May 30, 2020

Invest in trust to promote entrepreneurship

Think of past crises which delivered dramatic opportunities for India: for example, Quit India (1942), Green Revolution (1964) and Liberalization (1991). Crises excavatesociety’s hidden energy.  Even the current crisis shows signs of our society doing ‘impossible’things.
May 1, 2020

Immunizing a company from invisible attack


Unleash passion, purposeful culture and positivity. They constitute people power, which is the best immunization for the company.
March 27, 2020

Wisdom for start-ups from grown-ups


In an earlier Innocolumn, I wrote about the case of an unknown, but highly successful start-up called Galaxy Surfactants—a start-up nurtured by ex-HUL stalwarts.
March 18, 2020

Beware of competence without humanity or humility


Competence without humanity and humility can be dangerous in a company CEO, or, for that matter, in any leader. My article in BS may interest you.
December 24, 2019

Transparency and public scrutiny is tough but valuable

18th December 2019

In this last column of 2019, I explore the reality that public scrutiny is tough but valuable. A CEO in a listed company bears this as an additional responsibility compared to an unlisted company CEO.
November 27, 2019

Lingering debates about entrepreneurship and growth

27th November 2019 BUSINESS STANDARD

Like persistent bacteria which linger in the gut, debates about facilitating business linger in the alimentary canal of the economy. Last week, I participated in two different panel discussions, one in Mumbai and another in Bangalore.
October 31, 2019

Building startups and companies that last

30th October 2019 BUSINESS STANDARD

In a previous column (BS, 25th Sep), I had described a progressive and happy society as one where enterprise, education and eudaemonia (=well-being) co-exist.
October 9, 2019

Enterprise, education and eudaemonia

25th September 2019 BUSINESS STANDARD

Indian CEOs should strategize on the fostering of business institutions rather than just running companies. Institutions are superior to companies, just like forts are superior to modern bungalows. India needs more forts.
August 2, 2019

Business ‘Institutions’ essential for India’s growth

02nd August 2019 BUSINESS STANDARD

Reading recent books on business—pharma, financial services, technology firms—it appears that we love to hate business. The truth is that we just cannot do without them. So we mock them, criticize them.