Organizational Change Management- Behavioral Sciences- Leadership
I am an iconoclast who has consistently challenged the status quo. I am often identified as a Medical Doctor, Social Entrepreneur, TED Speaker, and marathon runner, but my hidden superpowers are a changemaker and influencer.
Being a physician, I learned how to diagnose and treat illnesses often under extreme pressure with incomplete test results and related information. The skill proved enormously helpful while diagnosing bottlenecks in businesses. Additionally, I used my psychiatry background and combined it with my expertise in behavioral science to create tools for managing effective change in organizations.
My Social enterprise helped me to flex my project management muscles so that I learned how to calculate NPV, strategic planning, and allocation of resources under a strict budget and time constraints. I learned how to do regression analysis, cost-benefit analysis and discounted cash flow models. The experience helped to boost my confidence in my analytical abilities. Besides, starting my enterprise and scaling to win international awards and recognition made me believe in the power of setting and achieving meaningful professional goals- something that I fall back on often when the going gets tough.
At Harvard University, I had the opportunity to perfect my leadership skills and perfect my management skills. I took extensive courses at Harvard Business school, Harvard Law School and Harvard Kennedy School. The general management course taught by professor Joseph fuller was particularly helpful in developing better strategies for management and adopted an inside-out approach for general managers. I learned the importance of disconfirming data to off-set confirmation bias and hence discover blind spots that are often overlooked and lead to the failure of people, organizations, and businesses.
There is a common thread in my professional experiences: Creative Problem Solving.
Whether it’s finding the underlying cause of symptoms of the disease or uncovering the bottlenecks in business development or implementing projects for women and girls in Istanbul, the underlying theme remains the same; I love using my creativity to find solutions to problems that seem insurmountable.
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