Friday, August 14, 2015

The Portrait of an Entrepreneur!

Today, the term Entrepreneur in common usage has come to denote anybody who starts and runs his own firm. 
   Its rather, a very simple sounding accomplishment that earns one the title of an Entrepreneur, in reality there is more to it than that meets the eye at a glance.
                Every single person today, at some point contemplates silently in the free space of his mind.The question, “What if I  become someone like Steve Jobs or Bill Gates?” and daydream, rather fantasize with the idea of  starting a business/company, get it to grow and also grow super rich through it. Instant ticket to name, fame and great money.  A honest realistic review of the lives of many great men and many successful Entrepreneurs reveal certain striking similarities.
What is it that makes one successful? 
What uniqueness do they seem to possess which almost guarantees their success? 
On a path alone, often battling mental demons of despair and daring to survive betrayals and setbacks.
He deals constantly with the feeling of being lost, getting nowhere, terrible confusion and great self-doubt rarely showing it.

In this Global age, a person seeking to establish a company is nothing short of creating a kingdom as in the old days.   Just the way a person (in the olden days) would dream to rise up and become a king who builds his mighty kingdom from scratch. Learning his way through great difficulties and displaying great character. Finally emerging victorious in the War, despite of setbacks and failures.  
An Entrepreneur is a leader ,like an Emperor,who has to deal with immensely powerful difficulties , risks and challenges. To be successful in this eternal quest one needs certain traits and unique kind of mind-set. To do things, the general population would never dare go beyond the realm of thought; this person is often seen as Crazy.
A person who is ‘crazy’ enough to trust himself and follow his dream.
‘Crazy’. Not because he just thought he would somehow get plain lucky , but because he trusts his ability to survive despite the prospect of stumbling into a huge disaster. This sounds pure young blood craziness to the typical Indian household setting, thus often , he has to overcome stiff opposition from people closest to him and also have the ability to get people to believe in him and his dream.

He is a person just like you and me, with almost the same set of insecurities and doubts.
Maybe in just a different time or age but the challenges have always remained the same.
Against seemingly immovable obstacles, often crossing new horizons and carving out new paths in his journey, he moves ahead with courage in his heart.
Yet, He does not choose to give up on his dream.
With Guts to be “Crazy enough” to take that one step. The leap of faith, that he can bear it all and ultimately triumph.
He is full aware that the world may not be as supportive or encouraging  as one would require but he trust  himself that he can blossom with or without the sunshine .
He trusts himself to find a way no matter how discouraging a time that may befall him.
No matter how great the hurdles or how grave the setback may be, he never loses sight of his  triumph and victory.
This is the legendary ‘Spirit’ of an Entrepreneur’s soul.                                                                        

The above, clearly outlines the attitude that is crucial for a Entrepreneur.
The next step to take would ideally be a SWOT analysis of himself which ultimately results in the realization of adequate knowledge in diverse fields concerning his idea and management of a company.
Pretty much like a Prince who learns the theoretical principles from his Guru and sets out into the kingdom to test himself and also learn how to implement and discover new ways to handle his subjects.
An Entrepreneur must also seek to know everything recorded and verified in the field in which he intends to enter.
                              The books are the starting point. Often, most of the written work in a book would mimic in “Personality Development Category”,I.e. they are really good interesting reads, provide an amazing motivational boost with apparent ready-made solutions and ways, but sadly nothing worthwhile can be  learnt that easily in reality.
Not everything can be learnt from reading a text book. As in Economics, most of the principles that are discussed are with a condition that most other factors remain constant. It is also a fact that in today’s rapidly changing world the uncertainty and change are constant.

            In order to be a successful Entrepreneur, one needs lot of practical first-hand knowledge of how the things happen in the actual world.
He also needs to develop the essential ‘knack’ of knowing when the established principals of business work and when to chart a new way going against ‘expert’ advice. 

How to gain a First-hand experience?

Ideally join (or intern at) an established firm and get to know the way things are actually done in the world. Often many companies guard their secrets with stringent security to ensure they don’t face plagiarism.
Just to learn about the functioning of a corporate entity one needs to be a part of one.
Most people would have to wait to graduate out of college to be able to earn a ticket into the corporate world. But those who don’t, give up with the society’s apparent norms.
A true Entrepreneur challenges the ways of the world or finds methods to get what he needs.
One of the best way is to be a part of AIESEC.

  1.  Inside view of functioning of a corporate entity.
  2.  Experiential Learning in a global environment.
  3. Programs to develop leadership skills and also team building skills.
  4.  Learn to deal with the big corporate houses out there through the privilege of being an “AIESECer”.
  5. Get to interact with diverse people from different regions of his own country and abroad.
  6. A platform to form great connections and possibly like minded passionate people to work with daily while still being in college.(Get to learn SWOT analysis, brand building, client relationship management, real-time crisis management and many more)
  7. · The Freedom to fail.

          Once a great man, the father of our nation said, “Freedom is not worth having without the freedom to make mistakes.
             Best part is that there will be almost no setbacks as your work will be monitored and guided by experienced, knowledgeable people.
            Ultimately, the aim is to learn as much as possible about the field and also about how a corporate entity functions in the shortest time utilizing the best resources.
Eventually you can proceed to get a MBA or venture out with your start up or enterprise directly after your graduation.


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Young Aspirations!

A challenge to overpower your inhibitions to try new stuff,a chance to do something truly worthwhile with the privilege of having freedom to fail and start fresh with a vengeance to succeed.A platform to enhance and refine your talents and to discover few talents aswell.
   We,the youth of today are bored with our routine college work and seek to do something which is really worthwhile and helps us be a better person by helping us learn and grow in various streams of life!
Nothing beats an AIESEC journey experience to the Entrepreneurial spirit who gets to know first hand running of a corporate entity.A chance to experience learning by working in a corporate environment while still being in college.
Learning to let go that which holds us back and believing in our own abilities.A place to break the cacoon and fly like a butterfly!

Giving wings to Aspirations !


Thursday, April 9, 2015

Nexus throughout the ages. PART 2

21st Century leadership

The philosophy of leadership implicit in leadership development programs of the past is no longer adequate for dealing with the complex problems inherent in communities and organizations today. This implicit philosophy assumes that leadership rests in individuals who must be capable of inspiring and influencing others to solve problems and achieve goals.

Leadership as relationship, revolves around the idea of a network of fluid relationships and is built on the concepts of empowerment, participation, partnership, and service.
A 21st century leader incurs integrity;builds culture, values and internal and external relationships in order to get focused and innovative results.  

21st century leadership is a lot about personal branding. For a 21st century leader, it calls for their character and not the status or position. They have to be genuine and innovative in whatever aspects they choose.

AIESEC is a non governmental, not-for-profit, youth run organization present in 125 countries. It’s vision is “Peace and fulfilment of Humankind’s potential”. AIESEC provides experiential Leadership Experiences through international internships and youth forums. It has been there in Hyderabad since the last 28 years. Two years back AIESEC in Hyderabad started holding the annual stakeholders’ summit, inviting all the stakeholders and clients, 200 in number and giving the corporates and itself an elite platform of networking, hence calling it NEXUS. In 2014, NEXUS took place in AVASA themed as “21st Century leadership.”

This year it is scheduled to take place in ITC Kakatiya on 18th of April, with the theme of “The Corporate Pledge”.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

NEXUS throughout the ages. PART-1

Entrepreneurship Unearthed

Every young dreamers’ actions are what we address as the stepping stones to entrepreneurship. To build oneself into an ever growing entrepreneur, one has to provide their dreams materialized in the form of services. It is important for young entrepreneurs to be adequately self-aware to know what they do not know.
Certainly there is a leap of faith involved, a leap of faith in oneself till the point of obsession to create the ideal. Just like those elements on the periodic table wanting and working to be totally balanced and achieve the perfect configuration, each and every individual in this universe tries to achieve that perfect valency. Hardships, determination, sincerity of the subject may form some of the keywords in an entrepreneur’s diary, because a smooth sea never forms a skillful sailor.
AIESEC is a non governmental, not-for-profit, youth run organization present in 125 countries. It’s vision is “Peace and fulfilment of Humankind’s potential”. AIESEC provides experiential Leadership Experiences through international internships and youth forums. It has been there in Hyderabad since the last 28 years. Every year AIESEC in Hyderabad brings forward NEXUS, the Annual Stakeholders’ summit. It is where all the clients and stakeholders of AIESEC in Hyderabad gather around to discourse the theme of the evening and network with each other. NeXus has happened twice before. It’s inception was laid in 2013 when it took place in N Convention. “Entrepreneurship unearthed.” was the then theme of the evening.
NEXUS 2013 has seen entrepreneurial sessions from Mr. Madhav, Local committee president of AIESEC in Hyderabad in the year 2013; Mr. Birad Yajnik, a proud alumnus of AIESEC in Hyderabad and is also on the Local Board of Advisors, currently the MD of Visual Quest; Ana Escobar, an international intern with AIESEC since 2012, worked at Radisson Blu, a native of Mexico, has enjoyed her time at Hyderabad; Santosh Yellajosula, Abhiram Muddu and Varun Reddy together lead a startup called The Mauka.
NEXUS 2015 this year is scheduled to take place on 18th of April in ITC Kakatiya. NEXUS 2015 centers around the theme of “The Corporate Pledge”.

NEXUS 2015


With the advent of literature, humankind flourished. The seeds to new possibilities grew into assured pledges, bearing the fruits, endeavors and hopes. These hopes form the dreams. Some, worked upon and only some touch the surface of reality. Not every thought conceived sees the light, but only if its shown the fire can it ignite.
Time is quick and quiet, it moves around with the most and might. Successful entrepreneurs and leaders of this era play around with time, risking and creating value. The more difficult the business the more value it adds. Mahatma Gandhi listed business without ethics as one of the seven greatest fears to humankind. Each business is an institution in itself, building upon its own believes and values.These values are the diverse business ethics that any institution or firm confides in and follows. These ethics or values are not definable, is not implementable, because it is not conscious, it involves not only our thinking but also our feelings. And certainly if the ethics are poor at the top, then that behavior is copied down the organisation.
A Corporate Pledge encloses the set of esteemed values and morals which will help in setting up an ideal workplace. And to set that paragon phenomenon today’s leaders and entrepreneurs need to understand the value of the “Corporate Pledge”. It has become a corporate responsibility to do the greater good of all. The Corporate pledge of any company encompasses their actions, the way they do it, it’s impact and experiences generated. The corporate Pledge creates Impact and beautiful experiences; and brings in the sustainable trend.
AIESEC is a non governmental, not-for-profit, youth run organization present in 125 countries. It’s vision is “Peace and fulfilment of Humankind’s potential”. AIESEC provides experiential Leadership Experiences through international internships and youth forums. It has been there in Hyderabad since the last 28 years. This year AIESEC in Hyderabad brings forward the 3rd edition of NEXUS, the Annual Stakeholder’s summit. It is where all the clients and stakeholders of AIESEC in Hyderabad gather around to discourse the theme of the evening and network with each other. NEXUS 2015 centers around the theme of “The Corporate Pledge”.


Sunday, May 18, 2014

Everyone values quality. It is what qualifies a brand and many times becomes the only thing that does so. Excellent quality, that consumers value, appears to be almost magical. A new watch from that snappy brand or a new laptop from the most fashionable technology giant, adds a hint of fantasy to everyone's life. 

Many organisations are often trying to replicate these results. After all, everyone wants to be the most sought after commodity in their respective markets. Not only organisations, but individuals as well. 

We all wonder, at various points, how can we create magic?

Magic isn't easy to create. Most of it, if not all, lies outside our comfort zones.To reach it, we must push our boundaries and broaden our horizons. We must challenge the status quo and overcome innumerable hurdles. We must strive for excellence. Every thought, action, impulse or decision must be firmly rooted in the concept of excellence. Anything below that should not be tolerated. Yes, it sounds daunting. But then again, for the result to be magical, 'daunting' is a small price to pay.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Passion , inspiration , zeal ,dedication , these are few of the words we often use to describe leadership. All the great leaders of the 20th century, such as Sir Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela. They all are perfect examples to justify this.

However , does the 21st century call for the same kind of leadership that we had witnessed during the 20th ? Every era is believed to have its own set of attributes and challenges . So how is the 21st century leadership different ?

The 21st century encounters opportunities and  difficulties the world has never seen before. Today's dynamic society demands for more leaders. Gone are those days where a mob was merely led by a leader,where the leadership was run on shear autocratic and directive leadership.

The current scenario pushes for leaders to in turn create more leaders, to inspire them , to lead them into believing that they can be more , do more and achieve more. This is the phenomenon of Activating Leadership – a value that AIESEC believes and lives by.

NEXUS – Hyderabad’s Annual Stakeholder’s summit, with its theme as ‘21st Century Leadership’, has taken up the initiative to spread awareness about the current ideology of leadership and the ways in which  it can be evolved to create better leaders.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

"Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost"

Life as we know is dynamic in nature. Everything is in motion. Motion is a sign of life, change and growth. Birds flock and animals wander. What about us? We TRAVEL. We travel to learn, grow and live. We travel to find adventure, for a change and to make memories and tell stories. Let’s look at what a typical traveler will gain by travelling to some other country :

1.Learns new language and culture

Learning a new language and culture is good but living them is even better

2.Makes new friends and builds network

A friend is someone who knows all about you and still stays by your side . It never hurts to make more friends

3.Gets to try new cuisine

Nothing like home cooked meal but our taste buds always have a craving for something new and different, don't they?

4.Learns to adapt to different situations in life

This is one way to put adaptability!

5.Has a lot of stories to tell

6.Looks at life from a different perspective

You never know when the rabbit might turn into a duck. All you need is new perspective

7.Develops understanding and tolerance. Becomes a better person

And the list goes on. The question isn’t, “ Why do you travel? ”, its “ Why don’t you ? ”

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

21st Century Leadership

Leadership is a word , whose frequency of usage has increased with the dawn of 21st century. Leadership means may things to many people. It can simply be defined as “ An act of leading a group ” or it can be personalized and defined as “ Leadership is the capacity to translate vision to reality ” . But leadership in 21st century means “ Positive impact on others and society” .

21st century has brought more changes and challenges than any other millennium before . These changes have changed peoples perspective of leadership.21st century leadership is multidimensional and is based in relationships. It should respond to the unique challenges and opportunities of today. Through shared purposes and aspirations, leadership brings forward new ways of being, knowing and doing, while respecting the developmental nature of the human life .21st Century Leadership is oriented toward being inclusive, collaborative, and of service, to individuals, the social good, and ecological sustainability.

NEXUS is the Annual Stakeholder Summit of AIESEC Hyderabad. It’s an event where all the stakeholders of AIESEC Hyderabad gather to discuss the theme of the event and to network. Our stakeholders include; Alumni , parents , corporate clients ( previous and present ) , Internship participants , partners and NGOs . Our stakeholders are from a wide spectrum, ranging from Social bloggers to HRs. The theme for NEXUS 2014 is “ 21st Century Leadership ”

Saturday, March 8, 2014

AIESEC Hyderabad's Aadhikar-2014

Well speaking in an international perspective, it is well known that the United Nations wing for women called the “UNWomen” is blooming in its core duty, i.e. empowering women globally. The year’s theme for the day is “Equality for women is progress for all”.  Expected to be addressed and attended by Ban Ki-moon, the secretary general of the United Nations. So Women’s day in India is happening and their empowerment seems to be a burning issue. Headlines elsewhere read that “Women’s empowerment in India will take a look at our rich heritage and enlightened societies of the past”, while facing the harsh realities that prevail in modern India. It is quite vivid that women in India have always been treated as a second grade citizen irrespective of fragile promises made by esteemed leaders. The dichotomy of society is something that can only be explained by a refrain from an old Bollywood song: “it happens only in India!”
To have a sneak peek of the hardships faced by Indian women, it is just enough to browse the headlines every morning where each day a new threat emanates threatening their very survival. Right from minor inequality issues to exploding sexual assaults that result in the society tagging them as alive corpses. While there are very few amongst the victims who tend to live a life again unlike the maximum who just survive. When there are cases such like this that shake ones very survival instincts in the Indian society, there are also instances of women who’ve impacted society like no other.  Let’s have a look at the brighter side of the country. Amongst grim happenings with women in India there are also predominant success stories that have been prevailing for quite some time now. The infamous very first IPS officer Kiran Bedi whose ideologies and determination made the country realize the power of a woman. Indra Krishnamurthy Nooyi- The first Indian women to lead the largest beverage business in the world i.e. PepsiCo. Kalpana Chawla, The name defines her achievements which literally were out of this world, etc. Such personalities are present solely to help move the human race ahead.
With Women’s Day today let us benevolently regard the very presence of our mothers, sisters, friends and every woman in this world. It is only humanitarian to believe in the fact that there is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women.
Project Adhikaar – An initiative of AIESEC in Hyderabad envisions in Empowering Women all over the city through workshops felicitated by Internationals and Locals, and impacting close to 60,000 people, as we believe in the saying

“You can tell the strength of the Nation by the women behind its men.”