April 4, 2019

17 crore agri-preneurs crying for attention

1st April 2019 BUSINESS STANDARD

The cacophony and energy around Startup India and entrepreneurship has bypassed the agri-preneur. It is time to reverse this unfortunate and cumulative neglect. In economic terms, it is a bit like setting right traditional caste discrimination in social development!
February 28, 2019

Behavior & culture essentials in Startup Land

27th february 2019 BUSINESS STANDARD

The narratives of super ego and toxic behavior among CEOs of large companies are disturbing and increasingly prominent. They have a pattern. After ascent, the CEO is powerful, power damages the brain, and the CEO’s behavior changes visibly.
January 17, 2019

Old Truths, Fresh Startups

17th January 2019 BUSINESS STANDARD

Reportage and commentaries on startups attract huge interest, creating as unreal an image about startups as Bollywood and Cricket. In a Martian’s reading of our newspapers, startup founders need not bother about a path to profits, they should chase something called GMV and losses over long periods of time are alright.
December 21, 2018

Year-end cautions for restless entrepreneurs

20th December 2018 BUSINESS STANDARDD

Entrepreneurship is positive for economic development, but the process is at its infancy in India. Hence, a few symptoms of aberrant behavior among founders are natural. If they persist, they could signal an approaching problem.
November 29, 2018

Successful entrepreneurs plan, plan and plan

29th November 2018 BUSINESS STANDARD

It is silly to think that past entrepreneurs did not have a solid business plan or that a Rambo business idea alone matters, that there is no need to have a detailed plan.
October 29, 2018

Can the Indian manager be even more successful abroad ?

29th October 2018 BUSINESS STANDARD

The writer is a corporate advisor and Distinguished Professor of IIT Kharagpur. His new book, co-authored with Ranjan Banerjee, and titled “THE MADE-IN-INDIA MANAGER”, has been published by Hachette India in October, 2018.
October 8, 2018

When a leader comes under inexplicable influence of someone

19th October 2018 BUSINESS STANDARD

In my 3rd August column, I explored the challenge faced by independent directors when an iconic leader in the company is accused of an ethical misdemeanor.
October 2, 2018

Hubris around ‘born-to-be-sold’ startups

27th September 2018 BUSINESS STANDARD

(*The writer is a corporate advisor and Distinguished Professor of IIT Kharagpur. His new book, co-authored with Ranjan Banerjee, and titled “THE MADE-IN-INDIA MANAGER”, will be published by Hachette India in November, 2018.
September 29, 2018

When a leader is manipulated

27th November 2018 BUSINESS STANDARD

Directors need to be alert about behavioural changes in a powerful leader - a situation that could require quiet intervention