Articles

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.
October 15, 2019

The bear will soon visit your garden also

11rd October 2019 BUSINESS STANDARD

Readers of my last three articles in this column have asked for an example to exemplify my advocacy that independent directors can and should act on signals rather than wait for a crisis to crack open
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.
November 9, 2019

Managers must learn to teach business ethics and values

11th November 2019 THE WISE LEADER

After reading the heading above, the reader might wonder what I have been sniffing. After IL&FS, Yes Bank, ICICI Bank, CG Power, business ethics and values? But please, please read on.
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.
December 7, 2019

Ahankar-mukt leadership

6th December 2019 THE WISE LEADER

This year-end I write about the importance of ahankar-mukt leadership. Early next year, I will share how to work at becoming ahankar-mukt.  Narcissists are full of ahankar.
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.
January 3, 2020

Board wisdom is judgment + character + humility

3rd January 2019 THE WISE LEADER

2019 was a year full of board room debacles. Usually, we all tend to live in the uplands of activity-obsession. The lull during the holiday season offered me a quiet period when I retreated with my books into the valley of humility.
January 23, 2020

Lingering fallouts of acrimonious leadership disputes

15th January 2020

I had written an article on Ahankar-Mukt Leadership (BS, 6th Dec 2019). Even in successful companies, visible and acrimonious leadership disputes linger—like in L’Oréal, Viacom, Raymond, Infosys, Tata, Indigo and recently Murugappa.