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Agents of change 'Shine Bright'

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At the launch of author Rashmi Bansal's tenth book, Shine Bright, (L-R) Kirti Poonia, Head at Okhai, Vineet Gautam, CEO, Bestseller India, Dr Pawan Goenka, MD, M&M, Harsh Kumar Bhanwala, Chairman, National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), and R Mukundan, MD and CEO, Tata Chemicals.

Is being an entrepreneur the only way to bring about an impact? What if you could do things that entrepreneurs do, but within the structure of an organization? Shine Bright, the latest book by best-selling author Rashmi Bansal chronicles inspiring stories from CEOs, including Dr Pawan Goenka, MD, M&M. The book takes us on a ride, up close and personal which is equal parts arduous and fulfilling. Tracing his tryst with destiny that began in a small village on the outskirts of MP and took him to Kolkata, Kanpur, and then the US, Dr Goenka speaks from the heart in 'Shine Bright', and drives home the fact that if one is not stuck' to the job, they too can be an agent of change.

Sharing anecdotes from his job interview with Anand Mahindra back in 1992, Dr Goenka, said, 'Looking at my resume at that time nobody would have considered me fit for the job that I was hired for because I knew all about a job that nobody cared about. Whereas in this job I had to do something much broader than what I had ever done in my life. Anand Mahindra only said – If you believe in the dream, and if it challenges you come and join the team. There was no discussion about the role, the designation or to whom I would report. Anand’s vision for R&D clinched the deal and I signed on the dotted line.'

Under Pawan Goenka's able leadership, Mahindra Auto now competes with global giants – and outperforms them. From taking charge of the R&D facility in Nashik to developing the iconic Scorpio from scratch, the professional struggle, personal turmoil and resilience through the years, shaped Dr Goenka into an ‘intrapreneur'.