Narayanan Vaghul, former chairman, ICICI Bank, draws ideas from American Generals during World War II, the life of Mahatma Gandhi and even Sachin Tendulkar’s cricketing career to explain, in simple terms, the finer nuances of becoming a successful business leader Several iconic business leaders including Anand Mahindra, Lakshmi Mittal and Azim Premji have Narayanan Vaghul’s […]
Zoho Corp’s Sridhar Vembu has built a billion dollar business with no debt and no external investors. Zoho Corp’s founder Sridhar Vembu might live and work in Silicon Valley, but he turns to German car manufacturers and moviemakers for inspiration. He suggests that building software is no different from directing a movie. The ‘feature sets’ […]
Dr. Krishna Tanuku, executive director of the Wadhwani Centre for Entrepreneurship Development at Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, discusses the role of research in Indian entrepreneurship and why he’s excited about inculcating the idea of a collaborative entrepreneur
Chandu Nair, co-founder, Scope E-knowledge Center, discusses his experiences in two areas: making changes to a business model and exiting a business
Sreenivasan Ramakrishnan, founder of one of India’s pioneering analytics firms, Marketics, talks about establishing a process for enterprise sales, a sound delivery model and, a topic he’s extremely passionate about, working with people
The Ashok Soota-led Indian IT Services startup, Happiest Minds, wants to inculcate happiness into its business process. Raja Shanmugam, the company’s Chief People Officer, believes that having gratitude lies at the core of happiness as a concept. The Smart CEO caught up with him to dig a little deeper into how the company wants to build a happy workplace
Cognizant Technology Solutions (Cognizant), a global IT services company has touched revenues of US $7.35 billion last fiscal, thanks to a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of more than 30 per cent over the last six years. Vortex Engineering (Vortex), a solar ATM manufacturer is slated to touch revenues of US $7 million this fiscal, up from US $2 million last year. We thought it would be a good idea to get the senior management team at Vortex to indulge in a dialogue with Cognizant’s Vice Chairman, Lakshmi Narayanan, to get a tip or two to manage their company in the scaling up phase
I recently read Barbara Kellerman’s book The End of Leadership. Kellerman, a professor at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, confidently argues that the balance of power between leaders and followers has shifted – with leaders becoming weaker and followers stronger.