The pandemic has taught Teleport India director life’s biggest lesson: being flexible

Nipun Anand believes this is the best time to work on self improvement.

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Teleport India director Nipun Anand shares his work from home learning.
The current pandemic situation pushed Nipun Anand, Director, Teleport India to change functioning from offline to online. It was not easy to get adjusted to the new normal as there is always a difference when leading, managing a group of home based employees than having them face to face.

He told ET Panache, "The lockdown taught us how to work around the adverse situations and emerge stronger and better. Technology was a big enabler in bridging the gap between team members. We delivered in business with effective communication and working together. My team and I are developing a much greater understanding when working remotely."

While not travelling to work, Anand utilised that time to plan the day better to maintain a healthy work-life balance.


He suggests, "Download the tools/software that are accessible to everyone, avoid long meetings and trim them by moving them to email or Slack. Use internal communication tools to keep everyone on the same page. Create an office like environment virtually with technological tools to keep your employees stay motivated during this phase."

Anand feels there’s no better time to pursue self-improvement than when uncertainty abounds. "During this phase, apart from my work schedule I tried to invest my time in sports. It helps me build a strong character, develop empathy, team spirit and people skills. I have always had a strong inclination towards games like cricket and badminton. I l play these as often as possible amidst my work schedule," he said.

He does outdoor activities to keep myself physically fit. Sports provide Anand opportunities to get away from stress and helps him enjoy some solitude, to make friends and build networks.
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He said, "I am not too keen on gyms but I love practising yoga before I start my day. In these times, it’s important to relax and breathe as much as possible, yoga helps me in staying mentally fit. No matter whatever happens, I always try to stay humble and grounded, not just with family but with everyone around and try to be a better version of myself. When it comes to work, I follow a simple philosophy which is deeply rooted in trust, credibility, well-preparedness and a meticulous attention to detail."

Anand spends time with his family to keep himself relaxed no matter what. He plays chess or carom with them and says his father is his strength and inspiration as his positive outlook keeps him stay motivated and calm.

"This pandemic has brought a lot many learnings for all of us. With teams working from home with unregulated working hours, it was imperative for me to ensure no one is left out. Being flexible is the biggest learning for me as a leader. Truthful and frequent communication is core to great leadership, particularly at times of ambiguity. Checking on the team's health, well-being and work-family balance helped me connect with them more effectively," he ended.

Acing Lockdown Fitness: How Zoomcar CEO, Vinati Organics Head & Other Bosses Have Kept Themselves In Shape
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Not to shy away from difficult situations, these bosses share how they stayed in shape while stuck at home:

Not to shy away from difficult situations, these bosses share how they stayed in shape while stuck at home:
Dattatri Salagame, MD, Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions

“I’ve taken up the challenge of how long I can hold a plank. From the earlier one minute, I can now plank up to close to two minutes. I want to get better. I plan on setting a new record soon. Holding the plank was something I always wanted to get better at in order to build my core.”
Dattatri Salagame, MD, Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions“I’ve taken up the challenge of how long I can hold a plank. From the earlier one minute, I can now plank up to close to two minu..
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Vinati Saraf Mutreja, CEO, Vinati Organics

“I participated in the SOHFIT Reboot Challenge organised by a business organisation for its members. It was for 30 days and we were divided into teams, sharing details of our exercise regimen, food, water intake and sleep schedules with each other on a daily basis. Though I have been a hardcore fitness enthusiast for the better part of my li fe, this chal lenge proved to be the ultimate fitness experience. I was motivated to push my boundaries to the extreme and felt a sense of achievement and success when the chal lenge was completed. It made me feel stronger, fitter and happier.”
Vinati Saraf Mutreja, CEO, Vinati Organics“I participated in the SOHFIT Reboot Challenge organised by a business organisation for its members. It was for 30 days and we were divided into teams, shari..
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Sumant Sinha, CMD, ReNew Power

“My wife Vaishali and I have entered into a fitness and weight loss competition. We are both trying to get in shape and so far, she’s comfortably ahead of me. But there’s still some time to go.”
Sumant Sinha, CMD, ReNew Power“My wife Vaishali and I have entered into a fitness and weight loss competition. We are both trying to get in shape and so far, she’s comfortably ahead of me. But there’..
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Sanjay Swamy. Managing partner, Prime Venture Partners

“I decided to use this opportunity to improve my physical conditioning. I started cycling (after more than 40 years) inside my gated community from mid-April. I went from seven kilometres per ride to 20 kilometres by the end of June. Recently, I did a 52-kilometre ride to Chikka Tirupathi [on the outskirts of Bengaluru]. Cycling has had a huge impact, not just on my physical conditioning but also my confidence.”
Sanjay Swamy. Managing partner, Prime Venture Partners“I decided to use this opportunity to improve my physical conditioning. I started cycling (after more than 40 years) inside my gated community fr..
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Vineeta Singh, CEO, SUGAR Cosmetics

“Startups are quite demanding, so I’ve never been able to work out more than three days a week, even when I trained for the Ironman Triathlon. So, when the lockdown was announced, I decided to challenge myself with a ‘consistency goal’ of accomplishing a workout a day. It began with coordinated workouts on Zoom with my friends and as restrictions eased, I started going for outdoor runs. There were days when there would be so many calls that I’d be seen climbing the building stairs at 10 pm. I now have more than 100 days of workouts under my belt and it has been the biggest stressbuster.”
Vineeta Singh, CEO, SUGAR Cosmetics“Startups are quite demanding, so I’ve never been able to work out more than three days a week, even when I trained for the Ironman Triathlon. So, when the lockdown..
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Greg Moran, CEO, Zoomcar

“During the lockdown, I have managed to master single-leg burpees. It’s important to have a defined schedule and stick to it. I ensure that I block out some time during the day for exercise. I work out at home daily with various bodyweight exercises — I do pushups, burpees and air squats. I love doing CrossFit and high-intensity interval training that combines weightlifting, aerobics, powerlifting and gymnastics.”
Greg Moran, CEO, Zoomcar“During the lockdown, I have managed to master single-leg burpees. It’s important to have a defined schedule and stick to it. I ensure that I block out some time during the da..
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