CEO’s Diary: My Role Models

I have had some great teachers in my life. I remember Mr. Bhalla from my school in Lucknow. He was my computer teacher and he made me win Olympiads. Sometimes my wife calls me a robot, sometimes I feel good about it, sometimes I see a bit of Mr. Bhalla in me.
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I think that’s who role models are. The only role models I have had in my life are my actual teachers. Memorable teachers are the ones who give you a part of their own. I see this more now probably because I recently realized that I am an ardent Learner.
Being aware of this skill makes a lot of difference. Sometimes in-between work I wake up to realize that I am on a Wikipedia page and there are 12 more tabs on my browser to explore.
It has been around 8 months since I first met Manish Puri and 7 since he became my coach. Initially I did not know what to expect out of coaching. I started questioning that to myself. Can’t I figure this out by my own? I mean I have the internet. I have the will to learn. Why do I need a coach? This thought process led me to more and more questions. Why does anyone need a coach? Why does a Tendulkar or a Federer need a coach?
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Every week we would have talks and in return I would have tasks. Fair trade, I assumed. This one week he gave me a task of meeting 40 business prospects in a month. Possible, I assumed. Challenge accepted, I said. Month end got near but I wasn’t quite there. But then I realized something about myself. My ability is not my preordained condition. I am as far as I can stretch myself. I needed that push. I needed to explore.
It’s been a year since my wife, Komil and I started learning martial arts. Our sensei pushes us to the limits that my body could have never imagined. Our training is weaved in blood, sweat and tears. Both of us recently got our yellow belt.
It has been an intense journey to reach to our first stepping stone. I see a huge correlation between learning martial arts and entrepreneurship. The only competition you see is the one in the mirror.
I would like to thank these 3 pillars, these 3 role models. My computer teacher, my coach and my sensei.
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Meet the HR: Komil Sharma Singh

1. What is my current work attitude/approach?

My work as an HR majorly concerns with enabling my employees/managers achieve organizational goals through collaborated efforts and self-motivation. Hence, my work for me is a medium to influence, engage and motivate. It also involves strategic management of purpose, goals and expectations of individuals, in alignment with organizational values and growth.

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2. What have I done so far and what am I currently involved with?

I joined as an HR Intern in a start up and took this opportunity to learn about HR and Entrepreneurship. As soon as I joined in, I got deeply involved in the process of shaping the organizations policies and procedures related to Appointment, Compensation, Benefits, Workplace and Team Ethics. After the intense and careful journey through paperwork, I took up the never-ending task of forming the organizational culture and its set of core values. We are still working on it.

My current challenge includes exploring the world of Recruiting, Hiring and On boarding. This includes evolving our Hiring Process while streamlining it with our mission ‘Simplifying Complexity’; and developing a quality based system of processes for Training and Growth; in order to meet individual growth expectations and provide skills based training that aligns with organizations vision.

3. How did I enter the world of HR?

After working through different profiles/organizations for 6 years, I left my job 4 years ago to start my own venture. A home based Bakery that customizes delicious cuisines from across the world, into healthy products of nutritional value. While my goals were clear, I lacked experience in terms of building the right business model and managing production. In time it made me realize the importance of people. Even geniuses cannot build a castle alone. We need people for everything. We need people to design, people to plan, people to produce, people to market and people to sell.

It is then that I realized how Human Resource is closely linked to Entrepreneurship and that in order to manage anything, one first needs to know how to manage people. I am learning and growing at each step of my journey and consistently direct my achievements to enable the overall growth of my organization and its valuable set if employees.

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Character Norms

A character is an embodiment of a personality. It has facets that underline all its key elements. A character has a past and a destiny. It has an inherent story. It encompasses a visual language that entails a narrative. A character is a bearer of motifs.

Character Designing by Moon Arun.

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“A to G of Digital Concept Art” by Moon Arun

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A. IDEA:
An idea could be anything from this world or beyond; it could be real or unreal. It could be a figment of your imagination. Or the exact crown on the statue of liberty. But it needs to be built upon. Similarities studied, flaws discarded. The science behind the spark needs to be pondered upon. An idea may come to you in your dreams. To see how the idea plays out, you need to execute accordingly.

B. RESEARCH:
Search and find out the realm of possibility. The existence of your idea and its validity. Research enables you to look at your idea logically. It shows you if your imagination has merit and if the magic is indeed bona fide.

C. REFERENCES:
Filter your idea through references. Ideate to make it stronger. Clear out your doubts, work out the plausibility. Infuse your idea with a visual language. Test it against the existing worlds. Maximize your idea with a plurality of inputs.

D. ROUGH SKETCHES:
Your first sketch is not your final sketch. There are many views to an idea, many perspectives, many shades, and many interpretations. Work with different styles and compositions. There will be many versions of your idea. Choose the one that holds true to your rhythm. Choose the one that resonates.

E. CHOOSE AND START DETAILING (GREYSCALE/COLOUR/LIGHTING):
Choose the best doodle. Work with proper fundamentals in composition, anatomy, rule of thirds and perspective. After defining the outlines or contour lines start with blocking. A greyscale shows you the overall picture. It enables you to realize how your idea will eventually pan out. Colour helps you set the mood and the age of the scene. It helps showcase the time and the era and the setting. Lighting sets the frame. It builds the environment. It helps you highlight elements and it gives the special touch to your idea. A scifi sketch and a historical sketch can be altered just by the use of lighting.

F. DON’T BE AFRAID TO START A NEW SKETCH:
Art is a perfection of your expression. Until you are able to depict your idea in its most intimate and extravagant details, don’t accept. Don’t get too possessive of your arcs and shades. Don’t compromise on your idea. Remember you are refining your own self with every new sketch. Reboot and restart.

G. CREATE SOMETHING IMPORTANT:
The age of mediocrity ended with the age of nobility. As a creator you are endowed with the ability to achieve greatness. Don’t become a Disney stooge. Look into the horizon to step outside the narrow boxes. Don’t trace heroes, create universes. Create something important. Create something that will fight the passing of time and leave a mark for eternity.

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Wacom Workshop

Our beloved COO Moon Arun had a wonderful time at Artography Studio. He was invited by Wacom India to conduct a workshop on “Pen Tablets and Design”. A presentation on digital concept art and today’s art industry.

As a part of our “Initiate the Future” campaign, we regularly hold workshops to guide and induct the newer generation into the art world.

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