Toyesh Bhatia: The Next Whacky Leader
Don’t try to fit in, when you are made to stand out.
Mr. Toyesh Bhatia, an outstanding leadership coach and an immensely inspirational personality, is also one of the entrepreneurs behind Eagles’ Cocoon, a Leadership Incubator. What amuses many is the fact that he is only a Delhi University student barely 19 years of age, but has an experience of coaching and addressing as many as 800 students.
Apart from his infectious persona, perhaps it is his grounded attitude and humility that is even more endearing about him.
Undoubtedly, I am greatly fascinated and affected by this person and I would like to extend the ideology and vision of this ‘dreamer’ to as many as possible.
Here’s an excerpt of the interesting interview where he tells us about his exciting journey till now, the vacuum that he noticed, and his vision for the future.
- Tell us about your history?
Eagles’ Cocoon has its roots in Canada. It was coined after a 16 month long research involving a series of interviews with Canada’s and India’s leading undergraduate program students. This led to a common conclusion that Leadership is the key to success in every sphere of life. We began this endless journey of creating leaders and transforming education systems in 2011.
2. What gap in the market did you discover that persuaded you to launch your start-up?
We believe that Leadership is as important as Air, Water and Food to this society. We noticed a huge gap in the education system in India that even the Post Graduate courses neglect “experiential way of learning”. Schools and colleges have students who want to become what the society, parents, relatives or friends ask them to be. We want them to become “what they want to be”.
3. How long did you spend developing before launching?
Leadership has a wide horizon, including Indoor activities, real life projects, Motivational and Inspirational sessions, bringing a social change, dream planning, perspective building, developing an art into profession and what not. It took us around 16 months to develop our modules and methodologies so as to develop Leadership Programs for various groups in the society.
4. Has your start-up had the feedback and growth you expected since launching?
I am extremely happy to state that the results crossed our expectations. With 600+ Eagles created, we have spread leadership from Monks in Dharamshala to the students of Delhi’s leading Schools to the students of top Business schools in India.
5. Where do you see your start-up in 5 Years’ time?
Eagles’ Cocoon has been always seen as an institute transforming lives. Five years down the line, I would see it as an institute spread across the globe. The focus is not upon the institute but its results. I would feel proud to say that the person who started the next IPL of Baseball in India is associated with us.
6. Who is your ideal in life and why?
Steve Jobs. Entrepreneurs try to be perfect. Jobs went beyond perfection. The environment he provided at the Apple office was Artistic leading to numerous innovative ideas. He changed the definition of Impossible.
7. What advice would you offer to any soon to be start-up founders out there?
The only advice I have for dreamers out in the world is, “stop dreaming, and start doing”. Take the initiative and even if you fail, get a learning out of it, rise again. Chase only and only Your Passion because that is what you can do for 24 hours a day without fatigue and become a leader.