18th December 2019In this last column of 2019, I explore the reality that public scrutiny is tough but valuable. A CEO in a listed company bears this as an additional responsibility compared to an unlisted company CEO.
27th November 2019 BUSINESS STANDARDLike persistent bacteria which linger in the gut, debates about facilitating business linger in the alimentary canal of the economy. Last week, I participated in two different panel discussions, one in Mumbai and another in Bangalore.
30th October 2019 BUSINESS STANDARDIn a previous column (BS, 25th Sep), I had described a progressive and happy society as one where enterprise, education and eudaemonia (=well-being) co-exist.
25th September 2019 BUSINESS STANDARDIndian CEOs should strategize on the fostering of business institutions rather than just running companies. Institutions are superior to companies, just like forts are superior to modern bungalows. India needs more forts.
02nd August 2019 BUSINESS STANDARDReading recent books on business—pharma, financial services, technology firms—it appears that we love to hate business. The truth is that we just cannot do without them. So we mock them, criticize them.
30th July 2019 BUSINESS STANDARDAlthough the group had showcased somany examples ofinnovations over thelastcentury, the prevailing perception internally and externally in 2005,...
27th June 2019 BUSINESS STANDARDMy father arranged a thread ceremony for me when I was eleven years of age. I felt important as I diligently followed the elders’ instructions to follow the priest all the time.
30th May 2019 BUSINESS STANDARDMany Indian startups, designed on Silicon Valley principles, appear to be aiming to ‘destroy the enemy’ and to grab the prize of ‘winner takes all’. In the process, they are drowning in a dangerous ocean of swirling losses.
24th April 2019 BUSINESS STANDARDBusiness and entrepreneurship are clearly promoted by fostering and advancing trust in a society. I came across two books, both of which emphasized trust as a social and behavioral ingredient in the spread of entrepreneurship--Rainforest: