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Meet Manisha Girotra: Her Journey From Delivering Pizzas To Chairperson For Swiss Bank In India

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Meet Manisha Girotra: Her Journey From Delivering Pizzas To Chairperson For Swiss Bank In India

When she started her career in investment banking some 17 years ago, she reminded the days when businessmen she met would hesitate to shake hands with her. Traditionally, men who kept up their etiquette would rather do a ‘namaste’ and wonder what they are supposed to do with a women entrepreneur like Manisha Girotra.

She now stands tall taking up roles as the Managing Director and Chairperson for Swiss bank UBS in India. In a country like India, where there still exists some gender inequality, Manisha Girotra managed to be on the list ‘The most powerful women in business in India.’

After graduating from the Delhi School Of Economics, she was one among those freshly hired 50 employees of Grindlays Bank. She was then absorbed into their investment banking division. Manisha then occasionally doubled up as a pizza delivery girl in the same office.

Like any other women in India, she too got married at the age of 24. Her husband Sanjay Agarwal today heads the finance department at Deutsche Bank in India. Manisha’s tough times started as her husband was posted in Delhi while she had to leave for Mumbai.
After a year more in Mumbai in the same Grindlays Bank, she was then welcomed by UBS bank in investment banking.

When she was just 33 years old, she became the CEO at UBS. As this was her first step towards growth, another major change in her life happened after her birth of her daughter Tara. However, Manisha welcomed this delightful storm. Working for 20 hours with a baby was becoming tougher for her. Yet, she feels, in her entire 25 years of her professional life, this was the toughest task for her. She still remembers, after four months of her delivery, she along with her daughter would pack the bags and go to work with her. She would keep her in a hotel beside the office and would juggle her work and nurse the baby.

After 20 years of service at UBS, she quit the job to help her ex-boss set up at Moelis. And now, she is the country head CEO of India for Moelis and Company.

She bagged many titles to her kitty which included “Young Global Leader” in 2010 by the World Economic Forum, she was one of the “15 Women To Watch In Asia” by Forbes in 2008, one of the “50 Women To Watch” in the annual Wall Street Journal survey in 2007. Manisha Girotra also appeared in Business Today’s “25 Most Powerful Women in Business” in India for the past five years and was also honored with “50 Most Powerful Women In Business” by Fortune India in 2014.

Well, by this we can say time is indeed changing for India’s women executives.

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  1. Pavi

    March 5, 2017 at 10:52 am

    Inspirational

    • Nishitha

      March 18, 2017 at 4:33 pm

      Thank You!

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7 Books That Could Change Your Life

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A book always opens up the doors to new possibilities and ideas. You just need to be open to new suggestions. The right books will make you invincible, by providing you with gems you can not find anywhere else. Here we have a list of books which will change your life, only if you let them.

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert is about preaching the message, we are all are inherently creative. Big Magic is a motivational and inspirational read, it makes the reader want to create something spectacular.

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

“You are the masterpiece of your own life. You are the Michelangelo of your own life.” This is the message this book conveys. If you are ever in a slump pick this up, it is a light and easy read, The Secret will leave you with a new energy and a new perspective on life.

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

Charles Duhigg takes us on a journey with this book, he includes real life examples and success stories. Duhigg employs scientific discoveries to provide us with a logical explanation about why we do, what we do in life and how to change it.

Crushing It! by Gary Vaynerchuk

The author of this book Gary Vaynerchuk writes “Are you going to be part of the revolution? My hope is that Crushing It! will be the inspiration and strategy for you to understand how it’s not only possible, but practical to do the same.” It is a self help book for entrepreneurs to build their businesses.

Startupland:How Three Guys Risked Everything to Turn an Idea into a Global Business By Mikkel Svane

Startup Land is a realistic account of how three guys dove into the startup industry. They documented their struggles and successes in this book. The story effortlessly conveys the message you just need to be you to succeed at your passion.

Four Thousand Days: My Journey from Prison to Business Success By Duane Jackson

An entertaining an inspiring story of a young man, who turned his life over after being arrested for possession of drugs. The author tells his story about building and selling his business and how he became a millionaire.

Rework By Jason Fried

A New York Times bestseller, Rework, is a business book, that is unlike the rest. Rework does not give you the same old advice, it provides you with realistic, better, faster and easier ways to succeed in your business.

Have you read any of these books? If so let us know how you liked it in the comments below!

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How Steve Jobs Convinced Tim Cook To Work For Apple

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Timothy Donald Cook, also known as Tim Cook, is the Chief Executive Officer of Apple. Cook is a well known American business executive and an engineer. Tim is behind the company which runs the most profitable business in America. Last year, Apple brought in more than $ 48 billion in net income.

Steve Jobs, the co founder of Apple, introduced Tim Cook to the company. In an interview with Bloomberg, Tim was quoted saying working for Steve Jobs was “liberating.” He added, if he had a “really big” idea, he would just simply bring it to Steve Jobs, if Jobs liked it he would just say “OK” and let Tim work on it.

“It was like a total revelation for me that a company could run like this, because I was used to these layers and bureaucracies and studies the sort of paralysis that companies could get into and Apple was totally different,” said Cook.

Tim Cook celebrates his seventh anniversary as Apple’s CEO after being with Apple for 14 years. He took over the company in 2011 after the passing of Steve Jobs. Jobs died after a long battle with cancer at the age of 56.

Steve Jobs’ desire to move into the consumer space for Apple and his lack of interest in growing financially convinced Cook to join Apple. In his first  interview in 1998 for the position, Cook wanted to join Apple within five minutes of meeting Steve Jobs. Cook was so mesmerized with Jobs charm and the way he ran the company, he resigned from his job at Compaq the next day, he did not look back from Apple ever since.

Cook adapted the role as the CEO seamlessly, he calls the job “his oxygen.” He built a reputation as a demanding boss, he holds marathon meetings, questions everything and is constantly emailing employees.

Talking about how Cook’s Apple is going to be different he said, “I love museums, but I don’t want to live in one. Steve taught us to not focus on the past. Be future focused.”

 

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At work, everything is at a high priority, how do you then structure your list of priorities with everything you need to accomplish. Knowing how to structure your priorities, is a key skill to have. To hit deadlines, you need to follow these steps and make your life easier, for you and your colleagues.

Write a to do list

Even though, you know everything you need to get done, it is best if you jot down everything with the deadline date. Do not worry about the order, just brain dump, small tasks as well as big tasks on to the list. From walking the dogs to finishing up a work related document that is due in two hours.

Identify what is urgent

After writing everything down, look at the things needed to be done the quickest, the work, if not done as soon as possible can have negative consequences. That work related document which is now due in an hour and fifty minutes.

Assess value

Look at the leftover tasks, and identify tasks adding the most value to the company upon completion. You should be able to recognize what tasks provide you or your organisation with the most value. If there is cooking food on your list, it would be helpful to do that before embarking to do everything else on an empty stomach.

Rearrange the tasks

After identifying the work needed to be done first and the work garnering the most value when completed. It is time to rearrange the tasks requiring the most effort. The easiest way to do this is by employing a prioritisation method by Brian Tracy. It focuses on your feelings towards the task.

In the words of Mark Twain, if the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you can go through the day with the satisfaction of knowing it is probably the worst thing going to happen to you all day long. With this ideology in mind, get the worst task done first.

  1. Things you do not want to do and you do not need to do.
  2. Things you do not want to do but actually, need to do.
  3. Things you want to do and actually need to do.
  4. Things you want to do and do not need to do.

Remember you only have twenty four hours in a day, make sure you do not bite off more than you can chew.

 

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