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Courage and Compassion – Two essential traits of iconic leadership

“Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others”. -Aristotle What are we without courage? Where would human race be today if our ancestors did not have the courage to discover, invent and innovate? I believe courage is the most important business virtue. Can you imagine a meek and fearful person creating a large conglomerate? The very basis of entrepreneurship is courage. The courage to think differently, the … Continue reading

January 3, 2022

Economic growth and environmental concern must coexist

Climate change is real and the single biggest threat facing humanity today. Carbon dioxide levels across the world are the highest in 650,000 years, the acidity of surface ocean waters has increased almost 30% since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. This has become a serious threat for ecosystem, biodiversity, and health. A Lancet Countdown* report published in October 2021 indicated that health problems due to climate change are affecting people everywhere. These include medical … Continue reading

November 22, 2021

How to beat this volatility? Stay consistent.

Most of us have read Aesop’s fable of the Tortoise and the Hare. The Hare ran fast in the beginning but then sat down to rest. The Tortoise on the other hand continued at a slow but consistent speed and ended up winning the race. Consistency is the key to success, especially, in challenging times like these. With so much change and ambiguity around us, we want certainty and reassurance. Consistency, plan of action, and … Continue reading

October 21, 2021

Teamwork – Competitive or collaborative

Can there be a leader without a team? And can there be a team without a leader? A leader and his team have a symbiotic relationship which is best when it is a mutually beneficial one. A lot has already been said about the advantages of teamwork, but I think the real challenge for a leader is not get the team to work together, but to creatively and effectively channelize the competitive spirit of the … Continue reading

October 19, 2019

Independence of thought, an essential virtue for a team.

More so, if we aim to build great teams. A team can only perform well if it has been able to view and review an option, a solution from all perspectives. That is why, it is extremely important to have people with diverse opinions on the team. I have noticed, that team leaders who nurture their teams to think independently, come up with very creative and out of the box solutions for some very run … Continue reading

July 25, 2019

Ownership – willingness to behave responsibly

In an organisation, is it possible to survive, let alone grow without taking responsibility? The ability and willingness to take ownership is the mantra for a successful career progression. In fact I feel that ownership is an attitude, which allows much more than just a myopic view of our own career, it is a mentality present in certain people. It is these people who are responsible for the growth, stability, profits and prosperity of the … Continue reading

July 1, 2019

Traceability

The world has become truly global and without boundaries, and manufacturers source material from and supply it across the globe with relative ease. This has made the supply chain extremely complex and quality controls truly imperative. Traceability is especially applicable to provenance and supply chain control and management and in recent years, the demand for this has risen significantly. Mostly because, the customers have become increasingly conscious and are demanding more and more information about … Continue reading

April 19, 2019

Giving – The secret of Success

“We make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give.” –Winston Churchill When I was much younger, quite early in my career there was a phase which was extremely difficult and full of financial uncertainty for me. Some of my friends, who are really close to me now, came forward and supported me selflessly. And I have been indebted to them ever since. They found a friend and … Continue reading

March 12, 2019

Why I love to spend time with Children

Children make me completely happy. I am a different person, in a very happy place, totally at ease, when I am with children watching them be themselves, unapologetically. To me, their aura is so pure, their energy, so inspiring and their company completely invigorating. As I write this, I cannot help but recount this quote from Paulo Coelho “A child can teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be … Continue reading

January 22, 2019

Why are New Year resolutions important

Why are New Year resolutions important? Well, just yesterday I happened to come across this very interesting story about New Year resolutions. January, the first month was named after Janus who is a Roman God of beginnings, of time and transitions. Janus is usually depicted having two faces — one looking forward and the other one looking backward. Thus enabling him to be able to look back at the past and forward towards future. In … Continue reading

January 4, 2019
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