Working as a Team Is Great, but There Is Also a Time to Divide and Conquer by Ron Parikh

  • Posted by: Ron Parikh
  • 13th Jun 2016

Being part of a successful team, such as the one I work with at Chalak Mitra Group of Companies, is a wonderful feeling. I know that I am surrounded by talented, hard-working people who are working towards the same goals that I am. We all truly enjoy working together, but we also understand that it’s important to work independently at times. Rather than everyone focusing on the same project, our strategy is to divide and conquer as often as possible. This approach gives us all the space we need to grow as individuals, and, I believe that it also creates a stronger team, which benefits the company, our investors and other business partners.


According to the dictionary, teamwork is the combined efforts of a group of people, especially when effective and efficient. I believe that at CMG, we excel at teamwork, and have from the very beginning. Everything that we have done, up to this point, has been the direct result of our ability to work together for a common goal. Even now, each Monday, the other six Managing Directors and I get together for meetings at the office. We fill each other in on the progress of deals we’re working on, discuss issues, and make plans for the following week. Despite the fact that each of us has our own responsibilities within the group, we are always available to lend a hand to one another. The amount of encouragement and support we all enjoy is unending, and that makes us each stronger team members. Our firm belief is that success of the team, as a whole, is far more important than one individual’s success.


Ask any of the managing directors and they will tell you that we are a close-knit group, that considers everyone family, not just business partners. We all truly love being able to work together, and cannot imagine it any other way. Despite our devotion to the team, however, each of us also has to be able to work independently, which amplifies the team’s efforts and allows us to accomplish great things. I personally believe that it’s very important to separate myself from the other managing directors during the week. After our Monday meetings, I actually try to avoid the others for the rest of the week. It’s important for me to create that space in order to keep myself, and them, on track. If I were to spend any more time with any of them, I know I won’t be able to accomplish the things that I need to, and neither would they.


While it’s true that we have accomplished great things as a team, each of us has made significant individual contributions. I know in my heart that if we did not divide and conquer, we would not have reached the same level of achievement as we have. The reason for this is that we all possess the maturity and motivation required to see deals to fruition, manage our current holdings and strive for continued growth. What’s more, we are all deeply invested in the success of our community and the investors we serve. We may well have had an adequate level of success if we all focused on the same thing at the same time. However, because we each have responsibility for our own segment of the business, we amplify our chances of success by a factor of seven.

Working with the Chalak Mitra Group of Companies as one of the Managing Directors is a phenomenal experience. We are more than just business partners and friends, we are family. As such, we have a common goal to grow and succeed for future generations. The attainment of our individual goals is one of the main reasons we have accomplished so much together. Not only do have we each benefited personally and professionally, but our investors and business partners have, and continue to, benefit as well. And that, to me, is the what matters most.

Ron Parikh