Rapid Fire with Dr. Pawan Goenka
How often do you come across people who are as passionate as you’d picture them to be? Let the mystery unfold on a rapid fire round with Dr. Pawan Goenka, Executive Director and President, Mahindra Automotive and Farm Equipment Sectors.
Share your proudest moment in the organization.
The launch of Mahindra Scorpio.
What is the best part about your role?
Every day is a new day, every day is a new opportunity and a new learning.
What are your hobbies?
Watching Bollywood movies.
How do you balance work-life?
By ensuring I don’t while away my time. Your time is the most precious thing you have, use it wisely. If you don’t while away time, there’s no stopping you from balancing any part of life!
What are your favourite attributes about the people at Mahindra AFS?
Ordinary people doing extraordinary things.
If Mahindra AFS were a movie, what role would you play?
Director (no pun intended).
What could be your hidden talent?
Surprisingly, there’s nothing hidden about me!
What’s your biggest achievement?
Courage to move back to India.
What’s your biggest fear?
What’s your biggest regret?
Never became good at anything extracurricular.
What makes us a great place to work?
Empowerment, Exploration, and Aspiration.
What’s your favourite quote?
There is no limit on what one can do if one does not worry about who gets the credit.
What are your focus areas for the next 2 years?
The Customer. Both, Internal and External.
What makes a great leader?
Be authentic, be an inspiration and someone who can be the change you want to see.
What are the best ways to manage people?
Believe in them and be honest with them.
What is unique about the Mahindra Experience?
You chart your own path.
According to you, how has Employee Value Proposition impacted the people at Mahindra AFS?
Respect, Opportunity, and Reward.
What’s your biggest inspiration?
Look back to see how far I have come but then look ahead to see how far I still need to go.
As a child, what did you want to be?
I had no clue of what I wanted to be.
What do you look for while hiring someone?
Straightforwardness and humility.
If there was one piece of advice you could give someone today, what would it be?
Don’t do anything that you are not passionate about.
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