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Sandeep Girotra, Vice President and Head of India, Nokia Solutions Network, talks about the 'firsts' in his life.
Sunny Sen        Print Edition: Feb 16, 2014
Sandeep Girotra, Vice President and Head of India, Nokia Solutions Network
Sandeep Girotra, Vice President and Head of India, Nokia Solutions Network. PHOTO: Shekhar Ghosh

Sandeep Girotra, Vice President and Head of India, Nokia Solutions Network shares his leadership style -

MY FIRST ROLE MODEL
J.R.D. Tata. His contributions as an entrepreneur, nationalist and social activist are truly inspiring and unparalleled.

MY FIRST JOB
As a sales engineer with Tektronix India, a test and measurement equipment company. Getting hands-on experience in the field was truly enriching.  

MY FIRST BOSS
My first boss was the sales manager with whom I began my first job. He told me that the job of the manager is to reduce complexity and make things simpler. It is something I value and try to follow even in my present job. 

MY FIRST PROMOTION

My first promotion was to the post of sales manager. I remember being ecstatic on hearing the news. It meant exploring new markets and being responsible for my own numbers.

MY FIRST DISAPPOINTMENT
My first disappointment was a sales engagement in my early days. The outcome was not what I expected. No doubt, various external factors led to that development. Still, it was a great opportunity to learn the art of managing. As the saying goes, "When you lose, don't lose the lesson".

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