Embracing Opportunities

Krishna Mishra's Career at Mahindra

Working with Mahindra and Mahindra for 10 years has offered me numerous opportunities and has made me comprehend how every idea is significant! When you get a chance to prove your calibre every day, what else can you ask for?

The Beginning

I joined Mahindra in 2006 as a Deputy Manager. The journey until today has been simply marvellous! Ever since I have joined Mahindra, there has been a sense of pride and it has not diminished at all. Mahindra is one of those companies in the country everyone always looks up to since its inception.

I remember, when I joined, the company was in the growing period. Initially, in the product design department, we were merely 23 employees. Now, we are a team of 230! Even though the management has transformed over the years, the heart of Mahindra has succeeded to remain the same. It has given us challenges to work upon and the management has guided us from time to time.

If you get up in the morning and are looking ahead to work for a variety of reasons, you know you are doing something right. At Mahindra, the work culture is one of the major reasons to attract me to work. There is a lot of empowerment that is given to the employees. Everyone enjoys the freedom to offer ideas and every single idea is taken into consideration. This helps us establish a healthy relationship with the management and promotes a productive environment.

Growing with Mahindra

The satisfaction of completing a challenging task based on the RISE pillars is what charges me up. Even when I think of the synergy, I get goose bumps. All these years, I have passed on whatever I have learnt to my team. My job has been simple– be the catalyst and motivate my team to do more. The team is also energized as they get the right platform to display their capabilities. At times, when you attain something excellent, Mahindra ensures you get the appreciation you deserve! This is something I have never seen anywhere. Another thing that makes this place unique is the fact that even failed innovations are rewarded. One’s effort and hard work never goes unnoticed.

Krishna Mishra talking about culture at Mahindra

I personally believe, if you have to rise as an organisation, you have to take fresh ideas forward. This is exactly why the concept of Young Mahindra has stood out. Last year, I was a part of the shadow board. Though we did not win, the experience was thoroughly enjoyable! It is an absolute privilege to offer ideas to the senior most executives of the organisation. It makes you feel like an important part of the organisation during your budding stage.

I have evolved with the organisation. There are endless options available that push you to accomplish more. All you must do is choose the one that will lead you to your ultimate goal!
Once, one of my colleagues had to go to his hometown to enhance his educational qualifications. I suggested him to do it within the organisation itself! This gave him the opportunity to work with his dream company and still pursue his studies! This is what helps to retain people.

Opportunities and RISE

When I joined as a Deputy Manager, I knew I had more potential. I was lucky enough to get an opportunity to work on a critical project, and it was undoubtedly a huge challenge. The leadership team then reviewed the project. I grabbed this opportunity whole-heartedly, and did my best. We were close to being the best in the industry! Such opportunities help prove your mettle!

RISE is what we live here every day. The targets are challenging and urge you to think alternatively. We are currently working on a lightweight truck that can carry the maximum weight in the world. It is going to be the world’s first light weight truck and hence there is no benchmark. Every step we take is towards innovation – we have even had few patents filed in! Targets are stretched every year and are so exciting that you are compelled to use the pillars – to innovate, to think, and to drive a positive change.

My Mahindra Moment of Fame

I have had many Mahindra moments but the one moment that meant the most was being a part of the shadow board! It gave me a different perspective altogether and a chance to know the business in a different domain. It cannot be compared to anything and it is one thing I will always cherish throughout my journey. Such opportunities aid you in nurturing novel ideas and going forward with the company!

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