EMINENT PANELISTS DISCUSS PREREQUISITES OF GOING GLOBAL
Kochi: Indian enterprises are also part of the global movement for ushering in Industry 4.0. However, it is only the cream of the Indian entrepreneurship which has made its presence felt globally even when enormous amount of talent and potential remains under-tapped or untapped in the country.
What does it take for a successful Indian entrepreneur to go global? Sandith Thandasherry, CEO, Navalt Solar & Electric Boats; Dr. Alpha Tom Kodamullil, Director, Alpha Tom Casualty Service; Sree Sivanandan, Director, NetworkOnomy.com and Shihab Mohammed, CEO, Survey Sparrow discussed the theme in a panel discussion titled ‘Moving Indians to the Global Scenario’ moderated by Vivek Krishna Govind, Senior Partner, Varma and Varma Chartered Accountants and Immediate Past President, Kerala Management Association (KMA).
“Physical movement of Indians to other countries has been on the rise. Indians go out to utilise the skills and expertise they have. But in terms of creating an impact have we done enough? One has to really be passionate. Should be ready to move out of comfort zones,” said Sivanandan.
According to Sandith, the main aim of an entrepreneur, who wishes to take his product to the international market, should be to build better and cheaper products. “Only then it can disrupt the norms,” he said. He also said the country should reward the entrepreneurs who come out with environment-friendly products more. “There are certain markets where you would get paid for going green. But this is not the case in India,” Sandith said.
Being a scientist-cum-entrepreneur in the panel, Dr. Alpha Tom stressed the importance of having a good team which, in turn, can help an individual in managing work-life balance.
“The team can be your family or colleagues or the employees you have. I usually work with my colleagues and employees. I don’t take my work back home. I think if people can’t manage work and life it is because they aren’t segregating work and life. Try to finish your work in seven to eight hours while you are in office. Truly speaking, I don’t have a role model. One person cannot be your role model,” Dr. Alpha said.
Meanwhile, Shihab underscored the need to groom a positive work culture in management spaces, adding that a ‘happy-go-lucky’ attitude of top management can significantly affect the quality of the team. “If a CEO is not in any way influencing or controlling the culture of the company, ‘chalta hai’ attitude will slowly creep in. The culture of the company is very important,” Shihab said.