The only state you won’t find Abinash Ojha in is idleness. He’s always on the move, which he has to for ensuring a smooth flow of work in the office. Apart from being really good at managing the team without friction, Abinash is secretly a cooking enthusiast. You could find him testing secret recipes back at his place in the weekends. He’s not open to others copying his recipes though, they’re patented. 😛 With his unique skills and expertise in management, Abinash makes the team efficient and competent. Being the go-getter that he is, we had a hard time finding him free for a chat. Here is how it went.
Q. Tell us something about yourself
I am a very concise, creative, friendly and compelling person by nature. The quote that I live my life by is “Hope lies in dreams, imagination and the courage of those who dare to bring dreams into reality”. I believe in going behind my dreams rather than waiting for them to come true. Like Abraham Lincoln famously said, “Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle”. So to me, every day is a hustle. I am a big time fan of batman, and even want to own something that is similar to the batmobile someday. 😀
Q. What is your average weekend like?
Weekends would be mostly spent in partying or cooking. It’s all about chilling out with friends, watching movies, cooking new dishes and enjoying it all. I am really good at cooking (self-proclaimed 😛 ). Spending the time away from work in the best way possible is something I find very important for being productive at work.
Q. If you could tell your younger self one thing, what would it be?
That’s a difficult question as there would be lots of things I’d want to talk to him about. 😀 One thing I can think of is “Never let your attitude down and never make someone a priority when you are just an option to them”. The first will help to achieve your dreams and the second one will let you judge people while achieving your dreams.
Q. If you had a time machine, what point in the past or future would you visit?
I would like to visit the “Satya Yuga” and “Dvapara Yuga” to see if Ramayan & Mahabharat happened in real or are just man-made stories. I am basically a sceptic, so these things would be of higher priority if I indeed get hold of a time machine. I would also roam around in the future, just to see how the human race has progressed after thousands of years from now.
Q. What aspect of your job do you love the most?
Learning and Managing: Those two things are the most vital and challenging aspects of my job. Managing others is more of an art than a skill, you have to think from different point of views before making each decision. And when I can successfully make good managerial decisions that is in the best interest of everyone involved, it gives me immense satisfaction. This is what I love about my job.
Q. What advice would you give someone who wants to become a program manager?
Focus. Focus. Focus. It takes so much focus and patience to be good at managing a team. If you are planning to take up this challenging role of a manager, be prepared to be super-focused and have the patience to overcome everyday obstacles which will be a part of the job. You will also have to plan short-term and long-term. Above all, never stop striving for better.