He was a results oriented leader who negotiated his way to a democratic Spain. He was an insider who changed the system while being a part of it. He firmly believed that success of democracy lay not in winning, but in the participation of the entire spectrum of thought. And when armed rogue commanders took… Read More Legends of Leadership and Management – Adolfo Suarez (1932- 2014)
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)
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)
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
90 minutes of intense soccer action in a world Cup game – a player is fouled, the team members are up in arms. One individual runs up to the center of the commotion – flashes a few yellow cards and directs the players back to their positions – the referee has just performed his job… Read More Management: awareness, communication and execution!
When you step into an Apple Store, you notice the sales associates walking around with an iPod Touch. No, they are not listening to music on the job – they are using the iPod Touch to bill the customer and deliver the product right where the customer is standing. It sure is a customer delight,… Read More Market Leadership: Innovation, customer focus AND operational excellence
Successful businesses operate like pirates – always on the lookout for the next opportunity to plunder. The pirates were in the Middle East for most of the 20th century. Towards the last decade of the 20th century, they were in the Silicon Valley. But today, they are camped in the Eastern waters along the shores… Read More The Globalization Challenge: Pirates in Foreign Seas