A conscientious leader inspiring the youth of Jammu with his exemplary leadership
We put our head together for youth's future potential, on how to empower them by investing in improving livelihoods, reducing violence, transforming communities and empowering future generations. While the efforts are, without a doubt, praiseworthy, what we often hold back is perhaps more important: today's youth are already championing the horizons. They are everywhere selflessly contributing to almost every sphere of human peace, economy, justice, sustainability and much more. They are the agents of change, needed to be invested in & empowered. During this edition series, our editorial team has been interviewing these young and ambitious business leaders from around the country to unveil their uniqueness and valuable viewpoints, their struggles, and their ability to lead. One such skipper is Abheek Dutta, Senior Vice President, Henson Group.
Abheek was fifteen when he had his first paying job. The chapters of his professional journey were scripted at TCS, eleven years back, as a software engineer. Catering his aptness at IBM and iGATE at various managerial positions, the young leader now chairs as the CEO of Dutta Info Services, Senior Vice President of Henson Group USA and Country manager of Henson Info Solutions Private Limited. Keeping his approach fresh and open, Abheek had pushed boundaries and addressed the myriad of challenges. How to grow the operations of the Henson Group USA and so on. A 'partner of choice for Microsoft and its partners, The Henson Group stands as an award-winning Gold Certified Partner for licensing, consulting, and managed services to corporations large and small. Home to more than 650 employees and partners delivering services to hundreds of clients in dozens of industries, Henson Group has successfully established its presence as one of the best and most trusted cloud solutions partners globally.
But what has been the actual growth magnet behind this cloud solution provider? It is none other than Abheek. He tested the waters and while lurching from one trial-and-error, and played an effectual role in anchoring the presence of Henson Group in India. Abheek's mainspring lies in determination towards harnessing transformative changes and establishing benchmarks within the cloud technology space. And that's why Henson Group, headquartered at World Trade Centre New York USA, seated Abheek as the Vice President and under his leadership, decided that all the service delivery of the Henson Group offices across the globe would be done from its Jammu Branch. Currently ensuring smooth project delivery from India, assisting in pre-sales etc, Abheek also navigates numerous procedural, structural, and interpersonal challenges in the process of guiding his team towards the achievements of the Company's goals.
What fuels up his determination? We sat down with the Young Turk to find out. Here is an edited version of the same.
Tell us the inception story of your journey.
I always wanted to be an Entrepreneur and at some point in my career, I had to choose between working as an Employee or working as an Employer and I, without a hitch, decided to choose to be an Entrepreneur.
How efficient is your organization from an operational standpoint? Where does it stands today?
Today we foster a team of around 30 full time and 50 Part time / contractual employees in India. We work for customers across the globe, which includes USA, UK, Australia, Africa, Canada, Latin America and other parts.
Are you growing your next generation of leaders to be strong, capable business leaders for your company?
Yes. I believe and boost my team members while being flexible and realistic. From my perspective, to build a strong next generation leader, it is important to:
Throughout your journey, who inspired you?
Ratan Tata and Judson Althoff, they have been my inspiration.
What are you most proud of?
Today we are running our company's operations from Jammu and Kashmir, my home state. This gives me immense pleasure and brings in the proud feeling, as I am somehow able to give it back to my home place.
How do you keep your team members keen and motivated?
I am a strong believer in the equation, Performance = Ability * Motivation.
Hence, how well your employees perform depends largely on how motivated they are. All deserving employees are awarded and recognized in the company; we invest heavily in our employees, so they learn new skills. In addition, we have also planned to introduce paid hours (beyond regular shifts) for some employees to give impetus on their skills and creative thinking.
Continuing with your pervious reply, how do you encourage creative thinking within your organization?
We make time for brainstorming and the employees are incentivised for every creative thing they add on the platter of the organization. In meetings, I do not lead rather; I sit and listen to my team so that I get more and more new ideas.
What motivates you to get out of bed in the morning?
I like to take challenges and do new things. As such, every morning I get up, I know I have challenges waiting for me when I reach office.
Is every day the same in the life of a business leader?
No, every day welcomes you with new teachings and learning.
What are you doing to ensure you continue to grow and develop as a leader?
In order to maintain my leadership and expertise – I groom myself from my experiences and simultaneously teach my team that will save them from making repetitive mistakes.
What have been your responsibilities towards the society?
The day we opened our office in Jammu, we started this journey of giving it back to society. We are working hard to give the youth of my state the opportunity to work with a world-class company that pays them well, gives them the opportunity to work on the latest technologies while working in their home state.
What is your favourite quote?
Failures are the Pillars to Success.
Which one thing do you wish you'd done differently?
I wish I could've been more self-conscious and worked towards my own dreams instead of catering to others at an early age when I started working. I wish I could've been a little less naive and a bit more wary to achieve my goals early.
What is one characteristic that you believe every leader should possess?
Lead from the front
What is one mistake you witness leaders make more frequently than others do?
Not taking time to bond with the people
What are a few resources you would recommend to someone looking to gain insight into becoming a better leader?
Strong Communication; Innovation and Collaboration; Delegation and Empowerment
If I were to say to a bunch of people who know you 'Give me three adjectives that best describe you,' what would I hear?
Organized, optimistic, communicative
If you had one piece of advice to someone just starting out, what would it be?
Believe in doing hard work smartly