Sunday, July 6, 2014

Varada Murthy - People First Leadership Academy

Q1. How did your career journey start? Or Who/What inspired you to start this business/ entrepreneurship?

As a student, I wanted to become a Chartered Accountant, but family circumstances forced me to take care of my Father’s small business when I was studying in College.

Although, I entered a Corporate world for 8 to 5 job and continued for about 17 years soon after my Post Graduation, I relate my entrepreneurship spirit now to the basic lessons learnt during that time!

Few important values and qualities that I picked from my parents and from my Father, in particular are Discipline, Determination, Courage, Honesty and commitment.  This, plus my exposure to multi-cultural working environment abroad has taught me a lot that is required for an Entrepreneur.

I always believed in Dreams and building something where we can contribute for the benefit of society at large, and I thought more than Human Resources, it is the Educational Services where we can really add value to people at large.  That is when I have founded People First Leadership Academy.

Honestly, School Teachers inspired me.  There is a story behind this to be told later!

Q2. Kindly share some information about your Business, products and services here.
  • Teachers Training and Teachers Recruitment
  • Certification Programs to Teachers – Integrated Teachers Training Certificate (ITTC) – ITTC-PTT and ITTC Advanced Programs, ITTC Professional, ITTC ICT
  • Workshops and Orientation Programs for Teachers
  • Leadership and Team Building Programs for Teachers
  • Communication and Leadership Programs for School and College Students
  • Personal Excellence Programs for students
  • Pre-placement workshop for graduates / Post-Graduates
  • HR Services
  • Education Management – Development of Teachers and Academic Support to Pre-Schools and Schools
  • Communication Skills Certification Programs – Advanced spoken English (CCEP & IM)
  • School Management
  • Curriculum Development for Pre-Schools
  • CCE Training
 Q3. What kind of challenges did you face while starting/doing business?

With the success we witnessed in the Corporate world or looking at many other successful people, we get motivated and inspired to start our own, thinking that it would be easy.  I remember once, one of the Speakers in an Entrepreneurship Seminar saying “There is never going to be an “ecosystem” that is waiting for an Entrepreneur to show up and do his / her magic”  We need to work hard and create one for ourselves.

Well, it’s a different ball game when you are on your own, compared to working in a corporate world where you have a system in place.  Here, you need to run around for everything and believe me it was not easy for me to digest, particularly coming from a place where life was so easy with good systems in place, where customer service was one of the top priorities unlike here!  It was frustrating to wait and watch for one small thing to be moved from point A to point B!  Many a times, I was wondering what am I doing? And had to cut down my speed because it never worked as I planned and it will never work the way we think, I guess.

The first thing is that we need to be prepared to accept the reality that we need a serious long term planning as it may take longer  time than we put down in our nice Business Plan to see the positive results so until such time, we need to be prepared to sustain.  You have got to believe in yourselves and also prepare your family for that.

Q4. Do share with our readers about your discovery period when you were facing difficulties in your business?

One important thing I learnt early on is to collaborate with people to grow, we are still exploring it and we always will as we believe that it is the need of the hour for business.  Spread the idea and share it with lots and lots of people, never keep it to yourself.  There will be enough people to help. It may also be a good idea to have a Mentor or a Coach.

Q5. Share with our readers about your experiment period after the discovery period?

To be honest, our journey has just begun and there is so much to learn for us to reach where we are aiming and of course, learning never stops and it is all the more in this journey of “Entrepreneurship”.

Q6. What are your future plans? Or now what is your vision for the next five years?

We have a bigger vision to spread what we believe and do to PAN India and outside India as well.  We are looking for right people to partner with us.

Q7. How would you advice/suggest new entrepreneurs who want to start & sustain in business?

We are still young and are learning and I can only share wheat I’ve experienced so far and believe in… Always DREAM HIGH Visualise, Dream and chase your Dream.

Be ambitious, Dream and visualize bigger things for you. There are always people to pull you down and discourage you.. For me, my overseas exposure, working with multicultural work environment and putting myself into continuous learning by reading, attending various Seminars and Trainings helped me in being tough mentally.  I started my entrepreneurial learning much before I started my company to say so because while working in a Corporate, I never felt I was working for someone else; always felt the belongingness, although had disappointments on many occasions like most would have had.   I have thoroughly enjoyed my work life and no complaints whatsoever.

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