Don’t Pay For Your Boss…!

“An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.”

-Winston Churchill

Last week at Jaipur, I was conducting a program on Cultural Transformation for the leadership team of a conservatively managed large Indian enterprise. Late evening at the terrace of that heritage resort, while atmosphere was festive and the air was curried with the aroma of local culinary, I was quietly staring out at the majesty of the dimly illuminated facade of the hypnotic Amber fort at far side of the road. Abruptly, one contemplative looking elderly participant startled me with an innocent question, “Sir, have you experienced a bad boss?” And I told him “Unfortunately not, but counselled many who have. Not just few skeletons, but entire gallimaufry of them.”

Let me ask you the same question, “Do you think you have ever experienced a bad boss in your career?” If yes, please join the club!

A lot has been written about the theme over the last couple of decades. What is clear with most of the  dissecting discussions in the literature is one: To be cautiously insightful in dealing with such a matter. I am sure there is a lot to be learned from all the works. But I have a radically diverse recommendation and if nothing else, I would want young professionals to learn to stand for their convictions. Continue reading

The Tipping Point for the Indian Entrepreneurs…!

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.”


“A ship is safe in harbor, but that's not what ships are for.”-William Shedd. Entrepreneurs are like ships...fronting rough ocean and blustery weather in their voyage to realizing dreams.

“A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.”-William Shedd.
Entrepreneurs are like ships…fronting rough ocean and blustery weather in their journey to realize dreams…!

I do not think there will be anyone who would strike down the obvious fact that we are almost at the gateway of the Asian Century.The dawn of a new era of global power and energy hustled by emerging Asian middle class is eventually likely to polarize the world.

Yet, in some senses, the voyage for India is going to be bewildering.  India has not come out of the economic rubbles of last few years of indolent regime.

Although for this fiscal year, our GDP may brush little plus of 5.5% but other economic parameters, like, government and corporate debts, inflation, pitiable infrastructural support, daunting energy famine, hysterical inflation, and massive sleazy scandals, are still lecherously ogling at us. The only hope possibly is the decisive victory of the new government. At least, government has a comprehensive mandate to legislate pervasive reforms.

The obvious evidences are the opening up of foreign direct investment (FDI) in several sectors, Standard & Poor’s raised credit rating, unprecedented support of hoi polloi to Mr. Modi, and anticipated administrative, economic, and fiscal reforms. I am sure India is going to be the most dazzling investment destination for many. While government appears to be constructively disposed towards strengthening Indian business milieu, it is equally inclined to encourage foreign investments in a big way.We are definitely picking up the momentum.

Things are changing rapidly…But, we are still not out of the mess.

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Quality of courage

I am very much impressed with the simplicity of Zen philosophy

It is an amalgamation of Buddhism and Lao Tzu’s way of life. It is very effortless and contemporary without tangential weighty ornamental thoughts. A simple phrase like, “Leap and the net will appear”, triggered my thoughts on the concept of Quality of Courage. Continue reading