Anand Deshpande

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A relationship builder who leverages his relationships in making win-win scenarios to get things done.

I am a people person. I thrive where I can constantly learn and where collaboration in finding creative solutions is routine. My young career includes a particularly diverse set of experiences, showing my penchants for quickly learning, adapting to and balancing new tasks. Having worked with many student groups, I have also learned to become effective with the time, financial and social capital available to me. As social capital was often the only form of capital which I could augment, my defining characteristic of individualization became refined. I genuinely enjoy getting to know people, learning about them and their background. By understanding people, I am able to work with them in a personalized manner to get things done while maintaining great and mutually beneficial relationships.

What are you strengths and weaknesses?

I found the Clifton Strengthsfinder 2.0 very accurate in my case. The results indicate an: Ideation, Connectedness, Individualization, Intellection and Activator type personality. I am passionate and constantly thinking, which can be weaknesses as well, since I often let work encroach on rest time and may become engrossed.

My greatest weakness is not my lack of organizational ability, but the limited time I choose to spend on organizing. I often impulsively get going without first taking a moment to organize my thoughts in a form which others may easily look at and understand. A bad side effect of my passionate personality is also my attention to details. This may distract me from the larger picture, though it also means I tend to notice and remember things others do not.

What interests you? What do you love? What do you do for fun?

- Creating and performing poetry and music
- Sustainable development, especially issues of food and South Asia
- Jamming on Sitar with any and all types of musicians
- Cooking, experimental cuisines only
- Healthy living: exercise, self-exploration, helping others, being in nature
- Social enterprise
- Philosophy and spirituality
- Hiking, canoeing and biking
- Politics, open dialogue and reconciliation
- Shared value models
- My family and friends

Upcoming in

Full Time Program

October 16 to December 15, 2017

Part Time Program

September 16 to December 16, 2017

Full Time Program

October 16 to December 15, 2017

Part Time Program

September 16 to December 16, 2017