Recipient of awards like Promising Star 2018 and Emerging Professional 2018 at Aditya Birla Sun Life Insurance, Vikas Kumar shares his experience of studying at Great Lakes Gurgaon

Vikas Kumar, Branch Manager – Sales Leadership Program, Aditya Birla Sun Life Insurane


1.Please tell us about your role at Aditya Birla Sun Life Insurance

Currently I am working in the capacity of Branch Manager in the agency vertical of Aditya Birla Life Insurance at Sasaram, Bihar. In this role, I have to manage agency business sourced through IRDAI certified insurance Agents. This role also involves Retail Sales, Agency Development, Team Management and Sourcing Business, keeping all the regulations by IRDAI in place. The branch I am handling is the No. 1 branch in the region and comes under top 3 branches in the zone

2. Recently you were recognized for your contribution at Birla Sun Life Insurance, please tell us about the award.

I was bestowed with two awards by Aditya Birla group in 2018. The details of the awards are as follows:

Aditya Birla Capital-Promising Star 2018

Last year in July, I was recognized by Aditya Birla Capital for exemplary work at ABSLI. Apart from achieving targets at different parameters, Sasaram branch acquired place under top 3 branches and country’s top 10 branches in FY 17-18 from ranking of 250+ in FY 16-17. This award was presented to me by Aditya Birla Capital Chief Executive, Mr. Ajay Srinivasan on the occasion of Aditya Birla Capital Day at Jaipur.

Aditya Birla Award-Emerging Professional of the Year 2018

The second award that I received was for stupendous work at ABSLI at different parameters keeping values and ethics of ABG at first place. The Emerging Professional has a consistent track record of delivering superior results, using effective methodologies to plan and execute the role, and displays perseverance and intellectual integrity at the work place. A self-starter and high appetite for taking risks this person displays high levels of energy and initiative and is a willing participant in any initiative and goes the extra mile to accomplish organizational objectives. This award was presented by Chairman of ABG Mr. Kumar Mangalam Birla at Aditya Birla Awards 2018 at Hyderabad

3. What are the life- long learning lessons your one year MBA at Great Lakes taught you?

The kind of environment Great Lakes Gurgaon provides helps a lot in the real corporate world. The speedy course in 11 months requires a lot of mental strength to sustain and same is required in corporate world as you will always have pressure to achieve more and more particularly in SALES. Great Lakes also taught me to be a multitasker (eating, enjoying and doing extracurricular activities while studying and making assignment & PPTs) and same is required in Sales as you need to be available 24X7 for customers as well as advisors while managing your personal life.

4. Please share one belief/quote that you follow in your life.

Uncertainty offers the biggest opportunity.  Stay Unsettled

5. Share a few words of advice for future Great Lakers.

I would like to tell my fellow Lakers, this precious time of 11 months is not only about classroom teachings and back to back to lectures but it also teaches you a lot about the life which is going to stay with you till the age you retire. Life is all about maintaining balance between your professional and personal life and you have to prioritize in such a way that everything falls in place. So enjoy the ride and buckle up for the coming days.   

6. How do you like to spend your free time?

A wise man said “Once you taste excellence, you never settle for mediocracy” and knowledge is the best weapon to achieve it. I work in the investment domain where the biggest asset is your knowledge upgradation. So, in my free time I like to learn about the different financial instruments.

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