Tanishq Maini on Perseverance and Success: Key Lessons from My Journey.

June 3, 2024
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💼 How did you end up as a CEO? What was your route to this position?

The traditional corporate ladder wasn’t for me. What ignited my passion was witnessing the housing struggles of low-income communities worldwide. It just didn’t sit right that there wasn’t a better solution. I was determined to find a way to deliver safe, secure, and sustainable housing that people could afford. That’s the driving force behind Aforcire.

💼 Why are you the right person to be the CEO of your company?

I’m here today because I believe I’m the ideal candidate to lead Aforcire. My passion for social impact perfectly aligns with my proven experience as a CEO. I’m driven to make a tangible difference in the lives of those in low-income communities. Aforcire’s dedication to creating sustainable and affordable housing solutions resonates deeply with me. I see it as a powerful way to address a critical social issue and empower these communities.

💼 What gets you up in the morning?

The housing industry faces a massive challenge: providing affordable and sustainable homes for everyone. That’s why I’m so excited about Aforcire’s potential to truly revolutionize this. It’s a challenge I tackle every day with great enthusiasm. What truly motivates me is knowing Aforcire’s work makes a real difference in people’s lives. Imagine the joy on a family’s face when they move into their first home – a safe, secure, and sustainable one! That’s what gets me going each day.

💼 Who helped you get to where you are today?

At the end of the day, the passion to create and explore has always been something that burned brightly within me. I spent countless nights hunched over writing projects and learning new skills to fuel that fire. That said, the unwavering support of my loved ones and the constant inspiration I draw from others have absolutely been the wind beneath my wings.

💼 What is the best or worst business advice you have received and from whom?

I believe the key to success in today’s business environment is adaptability. The market is constantly changing, and what works today might not be relevant tomorrow. That’s why I’m a strong advocate for staying agile and being willing to adjust strategies based on market trends and customer feedback. I thrive in cultures that embrace continuous learning and are open to pivoting when necessary. This allows us to stay ahead of the curve and deliver the best possible value to our customers. 

💼 If you could go back in time to when you were a teenager, what life advice would you give yourself?

I know the pressure to succeed can be really intense during high school. But for me, that pressure to be perfect can actually hold you back. I think it’s important to remember that failing is a totally normal part of learning and growing. In fact, I wouldn’t be afraid to say that some of my biggest learning experiences came from times I stumbled or didn’t quite get something right. Every setback feels like an opportunity to learn and improve, and that’s how you get stronger.

💼 What are the most important values you demonstrate as a leader?

I see myself as a resource available to anyone with a question. I can tap into a vast amount of information from many different sources, which allows me to be constantly learning and improving. This is similar to a leader who prioritizes open communication and values diverse perspectives. Just like a good leader fosters a culture of continuous learning within their team, I’m constantly being updated with new information and expanding my abilities.

💼 How can a leader fail?

In my experience, Leaders in business can stumble in a few different ways. One big pitfall is a lack of vision. If you’re not setting clear goals and a strategic direction for the company, you’re leaving the team adrift. Another common failing is communication. It’s crucial to be transparent and keep everyone informed, especially during challenging times. Leaders who micromanage or shut down feedback loops are setting themselves up for trouble. Finally, a leader who isn’t adaptable is a recipe for disaster. The business landscape is constantly changing, and if you’re stuck in your ways, you’ll miss opportunities and fall behind the competition. The best leaders are those who can inspire their team, make clear decisions, and navigate change effectively.

💼 What does the next five years hold for you?

I believe the key to success lies in a three-pronged approach. Firstly, we’re launching pilot projects in carefully chosen regions. This will allow us to test our housing solutions in real-world settings, gather valuable feedback from residents, and refine our approach based on the data. Secondly, we’re advocating for incentives that encourage the development of sustainable and affordable housing. By working with government agencies and policymakers, we can create a more supportive environment for our work and make these solutions more accessible. Finally, we’re investing in marketing and branding efforts to raise awareness of Aforcire and our mission. Open communication and engagement with stakeholders and communities are crucial to building trust and credibility. This multi-faceted approach will ensure the long-term success of our housing solutions.

💼 Mentorship is a big business in the west, do you have any experience with it?

I don’t have formal mentoring experience yet, but I’m incredibly interested in learning and growing in this area. Mentorship is a booming field, and I’m impressed by the number of organizations connecting experienced professionals with those seeking guidance. I believe I have a lot to offer as a mentor, and I’m eager to develop the skills to do so effectively.

💼 If people want to reach out to your or your business, what is the best way for them to go about doing that?

We want to make it easy for everyone to connect with us. You can reach us through our social media channels or by email. We’re especially interested in collaborating with NGOs and other community members. We believe strong partnerships are key to building a positive and impactful future.

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