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23rd May 2019: India turns the corner…

The 23rd of May 2019 was indeed a surprise for most Indians. History may well remember this date as the turning point for India as a nation state and a society. While over 600 million had walked the last metre in the sweltering summer to vote in the 17th Lok Sabha (the Lower House of … Continue reading

Psephology & the Indian Voter’s Hierarchy of Needs

As the largest and one of the youngest democracies of the world trundles into another general election in its tryst with the future, the rest of the world appears to be quite a bland place with examples of similar challenges already botched up in dispersed patches around the globe. The rise of the Right, fundamentalism, … Continue reading

Dogmatism vs. Liberalism

There is no fun debating with a blue-blooded liberalist or a dogmatist. These guys are too clear about their positions. They can berate any opposition irrespective of which camp they belong to. Most of us do find them too singular, too linear in their manifestations. In fact, they come out as quite dour and boring … Continue reading

Vision – the pariah word for Managers?

  What is your Vision? Sure, we got a pretty good Vision and Mission statement for the company. We even have our Core Values and we take them very seriously. Everyone joining the company has to go through a one-week orientation programme… Hey, I got to go for a meeting! Oh! You are talking about … Continue reading

Pause!

Delhi, mid-1970s: There was a time when the need of the day was more to do something…anything! Possibilities were scarce, time was a luxury we did not know we had. The spirit wafted strong, both in the mind as well as in the air around. Dickens, Erle Stanley Gardner, Maupassant, Dumas, Maugham, Hardy, Gorky, Tolstoy, … Continue reading

The suffocating Embrace of the functional Frankenstein!

  The functional organisation is fast becoming a Frankenstein! This could result in an implosion of organisations or companies unless ‘management’ finds a formalised structure and approach to tame the ever growing challenge on hand. I say Frankenstein because, the functional organisation was finessed through deliberation and decision rather than normal organisational evolution. Top managements … Continue reading

Letting go!

  Did I let go when I should have? I know…I know…the answer to the above question can only be given in hindsight or with the foresight of a mythical eagle. Even if the answer were to be an emphatic ‘Yes!!’ when I would be sitting down at the brink of this ‘infinity pool’ called … Continue reading

Married to Management – II

Management – A Manager’s Profession! What is management all about? I know it could be a huge topic and open up fresh debates for the reader as well as other commentators, if not practitioners. However, being married to management and not daring to define management would be like buying a powerful car only to rev … Continue reading

The 2.5 Buttons of Leadership!

Leadership has come to rule the book shelves of both the sellers and buyers of anything to do with organisational management. Publishers, distributors, E-Sellers, practicing managers, students and teachers are constantly visiting the different watering holes of leadership and wondering what they as individuals should, could or have to do as functioning leaders. Even spiritualism … Continue reading

Introduction to ‘ASCENT…’. A book for Leader – Managers!

‘ASCENT – A Practising Manager’s Growth Mantra’, (published by Random House, Gurgaon, India; 2014; ISBN 978 81 8400 623 0). A book on Growth Management with the onus squarely on Leadership is primarily for practising Managers. Foreword by Jonathan Gosling, Professor of Leadership and Co-founder of IMPM. Available on Amazon, Flipkart, Crossword, etc. Links at the … Continue reading