"Self-blame or self-pity in tough cir­cum­stances stops women from be­com­ing lead­ers"

DQ Channels - - Channel pulse - SRIVIDYA KAN­NAN Founder-Di­rec­tor, Avaali So­lu­tions

Hav­ing been in the fi­nance field was not an easy task; but she took it as a chal­lenge and to­day she is the Founder-Di­rec­tor of Avaali So­lu­tions. We are talk­ing about Srividya Kan­nan whose of­fice cabin wall poster de­picts the life she is lead­ing with words writ­ten “Dream Big & make it Pos­si­ble”.

“I’ve al­ways wanted to chal­lenge my­self. I’m never happy with easy, very pre­dictable jobs. Right from early on in my ca­reer un­til to­day, I’m in my best flow when the task is up­hill and when some­thing dif­fi­cult needs to be done. I’ve got in­volved early in my ca­reer to col­lect over 300 crores in bad debts by fil­ing civil, crim­i­nal suits and at­tach­ing prop­er­ties. I used to spend most of my days in courts and with law firms. Ev­ery­one thought it was not ap­pro­pri­ate for me to be do­ing such “manly” jobs, but I was sim­ply ex­cited to col­lect th­ese long pend­ing out­stand­ings from de­fault­ers.”

Let us know more about her…

FAM­ILY BACK­GROUND

Born to a mid­dle-class fam­ily, in a fam­ily of five, we led a sim­ple but very pos­i­tive life­style. My par­ents im­bibed us with great val­ues early in our child­hood. My hus­band Kan­nan, my beloved teenage daugh­ter and my lovely golden re­triever make my life com­plete. I’m for­tu­nate to have a great per­son to help with our do­mes­tic chores who is more now part of our fam­ily.

ED­U­CA­TIONAL BACK­GROUND

I com­pleted my post-grad­u­a­tion in Busi­ness Man­age­ment from Mumbai af­ter my Bach­e­lors De­gree in Com­merce. I also si­mul­ta­ne­ously com­pleted my Cost Ac­count­ing from In­sti­tute of Cost and Works Ac­coun­tants.

PRIN­CI­PLE IN LIFE

There is no magic po­tion, only hard work and per­sis­tence will lead to re­sults

FAS­CI­NA­TION FOR IT FIELD

I started my ca­reer in the hard-core fi­nance space. In work­ing with var­i­ous en­ter­prises, I re­al­ized the huge op­por­tu­nity with tech­nol­ogy, back in early 2000’s. In those days, even in­ter­net, net­work­ing and hard­ware in­fra­struc­ture was ex­cit­ing, with the im­mense pos­si­bil­i­ties to shrink ge­ogra­phies and get peo­ple to­gether. I was for­tu­nate to get some great op­por­tu­ni­ties in the IT con­sult­ing and ser­vices sec­tor when I switched over to man­age IT sales for the fi­nan­cial ser­vices sec­tor.

ACHIEVE­MENTS

When I first moved from fi­nance to IT sales, I took on the re­spon­si­bil­ity to han­dle two large bank­ing ac­counts – one of which had blacklisted the com­pany and never did busi­ness with us for over 10 years. We won a large en­gage­ment there in the first 12 months of my en­gage­ment. I’ve done a va­ri­ety of roles from fi­nance, IT sales, partners and al­liances, busi­ness op­er­a­tions, to in­ter­nal train­ing and en­able­ment and com­pet­i­tive in­tel­li­gence. Ev­ery role I chose were the ones which had a fair share of chal­lenges or where some­thing new was needed to be built. With so many ex­pe­ri­ences, my life has been full of learn­ings and con­tin­ual growth. Af­ter all, with­out th­ese, there is no mean­ing of any achieve­ment.

MOTTO FOR SUC­CESS AT WORK­PLACE

Fo­cus on de­liv­er­ing the job no mat­ter what. You can ei­ther de­liver re­sults or can give rea­sons. Work is like med­i­ta­tion, when the mind is fully fo­cused, re­sults will have to come.

STRATE­GIES WITH WOMEN CAN ACHIEVE A MORE PROM­I­NENT ROLE IN OR­GA­NI­ZA­TIONS

As much as I think about it, the passion to­wards ones’ goals and never say die at­ti­tude needs to be very strong. Fam­ily sup­port is im­per­a­tive with­out which progress is very dif­fi­cult. Hence, it is im­por­tant to share our goals with our fam­ily and get them on our side. It is equally im­por­tant to keep a back-up sup­port sys­tem handy at all times to sup­port on the home-front.

Net­work­ing and es­tab­lish­ing good con­nec­tions is im­por­tant to suc­cess. Learn­ing ef­fec­tive lead­er­ship is an it­er­a­tive process and is like learn­ing any skill – it re­quires per­sis­tence and will­ing­ness to learn from fail­ures. When cir­cum­stances are tough, there is a ten­dency for women to in­dulge in self­blame or self-pity. This is the first thing that needs to be taken off from the mind. In­te­grat­ing lead­er­ship into one’s core iden­tity is im­por­tant and is an it­er­a­tive process. When the pur­pose, passion and will is strong, suc­cess will have to fol­low.

ONE LEAD­ER­SHIP LES­SON LEARNT

Build­ing a core team who carry strong passion and pur­pose is im­per­a­tive. Noth­ing can ever be achieved in iso­la­tion.

THOUGHT FOR DIF­FI­CULT TIMES

I try to fo­cus on all the pos­i­tives – even in dif­fi­cult times, there is al­ways some­thing pos­i­tive that can be counted.

AD­VICE FOR BUD­DING EN­TRE PRENEURS

Keep the en­ergy go­ing, with per­sis­tence comes suc­cess.

SRIVIDYA KAN­NAN, Founder-Di­rec­tor of Avaali So­lu­tions

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