How I Succeeded: Anaplan’s Rajeev Mitroo

How I Succeeded is a regular series on Lifehacker where we ask business leaders for the secrets and tactics behind their success. Today: Rajeev Mitroo, regional vice president and general manager for Anaplan ANZ.

Current gig: Regional Vice President and General Manager, Australia & New Zealand, Anaplan

Location: Sydney, Australia

Current mobile device: iPhone 6

Current computer: Macbook Air

One word that best describes how you work: Focused

What apps/software/tools can’t you live without?

Zoom, Slack, Google Keep and Google Maps.

What social network do you find the most useful?

LinkedIn and Twitter.

What were the most important lessons you learned while growing your business?

Surround yourself with great talent. Success does takes time. It’s Ok to fail as long as you learn from it and last but not least, the importance of taking risks.

What has been the most surprising part of your business journey?

I had not expected to have the opportunity to travel the world and work in so many different cultures with so many talented people.

What everyday thing are you better at than anyone else?

The ability to remember numbers associated with any conversation.

What’s your sleep routine like?

I would average around 6-7 hours sleep a night.

What advice would you offer to other businesses on how to succeed?

First seek to understand, before you try to be understood.

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