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Be Prepared For Change: Kirti Srivastava

Her smile can light up a room, her kindness can melt a stone cold heart and her determination can move mountains. Across all walks of life, Kirti is a woman to look upto!

Tell us a little about yourself. What do you do professionally?
I am who most people call - a Confused Desi. I was born in India but I lived in Singapore, Dubai and Madrid for a total of 15 years, which has shaped me largely in the choices I make and the company I keep.

I have always been a stubborn one - the one who quietly decides what she wants and then nothing short of a pandemic can change it. When I went for my MBA in Madrid, it was for the sole purpose of changing my stream from banking to something else (which I was still exploring until mid-last year). Once I knew the shape I wanted to give to my career, I stuck to my ideas of it and worked to achieve them.

Currently, I am having fun working at Delhivery as the Chief of Staff to Chief Operating Officer. The current pandemic situation made for a very steep learning curve and it was a challenge I was happy to rise up to. It’s been a very interesting first 3 months in the firm.
Besides work, what do you enjoy doing?
I love dancing, specifically Latin Ballroom, baking and reading. I used to have my own troupe back in Singapore and we used to perform at various events in Singapore – everything from Bollywood to salsa. We even did a flash mob! Fun times!
When I am not dancing, I am cooking or baking and dancing in the kitchen. And beaches and rainy weather make me a lazy bone who nestles with a good fiction book, diving right into a fantasy world because we have too much of reality anyways!
Is there any childhood instance that has shaped you? 
For my childhood, I can’t pinpoint one particular instance but rather an activity that shaped me and my future self – Competitive Swimming. I was instilled with the zeal to perfect myself in everything I did. I was my best competition and the one to beat. This meant each time I rise to my own standards and better my own records. This is now a way of life for me. My expectation from myself is perfection and nothing less.

Another thing I have always done even as a kid, was to walk in the other direction of crowds – to stand out. Which means I hardly ever do what the masses are doing. I need to be doing something different and that has always helped me stand out in even small ways and made a difference in my life and in others around me.
What does success mean to you? 
To me, 'success' is about happiness. If you are not happy in the job, then there is no way you can succeed in that role. Enjoying and being happy has be a constant goal that you strive to achieve. Nothing else can give you as much satisfaction or sense of achievement.

I have always asked myself this question – Is this something that will make me happy? If the answer is yes, then I am definitely doing it. If not, then other factors can be considered. As I read in one of my fiction books, happiness is something you have to demand for yourself from yourself.
What traits would you recommend young women to develop to be able to succeed in today’s world?
In today’s world, it is all about being adaptable. So many people talk about 'Be the change you want to see in this world. But when change really comes about, how many people really embrace it with open arms? I feel being prepared for change makes you an early adopter. It is not about thinking outside the box always – it is also about knowing what the box is and where it is kept.

Ethiko salutes the spirit of a perfectionist!