Hosted by the Madras Management Association, this is a live, reflective, non-commercial Conversation Series. AVIS' guests in this Series are Uncommon Leaders for a few special reasons: 1. They don't come from business/corporate backgrounds, but their journeys are inspirational because they have a teachable point of view. 2. The stories of these guests often demonstrate the power of Reflection, Resilience and Resourcefulness - key attributes of personal leadership and entrepreneurship. 3.Unfailingly, all guests have shown how their Happiness - coming from their doing what they truly believe in - has helped them make our world a better place! This Series is primarily focused at the business world/corporate sector which is continuously looking for uncommon perspectives on leadership and entrepreneurship to inspire its troops. It is also for any discerning student of management and leadership. AVIS brings his signature flourish to each Conversation, establishing how Happiness impacts living a Life of Purpose and helps deliver leadership, entrepreneurship and High-Performance in any context in Life.
The Series began in April 2016. Please scroll down to see pictures and videos from all Editions in 2020.
The Uncommon Leader: March 4, 2020 featuring Vinita Sidhartha, Founder, Kreeda
In the 27th Edition of the Series, we feature Vinita Sidhartha, Founder - Kreeda. Vinita’s is a story of how your Life’s Purpose finds you. After completing her degree in Journalism from the University of Texas, Austin, she ran a content management firm in Chennai for almost a decade. It was when she was researching traditional Indian board games for a project, in 1999, that she fell in love with the games and wanted other people to share the fun. Her Life has never been the same ever since. A series of articles in The Hindu’s Young World section, accompanied by meticulous research, reimagination and astute product development followed over the next three years and finally, in 2002, she launched Kreeda. Over the last 18 years, Vinita has led her venture admirably, focusing intently on preserving and nurturing our cultural heritage. And even as it makes learning and bonding fun for its customers, Kreeda offers the craftspeople, who make the games, a means for gainful employment. What’s remarkable is that Vinita has funded Kreeda organically, often pooling in her earnings from other independent projects that she has led. Today Kreeda has 28 games on offer, including all-time classics like Pallanguzhi, Aadu Puli Aatam and Chaupad. With both retail customers and corporates who invite them to lead workshops, this is a brand that everyone knows and loves. “Perhaps even after I am gone, people will still be playing our traditional games. That makes it completely worthwhile,” says Vinita. Her journey is one of Purpose – of making our traditional games relevant again. Yet it has called for a laser-sharp focus on research, product development, supply-chain management, customer engagement and value creation for a critical stakeholder group – the craftspeople. There are unputdownable lessons from Vinita’s journey that every entrepreneur, business leader, CEO, manager or student of management can benefit from. Listen in as the happynesswalaTM, AVIS Viswanathan, engages her in an interesting Conversation!
The Uncommon Leader: January 8, 2020 featuring K.P.Krishnan, co-Founder, Klachak.com and Captr.in
After a glorious 10-year stint in international sales and marketing, that took him to over 40 countries, K P Krishnan (KP to everyone) came back to India in 2011 to be a photographer. But the fashion and wedding photography scene did not excite him. Instead his sharp entrepreneurial acumen spotted an unstated need in the market: there were far too many talented assistants (to senior photographers) who were unable to launch their careers independently because they did not have the means to acquire expensive photography equipment. Seizing the business opportunity, in 2013, KP co-founded (with his partners) Klachak.com - a one-stop rental portal for all photography equipment and accessories. Today Klachak has 6000 customers across India. Its success led KP to launch Captr.in - a specialist Image Processing Outsourcing service - in 2017. In just two years, Captr has over 600 image processing experts catering to the needs of institutional and retail customers across a diverse spectrum of industries. Between Klachak and Captr, customers can rent cameras, lights and other accessories, shoot images and videos, even rent a studio, and have all their post-production requirements serviced! To be sure, some of the largest online and retail brands operating in India are their customers! And so many, many freelancers have gained access to consistent business opportunities through them. Simply, KP's entrepreneurial offerings have democratized the visual content creation and management space. And this has been achieved with a collective, on-board, team-size of just 30! What KP has done requires an enormous appetite for taking risks, a Vision, and a sense of Purpose to make a meaningful contribution to an industry. What's his inspiration and what are the key entrepreneurial principles that KP lives by? Listen in as the happynesswala, AVIS Viswanathan, engages him in a powerful Conversation. You are sure to glean relevant takeaways.