Meet Gauri Das, the Head HR Marketing and Admin at India Factoring and Finance Solutions, who challenged the traditional customary ways of HR processes through her optimistic approach. Her unique ideology and methods have directly and indirectly helped in creating a productive environment with the right HR strategies. Through her work, she has earned a name in the industry and led her company to achieve new milestones in the domain of HR.
We, at Tycoon Success, admire passion-driven leaders and take pride in featuring Gauri in its special issue, “The 10 Most Inspiring Business Leaders to Watch in 2022.”
Below are the highlights of the Interview:
An Engineer turned HR Professional
After completing her engineering, Gauri Das continued to learn and completed double Masters in Human resources and Psychology to become an all round HR Professional. Prior to this, she completed her early education in vernacular medium in a small village. With her introverted disposition and lack of opportunities for personality development and extra curricular activities, communication was not her forte’ then but today she is an international speaker. Despite her uncertainties, she explored possibilities and grasped opportunities to later become Vice President – HR for a subsidiary of a European bank. She takes great pride in her work and pushes people to explore their unknown limitless possibilities. She inspires people to use their learnings from the past to trigger their future progress.
In her 15+ years of experience, as a strategic HR leader, she has crafted and aligned HR strategies with business goals. She supports businesses in setting the right culture, driving performance, reinventing employee experience and improving capabilities. She also carries a wealth of experience with both start-ups and well-established organizations thus she prefers to work in high energy and growth-focused environment. Moreover, she is well-known for mentoring students, young professionals. She is a passionate speaker and has graced multiple national and international forums as a keynote speaker and panellist. She is a TEDx speaker and her talk is about creating a possibilitarian mindset. Also, she was Lead Membership of the Professional Speakers Associations of India, Mumbai chapter (PSAI).
In addition to that, she sits on the advisory panel of various institutes and NGOs. While her love for writing never waned and her work has been published by leading publication platforms in the country including TOI, Economic Times, people matters, human capital, and others. Apart from this, she is passionate about women’s empowerment and is leading a Leanin circle called Leaders Lifting Leaders. She has been recently appointed as National President WICCI for Future of Work Council. She loves networking and knowing people beyond their profiles brings her happiness and therefore she is a core committee member of Navi Mumbai LinkedIn Local.
Gauri Das believes that every individual faces his or her challenges while laying the foundations of a successful journey. But she also reckons that times are continuously evolving and making things uncertain—which Gauri Das refers to as a case of forced OD. “Change is the name of the game,” she mentions. To overcome such obstacles, one must adapt an open-mindedness, be flexible with the work and new innovative aspects, and most importantly embrace the support provided by the people surrounding us. “People around me and my family keep me going,” she mentions. She defines success as a feeling of contentment and happiness by supporting others, by being with family and friends through their ups and downs. She believes that by being in the moment and having amazing people around as friends, mentors and well-wishers, one can easily prevail in his/her endeavours.
In her impeccable journey, by adapting such ideology, she has achieved many milestones. She was recognized HR 100 under 40, selected as LinkedIn person of the year,and very recently featured as Top 200 powerful voice in Leadership in 2022 globally and has also been featured as a speaker at TedX. She has gained the title as a Top HR Mind (India) and was highlighted as Economic Times Young HR Leader. Besides, she has been recognized as Lighthouse of L&D and WICA luminary growth.
A brief note of the Company
India Factoring and Finance Solutions Pvt. Ltd. is a financial services company specializing in working capital solutions through the Factoring product, aimed at converting receivables into cash. The company is a subsidiary of a European bank – FIMBank p.l.c., Malta, and is registered with the RBI as an NBFC – Factor. Through its global network, it offers one-stop shop solutions around receivables finance solutions. It supports business Spread across all segments of customers from MSME to large corporates; primarily manufacturers and exporters but also right domestic customers as well. It helps businesses grow with timely working capital support. Also protects against default of overseas buyers and helps balance sheet deleveraging. The company also provides solutions to the customers who are looking at new-age working capital solutions with a cost optimum approach.
Noteworthy bits of Advice
Gauri Das suggests that every individual must acquire certain traits to achieve triumph. In her opinion, she suggests that leaders need to be one with the teams with three H— heart, head, and hand. People value autonomy because it helps them to explore the possibilities and to be creative with their work; they also have individual ownership over multiple aspects of their work. This helps an individual or a group of individuals to develop a connection with the heads of the team members. However, the connection with the head merely completes the 1/3rd part of the whole process. But when these team members are made aware of the value added by their work and the relationship developed with the purpose, a leader can witness an increase in their passion for the work i.e. the heart. “Finally when you have their head and heart, hands support. 3H is my mantra of leadership and with this comes empowerment empathy and openness to diverse thoughts. In my view, these lead to great performances and innovations,” she concludes.
“Be limitless… be a possibilitarian. No matter how difficult the situation is, there are always some possibilities, all we need to do is keep looking for them,” –