10 Ways To Get Ahead

THE SPUNKY CHIEF COM­MER­CIAL OF­FI­CER OF THE IN­DIAN OP­ER­A­TIONS OF AIR ASIA TELLS US WHAT IT TAKES TO GET TO THE TOP.

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1 KEEP MOV­ING

Be pre­pared to move from one sit­u­a­tion to an­other, be­cause in life it’s im­por­tant to ex­pe­ri­ence both the good and the bad. Be will­ing to learn and un­learn stuff. The trick is to see it as a cy­cle and start en­joy­ing both the ups and the downs.

2 GIVE YOUR­SELF SOME CREDIT

Be­ing a women doesn't mean you’ve al­ways got to be self- sac­ri­fic­ing. It’s im­por­tant to fo­cus on your ca­pa­bil­i­ties and your dreams. Re­mem­ber your in­di­vid­u­al­ity is not de­fined by just be­ing some­one’s mother, wife or daugh­ter.

3 BE CREATIVE

Al­low your­self to be creative and trust your imag­i­na­tion. In­no­va­tion will teach you how to han­dle cus­tomers bet­ter.

4 LOVE WHAT YOU DO

It’s ex­tremely es­sen­tial to love what you do. Don’t work just for a pay cheque. I love my job; it’s both a choice and a ne­ces­sity as I love ev­ery bit of the daily ac­tion at work.

5 THE CUS­TOMER IS THE CEN­TRE OF GRAV­ITY

No mat­ter how big or small a brand, it’s es­sen­tial to never for­get how to look at sit­u­a­tions from the per­spec­tive of a con­sumer. If the de­ci­sions you take recog­nise the needs and wants of a buyer, it’s likely to work as a prod­uct.

6 DON’T PRE­TEND

It’s al­right if you’re not a pro­fes­sional Wikipedia. You don’t have to al­ways know ev­ery­thing. Ask ques­tions and learn from col­leagues and your boss. You’ll never earn re­spect if you’re al­ways fak­ing it.

7 LEARN TO FIND BAL­ANCE

This is eas­ier said than done but you will be con­tent only if you are able to find some mea­sure of hap­pi­ness in your pro­fes­sional and per­sonal life. Com­pro­mis­ing on ei­ther front is not a good idea.

8 BE HU­MAN

No mat­ter how high you climb on the ca­reer lad­der or how much money you earn, at the end of the day, you’re still a hu­man be­ing. Your ba­sic needs still re­main the same: Three meals a day, a loving fam­ily and friends and get­ting a good night’s sleep.

9 KEEP THE CHILD IN YOU ALIVE

Suc­cess­ful peo­ple have the abil­ity to main­tain a child- like en­ergy and en­thu­si­asm about ev­ery new pro­ject. Learn to recog­nise each new pro­ject for the op­por­tu­nity it brings.

10 BE A TEAM PLAYER

You can drive your own ca­reer and choose your own set goals but don’t for­get the value of get­ting along with a team. Your team is your life sup­port and you can­not move ahead with­out them. Re­mem­ber, a true leader is one who’s also a gen­er­ous men­tor.

LO­CA­TION COURTESY: Eros Ho­tel Man­aged by Hil­ton Nehru Place Pho­to­graph by VIKAM SHARMA/ www. in­di­a­to­day­im­ages. com

SKY’S THE LIMIT: Malaysian bud­get car­rier Air Asia is all set to start In­dian op­er­a­tions later this year along with its joint ven­ture part­ners Tata Sons and Te­lestra Trade­place

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