This is the Leadership Journey series on the Choosing Leadership Podcast.

I believe we all have a lot to learn from each other’s stories – of where we started, where we are now, and our successes and struggles on the way. With this series of interviews, my attempt is to give leaders an opportunity to share their stories and for all of us to learn from their generous sharing. If you know a leader whom you would like to see celebrated on the show, please send me a message on LinkedIn with their name.

Step into the captivating world of Avnish, a trailblazer whose journey from the corporate maze to the helm of CaratLane, India’s foremost omnichannel jewelry giant, is a testament to resilience and daring optimism. 

With a knack for recognizing opportunity where others see impossibility, he unveils his narrative of evolution. From the tenacious days at Onida where he almost walked away but found his grounding, to the fateful encounter that paved his path to entrepreneurship, his story is one of transformation against the odds. 

His leadership prowess shines as he divulges his guiding principles – the alchemy of reflection, the power of empathy, and the art of balancing risk and realism. Through his eyes, we glimpse the artistry of understanding human behavior, the fuel that ignites innovation. 

He opens the door to his treasured library, revealing profound reads like “Think Again” by Adam Grant and insightful biographies of trailblazers, offering readers a compass for navigating leadership challenges. 

His tale is a symphony of unwavering positivity, a testament that the road less traveled can lead to the extraordinary.

You can find Avnish at the below links

In the interview, Avnish shares

  • “CaratLane is India’s first and largest omnichannel jewelry company, a wonderful opportunity I could have asked for in life.”
  • “I’ve been through rejection, difficult jobs, and the shock of the real world; overcoming fear changed my perspective.”
  • “Reflecting on longer-term windows helped me overcome rejection and focus on winning the wars, not just battles.”
  • “I’m delusionally optimistic; optimism is good for the uncertainty of entrepreneurship.”
  • “Understanding human behavior is key; what does a person really want and how does it benefit both parties?”
  • “Bias for action and valuing both outcomes and inputs are essential for innovation and effective leadership.”
  • “Books like ‘Think Again’ by Adam Grant and biographies of leaders offer valuable insights into leadership and reflection.”
  • “Radical Candor, ‘A Brave New World’ by Adam, and books on the human aspect of business are highly recommended.”
  • “Balance optimism with the ability to recognize risks and when to quit; self-awareness is essential.”
  • “A combination of family, personal interests, and professional growth is my future vision, along with making a positive impact.”