Episode 5: Nikki Barua, CEO of Beyond Curious (Part 1 of 2)
Nikki Barua is a serial entrepreneur who runs Beyond Curious, a digital transformation consulting firm focused on helping big companies be more agile and adaptive. She is a speaker, an author, and a change agent with a really big mission to touch a billion lives — someone who is inspired by human potential and wants to be a catalyst to unlock it.
In this episode of The Culture Gap, the first of two episodes featuring Nikki, she shares how her father was a key influence in her early years who inspired her to achieve the level of success she has today, as well as what she believes is the highest calling of not just a CEO, but any leader. She also has some great insights and advice for companies around the world in the intersection of culture, digitization, and transformation, and how to stay relevant in the age of change, so be sure to tune in for that. Welcome to The Culture Gap.
[:45] Daniel introduces his guest for this episode — Nikki Barua.
[1:29] Who is Nikki?
[2:01] What are some of the values that Nikki was born with or that came alive in her due to early experiences or influences? What are some of the values that shaped her into who she is?
[4:50] Nikki shares her perspective on her father’s collage as an adult.
[6:36] Daniel and Nikki share their perspective on their first interaction with each other, and Nikki’s vulnerability that made an instant impact on Daniel.
[11:15] Nikki is a serial entrepreneur. How has her perception of the job of a CEO changed from before she became a CEO, and now?
[13:25] It is the CEO’s job to define the vision of the company. What has Nikki learned about defining vision, and what is her advice to other CEOs about the process and journey of defining a bold vision?
[16:51] What does Nikki’s company, Beyond Curious, do and who are the clients she works with?
[19:19] What are some of the big revelations Nikki and her team have had about closing the gap between culture and strategy inside large organizations?
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