About the Author

K Ramkumar, known to his friends as Ram, has an enduring passion for triggering a discussion and joining in with gusto on a range of themes. He believes that every person has an inalienable right to express his/her view no matter how different it is to anyone else. In his book no view is unworthy or big or small. Every view from everyone deserves a consideration without getting caught up with the tyranny of agreement or disagreement.
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A new lens on leadership

Your leadership calls, and how you interpret opportunities and threats, are influenced by your lenses, which are unique and personal to you

 

The mighty elephant is hidden inside the wood
The mighty elephant hides the wood
The Creator is hidden inside the expansiveness of the universe
The magic of Creation hides the expansiveness of the universe

                             — A translation of a verse by Tamil saint Thirumoolar Read more »

Launch of “Leveraging Human Capital : A Practitioner’s Perspective”

Dear readers, on June 17th, my book “Leveraging Human Capital : A Practitioner’s Perspective” was launched. This blog, its guest authors and your discussions impacted my thinking and my professional outlook, and you would relate to these influences once you read the book. Read more »

Measuring and Managing Performance (Video)

This is the video from a session on “Measuring and Managing Performance“, held at the Baroda Management Association.

Feel free to download and use as you see fit. Please credit TheOtherView.in as the source if you are sharing this with others, and do come back to post your own views and feedback in the form of comments.

What’s common to Hitler and company budgets?

Allied Powers_Supreme Commanders

[The supreme commanders of the four powers on June 5, 1945 in Berlin: (from left) Bernard Montgomery, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Georgy Zhukov, and Jean de Lattre de Tassigny. By December 1944, it was clear that the German war machinery was broken. So, Eisenhower decided to pull his strongest resources into reaching Berlin before the Soviets so that the post-war structure of Europe could be determined by the Anglo-Americans.
Photograph by: Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-14059-0018 under Creative Commons] Read more »

The anti-national sentiment

To me anti-national is a sentiment, not a person and it should apply to any nation and not only India. Nationalistic sentiment can be comprehended only through the lens of anti-national sentiment. Any attempt at definition will result in articulation of one more dogma.

If I cast my mind to the last sixty-eight years of our nationhood and glean when we as a country have been anti national, it has been every time we have made our citizens experience one of the following twelve sentiments. Read more »

Research and Analytics: Better accept with a pinch of salt

Nostradamus should be the patron saint of the Big Data and Analytics cult.  I say this because we have hardly paused and reflected on what analytics can or cannot do. Despite the warnings from Taleb, Kahneman and Dobelli we have chosen not to take note of their caution on the human proclivity for cognitive biases. Read more »

How intelligent are our methods of judging Capability

Our understanding of what constitutes human capability is so sketchy that in management and leadership education, very little attention is given to comprehend this. This is strange especially the heart of running any social institution be it commercial or others, is leveraging human ability to make capital create surplus for economic and social progress. Read more »

Playing Janus: Musings of a B-School graduate

Disclaimer: This is not a cathartic piece or a hate story of ANY B-school, because of the sheer naïveté of such an act.

According to Roman mythology, Janus is the deity of beginnings and ends, the deity of transitions. Portrayed with two faces, he is believed to have one face looking towards the future and one towards the past. At this crucial milestone of having passed out of a B-School, while on one hand, I look to the future, on the other, I look to the past. Not unlike the quintessential travails of Janus, I try to reconcile the past with the future that awaits me. For the past two years, I’ve been a part of the coveted management education system in India as a student of an IIM. My experience, not just of the institution but of the system, has led me to ruminate over certain problems which plague this system. Despite the fact that this system has generated tremendous output and continues to be one of the cornerstones in Indian education system, there is an underbelly of flaws which goes unnoticed. Read more »

The Psychology that makes Agreement Compulsive

“Too much agreement kills the chat.”
John. J. Chapman

Every leader highlights the importance of challenging the status quo. Implicit in this is the virtue of challenging the state of affairs as they are. However, reality has conditioned many not to challenge. The liberty to challenge is perceived by many as the privilege of the high and the mighty. Challenge by the cadre, is taken as disloyalty or even worse rebellion. Read more »

Strategy Retold

All men can see these tactics whereby I conquer, but what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sun Tzu

Strategy is the term business has borrowed from military. This word has its origins from the Greek word Strategos or Strategia, meaning leading/guiding/moving an army. It became synonymous with military Generalship. The world of politics adopted it in the 19th century to signify out-thinking an adversary, mobilizing & maneuvering resources for achieving the objective. However, when this word moved into business it has been beset with confusion. Read more »

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K Ramkumar, known to his friends as Ram, has an enduring passion for triggering a discussion and joining in with gusto on a range of themes. He believes that every person has an inalienable right to express his/her view no matter how different it is to anyone else. In his book no view is unworthy or big or small. Every view from everyone deserves a consideration without getting caught up with the tyranny of agreement or disagreement.
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