Monday, January 25, 2010

Listen your way to success

Every CEO knows that listening is a powerful weapon in his leadership armoury. Only by honing his listening skills can he decipher the thoughts, ideas, emotions, feelings and concerns of people around him. Decoding what is innermost in the minds and hearts of people is crucial to his ability to address the real issues in the workplace. Preventing, pre-empting and resolving the real issues is the key to the leader's effectiveness and this, in turn, is the single most important factor in the complex equation that delivers results consistently.more

Monday, January 18, 2010

Curious case of a top performer

Managers sometimes present terrible dilemmas to leaders. Take the curious case of Suresh Joshi. As the factory manager of a large unit manufacturing engineering components Suresh is responsible for an annual production of nearly Rs 1,000 crore; 800 people work in his factory. Considering the size of the operation and the weightage it commands in the company's scheme of things, Joshi is king!more

Monday, April 6, 2009

Reflection on IPL & Leadership

The Indian Premier League (IPL) is replete with interesting management and leadership angles. Though on paper it is made out to be sport, in practice it’s actually a no-holds barred corporate battleground. The pitch is simply the front line of this fierce competition for market share, eyeballs, ad revenue, cash, publicity, reputations and profitMore

Monday, March 16, 2009

Adapting to survive

Dominic is teetering on the edge of panic. The company he founded and nursed over 25 years is now on the verge of bankruptcy. In a space of months the sales and profits have evaporated. He’s down to the last couple of lakhs in cash. Salaries and overheads are bearing down on him like a fully laden truck. Creditors are pressing like vultures poking a mortally wounded animal More

Monday, February 23, 2009

Promise of IT and Web access

Those who are obsessed with the gathering gloom are condemned to be overwhelmed by it. So it’s far better to be guided by the beacon of hope. That way we stand a much better chance of escaping from the quicksand of present problems. Irrespective of the seriousness of the problem, all of us have options and choicesmore

Monday, January 26, 2009

Framework for innovation

The unfolding global scenario has many interesting facets.
Though panic has captured markets, the environment is pregnant with possibilities for innovation more

Monday, January 19, 2009

Culture of corporate omerta

If the Mumbai carnage brought home the reality of the security threat to our country, the Satyam episode demonstrates the other grave threat to India: the corruption and dishonesty that has been feted and celebrated by the educated, highly qualified intelligentsia and adopted as a way of life by most of us. The deadly combination of corporate greed and information technology has laid bare a menace that has long been gnawing away at the innards of our once-great country More