‘Four men walk into a bar’ in this story and a company is born. And they also find time to write a book to guide others. A human resource consultancy firm has penned down a ninety-four-page ‘Workbook for Budding Entrepreneurs’ titled Power of People + Passion with childlike enthusiasm.

It took eleven years to build this successful HR consultancy from scratch and through this book, they share their experience about building SimplyHR and share the lessons learnt along the way, right from page one.

Authors P.S. Babu, Saurabh Khandelwal, Rajneesh Singh and Saurabh Saxena

The book Power of People + Passion is not about one but four men, who walked out of their comfortable jobs at top companies to co-found their human resource consultancy firm, SimplyHR.

Authors Rajneesh Singh, P.S. Babu, Saurabh Khandelwal, and Saurabh Saxena are seasoned hands in the field having worked with top companies like Gilette, Eicher, Network 18, JK Group, Jindal Group and ITC to name a few.

The book reminds one of Five Guys Burgers and Fries, an iconic American chain founded on the belief that “If you can give a good haircut or if you can serve a good drink at a bar or if you can serve a good hamburger, you can always make money in America.’ These four guys, too, share insight into building and making money in India.

The workbook is for budding entrepreneurs where there are questions after each chapter that would make the reader introspect. The book is based on SimplyHR’s 11-year journey with lessons around how to build a start-up, stabilise the venture and then grow business.

Power of People + Passion also talks about the various people practices that they follow, which they hope will become the go-to handbook for entrepreneurs.

The book will not tell you what business to start to be successful, but will guide you to build a robust organisation, sustain it and how to scale it with a focus on building the fundamental pillars of a successful business. 

The chapters sketch the framework of an entrepreneurial journey – from finding the right partner/partners, building the company, sustaining your company to scaling new heights. The mantra being, ‘Start, Sustain, Scale.’

This engaging workbook has interesting anecdotes from how a fleeting idea had the power to change the lives of four men who decided to pursue their passion in 2011. 

‘Culture’ is derived from the Latin word ‘Colere’ that simply translates to tend and to cultivate. From day one at SimplyHR, we lay the foundation of what our work culture would be through a shared value system that determined our people practices, and will continue to do so.’ 

An excerpt from the book Power of People + Passion

At the end of every chapter, the co-authors pose five vital questions to the reader to introspect and write down their unique strategy to build their start-up.

Power of People + Passion is not a one-time read but offers the reader a fresh perspective every time they pick up their copy as they mature through their entrepreneurial journey.

“SimplyHR, for us, the four partners, is a dream come true, our ‘passion’, our pride, our joie de vivre—every morning we wake up with chutzpah to go to our workplace and make it count,” assert the founders.

“Power of People + Passion is your guide, your best friend, your journal, your wingman—your captain to help you navigate through logjams that will unrelentingly try to change your course. But as long as you have the faith, resilience, and focus you’ll sail through,” they add.

All proceeds of the workbook will go towards supporting three social organisations: The Rani Laxmi Bai Sports Academy, Siwan, Bihar – an academy for budding girl footballers; NayiDisha, Gurugram – a preparatory school for underprivileged children; and Parivartan School, Delhi – A school for children with autism.

The workbook Power of People + Passion is available at Zorba Books, Amazon, Kindle, Flipkart, Google Play, Shopclues, and Smashwordsso.

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