Sudhir Jaynarayan
Interview with Sudhir Jaynarayan

"I believe that an empowered workforce is the backbone of a successful institution."

Sudhir Jaynarayan
Regional Sales Manager
South Africa

MBA in General Management Batch 2021

Please tell us something about yourself, your family and your interests.

I am equipped with excellent people engagement and management skills besides being a holistic thinker and a result-driven individual having a great deal of experience in the Electronic Engineering/ Services Industry. I utilize strong strategic planning, interpersonal and communication skills to lead my team to meet critical business needs. I am passionate about helping people to achieve success.

I am driven by wanderlust because every picture tells a story. I think of family where life begins and love never ends. “If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine, it’s lethal”

What drew you to the program you are studying at Athena? Is it living up to your expectations?

I have always believed that the acquisition of a Masters degree in Business will greatly enhance my value within the company and also enable me to make an even more meaningful contribution to the growth and development of my company as an institution to be reckoned with. I also believe that an empowered workforce is the backbone of a successful institution. These factors made me take up this program at Athena.

What would you like to learn next? What are your next career steps?

To further my career aspirations as part of the senior management team, I have come to realize that I need to develop and study further. This has led me to believe that I will be able to do this by obtaining a Master's degree in Business. Having this knowledge will allow me to better understand financial management principles. With all the uncertainty and changes in the world in the political, economic, and technological spheres, I believe that the senior management team must have a solid understanding, supported by a strong academic foundation, of how to guide institutions like Honeywell through these challenging and trying times. 

By learning International Business, I will be better equipped to understand the various aspects of the issues that so many organizations are facing and to try to generate solutions to complex problems. In my opinion, obtaining a Master's Degree in International Business will provide me with the necessary background to enable me to anticipate and react to ever-changing environments.

Are you working somewhere? If yes, what do you feel is the most enjoyable/rewarding aspect of your job?

Yes, I am working as a Regional Sales Manager in Honeywell. I enjoy leading my team to reach business targets and I love helping people to become successful. I consider building mutually beneficial relationships across the organization to achieve corporate objectives as another of my strengths.

In addition to being career motivated, I have taken part in social volunteer activities, and thereby gained experience in working as a volunteer to uplift disadvantaged communities. This has helped me become familiar with many aspects of financial operations. I learned how to interact with different people and different personalities on varying levels. Furthermore, I was able to learn creative organizational skills by handling new projects.

What do you see as your greatest strength?

I developed my professional skills by completing several training courses which helped fine-tune my ability to work hard with sincerity, persistence, motivation, and resilience. Consequently, my career continued to develop and I was empowered to overcome many challenges within my work environment. I would say Persistence to achieve success is my greatest strength.

What is your most cherished memory?

I have many fond memories with my grandmother; the days spent with my grandparents were the best days of my childhood.

The most cherished memory was the privilege of  having my eighty five year old grandmother who is still around to share the best day of life, walking me down the aisle for my wedding. 

Which place have you always wanted to visit and why?

It is Machu Picchu, an Incan citadel set high in the Andes Mountains in Peru, above the Urubamba River valley. Built-in the 15th century and later abandoned, it is renowned for its sophisticated dry-stone walls that fuse huge blocks without the use of mortar. Astronomical alignments and panoramic views have made the structures intriguing. Its exact former use remains a mystery.

Do you have professional role models? Who are they and what do you find inspiring about them and their accomplishments?  

Yes, my role model is Jeff Bezos who founded the e-commerce colossus Amazon in 1994 out of his garage in Seattle. He had such a zest for life. I remember his words very well, “ I didn't think I'd regret trying and failing. And I suspected I would always be haunted by a decision to not try at all”.

If you could go on a road trip with anyone in history, who would it be?  

Mother Teresa undoubtedly. She had said, “There are no great things, only small things with great love. Happy are those.”
“Peace begins with a smile…”
“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.”

 What have you learnt from your experiences that you would like to pass on to others?

"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. ..."

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