September 14, 2021

Transformation around liberalization: Hindustan Lever

Over the last several months, I have commented on two sides of the leadership coin: first, shaping a good company into a business institution, and second, transforming traditional organizations.
August 17, 2021

Why organizations go around in circles

By their nature, the problems that top managers and leaders are required to solve are foggy and unclear very often. In their pursuit of efficiency, managers sometimes lose effectiveness. 
July 19, 2021

Who said competitors cannot collaborate?

Unfortunately, the public and motivational narrative these days suggests that while winning is an all-important end, crushing the ‘other’ is equally important.
July 19, 2021

High time that PSUs become board-yukt and sarkar-mukt

SEBI introduces new regulations for listed companies to reduce the influence of promoters and to empower independent directors. Several promoter-driven companies do deserve such regulations.
June 11, 2021

Leading in crisis requires collaboration, not competition.

If only India had a leader with gravitas who would say, “Let us temporarily bury our political differences and focus on the wellbeing of our voters. Let us act like the rainbow nation that we are.”
May 24, 2021

Why our brain resists diversity-one way to fight it.

If company boards or citizens of a nation do not welcome variation, their eventual homogeneity can pose an existential threat. This can be asserted through both corporate experience and history.
May 24, 2021

How social context influences human behavior.

Many crises are leadership failures rather than technical ones. Leaders focus so intently on an agenda that they fail to factor in their team’s social context. A dose of healthy humility and empathy can mitigate the resultant humiliation.  
May 24, 2021

Slow down to reach faster.

Transformational leaders chart the four stages of start, roadmap, time plan, and end point. The former are planned, while the latter are flexible.
May 24, 2021

Transforming organizations-inattentional blindness.

I reviewed three transformation risks—demyelination risk (28th January), subsonic sounds (25th February) and capacity for change (25th March 2021).