December 20, 2020
Directors on boards have two distinct roles: a ‘map’ role and a ‘compass’ role. The former is the traditional role. It is about overseeing the short-term with a horizon of a few years.
October 20, 2020
Wisdom is born out of controlling lower ground thinking by the discipline of higher ground thinking—the word discipline is noteworthy.
September 21, 2020
Before you think that Shashi Tharoor has been language-tutoring me, let me explain that a myrmidon is an unquestioning and subservient lackey of a powerful leader. Myrmidons are around everywhere and become the leader’s Achilles heel. Achilles’s body became invulnerable, excluding his foot, and hence the expression, Achilles Heel to signify an inherent weakness.
July 11, 2020
Indian business leaders tend to be opportunistic rather than strategic, perhaps a hangover from the license raj. Gurus exhort business leaders to view business through a long-term lens.
July 11, 2020
Recent rhetoric says “less government, more governance” but the unfolding reality does not match up. Indian government, center and states, face a real governance issue.
June 8, 2020
In uncertain times, leaders require deeperconversations andempathetic listening--three times more than speech-making.
April 11, 2020
10th April 2020 THE WISE LEADER. I received positive reader responses to my last column. (Beware of competence without humility or humanity, BS, 13th March). One reader posed a tricky question: why are so many leaders arrogant if it is obvious that humility is very important?
January 3, 2020
3rd January 2019 THE WISE LEADER2019 was a year full of board room debacles. Usually, we all tend to live in the uplands of activity-obsession. The lull during the holiday season offered me a quiet period when I retreated with my books into the valley of humility.
December 7, 2019
6th December 2019 THE WISE LEADERThis year-end I write about the importance of ahankar-mukt leadership. Early next year, I will share how to work at becoming ahankar-mukt. Narcissists are full of ahankar.