Category Archives: Management, Leadership and Business

HUL Chairman’s Speech – Learnings galore

Thanks to the AGM of HUL being held on Friday July 26, the full-page speech-text was printed in The Economic Times only on Saturday, giving me time to read and re-read the entire speech. And man, what an amazing bouquet … Continue reading

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Most admired companies in India – 2nd edition (Fortune India)

(For my blog piece on last year’s edition – the first one by Fortune India – please click the below link. Had recorded some serious observations on methodology then. Hence, this time’s piece below is some sort of an addendum. … Continue reading

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The Secrets of Leadership – some key points

Have just finished reading (most of) “The Secrets of Leadership” by Prakash Iyer, MD of Kimberley Clark Lever. I say “most of” because of the beautiful construct of the book – it’s an ensemble of short stories each with a … Continue reading

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Revolutionising education through technology

Am seeing many articles across journals touting the current era being the most revolutionary era in heralding a new way of education. The Economist carries an article which refers to the excitement generated in the potential to change education over … Continue reading

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24×7 news channels should be made 4×6

We have become a nation of “time-wasters”, by discussing way too many topics for way too much time. And then we forget the details of many topics, and in some cases, the topics themselves, as newer topics come up…Or new … Continue reading

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The Fall and Rise of the Global Music Industry (and the RTO cop)

Over the past couple of decades, as I moved from being a Gen X to a Gen W to possibly a Gen V person (on a comparative basis with the youth today), I kept on being confronted with younger sisters-in-law … Continue reading

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B2B better than B2C for first generation entrepreneurs

I have a feeling that for starting businesses without immense capital at one’s disposal, it may be smarter to start a B2B business. Building a B2C business involves building a brand among many, un-named customers, mostly spread across geographies – … Continue reading

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Bringing the best out of staff functions…and how not to use them ineffectively ?

This might be relevant to senior managers or leaders who have a STAFF function at their disposal (besides of course a “LINE army” obviously). Line functions have a clear revenue-linked deliverable and hence are output-oriented. Getting the staff functions to … Continue reading

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A Harvard Executive Education course…in Mumbai…

So last week, I attended a course conducted in Mumbai by Harvard Business School, for experienced managers and leaders. Was quite a good experience ! HBS has created a full-fledged b-school class-room in Taj Land’s End and this course was … Continue reading

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What is better ? 60% employees at 120% motivation or 80 at 80 ?

So, there’s the question of whether the 80:20 rule applies to employees in a company also ? i.e., should we focus on the best employees and “take care of them” and get the best out of them, and hope that … Continue reading

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