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Passion for Change

LinkedIn's Nishant Rao learnt to embrace change
twitter-logo Sarika Malhotra        Print Edition: Mar 16, 2014
Nishant Rao, 35 Country Manager, LinkedIn
Nishant Rao, 35 Country Manager, LinkedIn Photo: Vivan Mehra/www.indiatodayimages.com

He has learnt to embrace change. Nishant Rao, Country Manager (India), LinkedIn, the world's largest professional networking site, sees change all around him and revels in it. "Being open to new things allows you to reach new heights and have new experiences," he says.

There is change in Indian companies attitude to hiring too. "Earlier it was quantity play, scan 1,000 resumes to get the right candidate," he says. "We offer quality play - instead of 1,000 we give the 50 best resumes. Indian companies are realising that quality works."

He was one of the earliest members to join LinkedIn. "I was working with McKinsey in the US when LinkedIn approached me to head its global strategy," he says. The move to India came later. With 24 million members, India now has the second largest member base of LinkedIn after the US.

Another change: he is learning golf. "I also enjoy putting my kids to sleep. Im told I sing well, so I sing them to sleep," he says.

Nishant Rao, 35 Country Manager, LinkedIn

THE MBA DEGREE
It gave me three key ingredients for future success - a strong network, a broader and richer perspective and forced me to reflect on myself

FIRST BIG BREAK
When the woman I loved (now my wife) said yes

SKILL ACQUIRED
Public speaking

HOW I STOOD OUT
I focused on process excellence rather than outcome. If I can look myself in the eye and say that I gave it my best effort, I don't worry about the result

FOCUS MANTRA
Working out in the morning for a healthy body and healthy mind; the renewed energy levels help me focus


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