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Inspiration – the magic potion to leadership

Author: Ramkumar Krishnaswamy
Published on : 13 Oct 2017
7 min read

Napoleon the Bonaparte escapes from Elba in February 1815; sets foot in southern France; a defeated General without an army, an emperor without a country and an exile who sneaks back.  On 5th March 1815, 9 months after his exile and 2 weeks after his escape, he is at Grenoble. Let me narrate the magic […]

Category : Leadership

Lessons on Leadership Paradox

Author: Ramkumar Krishnaswamy
Published on : 10 Aug 2017
7 min read

Last week I saw a Tamil movie “Vikram Veda” and also read a piece by Sankarshan Thakur on Nitesh Kumar. My friend, Charles Assissi had shared with me the article “I Promiscuous power and improbable amorality of Nitesh Kumar” by Sankarshan Thakur.  He encouraged me to examine the interplay of Leadership with ambition, power and […]

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A New Lens on Leadership

Author: Ramkumar Krishnaswamy
Published on : 16 Aug 2016
6 min read

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 […]

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What’s common to Hitler and company budgets?

Author: Ramkumar Krishnaswamy
Published on : 14 Mar 2016
10 min read

[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 […]

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Research and Analytics: Better Accept With a Pinch of Salt

Author: Ramkumar Krishnaswamy
Published on : 04 Feb 2016
7 min read

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. […]

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How Intelligent Are Our Methods of Judging Capability

Author: Ramkumar Krishnaswamy
Published on : 12 Jan 2016
6 min read

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. Yet […]

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Summit Fever- The quest for achievement

Author: Ramkumar Krishnaswamy
Published on : 13 Mar 2015
2 min read

The book, ‘Into Thin Air’ by Everest summiteer Jon Kaukauer left me reflecting on the meaning of ‘achievement’. This personal account in essence raises a few dilemmas about our quest for achievement and the human debris we leave behind. I realised that what happened on Everest in May 1996 happens every day in the world […]

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The Psychology that makes Agreement Compulsive

Author: Ramkumar Krishnaswamy
Published on : 02 Mar 2015
4 min read

“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 […]

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Strategy Retold

Author: Ramkumar Krishnaswamy
Published on : 14 Jan 2015
6 min read

“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 […]

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Values Sermon: Pause and Reflect

Author: Ramkumar Krishnaswamy
Published on : 03 Dec 2014
5 min read

“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 […]

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The World and beyond of Innovation

Author: Ramkumar Krishnaswamy
Published on : 27 Sep 2014
4 min read

300 years back men of science, believed that disease and pestilence were spread by odour. They could not conceive the existence of microbes, since it was not visible to naked eyes. When Dr. Edward Jenner talked of sterilisation they scorned at him and treated him as a mad man. Early humans were seized to the […]

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Meritocracy: A Bitter-Sweet Choice

Author: Ramkumar Krishnaswamy
Published on : 04 Jun 2014
5 min read

In 1984 after completing my Post Graduation, I had rejected a rare campus offer those days, from Mettur Beardsell (current Madura Garments) Ltd. and opted for Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd., a PSU. My uncle who had retired from Bharat Petroleum, a PSU but had joined this company when it was Burma Shell Ltd., a multi-national Private […]

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Honesty: Not such a Natural Orientation

Author: Ramkumar Krishnaswamy
Published on : 07 Apr 2014
5 min read

The current debate about Dhoni and our expectation that he should have told what he knew to the Hon Justice Mudgal Committee made me think. There is almost unanimity that any one of us would have told the truth, if we were put in a similar situation. One of the celebrated TV anchors was certain […]

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The Busby Way to Talent Management: The Phoenix Rises – Part 2

Author: Ramkumar Krishnaswamy
Published on : 05 Dec 2013
3 min read

Busby said “From the start, I had envisaged making my own players, having a kind of nursery so that they could be trained in the kind of pattern I was trying to create for Manchester United”. Busby now was restless. He wanted to pit his team against the best in Europe and not just win […]

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The Busby Way to Talent Management: The Making of “Busby’s Babes” – Part 1

Author: Ramkumar Krishnaswamy
Published on : 05 Dec 2013
2 min read

Manchester United Football club, a premier club today, in 1945 was languishing with only one league title in nearly 40 years. Its coffers were empty. It was saddled with a debt of 15,000 sterling pounds. Its stadium was bombed out, derelict and dilapidated. It was under these circumstances that the club appointed an army physical […]

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The Thinking Challenge: Trapped Inside with Only a Keyhole View to the World – Part 2

Author: Ramkumar Krishnaswamy
Published on : 21 Aug 2013
4 min read

In part 1, I had proposed that we are caught in a few thinking traps and fail to comprehend that we have at least 2 views to our world. Analytical thinking is dealing with the world as it is: Comprehending reality. Conceptual thinking is the world as it can be : Visualising the world with […]

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The Thinking Challenge: The Trap We Willingly Walk Into – Part 1

Author: Ramkumar Krishnaswamy
Published on : 12 Aug 2013
5 min read

Over the last 30 years, having been part of many discussions and meetings at various levels and forums, I have often wondered about the quality of thinking in these discussions. The ones where I found it to be of high quality, it almost always had the following: A well thought out proposition on the table. […]

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