Women have a high sense of self worth and professional ambition to match. Yet most women are unable or unwilling to travel extensively, relocate, work long hours, network, dedicate time for professional development, and look at long term. Career does not rank first in their priority, but family. In a discussion with Kimi Guglani | Manager – Marketing & PR, INDIA & APAC reveals some interesting facts.
How are women at managerial posts viewed by your organization?
The way our organization views women managers is not really different from the way they view men. What matters more are your leadership qualities, commitment, and of course your ability to work in a team and motivate your team members. Our organization is quite dynamic and gives equal growth opportunities to both men and women. In fact, I feel quite respected at work and my decisions are always appreciated. I have never had to face any discrimination or comparison with other male managers. Our organization follows a simple fundamental rule that the one who gives his/her 100% should be duly rewarded.
How can a woman execute challenging tasks, and can bring desired business results in the corporate world?
Managing challenging situations at the workplace can be quite tough, especially for a woman since she also has to focus on her family life. If I talk about myself, for me work has always been an integral part of my life. I have never compromised on work quality or performance in any situation. That obviously requires a lot of discipline, hard work and dedication. Being organized or disciplined is an important aspect of becoming efficient and executing your plans successfully. Also one has to learn to prioritize –identify and resolve the most critical issues first. All these qualities will surely lead to accomplishment of goals and desired business results.
Being a woman, how did you balance between your family, relationships and work?
It is not easy to find the right balance between different aspects of your life. If you devote more time to one, it is quite possible that you may have to compromise on something else. Therefore, my effort has always been to do the best I can within my given constraints. Whether it is family, work or relationships, everything has its own value in my life and I would not want to give up on any of these things.
Running a household is even more difficult than running a corporate business, being a woman. All your management principles come under the household umbrella. What type of challenges do you face in corporate business?
Yes, I wish I had 36-40 hrs. In a day! As a Marketing manager my role entails creating new innovations and concepts to boost business growth of WinMagic. That involves a mixed bag of ideas for business development, social and digital strategies and more. It’s not easy to handle both personal issues and professional challenges at the same time. At times one has to stretch that extra mile to meet work commitments and that can create pressure on your personal life.
What are your future plans?
On the professional front, I want to contribute more to take my company to new heights. Whether it is through new ideas, innovative business strategies or focused marketing campaigns, I would want to go all out to ensure success for my company. On the personal front, apart from devoting quality time to my family, I like to work for a social cause. I am currently associated with an NGO called Khwahishein Foundation which focuses on underprivileged children. Our aim is to provide them good education and improve the quality of their lives. We are working hard to create a self-sustaining model for them.