With 25 Studios across 10 countries, Cognizant Softvision is home to countless individuals with a wide range of expertise. In this series, we sit down with our experts to get to know them better, pick their brains and gain some insights.
In this edition, we talk with Ashwini Shashikiran, Delivery Manager in our Mysore Studio.
GETTING TO KNOW ASHWINI
What was your first job?
My first job was as a Business Analyst at TCS which I took just couple of days after my MBA convocation. I’m always proud of the fact that I was campus placed into Indian IT industry.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I like to watch dance shows – both international and national TV shows – in my free time. Dance gives life and energy to me from my younger days. I also like to watch inspirational movies too.
Any upcoming travel plans?
Me and my hubby look forward to our year end international holidays. We plan them together and implement them to the core. My dream destination though, is Paris!
What’s the best Halloween costume you’ve ever had?
Oct 31st is also my wedding anniversary, so my marriage attire and every anniversary dress is my best Halloween costume! Don’t worry, they aren’t scary. 🙂
What’s your hidden talent/super power?
I am a graceful dancer and licensed glider pilot. I love to fly in the sky and used to be known as the dancing queen in my college cultural. The smile with expression and go getter attitude I’ve carried with me and now I consider those to be my additional super powers.
If you had to eat one food for every meal, what would you eat?
Veggie burritos or enchiladas. I love Mexican food.
ASHWINI AT WORK
What’s your role at Cognizant Softvision?
I am a Delivery Manager for a select number of retail accounts as well as a Community Manager for the Retail Org.net and Web communities. I currently program manage the Upskill Initiative for Mysore SV Retail Org, which involves bringing all communities together towards a common objective of continuous learning.
Describe a day-in-the-life at work
I start my day with a big smile on my face, look forward to connecting with people and creating positive energy along the way as I help execute projects for our clients. I encourage and support my team to share innovative ideas and bring value additions to our customers. I also hold daily meetings and connect sessions with our global teams in an effort to enforce positive communication from myself.
What are some ways you support and motivate your team?
I motivate my team by being a servant leader – encouraging team members to bring in their own creativity and adding innovation to the forefront without any prejudice or fear. I believe my encouragement motivates them to fearlessly contribute towards project deliverables. My team is open with me, sharing ideas and opinions, since they understand that any feedback given, I make an effort to receive openly.
What do you find the most rewarding about working at Cognizant Softvision?
Cognizant Softvision is a dream place to work. The positive energy and collaboration within our company is a major contributing factor to me looking forward to work every day. Our teams ensure magic is created everyday in whatever we do, which brings out a positive change and a sense of satisfaction. At the end of the day, the many people whom I connect with, have a smile on their face and that is what matters the most to me.