Gandeephan Ganeshalingam is the VP of Technical Operations at WestJet and former CIO of GE Canada.
He joins Ara on this week’s episode of #TheTamilCreator to discuss how leaving Toronto catalyzed his career trajectory, the importance of not delegating parenting responsibilities to others, “growing up” in the University of Lagos and Waterloo University, the changing landscape of education and work, what traits he looks for in new employees, and so much more.
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00:19 – Ara introduces this week’s guest, Gandeephan Ganeshalingam
00:54 – His parents raised three ‘successful’ kids; what’s the secret?
02:57 – Were Gandeephan or his brothers ever annoyed at their parents?
04:52 – How his dad balanced teaching and things outside of learning
05:49 – Why he felt engineering wasn’t enough; entering business
08:58 – Has the value of an MBA diminished, and why?
10:45 – Being in a position of leadership; what he looks for when hiring people
13:40 – How the future of work will evolve
16:59 – How to incentivize employees amidst the remote/hybrid revolution
19:11 – Preparing himself to move and work abroad after graduation
22:20 – Being Chief Innovation Officer at General Electric; his experience
26:30 – Dealing with shared IP at GE
28:02 – What led Gandeephan to leave GE for WestJet
30:24 – Gandeephan’s role and opinion on the future of travel
33:12 – The thought leaders he looks up to and why
37:59 – A learning lesson from the last few years; appreciating talent
42:28 – The impact of networking on Gandeephan’s career trajectory
44:05 – Advice he would give his 16-year-old self
47:12 – The personal legacy he wants to be remembered for
48:29 – Creator Confessions
50:41 – The Wrap Up
Produced And Mixed By:
– The Tamil Creator
– Aravinthan Ehamparam
– Yanchan Rajmohan