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August 4, 2022
The Essence of Leadership

There are several thousand books and several million articles on leadership. How would you overcome information overload? In the simplest possible terms, what makes a good leader?  After closely observing hundreds of leaders in India and abroad, and reading several books, journals, and research papers, in my 40 years of professional journey, I have been […]

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November 26, 2021
What makes a CXO succeed in a family-run firm?

A newly hired CXO came to me (I was Group CHRO in a family-run firm then) quite confused, frustrated, and upset because he couldn’t understand what was expected of him! Does it remind you of someone? My experience in hiring and onboarding professionals at the CXO level has been quite extensive. Many of these professionals […]

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September 8, 2021
Our ageing world needs retirement coaches

The other day I was chatting with an old friend from my school days. He was working in an MNC in a senior role and had retired on completing 60. He has no clue how he wants to spend the rest of his life, even after 2 years into retirement. He is depressed thinking he […]

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August 25, 2021
Assess leaders on their ‘leave performance’ to stop fuelling ‘unsocial psychology’

Sometime back a highly successful colleague was regretting not taking many holidays in his long career of over 40 years. He is financially well off, but now his wife is not keeping well and he is unfit to enjoy simple physical exertion involved in vacationing. Even temple visits for both of them are painful. He […]

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August 12, 2021
Owner’s family culture informs people practices

I have good personal experience of several widely different family-run businesses. I have found that organizational culture is prone to be influenced by the owner’s family culture, attitudes, values, and worldview. It is fascinating to see it play out in interesting ways. India is a large country. Cultural traits in one part of the country […]

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August 5, 2021
The evolution of an enterprise influences its organizational culture

Research says that an organization, family-managed or not, is expected to go through several stages of evolution. See the figure below. Startup phase Do you think that your firm is at the startup phase? During this phase, the culture of the organization is indistinguishable from the culture of the founder/owner family. The number of non-family […]

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July 26, 2021
Culture eats people practices for breakfast

Top 500 family businesses worldwide contribute roughly 9 trillion US dollars to the global GDP and employ nearly 25 million people. According to the US Bureau of Census, 90% of American companies are family-owned or controlled and account for 50% of the country’s employment. In India, family businesses contribute over 70% of the national GDP. […]

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July 16, 2021
Family Governance Influences People Practices in a Family Business

According to statistics from the Family Firm Institute, family companies generate 70% of annual global GDP and create 50–80 % of jobs in the majority of countries worldwide. It is futile to strive for platinum standard human resource management with silver standard family governance. Mahatma Gandhi had aptly said, “Be the change that you wish […]

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July 2, 2021
Do you have a 'why' to live for? If yes, then get a coach soon to find your 'how'

She was born visually & hearing impaired when many modern aids were unavailable. Considering Hellen Keller’s very special circumstances, Anne Sullivan could not be just a teacher. At that time the term ‘coach’ was not prevalent. But whatever little I had read about their 49-years’ relationship, Anne was coach par excellence with unconditional positive regard […]

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June 21, 2021
Enterprise risk management is transformational

CRISIL estimates that India will experience its worst recession since Independence. The world has already suffered trillions of dollars of lost economic output. Millions of jobs have been lost, a very large number of people have sunk into poverty, many industry sectors have been hit severely and several companies have been brought to their knees.  […]

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