An investment with lifelong rewards! Here’s how a Leadership Coach can take you from good to great!
Rajan Chopra, a derivatives trader turned executive coach joins, Enterprise Radio. After 30 years on Wall Street, the self-made millionaire founded Chopra Coaching a leadership and executive coaching practice.
- A former Wall Street hot shot, what made you go into executive coaching?
- What are the types of clients you work with, and how do you help them?
- Tell us about some of the transformations that take place as a result of leadership coaching.
- What are the biggest challenges facing executives you have coached?
- Executive coaching is a growing industry, how do you differ from your competitors?
- What is one of the biggest hurdles or challenges you have overcome as a business leader? What lesson did it teach you?
- For those listeners considering hiring a leadership coach, what are some of the things they should look for? How long does the engagement last? What kind of budget is needed?
Rajan Chopra was born and raised in New Delhi, India. After undergrad studies, he left India and went to Stockholm University in Sweden to earn his MBA. While getting his degree, he held down three jobs: dishwasher, waiter and subway attendant. It was the only way he could support himself and contribute to his family back home. The experience shaped his core values – integrity, compassion and hard work.
He graduated from the MBA program with honors and was recruited by Price Waterhouse Coopers in Stockholm. After two years, the firm awarded him a transfer to its head office in New York.
In the early ‘80s, he joined JP Morgan Chase on Wall Street. It was an exciting period in finance. Interest rate and currency derivatives were being created. Only a handful of professionals understood them. Together, with a few of the brightest minds in the business, Rajan found myself at the epicenter of trading and developing derivatives instruments and markets.
And so started a long and rewarding 30-year career in trading. In between stints on Wall Street, he had senior C-suite roles at public and private companies, founded or co-founded businesses, and served as an advisor to senior executives and CEOs.
Trading and entrepreneurship teach life lessons. One experiences a vast amount of situations and human behaviors in these pressure-filled environments. There’s little room for pretense, indecision, and B.S. They say traders and entrepreneurs die a few times each day and are reborn stronger. They learn to deal with adversity and achieve balance. This is certainly true for Rajan.
He has worked with traders, brokers, hedge fund managers, bankers, attorneys, C-suite executives at large and small organizations. He knows what they face. He understands how they think. He was one of them and has effectively dealt with those challenges.
A strategic thinker with a curious mind, Rajan received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Delhi, his graduate degree from Stockholm University and was certified an executive coach by the University of Miami.
Rajan currently resides in Miami where he is actively involved in a bevy of community and philanthropic endeavors including leadership and supporting roles with the New World Symphony, Big Brothers Big Sisters Miami and Miami International Film Festival.