Team Stirista: Dr. Jaba M. Gupta, PhD
This month’s Team Stirista blog focuses on Dr. Jaba Mukherjee Gupta, PhD, Director of Stirista Solutions, based in Bangalore, India.
Tell us more about your daily and overall responsibilities and how your typical work day looks.
I take care of the smooth running of the Stirista Solutions office in Bangalore, India. But the most important part of my work is to take care of my bright young team — to ensure that they are comfortable, actively involved and able to contribute to the growth and well-being of the organization as a whole.
What do you like best about working at Stirista?
To me, Stirista is a dream that is becoming a reality — a realm of possibilities opening — of promises being fulfilled. Being a part of that waking dream is an experience to be cherished.
What excites you most about your job?
Working with a young team raring to go excites me! Listening to brilliant ideas coming my way drives me on. Every day brings new challenges and the solutions are not always technical!
Tell us about your background. What did you do before coming to Stirista?
I was a Professor of Management Communication at a leading business school in India before taking the responsibility of running the Indian company, Stirista Solutions.
I also headed an eGovernance Program that brought selected candidates from the public sector and the private sector together to learn, share expertise, skills, and develop a better understanding of how the two spheres can work together to find solutions using technology.
Tell us something we don’t know about you or that others might be surprised to learn about you.
I am a published author, a creative nonfiction writer and a poet with an urge to work with words and colors.
What advice would you give to someone interested in your job?
Be open to new learning, sometimes solutions come from unexpected sources — like problems!
Be fair and willing to listen to the other side.
To quote a few lines from one of my favorite poems, Max Ehrmann’s Desiderata:
“Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.”