As stated by John Maxwell “A leader is one who knows the way, shows the way and goes the way” and the students of the Infrastructure Management, Marketing and Business Analytics batches of SCMHRD Pune felt this when the Ex-CMO of United Breweries and an alumni of SIBM Pune, Mr. Samar Singh Sheikhawat delivered an electrifying guest lecture on 15th August 2018 and took the stage by storm.

The session began with Mr. Samar talking about his journey from being a young boy in Assam to becoming the CMO of United Breweries. He shared his life stories and experiences such as meeting famous personalities such as Mr. Wasim Akram, Carl Lewis to name a few. Being a sports enthusiast, he gave the students a brief overview of corporate world and taught them how to perceive it from a sportsman’s perspective. The lessons were peppered with anecdotes from his own life, giving them a fresh flavour.

He also shared the core values which one should imbibe in their lives, such as “Optics Matter”, “Take the emotion out before you start anything new”, “Learn to prioritise” etc. Students clung to his every word given the honesty of his accounts and the practicality of his words. He also advised students to read books such as “You can heal your life” and “Insider”.

The students from the three batches asked interesting questions to which Mr. Samar’s answers not only amazed the students but also broadened their visions. The students took back vivid stories of a storied career in corporate world, which will inspire them to write great chapters for themselves.


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