Joint Managing Director, Future Focus Infotech
Sadhana Somasekhar is a member of:
Every accomplishment just sets the trend or more appropriately, the expectation, for the next and even undermines what has just been achieved. This is my experience and is also the way society functions. The victories of the yester year are not what businesses dwell on or assess you on; it is what you do today and for the tomorrow, that matters. Proud moments have been both at the organization and personal level. I cannot say which was more than the other as both were
Although initially trained for para-medic career, the decision to augment my education and knowledge with IT skills, resulted in my transition to IT itself. Being a people person, this transition was natural & smooth, although had circumstances been different, I would have been quite happy to have remained in the field of my initial choice. The decision to move into IT as a career was the first important decision and one which was based on the profile of the industry, the growth opportunity available to me and my own potential & personality.Going from there, most decisions have come about based on which phase of my life I was in. One decision that I had made, albeit unconsciously, was never to be an also-ran or mediocre- if I could help it. As a woman, with all the usual woman related matters to work with and around, whatever it is that one has to do, timing plays a very important part for executing the decision once you have arrived at it.
Future Focus Infotech (P) Ltd (FFI) is an IT services organization providing strategic IT HR services and Managed solutions, established in April 1997. Headquartered at Chennai, FFI has its branch offices at Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Pune and Kochi. It has its wholly owned subsidiaries in the US and UAE, Focus America, Inc and Future Focus Infotech FZE, respectively.
With over 2000 IT professionals deployed throughout India, at organizations which are among the 'who's who' in Software Development and Consulting, Focus is 'arguably' one of the top 5 IT Professional Services organizations in the Country and the first one to have its processes endorsed, for Quality (ISO 9001-2008), by TUV Sud, Germany. I am part of the FFI Board of Directors. In the Executive capacity, I am FFIs Joint Managing Director, heading Business operations with regards to S&M, Delivery, Business Continuity and CC & PR. Additionally, and in keeping with my role across geographies, I am President for Focus America, Inc. & the Business Head for FFI UAE.
The capacity to face challenges is attitude dependent to a large extent one of a dyed-in-wool optimist. It goes a long way in recognizing possibilities and benefits beyond the immediate risks perceived.Remaining on track and not facing derailment has come learning through adversity. Most of my most valuable learning has very markedly been in the most challenging times of my life. It realigned me to myself by increasing determination, focus and an even deeper understanding of self - both weaknesses and strengths. I have never called on my strengths or realised its potential as much as I have, had it not been for trying times.
My message for women who aspire for individuality and difference would be welcome and embrace adversity; when you do this, its strength becomes yours to use for overcoming it and winning. The commonality of approach in almost all situations that I have found challenging has been centered around organizing and prioritizing my deliverable around what I can do/need to do myself and what I have to get done. That load-balancing and stretch-capacity is required for scaling in any role.
A Fine Balance:
I do not subscribe to the theory of
Advice For Fellow Leaders:
most importantly, you have to find the connection between the knowledge and your role, and act accordingly. As mentioned earlier on the basic approach to managing challenges, I believe that business is not really a business devoid of challenges. And to succeed in the midst of this and when more often than not, you are in the eye of the storm, setting for yourself and your department is the recourse. Business is all about finance and its derivatives, hence it is always important keep up to date on the financial picture, and adjust priorities accordingly. This is because no matter what area u work in- if its business, there is always a connection.
Career Aim is to..
I see myself more or less doing what I am doing now with respect to my role but at a much larger scale and complexity. The transactional aspect though will be vastly different from what I do now as the quality of organizational leadership would have matured to make it so.
The Journey So Far:
As a person I can describe myself quite simply as intensely curious, courageous, conscious/determined towards excellence and value-driven. I have the capacity to face fear in its face and the capacity to handle uncertainties that would have held back overall growth of my organization, its people and mine. In my professional sphere, all these have played significant roles. Without the intensely curious aspect of my personality, I would never have been able to Idette differentiators that were almost non-existent in an over populated and unorganized sector of resource augmentation services within which my organization is categorised.
If I did not have the capacity to face fear in its face, the capacity to handle uncertainties would have held back overall growth my organizations, its people and mine.Underlying all this has been my very own belief and value system that has moderated and balanced facets of my personality and its illustration. I am inclined to people and believe in the power of words to create relationships and the climate for performance