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.
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
August 14, 2018

Dual class shareholding is an idea whose time has not come


Because of testing protocols, promising food innovations sometimes fail to make it to the market. There needs to be an international protocol for testing innovations that impact Mother Gaia.
August 4, 2018

When a ‘revered’ CEO is accused

Published on 3rd August, 2018, BUSINESS STANDARD

A CEO could evoke reverence from his board of directors for many reasons. It could be any of the 5 C’s: competence, clan, connections, charisma or a combination!
August 2, 2018

Four Tata Chairmen Chat


Jamsetji Tata’s biographer, a historian named Frank Harris, recorded that a partnership firm called Tata & Sons was established in 1868.
July 21, 2018

How a World War caused ball pens to take off.


Last week, the Royal Air Force celebrated its century in grand style all over UK. Nobody celebrated the fact that it was the RAF that gave a fillip to ball pens.
July 7, 2018

Management should be efficient, board should provide dignity

Published on 8th June, 2018, BUSINESS STANDARD

The 19th century British essayist and businessman, Walter Bagehot had said of Britain’s governance: the prime minister should symbolize efficiency and is answerable to the people.