I am, a daughter, a sister, a grand-daughter, a niece, a cousin and a friend. A partner and a student. A young girl and a grown woman. I am confident and scared, terrified and excited. I am loving and caring and thoughtful and hopeful. I am shy and friendly and careful and careless. I listen to others and I speak my mind. I walk on eggshells and I walk on fire. I believe in passion and true love. I am everything and nothing all at once. I think, therefore I am.
I see life as a mosaic of experiences. “The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows - Sydney J. Harris”. The windows on this page, are metaphorically windows into my experiences in life and this mosaic makes me the person I am. I also see these s windows as opportunities to reflect, grow and be the best version of myself.
Have some of the most fond memories from childhood. Wonderful parents, a lovely kid brother, great friends – some golden years they were. The smell of the first rains in Mumbai and mom making something special as I returned from school every afternoon. Golden years and those simple things make me happy even today. I was a dreamer. I was shy to talk to people as a kid but when asked about my dreams and what I wanted to do, the shyness would disappear. Ice cream was my favorite food and always made me happy.
I have been blessed to have worked for some incredible organizations and some inspiring leaders. I have found a lot of meaning in working with operations and supply chain management right from the grass root level to senior leadership. In every position I have seeked to create impact at the nexus of where strategy meets operations.
I have done various roles in my career working for Fortune 100 Multinational organization in FMCG, to Indias largest automobile manufacturer, to running my family business, to Co-Founding an NGO. In every role my mantra has been about making a sustainable and purposeful impact. I believing in changing lives, changing organizations and changing the world. As author Devdutt Patnaik puts it “change in belief, leads to change in behavior which eventually leads to change in business practice”. For more about my experience check out www.rajashreerane.com
As Mark Twain said “the two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why”. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you did not do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
When I’m in the car listening to the radio, if I like the song, I choose not to check other stations to see if something better is playing. I stay on…as Prof. Adam Grant says, it pays to not always choose to be maximizer. I am competitive and want the best but I also believe there are somethings in life that money can’t buy and I take the time to appreciate the small things because it is in them I find the most meaning and happiness.
I joined our family business which was Sunrise Packaging Industries. We are a small-medium enterprise in my role as Chief Operations Officer among bringing structure and lean methodologies, I was most proud of being able to found a division called ‘Quality Circle’ which looks at involving factory workers to be the drivers of operational change management using Kaizen (continuous improvement)
As Steve Jobs said “because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones that do”. I truly believe in this adage. I want to be able to make an impact by creating a platform for inspiring every single woman in India to take the steps to rise to their full potential and be who they would like to be. I started off with the idea of change that said ‘making a difference, one woman at a time’ and now it has changed to ‘every woman, every household’. In many parts of the world, women don’t have a problem speaking up but have a problem being heard, and I plan to change that in my lifetime.
My biggest inspiration was my uncle who was a professor and started what
is today India’s premier management training institute called IMS.
I wanted to give back to my country and co-founded Shiksha-in-Rickshaw (www.shikshainrickshaw.org) which is an initiative to reach basic education to underprivileged children in rural India.
- Chief Operations Officer and Co-Founder, Shiksha-in-Rickshaw an NGO focused on grass
root level education in rural India
- Co-Founder of Kaizen2Kairos.com, an online inspiration platform based on experience sharing with the aim to unlock the human potential
- Head of Society for Operations Management at post graduate school responsible for initiating the schools outreach program
- Coach at the IMS academy, India’s premier management coaching institute, providing career guidance for those interested in supply chain careers
- Chief Mentor at Quality Circle – a bottom up Kaizen movement at Orient Packaging aimed at incentivizing workers to participate in game changing improvements
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”, I have seen both my in life but I have always looked at the brighter side. I always believed that “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom - Viktor E. Frankl”. Things have not been easy but I have always chosen to embrace life for all it has offered and I am grateful.
I love a good coffee and even better if can be combined with some cookies and a good conversation. If you would like to get in touch feel free to reach out on [email protected]
“You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future – Steve Jobs”. I truly believe the best chapters of all our lives are yet to be written and I wish to listen to my conscience and act with integrity so when I look back I can say that the dots do connect and in a way that I have no regrets.
I love to write and reflect and I co-founded a blogosphere called www.Kaizen2Kairos.com with the aim of using this as a mouth piece. The idea came form joining 2 words ‘Kaizen - continuous improvement’ and ‘Kairos – a supreme moment when things happen’ and so the blog talks about improving oneself to be ready when the opportunity presents itself. I would like this to an inspiration space for life stories and experiences.