Sandeep Batra, Chief Financial Officer, Crompton Greaves Consumer Electricals Limited speaks about himself, his family, how he unwinds himself after work and what scares him, among other things, in a chit chat with CFO India.
"Taking 'ownership' of the role is the only way to succeed"
Philosophy: You Only Live Once “YOLO”
Political views: Sorry, but I am out of my depth in politics
Vision for self: Be remembered for creating tomorrow’s leaders
First job: ICI India Limited
THE NUMBERS GUY
Why I love finance: Every Debit has an equal Credit!
One career high: Getting a business role in ICI at 34 years!
My strongest skill in finance: Still figuring it out!
The most rewarding project/moment of my profession: Getting Crompton Listed on BSE/NSE
If I were to redo a project: Touchwood! no project would qualify for a makeover!
One big mistake/failure I turned into an opportunity: Barely passing in Math in Class 8, which meant that the only elective I could take was Accountancy – and the rest is History!
The legacy I would like to leave behind: Being remembered for what I delivered!
One unforgettable lesson I learnt: Taking 'ownership' of the role is the only way to succeed
India of my dreams: Literate India
Lesser Known fact: Am scared of heights!
My eureka moment/epiphany (life-defining change): Passing the CA exams!
I as a mentor and mentee: Patient as a mentor and obedient as a mentee
One shocking discovery about me: Still waiting to discover!
The most memorable characters in my story: First boss – Mr. C S Jacob; longest serving boss – Mr. Rajiv Jain; functional guru – Mr. Rajaram and the pillar of my life – my wife Jyotika.
If I were to write a book it would be about: How to identify and groom talent
The leader I would love to be/the role I would love to play: Mahatma Gandhi
When not playing numbers: Will like to play Golf
How I de-stress: Be with family and friends
What gives me hope for the future: The youth of India