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C-suite career advice: Faisal Husain, Synechron

Faisal Husain

  Company: Synechron

  Job Title: Co-founder and CEO

  Location: India


What was the most valuable piece of career advice that you received?
The most valuable piece of career advice I have ever received in the early phase of my career was “Become your own person; don’t copy anyone else’s career choice”. I believe everyone is born with a unique set of strengths and capabilities which make him/her stand apart from others. I have always been advised “Only be yourself, everyone else is taken”. One should not opt for a career path just because some other person has become successful there.

What was the worst piece of business advice that you received?
 “Plan your exit” is probably the worst piece of business advice I have ever received. Unfortunately, this trend is being increasingly adopted in the contemporary business environment wherein successful brands are selling their businesses. Ideally, entrepreneurs should focus on building well-expanded and diversified companies rather than prematurely quitting the industry even though there are ample opportunities to grow.

What advice would you give to someone starting their career in the tech industry?
Today, every professional is viewed not just as an employee, but also as an entrepreneur. It is imperative for professionals to think and act as decision makers and owners of a business rather than just being a part of it. Their traits need to be like those of a successful entrepreneur - someone who is passionate, visionary, risk-taker and a believer of fostering innovation. On the other hand, I feel one should never forget to celebrate success. It pays rich dividends to maintain integrity, patience and execute the highest levels of ethics. Experience will teach you to see what others can’t see. Make decisions, even if they end up being wrong some time.

What tips would you give to someone aiming for a C-level position?
I feel a leader should always be accessible and approachable to everyone in the organization. At Synechron, we follow the “Open Door Policy” which has always worked well. A leader should be receptive to criticism, inputs and feedback. For C-suite executives, the ability to assume risks is inevitable. Instead of getting bogged down in the event of losses, learn your lesson and move forward. Ideally, a leader should always consult other team members before arriving at any key business decisions.

Are you particularly proud of any career advice that you’ve given or the career route / development of anyone you’ve mentored?
I have rigorously followed and advised something that I completely believe in – “Chase fulfillment and not money.” Once the fulfillment is achieved by a customer-centric approach, money flows in as a by-product. The most important values that I generally pass on to budding professionals include positivity, ability to accept challenges and a quest for learning. Maintaining work-life balance, unwinding with family and enjoying planned vacations help one get charged up.


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