Avneet Wadehra - Every Challenge Has Learning and Every Learning Has an Advantage in Life (CEO's Office - MX Player)

I agree that you really do not need formal education, however, you definitely need formal training to pursue the role you are hired for. If you are eager to learn, and you are focused on your approach and dedicated to your role, and have an eye for detail, you can do any task.

Tell us about your background, journey, and upbringing.

I was born in a Sikh family in a small town called Muzaffarpur in North Bihar, studied in a convent school, and came to Delhi to pursue my graduation from Daulat Ram College at Delhi University.

I have worked for over 17 years in leading brands like Hughes Software Systems, Dell, Convergys, ABP News, and Times Internet in Tech support, Customer service, Employee Engagement, People Management, Branding, Marketing, and Corporate Communication roles.

I’m currently working as a Senior Manager in the CEO Office of MX Player. I have always been proactive in my approach towards work, I think and plan in advance, and have great interpersonal skills which are why I can proudly say that my journey so far has been fruitful and satisfying.

When and how did you get clarity on what you wanted to do?

I was working in a tech support environment in Dell when I got an opportunity to be an employee engagement officer and I immediately said yes to it. It was a life-changing moment for me. I got a chance to work with the best leaders in the world. 

Their leadership lessons and the trust they showed in me helped me take more and more initiatives and learn more and more. I knew there was no looking back.

I have the skill of managing people and this was the right career move for me. My biggest learning was to uphold diversity and inclusion and respect every individual irrespective of their pay grade. 

A simple thank you and asking someone, how are you doing can change lives. People go the extra mile to get their work done if you treat them well. So, I enjoyed every bit of 6.5 years that I spent at Dell. I still miss working there because of how they made me feel. It was a second home!

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What does your typical workday look like?

My day starts with my daughter. She is 6 years old and does her classes online. I ensure my boss is aware of his meetings, and I ensure that the meeting starts and ends on time and we are not missing any deadline. The best part about working with MX Player is the flexibility we get here. 

I can work at my convenience. This helps working moms like me to have a work-life balance. Since I closely work with the CEO, I get to learn each and every aspect of the business. He has given me a free hand to do whatever I like, so I keep on taking initiatives that can add value to my work at a personal as well as organizational level.

Several global companies have come out and thrown their support behind not needing a formal education. What is your opinion about this?

I agree that you really do not need formal education, however, you definitely need formal training to pursue the role you are hired for. If you are eager to learn, and you are focused on your approach and dedicated to your role, and have an eye for detail, you can do any task.

How do you handle someone who has lied on their resume?

Trust, Ethics, and Code of conduct are really important for me. I would first verify all information and once I am sure that he/she has lied on their resume, I would confront the person and won't hire him/her.


What are some of your typical challenges and how have they evolved over time?

I used to feel stressed out before presentations and sought help from my peers. They advised me to create a schedule that allowed me to prepare ahead of time. Since then, I have been doing dry runs to make sure there is no error from my side. 

Also, making small notes has helped me in delivering my thoughts. Would like to add that the volume of work sometimes used to make me mad so I started prioritizing things in high, medium, and low priority and accordingly finish the high priority task first. Having a balanced approach towards tasks and delegating the work has helped me evolve as a better professional.

What advice do you have for aspiring entrepreneurs or those eyeing the top job?

My advice would be to own up to every part of the business. Think twice before you say a no to an opportunity. Every challenge has learning and every learning has an advantage in life. and lastly, Love what you do and do what you love!

Which is your favorite book and why?

Haha. I don't really read books other than bedtime storybooks for my daughter. Our latest favorite is the Peppa Pig series.

Bio - 

Avneet Wadehra is a Senior Manager within the CEO’s office of the world’s largest
entertainment destination, MX Player. In her current role, Avneet assists the CEO
with OTT and MX Takatak’s business functions, while also managing his business

Avneet holds 17 years of experience in Admin, Employee Engagement, People
Management, Branding, Corporate Communication, Customer Service &
Technical Support. Prior to joining MX Player, she was assisting the Head of
Marketing in the ABP News Network where she was responsible for marketing
collaborations, while also handling purchase requisitions for all 5 ABP channels.
She was also a part of the core team that launched ‘ABP Asmita’ in Ahmedabad,

Avneet began her career in Hughes Software Systems and has served as the EA
to the Site Director - Citi Bank at Convergys and she was an Employee
Engagement Officer at Dell.

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