Life can never be a bed of roses, however it all depends on the person how he perceives it. Perception varies from person to person. And the one who goes forth with it instead of thinking about the far end consequences is the one who wins it. Ms. Harshbeena Zaveri is an optimist who believes that failure is the pillar of success and she keeps on taking the challenges head on and breaks through the shackles of hindrances with enormous will power.
Joining NRB Industrial Bearings as a trainee in the factory shop floor and dreaming of breaking all the geographical barriers and serve globally with NRB’s offerings, Ms.Harshbeena Zaveri placed each brick with a meticulous planning. She is not only a successful entrepreneur but also an ideal role model and mentor to many bright women who found the path of light under her leadership. Ms. Zaveri’s initial days at NRB Bearings were full of hardships. She took up every challenging task and accomplished them with utmost care to grow confidence and built strong relationships with the machine operators whom she considered as the biggest stakeholders of the company.
Ms. Zaveri aspired to make NRB Bearings one of the biggest companies which would not only engineer products in India but partner the world’s best automobile companies. In 2000 she took up a bold decision of terminating a three decade old technical collaboration with their erstwhile partner Nadella and become independent for New Product Development (NPD) by setting up an R&D Centre. And today they have a chain of multiple clients whom they cater to. They supply to Mercedes, Volvo, Audi and Renault in Europe. Their products are also been imported to Germany by the world’s biggest and best gearbox manufacturers. They have recently started working with two new big-name clients (Ducati and Mitsubishi) and have began developing parts for drones as well.
She was the first lady to be included in the ‘Most Powerful Woman in Business’ list in 2011 and amongst the top 17 most powerful Women in Fortune Magazine. This inspired her and validated her feeling that leaders rise from challenging situations. She believes that, recognition is very much needed since gender equality is in hype and it shall motivate the youth to the core to come up and dream big.
She pays homage to her Alma Mater, Wellesley which believes in the motto “women who will make a difference”. She believes in mentoring the future generation of women and inculcate in them what she received. Mentoring helps women to learn from them who have explored corporate situations and gain confidence to take challenges. Success is not just about contending and succeeding a race but also about convincing others on the team to be strong enough to handle risks.
She strongly believes that a leader is only as strong as her team and hence they pay great attention on recruitment. Her favourite quote from Einstein is ‘In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity’. She likes to turn what other people consider a disadvantage to her advantage. The biggest disadvantage of her life being an entity from arts background actually turned in her favour and people realised that she was able to turn her academic knowledge to foster a more open environment.
Going by an article in The Economist titled ‘The Weaker Sex’ highlighted a recent study by OECD, (a Paris based think tank), it showed that girls outperform boys at studies in all 64 countries. So the weaker sex is in terms of academic competency, ironically is the male not the female: The feminisation of higher education was so gradual that for a long time it was not noticed till in 2008 when a report pointing out just how far it had gone, was released, and people couldn’t believe it how far men had fallen academically. She considers it a prejudice and lack of sufficient support that bar the women from getting the higher posts and male continue to rise through the ranks.
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