Transformational Leadership Stories

We all have turning points in our lives. When we face a conflict, a voice brings us back to the safety of our comfort zone, but another attracts us with such force that we let ourselves be dragged by it until it becomes a strong cry of action. Only a few have the courage to be authentic and to say with confidence that they have always responded to this great cry with enthusiasm and perseverance. Ravi Venkatesan is a rebel who has been transformed to succeed several times. In 2003, , the president of Cummins in India faced a dilemma: should he hold his 8-year position where he had? Did you successfully develop your group engine and generator, or did you accept the best position in Microsoft, India, while you did not know anything about the information technology sector? Even though his colleagues and mentors told him that this would be the biggest risk of his life, he accepted the job at Microsoft. He ended up leaving seven years later, having achieved his goal of converting the company from $ 150 million to a $ 1 billion company. It was not the first bold decision that Ravi would take, and it certainly was not the last. In a career spanning almost three decades, it has evolved into industries, geographies, organizations, roles and cultures. A mechanical engineer by training, Ravi obtained an MBA from Harvard in his first job at Cummins in the United States. In 1996, at a time when there was a mass exodus of brains and talents from India to the west, he chose to return to lead the expansion of the Cummins business. The presidency of Microsoft followed, and in 2012, Ravi renounced the comfort of security again to explore his other talents. For four years, he has been a writer, thinker, mentor, impact investor and social entrepreneur. Today, he is Chairman of the Board of Bank of Baroda and is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Rockefeller Foundation, Infosys Ltd. and many others Ravi Venkatesanare’s career is a perfect example of repeated self-destruction, especially at a time when it was not necessary to do so. Today, technology is the only one responsible for the interruption of business “the new normality” Staying relevant means seizing new opportunities to transform us, so we wanted Ravi to take out his rich career to share with us what prompted him to constantly reinvent himself and how he persevered through the inevitable challenges to make his transformation journey a success. Go high, do the right thing Ravi began his career in 1986 in the automotive industry as a young engineer at Cummins in the United States. United, he was given responsibilities beyond his years and prospered, he quickly ascended and was accustomed to the conservative culture. An organization that values ​​loyalty and effort, where employees feel part of a family, is expected to withdraw from it, he said, reflecting on the early years, but when the opportunity to move to India to lead the history of The company’s growth came in 1996, seized the opportunity. It was an unconventional decision, without a doubt, and not without its share of risks. The Cummins chapter in India has proven to be extremely successful, as it has led its transformation into a leading supplier of engines and energy solutions in India. He also helped found Cummins College of Engineering, the first female engineering university in India. No risk, no reward Leaving success in unexplored waters is never easy, but the monotony slows down. I was trying to plunge into another challenge. It was at this point that Microsoft used the offer to develop its business in India. The paper could not have been different from what he was used to. At that time, technology was an emerging industry in India. It was a unique opportunity, but I really did not know anything about computers, and it was a very difficult culture to succeed. he said, to ponder the very risky decision that was before him Almost everyone asked me: “Do not do it, it’s a crazy idea!” Ravi was at a crossroad again. I asked myself “When will I turn 50, what will I regret more?” What did I try and fail or did I have the opportunity and that I was too scared and that I had let it go? I decided that I would do everything possible. And so, with this act of faith, there were curtains in his 16-year career in the automotive sector and the Dawn of a new chapter in Microsoft. No matter where you go, you must gain credibility Success at Microsoft meant that Ravi not only had to transform the business, but also had significant changes in my way of working First he had to establish himself in the corporate culture, and it was not a small adjustment. When I started, I was very nervous because very few people joined Microsoft at a higher level and survived, in particular, at that time “2003”. I explained that Cummins was more agile and more centralized, probably because it was smaller, but Microsoft was a typical American technology company, transactional, mercenary and, surprisingly, more bureaucratic, I joined Cummins and informed the CEO, but at Microsoft I had I start from scratch to restore my credibility, but no matter how big the differences, a new place requires adaptability. You need to adapt to the new culture, and the company will not change for you, but over time we can soften the culture in some way, but in the short term we have to adapt, that’s how it is. You’re what you measure e

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