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Hello everyone. Stay tuned to the end of the interview where I’ll give you some actionable insights that I learned from my guest. These insights are also in the show notes. As always, thanks for listening.
Now on to my guest for today, Vinay Raman, CEO of CAARMO and host of the Business Blind Spots Exposed podcast.
Vinay grew up around engineers and earned a master’s in artificial intelligence and machine learning. He also grew up in the Hindu faith, and has always been interested in the intersections and relationship between science and religion. What he’s most passionate about is bringing data together with stories. He uses hard data to help companies see where they need to take a closer look and find out the story behind what’s happening. This helps companies build a better culture and lead from a heart-centered, rather than simply a numbers-driven, place.
At CAARMO Vinay helps businesses improve performance by gathering data, studying it, and then encouraging managers to find the story behind the numbers. So, for example, instead of simply firing an employee who is not meeting standards, data can show specifics about where he or she is lacking and then use that data as a springboard for a conversation that will invite the employee to become better. It may also point to ways the company itself is getting in the way of performance, too.
Vinay encourages leaders to use questions to achieve better understanding and to invite employees down the road of improvement, flipping the traditional management model. In this model, data becomes critical information, but it’s information that forms a basis for a conversation, rather than the last word.
Now, let’s get better together.
Vinay’s vision is of a world where business leaders are heart-centered and dedicated to fostering a work culture that is empathetic and resilient. He has the following recommendations for aspiring entrepreneurs:
- Get aligned with your purpose. Does what you want to do align with your purpose? Make sure you’re following your passion - because willpower will only get you so far.
- Real intelligence is about more than learning what others have learned; it’s also about learning things for yourself by asking questions and learning from mistakes and failures. Also ask, what do you need to unlearn?
- Core values matter. Company culture affects, he estimates, 30% of the results you get. Take the time to develop and articulate what the core values are for your company and use those as a foundation for everything you do.