2013)
Healthy Mother, Healthy Baby
ILove9Months, Kochi
Ishita Raksha and Nidhi Upadhyay
BBA IBS(2013)
A Gourmet Dessert Studio
17 Sugar Street, Hyderabad
Sriram Gundepudi
MBA(HR) VVISM(2016)
Employability Skills Training
Digi Freaks,Hyderabad
Amrut Charan
PGDM(Fin) VVISM (2016)
Digital Marketing, Web/App Development
Aresol India, Visakhapatnam


More stories of these young achievers will follow soon. Stay connected.

Thanks for browsing,

     - Harsh-the-Ghumakkad/ 5th Jan 2018