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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

Leadership Re-fuelled!

Who gives a crap about all the right things written and preached about what makes good Leaders or Managers? They say, a good Leader or a Manager should take care of the long-term, create sustainability, leave behind a legacy. They expect her or him to drive the team or a company towards a purpose beyond … 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

Achievers or Attainers ?

Normal managers are like normal human beings, as studied and ratified by the one and only Abraham Maslow. Maslow’s normal human being is a simple algorithmic mix of his or her subconscious positioning in what he defined as the pyramid of the Hierarchy of Needs. The normal ‘me’ or ‘I’ is nothing but a Maslow’s … 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

Risk, Management & Leadership!

Between Management & the Future, lies the grand canyon of Risks! Leadership keeps throwing the rope across this canyon, till it hooks onto something and holds! The shouts of caution drown in the shrieks of amazement only to crescendo into a roar of applause as the leader takes the first steps towards the yawning chasm. … Continue reading

The Team…

May not be an irony for many but the word ‘Team’ has its origin in classical usage as, ‘a team of draught animals – a team of oxen pulling a cart or the plough or a team of horses pulling a carriage’ (Fig. 1). Industrialisation and urbanization has made us forget that and we think … Continue reading

Urban Society – Chakravyu*?

World-wide, urbanisation has been the end product of socio-economic change. It is interesting to remember that it is this end product that most refer to as modernity or development of the human race. Only a few exalted philosophers may dare to disagree. With urbanisation comes one constant – Money! Urbanisation burns money at a much … Continue reading