#48 Only the Paranoid Survive w/ Raj Gupta - Executive Chairman of ESD
As executive chairman of ESD, Raj Gupta leads the company's mission to Improve Society Through the Built Environment. He works on long-term initiatives to support the company’s future, including the expansion of career development paths for employees, promotion of the ESD brand and corporate governance. He champions ESD's embrace of globalization and positions the firm to compete in our digital economy. He nurtures ESD’s unique culture and advances its values: respect everyone, work hard and play to win.
In this episode, Raj talks about his journey to success. From the humble beginnings with his parents working for their American Dream, to facing two financial crisis, a pandemic, and innovating their company to the success that it is today.
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6:00 Getting to know Raj
9:00 Raj’s take on failing and failures
14:15 Raj’s family business and how Raj started
23:15 Differentiate or die
28:30 Raj’s education
31:15 Your children joining the family business
36:45 Visionaries in the business
41:30 Raj’s views on mentorship and leadership
47:15 Raj’s three core values
53:15 Applying your company’s culture and values
57:15 Raj’s toughest times in business
1:04:00 Improving indoor air quality
1:13:00 Raj’s company Cohesion
1:18:45 Raj’s take on partnerships
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