Rimjhim Mukherjee, Chief Business Officer of Kaya Group of Companies receives the Global 50 Glory Award 2021 for achievement in Business Consultancy. She is crazily passionate about creative writing and has taken on the entrepreneurial journey of providing her services towards content writing and brand building. Here’s an exclusive interview with Rimjhim Mukherjee:
Please tell us a bit about yourself.
I am a strategic sales evangelist, with more than a decade of experience, specialising in business development across sectors like FMCG, Healthcare, Retail and Education. I consult and moderate on business expansion through franchise and distribution, partner channels, partnerships and joint ventures. I have led and now handle ticket sizes of more than 1 million dollars. In my current role, I handle the entire business portfolio for Kaya, with my team of about 200 people in Pan India.
Humbled to have been felicitated with Chairman Award, for outstanding contribution to sales. Best Performer Awards for 2 consecutive years for Business Development Revenue
*By Heart: *
Classically trained singer and dancer, anchor, showered with dollops of tenacious oratory, which are essential for pitching my organization’s presentation to various VC’s and persuasive communication skills, which aid me in effortless negotiation with my clients for partnerships and alliances. Also, since I am crazily passionate about creative writing, I have taken on the entrepreneurial journey of providing my services towards content writing and brand building, as a side hustle, successfully, for the past 6 months under the aegis, RIMJHIM RANTS.
Besides having mentored over 500 women and enthusiastic sales personnel, driven by the motive of making a difference in the corporate ecosystem for women, I am
●Program Leader at Iron Lady (Magic Wand LLP)
●Mentor at Sales Womentoring
●Executive Editor at “THE POLITICAL EDGE”
●Community Builder at Leap Club
●Speaker/ Mentor at AICTE – IIPS
WICCI – State President (DELHI)
●Solopreneur – RIMJHIM RANTS (Towards Brand Building and Content Writing Services)
What were the challenges that you faced initially and how did you overcome them?
Challenges: Women are often stereotyped to be best suited for non-field positions, and hence pursuing a career in active sales was a challenge for any female like me, a decade back. Gender parity in terms of pay and inclusivity in projects have been issued that I believe every woman has faced in the corporate structure.
The battle to overcome still continues. Agreed, we have come a long way, but there are miles to still cover. Two things that have personally helped me immensely are, firstly my conviction in myself and not allowing my limiting beliefs to get the better of me and secondly having had amazing professional mentors made my journey 50% smoother.
What has been your most significant achievement?
During the covid pandemic, when entire business and revenue lines came to a standstill, I almost single-handedly drove the revenues of the then organisation, for which the Chairman took a personal special mention. That remains my most cherished accomplishment to date, as it was the most challenging time I had ever seen.
How do you come up with new ideas?
I believe every leader when transitioning from their domain to strategy roles, needs to delegate one time of the day to sit with themselves only, to ideate. I have my me-time early in the morning with my cup of black coffee. Jotting things down in my notes, and then validating the feasibility of my ideas with due deliberation through online research and case studies has worked for me big time.
Who is your biggest inspiration?
My parents, dad for instilling in me the right values and ideals, that have helped me shape myself into the person I am today, despite failing and falling numerous times and my mom, for being the perfect torchbearer of empathy-driven leadership and supernatural multitasking.
What motivates you?
At the risk of sounding materialistic, money motivates me. I have learnt very early on, in my career and my life, in general, that even the most impactful of ideas and the most needed of changes can be brought, mostly and easily with the right channels and financial aid, exceptions aside. That is one of the primary reasons for my career as a saleswoman, chasing targets, and revenues, to become comfortable to bring forth an impactful change towards causes that are close to my heart.
What does a typical day look like for you?
I am literally married to my laptop and phone, sounding like a cliched corporate professional. A typical day starts with exercising and some black-coffee laden my time, and then professional obligations take over, post which I preserve my energy towards the causes of Iron Lady and WICCI, as the program leader and State President – Delhi Chapter respectively, and culminates into some quality family time.
Who do you look toward for advice?
I have been blessed to have found amazing mentors in my professional journey, who I look up to for professional guidance and mentoring. And for personal challenges, my mom has been my biggest mentor and my go-to person anytime.
How do you define success?
If you wake up every morning, looking forward to the tasks that you have set for the day, that for me is a success.
What are your growth plans for the next 12 months?
Personally, primarily focussed on my emergence as a Thought Leader in my domain, over the next year.
Professionally, I am in a serene state of mind and wish to sustain the pace at which my career stands as of now.