IM­AGE RIGHT!

Ekta Tarun Wasan on pro­vid­ing cus­tomised train­ing pro­grammes.

Savvy - - Savvy Achiever - Ekta Tarun Wasan By Bha­vana Choud­hari

Ekta Tarun Wasan is a self-trained fash­ion en­thu­si­ast, en­tre­pre­neur and de­signer. She had the vi­sion of launch­ing the Wasan Knowl­edge Hub after re­al­is­ing that the need of the hour is a fin­ish­ing, eti­quette and im­age in­dus­try in In­dia. She be­lieves in com­plete per­sonal in­volve­ment in ev­ery­thing she does.

Ex­cerpts from the in­ter­view... Could you please cue us into your work mantras? One mantra that I go by is cre­at­ing a col­lab­o­ra­tive work en­vi­ron­ment. I firmly be­lieve that nei­ther the em­ploy­ees nor the or­ga­ni­za­tion can work in­de­pen­dently. All the units and func­tions should be cued in to­gether. For me, no idea is triv­ial, no func­tion is unim­por­tant and ev­ery per­son adds value in the over­all suc­cess of an or­ga­ni­za­tion. What are the chal­lenges that you have faced so far? Start­ing a com­pany from scratch is not an easy feat. Ev­ery day there are new chal­lenges - right from un­der­stand­ing the mar­ket, to en­sur­ing the qual­ity of cour­ses, to find­ing the right fit. More­over, I de­cided to ven­ture into the train­ing, fin­ish­ing and con­sult­ing in­dus­try which is not a need­based, but an aware­ness-based in­dus­try. To make a mark in the mar­ket was not very easy. But with the sup­port of my fam­ily and the right de­ci­sions along the way, I could achieve a lot in a short span of time.

What are your suc­cess mantras? Suc­cess can­not be achieved overnight. It re­quires ded­i­cated ef­fort, lots of hard work, per­se­ver­ance and most im­por­tantly, it re­quires be­liev­ing in your­self and your val­ues and ethos. When I take up any task, I make

sure that the ba­sic mix is in place - op­ti­mism, plan­ning, pas­sion, in­no­va­tion and courage. Also I be­lieve in ac­cept­ing fail­ures grace­fully and learn­ing from them. More­over, stay­ing grounded is some­thing which has helped me im­mensely. My big­gest suc­cess mantra is to work in such a way that suc­cess makes noise.

How do you strike a balance be­tween your per­sonal and pro­fes­sional life? Women are de­signed to multi-task. Hav­ing said that, we are not su­per­heroes. Bal­anc­ing both sides be­comes dif­fi­cult at times, but I be­lieve in hav­ing a pro­fes­sional setup which is on auto pi­lot. Iden­ti­fy­ing the right fit for a job and then em­pow­er­ing my team to make de­ci­sions and to take on re­spon­si­bil­i­ties not only in­creases team fo­cus, but also helps me con­cen­trate on strate­gic de­ci­sion mak­ing. On the per­sonal front, I make sure that I switch off for some time at least so that I get to spend qual­ity time with my fam­ily

What are your plans for the fu­ture? My aim is to take Wasan Knowl­edge Hub pan In­dia not only in the met­ros, but also in Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities, where peo­ple are aware that they need to up­skill them­selves.

What is your mes­sage to young, as­pir­ing en­trepreneurs? Be­lieve in your­self. If you have an idea, start to­day. There is no bet­ter time than now. It does not mean you must quit your job and jump into some­thing on a whim. Take cal­cu­lated, small steps ev­ery day. Grow ev­ery day and set goals for your­self. Al­ways re­mem­ber, we have the abil­ity to achieve ab­so­lutely any­thing we set our minds to.

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