How I Succeeded is a regular series on Lifehacker where we ask business leaders for the secrets and tactics behind their success. Today: Nik Mohan from Ping Indentity.
Current gig: I am responsible for Direct & Channel Sales for the APAC region, Ping Identity Location: All over Australia, NZ and Singapore Current mobile device:Samsung Galaxy Note5 as well as an iPhone and iPad Current computer: MacBook Air One word that best describes how you work: Entrepreneurial (just get it done and ask for forgiveness later).
What apps/software/tools can't you live without?
PingOne (not having to remember multiple passwords is fantastic); Google Apps, WhatsApp, LinkedIn, SalesForce, TED and, yes, CandyCrush.
What social network do you find the most useful?
LinkedIn for business and Facebook for keeping in touch with friends/family.
What were the most important lessons you learned while growing your business?
Staying humble and honest; never being complacent; listening to customers and collaborate with partners.
What has been the most surprising part of your business journey?
How the "dots" have connected. This quote by Steve Jobs sums it up best: “You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future".
What everyday thing are you better at than anyone else?
I think multi-tasking and connecting the right people to the right projects.
What's your sleep routine like?
What is this mystical and magical word that you speak of? Juggling multiple timezones and a young family does not leave much time for sleep.
What advice would you offer to other businesses on how to succeed?
Be careful not to focus too much on process and forget about results. Keep building and working on relationships. Be relentless and keep the momentum going (it’s hard to build and very easy to lose and get bogged down).