At BrilliantRead Media, we always strive to bring to our community some of the finest stories from the entrepreneurship world. As part of this endeavour, we invited yet another passionate women entrepreneur – Dr Shuchi Sharma for an exclusive interview with us. She is an Entrepreneur, Leader, Coach, Mentor, Author and Founder & Principal Consultant at AchieversHR Consulting. Let’s learn more about her inspiring journey, her background and her advice for our growing community!
Excerpts from our exclusive interview with Dr Shuchi:
We are aware of your contribution to the ecosystem, talk us through your background and your journey, please.
I did my schooling from Convent of Jesus and Mary, Shimla and further pursued B.Sc. from the renowned St Bede’s College, Shimla. Subsequently, I studied for an MBA from Himachal Pradesh University and found that my passion was in the field of human resources management and development.
I have been a curious and sensitive individual from the beginning and have always aspired to be an achiever by aiming for and delivering high performance in all facets of life.
My childhood was spent in East Africa and that has left a lasting impression on me in terms of being appreciative of living close to nature and respecting its beauty.”
I completed my PhD in Management some years ago, when I made a conscious transition to Academics, to explore management teaching and research, after a long stint in the Corporate Sector. I found that my understanding of the HR requirements of the manufacturing, service and developmental sectors could equip students with in-depth functional skills in HR as well as critical thinking skills necessary for them.
From there the transition to consulting and coaching was natural. I consult with organizations to successfully align human resource practices with individual and group behaviour to achieve business objectives.”
What made you passionate about coaching and mentoring?
In fact, I have been actively involved with coaching and mentoring right from my initial years in the corporate sector, where I learnt the ground realities of skills and attitudes which could help individuals to advance in life and in their careers. Coaching has been the focal point in my transformational leadership development and HR consulting practice over the years.
The customization and personal attention to each individual that I have interacted with, has rested on my belief that there is immense potential in everyone, and their ability can be enhanced.”
‘AchieversHR Consulting’ is such a unique name: talk us through more of it, please. Our audience would also love to know what kind of problem you are solving with the help of your startup?
The word ACHIEVER has always been an inspiration to me and that is the reason I chose it when starting my entrepreneurial journey. Our guiding principle is that we can help you to be the best version of yourself.
Our transformational leadership programs involve in-depth analysis of skills and training and coaching to leverage your leadership style to influence, support, and guide others to become high performing individuals and team members.”
Over the years, I have been actively pursuing consulting assignments in transformational leadership, conceptualizing and designing HR service products and training interventions related to Strategic HRM, Performance Management, High-Performance Work Systems and Business Excellence to internal and external customers in a spectrum of organizations and institutions.
We have service products for all segments and help new and aspiring leaders to become more versatile and capable of mobilizing others.
How do you manage to keep going despite the challenges? What drives you?
Challenging the status quo and myths around empowerment is one of the best ways to get ahead, especially in tough times.
Be strong and confident, there is no problem which does not have a solution.
Who do you believe has been the biggest source of motivation in your daily life?
I believe that no major feat can be accomplished without the backing of a loving family. I am grateful to my ever-supportive family, my parents, my husband, and my loving children, who stand rock solid behind me in all my endeavours and encourage me to pursue my dreams.
I strongly believe that sometimes we win, sometimes we learn…it is always a win-win situation.
What are some of the strategies that you believe have helped you to grow as a person?
There are a few strategies that I have adopted…the most important being that there is no substitute for consistency and self-discipline.
Exploring new areas leads to confidence, risk-taking and being responsible for one’s own actions have helped to expand my horizon and perspective.
You are always positive and motivated, what keeps you going?
I am always inspired by the thought that “Whatever be the weather, bring your own sunshine” This keeps me moving ahead with a smile because I know that if it is to be, then it is up to me.
In your opinion, what are the keys to success?
There are so many keys. Some of them are:
a) Being proactive and responsive in your thinking.
b) Being resourceful and responsible for your actions.
c) Valuing other people and their contributions
What advice would you give students and young professionals who want to have a successful career?
My advice to young people would be to have faith in your abilities and believe that you can achieve what you want. If you have identified your purpose and have defined exactly what you want, with confidence, dedication, and a clear vision, you can achieve your heart’s desire.
Be sure that if you get something that is not what you wanted, then you need to work on aligning it to your life goal. Nothing comes without effort, nothing comes without hard work, because even to work smart, you need to work hard first. There are options for success for everyone, the only thing is to see them with both eyes, with your mind and with your heart.
Learn from strategies people have used for success and chart out your life plan and your career…make informed decisions and build up your skills and capabilities to evolve to the role you wish to succeed in. You can be unstoppable, you have that power within you, so go and get it!
We have a successful Campus to Corporate Transition program. I would be happy to share more details about it and you can get in touch through my LinkedIn page or website.