Interview of Madhuban Pandey – Co-founder – SCORE Livelihood Foundation

“Stand up, be bold, and take the blame on your own shoulders. Do not go about throwing mud at others; for all the faults you suffer from, you are the sole and only cause.”  ― Swami Vivekananda

Madhuban Pandey an alumnus of XLRI Jamshedpur and US State Department, Professional Fellow in the area of local economic development with the University of Oklahoma. He is Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of SCORE Livelihood Foundation and ILO’s Master Trainer for its Start and Improves Your Business (SIYB). He is passionate about working for vulnerable groups and often utilizing his free time working for these communities.

What inspired you to join the above company or this sector?

I am in the development sector not by default but by choice. Choice is an opportunity to select something or to choose from the options and my choice was to create future leaders in the sector to reach out to the unreached to build their resilience. In SCORE our idea was to demystify the social innovation for impact creation.

What is your life mantra?

Just follow your passion and dream. Do what you like and want to do and not what others want you to do. At the end of the day or life, you are responsible for your deeds. 

What was the most challenging part of your journey till now?

“The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.”

By Robert Frost

Miles to go before I finally sleep is the most challenging part till today and tomorrow. Convincing self and the surrounding was the big challenge being the first-generation entrepreneurs. I believe an entrepreneurial challenge was the same for me as others. The Balance between my believes, making others belief in my belief and creating impact at the ground is a big puzzle. Life will throw different things at you. You’ll face new challenges. Or feel scared of the existence and future at times. You’ll have more reasons to quit than ever before but I don’t have a choice to quit.

How do you protect yourself from the problem of brain drain?

SCORE is being managed by a very small, motivated and dedicated team. It’s their organization and we are helping them to be the leaders of tomorrow and be the change they want to see in the future. Transparency and trust is the core value of the organization. We neither have an attendance system nor we deduct the salary of the staff members if they are on leave for a certain period. People are the key to the organization and we spent a lot of time with our people to share, care and grow together. 

Share one habit that you think makes you more productive?

Tomorrow never comes so do it today and it’s better to do it now. I have somehow learned the difference between urgent and important as far as my work is a concern.

Share one habit that you wish to change in yourself?

Work-life balance. Taking breaks more often to rebuild the energy

Answer in one line.

One tip to success – Perseverance

One mistake you believe every individual must avoid – fear of failure

One most important lesson that you have learned till now – everything has its own time and pace, no short cuts

Apps you can’t live without – nothing specific but love to be connected with the world

Key in the workplace – look objectively and not emotionally

If you get a chance to start your career again what would you do differently this time?

Start my venture at the age of 18 and not at the age of 36 years like this time. Sometimes our experiences become big baggage. 

Share a quote that inspires you the most – “KarmanyeVadhikaraste Ma PhaleshuKada Chana” (You have a right to perform your prescribed duty, but you are not entitled to the fruits of action. Never consider yourself to be the cause of the results of your activities, and never be attached to not doing your duty.)

What makes you excited about Mondays?

A New beginning- what the week is going to bring for me

According to you how self-worth and happiness important in a job?

Am I happy what I am doing is the question one should ask; of course, without comprising of self-worth. If you want to be happy no one can make you sad. If you become sad by others deed it means your body, mind, and soul are not in your control.   

Describe some difficult leadership situations and how you managed people through them.

If you are ready to challenge the world/others, the world will challenge you as well. So, its better to be ready for the challenge. Believe in self and your network will help you to survive. You work for people and people will work for you. Learn to create a win-win situation and sometimes let others win over you; accept it as a leader.

What’s your opinion about StartupLanes?

StartupLanes is at the right time at the right place to contribute to the entrepreneurial ecosystem. The people in the organization are always ready to support and help even if you haven’t asked them; it’s an attitude and commitment to contribute to the growth of the nation. Great team with the right intent.