THE WISE LEADER

March 15, 2019

What should a director do if she senses smoke

15th March 2019 BUSINESS STANDARD

On 20th January 2019, Los Angeles Times carried a report about the allegedly toxic leadership style and adverse impact on colleagues of an important public figure, the Chancellor of the University of California.
January 7, 2019

Mahabharata in corporate governance

04th January 2019 BUSINESS STANDARDD

2018 threw up too many serious episodes concerning corporate governance. Blood brothers fought each other bitterly; one CEO’s cavalier treatment of his co-brother’s family appeared downright mean
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 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 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.
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!
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.