Percy Vaid – Executive Coach

Percy Vaid uses his coaching skills to help others improve in their work environment.

What’s your story?

I have been a talent development professional in the business world for the past two decades. A few years back I narrowed down to leadership development and executive coaching and loved it. In my interactions with senior business leaders, I was introduced to ESG and the world of investing, and as a natural corollary to that, I got interested in independent directorship.

What excites you most about your industry?

I love the impact I get to create as an executive coach. The chance to add immense value to a senior leader’s career graph is extremely satisfying. I see serving on company boards in the same light. An opportunity to add value and solve problems. In recent times ESG, technology, and stakeholder management have been areas of concern to boardrooms across the world and I am equipped to add value in both these domains.

What drives you in your career to push beyond what other people consider normal?

As stated earlier I am driven by the thought of adding value and being able to take on challenges that have a deep impact on organisations and businesses. Serving on a board gives me the chance to amplify the impact I can deliver.

What have been the most useful skills you have learnt and applied in your journey?

The most crucial skills I have developed in my career have been, firstly, being able to see the big picture and then home in on the micro details when looking at investor-related and governance issues, secondly developing strategic acumen, and lastly being able to differentiate between shareholder value and customer value, when looking at financial data.

What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?

A manager I worked for once told me, that in leadership the most important attribute is to be able to evaluate decisions objectively, and factually without any outside influences or personal judgments. This has held me in good stead throughout my career and has helped me many times in making wise decisions, the most recent one being closing down a brand I created when I realized it was not getting traction due to changing customer demands. I accepted my shortcomings and branched out again with smart industry collaborations.

Who inspires you?

JRD Tata the doyen of Indian industry for his vision and the impact he created and the legacy he left behind for global businesses. And Elon Musk for his visionary business acumen. JRD inspired me to develop an inclusive leadership perspective, with acceptance of diversity and sustainability. While Elon Musk inspired my sense of strategic vision and execution.

What have you learnt recently that blew you away?

Well, I am pursuing my doctorate in leadership from SSBM Geneva, and while researching for my thesis, I got to understand the massive impact and possibilities that AI is having on companies. This was a great insight and led me to do more research in this area. AI is helping corporate leaders improve their decision-making in real-time, something unheard of just a year back.

If you had your time again, what would you do differently?

I would take up entrepreneurship and investing earlier on in my career. This would help me create greater impact and deliver more value.

How do you unwind?

I love reading up on board-related topics, follow geo politics across the globe and spend time with family and friends.

What is a major mindset change, belief shift or ‘ah ha’ moment that you’ve experienced in relation to your career?

The realisation of the immense impact a director can make when serving on company boards has brought about a mindset change over the last few years.

Everyone in business should read this book:

The Culture Code, by Daniel Coyle. It provides a great insight into the science behind building a great team environment and company culture.

Shameless plug for your business or career:

I have been an executive coach for several years, and have helped many leaders realize their potential and overcome developmental challenges. I use unique approaches to help my clients build their professional competence based on the science of human behaviour.

How can people connect with you?

The best way to reach out is by connecting with me on LinkedIn.

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This interview is part of the CallumConnects series.

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