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Servant Leadership (Ajay Varia)

  • Episode #7

In this episode, Ajay Varia talks with Sharon about his new startup, having a growth mindset, and what it really means to hire the right people. The two also discuss embracing failure and creating an interactive culture document (link in the show notes).

Welcome to To Lead Is Human. This show helps listeners envision how they can uplevel their leadership and shape cultures of accountability, respect, and candor.

Ajay Varia is the founder and CEO of Growth Nirvana. He has a passion for helping companies grow faster.

“But do they actually have the skills, the mindset, the culture, to drive the impact you want? Because then it’s almost like I’m in awe of the team.”

Ajay Varia

Ajay Varia is the Founder and CEO of Growth Nirvana. Growth Nirvana is a no code growth marketing platform that gets you marketing analytics in minutes, not months. 

Previously, Ajay was Chief Operating Officer at Emeritus where he led global marketing and sales. Prior to Emeritus, he was Vice President of Engineering at MasterClass.

Ajay has a Computer Science degree from the University of Waterloo.

For more than 30 years, Sharon Richmond has partnered with C-level executives from mid-size and small, fast-growing companies who want to up-level their leadership and build companies they are proud of. Clients accelerate their leadership by embracing mindset and behavior changes, building self-awareness and self-management skills, and focusing on the three things all leaders must ensure: focus, energy and delivery.

Sharon’s purpose as an executive coach is to help leaders 10X their impact by leveraging the power afforded by their roles to build organizations that are forces for good, both economically and socially. She also advises CEOs on shaping organization culture and leading change.

Sharon has taught leadership at Stanford GSB, where she now helps leaders increase influence, manage conflict, and prepare to build high-performing teams.

To see a list of Sharon’s clients, please visit

Resources or websites mentioned in this episode:
Sharon’s website
Ajay’s Website:
Ajay’s LinkedIn:
Ajay’s Culture Doc:

Guest – Ajay Varia
Producer – Cynthia Lamb
Executive producer – Danny Iny
Assembled by – Melissa Deal
Audio Post Supervisor: Evan Miles, Christopher Martin
Audio Post Production by Post Office Sound
Music soundscape: Chad Michael Snavely
Making our hosts sound great: Home Brew Audio

Music and SFX credits: 
Track Title: Escaping Light
Artist(s): Aaron Sprinkle
Writer(s): Aaron Sprinkle

Track Title: Bright Future
Artist(s): Be Still The Earth
Writer: Marshall Usinger

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To Lead Is Human

Every business leader has a huge impact on their organization. In this podcast, Sharon Richmond interviews successful leaders who have turned personal growth into tangible business outcomes. They discuss overcoming challenges, lessons learned and what helps them make a positive impact in their organization. Sharon offers insight and advice to help listeners envision how they can supercharge their own leadership by blending the art and science of leading with intention.