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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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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 »

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 »

The Values Sermon: Pause and Reflect

“Your time is way too valuable to be wasting on people that can’t accept who you are.”

― Turcois Ominek

From her book “Masquerade”

The incessant sermons on values made me risk writing this article. Political, Social & Business leaders, TV anchors, columnists and activists of all ilk, tell us about how they are the upholders of values and those they badger are eroding values.

Let us pause and ask the basic question: What are values? I doubt if many of us do this reflection before we hold forth on its virtues or lament its decline. In very simple construct; Values are strongly held beliefs. Values are complex mix of all the beliefs that we accept as universal and those that are specific to certain religion, ethnicity, nationality and social groups. Read more »

Change the Discourse: Say No to the Talent Hype

One of the banes of modern business vocabulary is our penchant for hyping up everything. The more high sounding a word the better we all feel. I can illustrate it with a dozen examples, but choose not to bore you. For the purpose of this article let us examine the consequences of abusing the talent terminology. Read more »

Will History Repeat Itself to Disappoint Us? Shetkari Sanghatana to AAP

Shetkari Sanghatana was a path breaking organisation of Rural India. Its convener Mr Sharad Joshi, an Indian Postal Service (IPS) cadre bureaucrat, well read and an incisive intellect, was a phenomenon of the 1980’s.

Almost a decade had passed since Indira Gandhi’s “Garibi Hatao” slogan, pursuing the Marxist/Socialist agenda with left of centre public policies. The eye catching slogan of the 1971 elections did not deliver on its propaganda of poverty eradication, despite the overwhelming popular mandate in her favor. Rural India was frustrated yet helpless with no one else to look up to. The ills of the economy were spreading drastically. 80% of the population dependent on agricultural was watching the hollowness of populist decisions and growing state interference in agricultural policy, resulting in unprofitable returns and a levy imposed on the agricultural produce, ironically by parliamentary mandate. The bureaucracy had forgotten the basic principles of economics, i.e. demand and supply, which determine the price of commodities and services. Read more »

Lessons from Cricket for Management (Audio)

This is the audio form of the post, Lessons from Cricket for Management. The voice artist is Sohandeep Hattar.

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.

Lessons from Cricket for Management

A few days back I wrote to Mr. Ramkumar congratulating him on a fantastic and breathtaking Indian victory over archrivals Australia in a match which saw India dominate their opposition with such elan, grace and confidence as has not been witnessed in the recent past. Of course I requested Mr. Ramkumar to present his views on Cricket and Management on The Other View.

He wrote back asking me to write the article myself instead of him. I, at this point in time, felt like Sachin Tendulkar when he was handed over the ball by his captain, Mohammad Azharuddin, in a packed Eden Gardens to bowl the last over of the Hero Cup finals against South Africa way back in 1993. Of course I had no idea about what I would write but having been given the opportunity and honour to write, I have made an attempt based on my limited experience both as a fan of the “gentlemen’s game” and of having served three of India’s leading companies: HCL Infosystems, Genpact and ICICI Bank. Read more »

Leadership in a Digital World (Audio)

This is the audio form of the post, Leadership in a Digital World. The voice artist is Sohandeep Hattar.

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Leadership in a Digital World

Sachin Tendulkar announced his retirement last week and the expected coverage of his records and statistics followed in every medium. Sachin and his retirement made me think of leadership from when he started in an analog world, to where he is ending it in a digital world.

I see leadership as the sum of three parts. The first is the leadership because of the power and the position of the role. The second is thought leadership and the third is followership. Sachin didn’t have success as a captain. So, he was not a formal successful leader the way we measure leadership.  Sachin had a terrific cricket brain and was the thought leader of his generation. Sachin played for 24 years and played under many captains. He was a great follower. So in the triad I outlined, he wasn’t a leader but he was a thought leader and a great follower. Read more »

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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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