Forethought & Prudence - Sharad Devrajan


"The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense" - Thomas Edison 

Meet Sharad Devrajan co-founder, CEO and publisher of the recently formed Virgin Comics LLC and Virgin Animation Pvt Ltd and of Gotham Entertainment Group. He has established a leading south Asian publishing company, he has been featured as CNN fn's 'Maverick in the morning". He shares the knowledge and his understanding of the industry he has grown up in, till he became a leader, while speaking to Nidhi Jain.

Lessons learnt

--The biggest thing about leadership is that there is an opportunity to dream and have a vision of the future but also align my people to what their future is. For me, it's the biggest challenge and biggest obstacle. There are lot of great managers who can do a great job but great leaders can set a vision into reality.

Method to pacify madness

--I do believe in a philosophy that in a creative company we have to develop a culture of 'people tough on problems but not on the people'. There should be a healthy conflict so there should be ultimate goal of either writer, creator or anybody to make a property which will transcend. It's about challenging each other, not challenging personally.

People that have influenced

--My father being the biggest influence, amazing mentor in my life whom I was fortunate to have. While working at MTV was Tom Freston, an amazing leader to work with who founded it, a voice for that generation of the 80's, 90's. I worked with leaders who had a great understanding of the global market, media. Now I am working with Richard Branson, who's the greatest Maverick in the world, who has provided home for young creators.

"I would tell young people to start where they are with what they have and that the secret of a big success is starting with a small success and dreaming bigger and bigger dreams, I would tell them also that a young Black woman or a young Black man can't dream too much today or dare too much if he or she works hard, perseveres and dedicates themselves to excellence." - John H. Johnson

Strategic Alliance

--I believe in tapping young talent and giving them the best of experience, creating and executing product simultaneously. People need to be motivated beyond money, living their life to the fullest.

Changing rules of work

--Moving from a logical to a creative mind, we should not have technicians, we should have artists. Personally, to me it's about managing time, organizing efficiently each hour for shipping my meeting schedule to do business oriented processes so that there is no lost track.

Ensuring that team delivers

--In a creative company, it's important to deliver within deadlines. Therefore, we believe there has to be a balancing act with what they would be 10 years down the line, execute the best job in a limited time frame. They have to be as good as the best.

Best part of your business

--Before collecting my degrees I was a fine artist. I have always been surrounded by creative people. The idea is to lead to imaginative discoveries and make them reality.

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