Sangeeta Shankaran Sumesh, CFO turned Business & Leadership Coach, Author

Sangeeta Shankaran Sumesh, CFO turned Business & Leadership Coach, Author

Sangeeta is a CFO turned Business and Leadership Coach. She is the author of four books. She calls herself Gain Enabler.

 

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Overview

More and more people are recognizing the impact executive coaching can make on their lives and careers. A good executive coach can help clients achieve their business goals by facilitating reflection and helping them find their answers. Whether you are a new entrepreneur, an aspiring entrepreneur, a business owner, or a salesperson, you need a mentor.

And who will be your mentor? Even if you are a die-hard self-starter, who doesn’t need a mentor?  Not having a mentor in your life can be a real bummer, especially when you are just starting out. You are also missing out on a lot of opportunities. You can make great connections with mentors, and you can learn from their mistakes.

We have one such person today as our guest who has been making a significant impact on the lives of others. We are pleased to welcome Sangeeta Shankaran Sumesh, CFO turned Business & Leadership Coach, Author.

[00:34] About Sangeeta Shankaran Sumesh, CFO turned Business & Leadership Coach, Author

  • Sangeeta is a CFO turned Business and Leadership Coach.
  • She is the author of four books. She calls herself Gain Enabler.
  • Sangeeta contributes as a Business & Leadership Coach by enabling high performance and enhancing financial growth.
  • Sangeeta is a Chartered Accountant, Management Accountant & completed executive education from Harvard Business School.

[00:51] Understanding the phrase ‘The Gain Enabler’

  • I realized that my purpose would be to help others achieve their purpose and goals.
  • I come from a Finance background, a Chartered Accountant with so many years of experience. I wanted to help people be it financial gains or non-financial gains.
  • My objective is to see how I can contribute to the success of people who work with me.

[03:33] Why did you choose to coach?

  • I am an accidental coach.
  • I always thought a coach is somebody who is a domain expert.
  • At the launch of my first book, I kept hearing about coaching from different people.
  • I blend the two,  my finance experience and my coaching skills, and that created magic.

[04:54] How coaching has evolved over the years?

  • People need to understand the difference between coaching and mentoring.
  • A mentor is somebody who’s a domain expert who’s been there who’s done that and guides you from his or her experience.
  • A coach need not be a domain expert. A coach helps you to overcome challenges and helps you find solutions that you require.

[07:46] How long should a coaching association be?

  • It varies from person to person and case to case.
  • At least six months to a year because that is when you can see the transformation and get tangible results.

[08:34] Evaluating your coach

  • It’s very important to have good chemistry between the coach and the coachee.
  • The experience of the coach adds value.
  • If the coach is well-trained.

[11:41] How does the coach determine whether a person is coachable?

  • Understand from the person how driven are they to achieve what they want to achieve.

[13:07] Coaching millennials and Gen Z’s

  • They are extra smart, and they want quick growth, therefore they are ready to put in the extra hard work.
  • Organizations need to understand that this culture shift is happening.

[18:55] Three life lessons

  • Step out of your comfort zone
  • Be grounded and be humble
  • Keep evolving, adapting, and learning with changing times

Resources:

You can connect with Sangeeta Shankaran Sumesh – LinkedIn

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Sangeeta contributes as a Business & Leadership Coach by enabling high performance and enhancing financial growth. Sangeeta is on a mission to enable, empower and elevate businesses with a purpose to serve Corporate leaders and teams to shine and succeed.

She brings along rich corporate experience of twenty-five years with multinationals, and her latest position was as the Executive Director & Chief Financial Officer of Dun & Bradstreet Technologies.

Sangeeta is a Chartered Accountant, Management Accountant & completed executive education from Harvard Business School. She’s a High Performance Business Coach from the International Coaching Federation (PCC), TEDx Speaker & Bestselling Author.

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