Sachit Jain with his Takeoff

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Mr Sachit Jain, an Executive Director of the Vardhman Group was an Electrical Engineering at IIT, New Delhi, Management at IIM, Ahmedabad and Financial Management at Stanford, USA. After ruling the textiles industry, Jain is now out with book called “READY TO TAKEOFF”.

“READY TO TAKEOFF” gives you an insight into the team work, people management, quality circle, 5S, cross functional groups, NVAs and most important the art of Leadership.

“Most of the management issues talked about in the book is based on my personal experiences and learnings. The book is written in simple language and is devoid of any jargon.  The book is written in a style with a lot of dialogues. I hope many people will be able to relate to it. The audience for the book is urban, educated professionals and their spouses and management students”, says Sachit Jain.

Ready for Takeoff is a management book written in the form of a novel. The hero Anurag is a career investment banker, an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad in his 40s. One of his main clients, Mr. Sehgal on the successful takeover of a special alloy steel plant asks him to run the plant for him. Anurag is apprehensive about this as he has no prior experience either in steel industry or in the area of manufacturing. His wife Alpana encourages him to go ahead and take the challenge of doing something different.

The book is about his experiences of how he handles this new situation, how he involves his old friend Manu for initial lessons in leadership and how he tries out new ideas of his own. He involves his key people in major decisions to be taken in the plant. His wife Alpana acts as his confidante and advisor. The book in addition explores some basic philosophies of life. There are a couple of chapters on interaction with his teenaged kids.

The book touches on a few techniques of management like Non Value added activities, interaction with workers, involving people, TPM etc. In the end the book explores a new definition of Leadership. The key issue that the book explores is to be an effective leader you have to start with yourself so it actually is all about self transformation.

About the Author:

Sachit Jain was awarded gold medal at IIM, Ahmedabad in 1989. Before joining Vardhman Group in 1990 as Executive Director, he started his management career with Hindustan Lever in 1989.

Towards building the Group

He has helped shape up Vardhman’s investment in Baddi,Himachal Pradesh,Indiaright from the beginning. Starting with an initial investment of Rs 32 crores he has led the team which put up 9 factories with a cumulative investment of approximately Rs. 1500 crores and a direct employment of over 7000 people. After stabilization of manufacturing operations of the Group in Himachal Pradesh, he shifted to Vardhman Group Corporate Office inLudhianato help Group’s overall operations in different businesses.

Some specific areas of work

He is a transformational leader and has ensured a consistent stream of future leaders within the organisation to take larger roles over time. Improvement through people empowerment in all business activities is one prominent trait, for which he is known within and outside the organization. He has inspired a large number of personnel towards delivering extra ordinary results. He has been a change agent at Vardhman. He led the IT Group of Vardhman for implementing ERP making Vardhman to be one of the first textile organisations to have done so.

His accomplishments in implementing IT project at Vardhman have been showcased by IBM for global audience. He has also helped steer the implementation of TPM across Vardhman Group. He currently heads the finance function of the Group.

Professional contribution in the industry

He has been active in various business forums. He was the Chairman of CII, Himachal Pradesh State Council, Chairman of HRD Sub-Committee, CII, Northern Region, President of Northern India Textile Mills’ Association and the founder of Baddi-Barotiwala-Nalagarh Industries Association.

He has also been a member of the advisory board to the Himachal Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission and advisory board to the Minimum Wages Board. Valuing his contributions, he was honoured by the Govt. of Himachal Pradesh and was awarded the Prerna Stotra Puruskar.

Area of Interest

He is a keen golfer, swimmer and martial arts practitioner. He is widely travelled. He keeps sharpening the cutting edge of knowledge. He keeps exploring new dimension of business and personal excellence and has an interest in living a holistic life. He is married to Suchita Jain, also an executive director with the Group and has two daughters. He has just published his first book “READY TO TAKEOFF”

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