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?
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.
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.
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’.