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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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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 Collective Moral (Audio)

This is the audio form of the post, The Collective Moral. 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.

The Collective Moral

Inserted by a bunch of Victorian puritans in the mid-18th century, an otherwise innocuous provision of India’s Penal Code has come to be at the heart of an important legal and moral debate 150 years later. The challenge to Section 377, which proscribes sexual acts “against the laws of nature” was brought forward by LGBT groups seeking to ventilate their grievance against how the State machinery was utilizing the law as a tool of extortion. The  brief victory before the Delhi High Court apart, the Supreme Court has all but put paid to the hopes of the aggrieved groups with only a last-gasp curative petition still pending resolution in July. 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.

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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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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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