Articles

August 18, 2020

Enterprise, Education and Eudaemonia

I am delighted to begin this monthly column titled “Building Businesses.” In this column, I hope to engage with readers on Entrepreneurship, Education and Eudaemonia--Greek for well-being, all of which are highly relevant for the progress of India. Why so?
September 19, 2020

Silent volcano of the ‘trapped’ investor

Competitiveness and spite are endemic in the world, particularly in business. In 2017, Angelina Jolie directed a brilliant film, Unbroken, which is streaming on Netflix. American Louis Zamperini, an Olympic athlete and Second World War participant, suffered severe torture by the Japanese, upon his capture.
September 21, 2020

Myrmidons around the CEO

Before you think that Shashi Tharoor has been language-tutoring me, let me explain that a myrmidon is an unquestioning and subservient lackey of a powerful leader. Myrmidons are around everywhere and become the leader’s Achilles heel. Achilles’s body became invulnerable, excluding his foot, and hence the expression, Achilles Heel to signify an inherent weakness.
October 15, 2020

Shaping Institutions – The art of critical thinking

On 10th August and 9th September respectively in New Indian Express, we covered what business institutions are and a first practice in institution building: people power. We now describe the second practice of institution building called ‘critical thinking’.
October 20, 2020

What a ‘wise’ board director is

Wisdom is born out of controlling lower ground thinking by the discipline of higher ground thinking—the word discipline is noteworthy.
December 9, 2020

Shaping Institutions—breaking barriers & stakeholder orientation

In four articles so far about ‘Shaping Institutions’, we outlined Bhavan’s SPJIMR research findings on the mind-set, behaviour and actions that institutional shapers adopt.
December 20, 2020

The emerging future role of boards

Directors on boards have two distinct roles: a ‘map’ role and a ‘compass’ role. The former is the traditional role. It is about overseeing the short-term with a horizon of a few years.
January 27, 2021

The gyroscope of corporate governance

Corporate governance depends on checks and balances among four institutions--Board, Management, Stakeholders and Regulators—just as political governance depends on the four estates of Legislature,
February 26, 2021

Transforming organizations – The role of subsonic sounds

Corporate governance depends on checks and balances among four institutions--Board, Management, Stakeholders and Regulators—just as political governance depends on the four estates of Legislature,