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Leading a Purposeful Life!

  The sight of a meaty newspaper left discarded on the street is pathetic enough. But, when a strong gust of wind lifts it up and tears it apart into lonely pieces, one wonders if the mindless misery could have been avoided. If only, the reader had left it where it belonged – on a … Continue reading

Motivational Engagement – the death knell of ‘Purposeful’ Leadership!

The link between remarkable achievements, complexity, and purposeful leadership lies so close to the borders of anarchy or utopia that only finite mindsets based upon choice and volition can provide deeper anchoring. Uncertainty, temptation, risk, attrition, globalization, multiple cultures, and varying contexts need sustained leadership based on sustainable leadership values. And this cannot come from … Continue reading

Are we a Democracy?

  Democracy is literally, ‘rule by the people’, derived from the Greek dēmokratiā, which was coined from dēmos (people) and kratos (rule). Well, are we ruled by the People of this country? The Business Standard reported on 29th May 2019, “the average assets of an MP are now 345.8 times that of an annual income … Continue reading

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

It’s all about Business, not Leadership…

  Leadership has been dissected to the core! Thousands of people have pontificated upon as well as practiced the trade or art of leadership and tens of thousands of books & studies have been published (including by this author), particularly over the last two or three decades. More significantly, millions have read most of all … 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

The Civilised Mirage!

Forays into the unknown, unforeseen or the uncharted were probably a necessity for mankind when we started coming out from the state of ‘animalhood’. It was a search for survival, not intellectual actualisation that pushed man out of forests or plains as they no longer provided enough for his biological needs or for the tribe, … 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