Sundeep Sandhu (Batch 1998)
How does it feel to be a part of one of the early
batches at FIIB?
When one graduates from one of the first batches of an institute,
he carries with himself the responsibility of becoming a role
model. This responsibility requires and demands an exemplary
demonstration of high standards of responsibility and leadership.
This is challenging but motivating. It is like leading the troops from
the front who are following you with the belief in you and
following your footsteps.
16 years into the industry, how did the learnings' at FIIB
help you go a long way?
I entered FIIB at a 'conception stage' which means without any
previous job experience. Hence, I was keen to discover individual
strengths, weaknesses and areas of personal interest related to
business management, without any bias of a past job experience
in the industry. This journey could be embarked upon only under
the guidance and expertise of an experienced faculty which I got
at FIIB. The balanced learning curve over the two years of school
subsequently became a part and parcel of my daily thought and
action process during all business activities. In today’s business
world it cannot be argued that as a manager and even more as an
entrepreneur one needs to have a reasonable knowledge related
to all the areas of management. For me FIIB laid the foundation of
it and this journey continues.
After working, you went on to start your own venture in
Brazil. What influenced your decision to leave service
and become an entrepreneur?
In some sense all employees are entrepreneurs at jobs. Those
organizations where employees have a higher sense of
belongingness do far better than those without, but beyond a
certain point, being an employee has its limitations which could be
administrative, financial, regional etc. In my case, the business in
Brazil was nurtured by me right from its infancy and both of us
matured together. Hence, moving from one boat to another was
merely a question of time and choice.
What personal traits and professional qualities have
helped you in your career?
It is important to strike a balance between personal traits and
professional qualities required by a particular job, as each area
demands a certain set of skills. It goes without saying that one should
continue improving those qualities which have more relevance to
that particular job. Some qualities which function in any area of life
are determination, integrity, hard work, objectivity, team work,
discipline and a good sense of humor.
FIIB honored you with two titles during the FIIB Alumni
Awards Night. What do you have to say about these
initiatives at FIIB?
More than the event the success of it was in the fact that it brought
all of us together and facilitated networking by providing us a
platform to connect better in future. Such initiatives are highly
fruitful for the overall benefit of both FIIB and its brand ambassadors
(alumni). In my opinion large scale events like awards and sports
meet should take place on an annual basis and the alumni
community should be encouraged to suggest and ideate.