If the world were without borders, then Seychelles would be its capital. Seychelles is borderless indeed – you don’t need a visa to fly into Seychelles – you are granted the visa upon arrival – at the airport! Part of the Indian Ocean Island trio of Maldives, Mauritius and Seychelles, it is right in… Read More Seychelles – clear waters, tropical paradise and the capital of the borderless world!
He is considered the father of modern Japan. He was instrumental in influencing the transformation of Japan from a feudal, isolated regime into a modern, democratic and global economy. As home minister in 1878, he focused on boosting and westernizing the economy of Japan. As Japan’s first Prime Minister from 1885, he ensured Japan was… Read More Legends of Leadership and Management: Itō Hirobumi (1841-1909)
As the Rio Olympics get off to a flying start, here is a look at some inspiring moments through time, that helped define, the spirit of the Olympics: 2016 (Rio) – the first ever Refugees Olympics Team: The story of the plight of refugees came center stage at the Rio Olympics when 10 athletes marched… Read More The Olympics Spirit – grit, courage and camaraderie – inspiring moments in Olympics history
A nation’s destiny was decided by a 3% vote differential on June 23rd – really?? The first time the British held a referendum on joining the European Union, was in 1975 and it received an approval by 67% of the vote – a solid yes! A 2/3rd majority is often considered mandatory for key votes… Read More BREXIT – a consequence of self-promoting leaders and the global economy?
His words were as loud as his actions. He was among the first to connect with audiences across the globe. He was an athlete and a showman at the same time. And it was no surprise that BBC and Sports Illustrated declared him “Sportsman of the Century.” Muhammad Ali – the icon, left us… Read More Muhammad Ali: an icon, a disruptor and a marketing genius!
Altitude – that’s the first word that crosses my mind when I land at Leh’s Kushok Bakula Rimpochhe Airport. At 10,682 ft. it is one of the highest altitude commercial airports in the world. “Juley! Welcome to Ladakh.” The greeting from my Ladakhi guide is warm and genuine. The next word that crosses my mind… Read More Ladakh: high altitude, mountain passes and genuine hospitality
He was an explorer with a dream of reaching the ends of the earth. He achieved it through sound management techniques in an era/area where information was still at a discovery stage. He is credited with being the first to reach both the North and the South Poles. His South Pole conquest stands out because… Read More Legends of leadership and management – Roald Amundsen (1872 – 1928)
When I land in Srinagar, I witness a heavy security set up – not surprising for a city that’s limping its way past a decade of insurgency – a decade which brought life to an abrupt halt in Srinagar and its vicinity. As I drive through the streets to my hotel, a poorly maintained infrastructure… Read More Kashmir: a paradise – lost to neglect, corruption and insurgency
He never had a formal education; was brought up by his guardian while his father struggled to retain his position, yet Emperor Akbar the Great boasted of a 21% contribution to the World GDP between 1556 and 1605 when he headed India Inc. as its Emperor! The vision and its execution: Akbar has a vision… Read More Legends of leadership and management – Akbar the Great (1556 – 1605)
The Republican Presidential debate concluded recently – the questions were specific, but the response from the candidates was by and large – vague. Each candidate seemed to come to the podium with “We need to make American great again and only I know how to do it.” In an era where fact checks happen in… Read More The Presidential Debate – selecting the right candidate