Interview of Sumeet Kabra: Director of RR Global
He is the Director of RR Global. Associated with the conglomerate for the last 12 years, he heads the RR Kabel Consumer Durable business. He is also playing a mentor role in the e-bike Scotty launch.
What inspired you to join the above company or this sector?
We had the base of brand RR Kabel which had minority share. Later we saw an opportunity not only to grow in wire and cable but also into consumer sector fans, led appliances and become a strong electrical brand.
What is your life mantra?
One of the best feelings in the world is knowing that someone is happy because of you.
What was the most challenging part of your journey till now?
Life is interesting when we have challenges and it gets more meaningful when we overcome it. I had faced professional challenges in terms of setting up our first manufacturing plant in Bangladesh and knowing about the culture over there, in the meanwhile deciding to shut down MakeMyHome.
How do you protect yourself from the problem of brain drain?
The mind is a source of energy. One should always believe in their mind. Being a leader you have to be prepared with strategies looking at the absurd situations. You have to train yourself to see good in every situation.
Share one habit that you think makes you more productive?
On a lighter note, When in Mumbai Walking, Cycling.
Taking a decision and introspecting what is right for the company.
Share one habit you wish to change in yourself?
Be a good listener.
Answer in one line.
One tip to success: You only fail when you stop trying to do.
One mistake you believe every individual must avoid: Be yourself; because an original is worth more than a copy.
One most important lesson that you have learned till now: Be self-grounded
Apps you can’t live without What’s App.
Key in the workplace: People should love your fabulousness.
If you get a chance to start your career again what would you do differently this time?
I will surely give more importance to financial planning and spend more time in making strategies. That’s why we say that “Experience is the best teacher”.
Share a quote that inspires you the most?
“Committed mind gives you result
Confuse mind gives you reasons.”
What makes you excited about Mondays?
Positive energy levels of people.
According to you how self-worth and happiness important in a job?
One should love your job. Recognizing self-worth can increase your engagement at work, leading to higher productivity and improved relationships with co-workers.
Describe some difficult leadership situations and how you managed people through them?
I had faced professional challenges in terms of setting up our first manufacturing plant in Bangladesh and knowing about the culture over there, in the meanwhile deciding to shut down MakeMyHome.
Starting from right partners to an employee, hiring right talents, shifting of people and undertaking the market. There are many leading brands in the market but despite that, we are being a consumer durable brand we have started gaining the market share of it and a new brand to reach on the peak of the pyramid with constant innovation and inorganic acquisition.
Do you invest (or have interest) in Startups?
Yes as a group we have been investing in startups that show real innovation and most importantly we invest in startup or founders who know clearly how to execute the business and come up with new ideas.
What’s your opinion about StartupLanes?
Happy to see a young team under Neha & Shishir Gupta which is passionate and is working towards creating an ecosystem for the startups. All the best!!