Articles

March 18, 2020

Beware of competence without humanity or humility

13th March BUSINESS STANDARD

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.
March 27, 2020

Wisdom for start-ups from grown-ups

26th March 2020 BUSINESS STANDARD

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.
April 11, 2020

Mitigating the bullying effects of power

10th April 2020 THE WISE LEADER. I received positive reader responses to my last column. (Beware of competence without humility or humanity, BS, 13th March). One reader posed a tricky question: why are so many leaders arrogant if it is obvious that humility is very important?
May 1, 2020

Immunizing a company from invisible attack

26th March 2020 BUSINESS STANDARD

Unleash passion, purposeful culture and positivity. They constitute people power, which is the best immunization for the company.
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.
June 8, 2020

A soap man feels vindicated today

The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History has a mummified Philadelphia man, who was buried around 1800 and whose body turned into soap. It seems that alkaline water seeped into his casket and combined with his body fat, thus making him into soap. He is called Soapman.
June 8, 2020

Leadingwith empathy, humility and dialogue

In uncertain times, leaders require deeperconversations andempathetic listening--three times more than speech-making.
July 11, 2020

Ecosystem must be enhanced through neeyat, nyaya and niti

Recent rhetoric says “less government, more governance” but the unfolding reality does not match up. Indian government, center and states, face a real governance issue.
July 11, 2020

The ‘long game’ should be the new face of business strategy

Indian business leaders tend to be opportunistic rather than strategic, perhaps a hangover from the license raj. Gurus exhort business leaders to view business through a long-term lens.