Bill Helped me Build My Team

The Economic Times - - Disruption: Startups & Tech - Dhruv Agar­wala

things, and hav­ing some­one around, who has been in sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tions, as a sound­ing board is ex­tremely help­ful. Ear­lier in my ca­reer I never had a for­mal men­tor-mentee re­la­tion­ship with any­one. How­ever, dur­ing my ten­ure with GE, I looked up to Bill Wood­burn, who used to be the CEO of GE-Spe­cialty Ma­te­ri­als, and took his ad­vice. That helped me come a long way. It was Bill who helped me un­der­stand that the only way to be suc­cess­ful in your ca­reer is to al­ways keep your ca­pa­bil­i­ties ahead of your salary and des­ig­na­tion ex­pec­ta­tions. For me, the big­gest take­away was that one should fo­cus sin­gle-mind­edly on one’s work, build the right skillsets and ca­pa­bil­i­ties and ef­fec­tively com­plete the task at hand and good things would au­to­mat­i­cally fol­low. This learn­ing has helped me as an en­tre­pre­neur in build­ing a great team be­cause I have hired peo­ple who are mo­ti­vated by a big­ger pur­pose in life as op­posed to those who are merely driven by high salaries and fancy ti­tles.

(As told to Var­sha Bansal)

THE BIG LES­SON

Bill Wood­burn

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