Leadership

14April

Do hiring managers really look beyond clones?

In my frequent interactions with hiring managers (predominantly C level executives) of global corporations, I am constantly reminded that I should be looking for diversity, whether in skill sets, aptitude, attitude, background or gender when I present candidates. But when it comes to the home run, it is invariably the individual who most closely approximates the hiring manager who makes it to the coveted tape. It is quite obvious that senior executives have a very well defined and limited comfort zone which they are extremely wary of transgressing.

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27March

Retail corruption as heinous as wholesale corruption

Several apologists of the venal UPA 2 including former IT czar and now government strategist, Nandan Nilekani have tended to rubbish the growing outrage against crony capitalism as alarmist. Their postulation is that India should collectively fix what politicians and bureaucrats very patronizingly call “retail corruption” and not expend its limited energies on purging wholesale or “big ticket” corruption.  Such a view is patently immoral, if not criminal in its intent.

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27March

Silicon India Interview - Chiranjit Banerjee's Story

About Chiranjit Banerjee's family

I am a first generation late state entrepreneur after having worked for almost 20 years in well regarded state owned, MNC & domestic private sector companies. Both my father and grandfather were in the government. There are no other entrepreneurs in my extended family too.

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31March

The original "Tiger"

Among the rare compliments that come one's way either at the workplace or the playground is 'Tiger". Those who have had the privilege of being called so surely know the "high" that it brings on. It is a combination of guts, initiative, self belief and flawless execution ability.  Add to that a dash of the feline grace that comes with the territory. The late Nawab (Mansur Ali Khan) of Pataudi personified all these fine attributes and several other virtues that made him a cult figure for teenagers in the 60s when India was licking its wounds of the Chinese aggression and sulking from the stalemate of the frontal conflict with Pakistan.

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27March

Vocational empowerment should spearhead human resources development

It was not at all surprising to have a British panelist emphasize that India desperately needed more carpenters, welders, electricians and plumbers than engineers and MBAs on a nationally televised debate last week. The other Indian panelists, carrying our country’s burdensome intellectual baggage, had their sights on the top of the pyramid and spoke unimaginatively about establishing more IITs.

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