10 Ways To Get Ahead
VINITA SINGHANIA, MANAGING DIRECTOR OF J. K. LAKSHMI CEMENT LTD, OFFERS SOME SOUND ADVICE
1 BE BRAVE IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY
Challenges provide you the opportunity to grow as a human being, gain a fresh perspective or they can motivate you to achieve set targets. Simply put, challenges are a part and parcel of life. What matters is how you decide to act.
2 STRIVE FOR EXCELLENCE
It is a constant quest for excellence that drives me to think and move ahead. Besides this, I have always had a strong need to keep improving. This need to better myself has always been a constant source of motivation.
3 LEARN TO TAKE CRITICISM WITH A PINCH OF SALT
Don’t take yourself so seriously. As an individual one should always be open to criticism. It’s not something to fear. In fact the right words could perhaps prove to be a challenge and motivation.
4 STAY A PERPETUAL STUDENT
Never stop learning. There is never a wrong time to learn new things. You must constantly strive to expand your horizons. Even something simple such as learning a new skill set and language or visiting a new country can change the way you view the world.
5 THE HERO LIES IN YOU
In other words, develop self- confidence. Success comes easy to those who are hard- working, knowledgeable and possess a healthy dose of self belief.
6 IT’S NOT A MAN’S WORLD
Besides the obvious challenges of striking a comfortable work- life balance there were a few initial hiccups when I began working in a business like cement. Other than that my journey as a female business leader in the corporate workplace has been pretty smooth.
7 THINK DIFFERENT
Change your business approach. I firmly believe that our company is a services and solutions provider rather than just a manufacturer of products.
8 FAMILY COMES FIRST
The constant support from my family has helped me sail through many a tough time. My family is my rock and has always had faith in me.
9 EDUCATION BEGINS AT HOME
I come from a large family and have been learning about this business since childhood. For a long time I was not directly involved in the family business but when I started working, all I had seen and heard at home over the years came back to me. Home grown wisdom taught me a lot and helped me understand the tricks of the trade and equipped me with the right skill sets.
10 WITH GREAT POWER COMES GREAT RESPONSIBILITY
Under my leadership, the company has seen a rise in its production capacity from 5 to 15 lakh tonnes in a short span of time. My aim has been to work in the best interests of the company and its employees. I hope to stay the course.
CONCRETE RESULTS After Singhania took over, J. K. Lakshmi Cement Ltd has seen a rise in its levels of production