We are the manufacturers of possible: Applying a Growth Mindset at BD
Mrigendra Kumar likes to say he is in his “second inning” with BD.
The Deputy Manager of Manufacturing for the company’s Bawal Plant in India, did his “first inning” with the company from 2012 to 2017 as a Manufacturing Engineer and then re-joined BD nearly two years ago.
“I spent a few years at another MedTech company but realized that I missed the collegial, supportive, transparent culture at BD,” noted Mrigendra. “It was also important to me that my wife and family supported the move back to BD, which she did without hesitating. One of the best days of the year at the plant is ‘Family Day’ when you get to bring your spouse and children into see your work environment, explain how we make the products, and connect with other associates and their families.”
Father Helps Shape Career Choice
Mrigendra holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Visvesvaraya Technological University. His father influenced his career path from a very early age. And two of his three siblings also hold degrees in Mechanical Engineering.
“When I was around 7 or 8-years old, I remember my father saying you want to go into Engineering. ‘Engineering is a very prestigious and good career choice’ and so I never really looked at any other career. But I love what I do so it worked out well,” said Mrigendra.
Growth Mindset Applied Daily
He explains that there are days and manufacturing projects that can be challenging to work through, but if you remain persistent, stay focused, and take each one as an opportunity to learn more, then you will succeed. Mrigendra points to his recent upskilling in Lean Six Sigma Green and Black Belt, which he secured in February 2023, as demonstrative of how much he enjoys learning new things.
“It’s a balance some days, making sure the plant is running efficiently while working through some special projects, but that’s when I remember the support of my leaders and my team and the strong support I get from my wife and child at home - I feel like I can accomplish anything,” said Mrigendra.