I have vivid memories of my interview at DNN. Nerf gun wars and vibrant energy filled the office. Seeing that, I figured DNN would be a great place to work. Interviewing with the CEO didn’t seem so nerve-racking any more.
When I first sat down with Navin, he had a positive vibe and a wide smile. He asked numerous questions about my executive assistant background, but took just as much interest in my arts and crafts home business.
An Interview Leads to a Job Offer
I used to hunt along local beaches to gather treasures for my artwork. Navin was genuinely interested. His questions about the hunting process made me feel at ease, knowing that he could relate to my passion of finding the right pieces to the puzzle. After all, that’s a key element of a CEO’s job!
A few days later, I received the call I was hoping for: a job offer from Navin. I would become the new Executive Assistant to Navin Nagiah, the CEO. What an exciting opportunity.
Working with Navin
I’ve worked for several CEO’s, yet none of them are quite like Navin. With each CEO, I’ve developed useful skills: time and calendar management, the ability to work independently and building client relationships. With Navin, I’ve truly had to sharpen my administrative pencil and grow thick skin.
First and foremost, Navin is a leader! He’s a straight shooter who’s not shy about communicating precisely what’s on his mind.
In addition, he’s not opposed to trying things differently (quick side note: he’s not a big fan of garlic fish at lunchtime, but he does like fish!).
I’ve worked closely with Navin for close to two years now and I can honestly say I’ve noticed a huge change and growth within him. When I first came on board, he was a bit intimidating. He wasn’t so easy to approach.
Open Door Policy
Mind you, he’s always been a busy man, but getting to know him was a little challenging. Nowadays, Navin is never too busy to ask how I’m doing, or anyone else for that matter. His open door policy has made it easy for colleagues to approach him: he takes a DNN employee on a daily, afternoon walk to Starbucks.
On most days you’ll find him walking around the sales floor interacting with the pack. He’s even made an appearance with the DNN soccer team.
His professional style has become a bit more relaxed. Everyone appreciates the fact that he’s human, he’s real and he cares deeply about our culture! He’s laid a solid foundation, giving each one of us the tools needed to build on.
For Navin, success comes first and he will challenge you to be the best that you can be. He will even push you to get there.
If you think about it, most parents (and even teachers) will tell you they’re NOT here to be your friend; they’re here to help guide you and teach you how to be successful and a good human being. Yet isn’t it funny that as kids grow into adults and eventually have families of their own, parents then become their friends!
Happy Boss’ Day, Navin. And Thank You!
I will always be grateful to Navin for his guidance and tough love, as I like to call it. Navin has a passion for DNN and for his employees, making it his goal for all of us to succeed. I will cherish that trait forever. His values make him a great leader and a great BOSS!
So on that note, I wish my Boss, our leader, Navin Nagiah, a “Happy Boss’ Day” and thank you for showing us all what it takes to be a successful and hard worker. You’re not just a great boss but also a great person. Thank you for showing me how to find the right pieces to the puzzle!