Articles

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.
December 8, 2018

How to improve board dynamics

7th December 2018 BUSINESS STANDARD

In my column of 14th September 2018, I mentioned some factors which could cause a leader to feel vulnerable and become prone to a governance mishap
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.
November 13, 2018

For a retiring CEO, it is “a plunge into the abyss of insignificance, a kind of mortality”

6th November 2018 BUSINESS STANDARD 

Writing about CEO departures in his book, The Hero’s Farewell, Prof Jeffrey Sonnenfeld described the end of an illustrious career as a plunge into the abyss of insignificance, a kind of mortality.
November 13, 2018

The ET TU movement is on

5th November 2018 BUSINESS STANDARD

*The writer is a corporate advisor and Distinguished Professor of IIT Kharagpur. His new book, “CRASH: lessons from the rise and exit of business leaders” will be published by Penguin India in December, 2018. Email: rgopal@themindworks.me
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 12, 2018

Power alters and damages a CEO’s brain

12th October 2018 BUSINESS STANDARD

*The writer is a corporate advisor and Distinguished Professor of IIT Kharagpur. His new book, “CRASH: lessons from the rise and exit of business leaders” will be published by Penguin India in December, 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.