Business Standard

R Gopalakrishnan

A toxic triangle

Charismatic leaders by themselves cannot be considered dangerous. But when they acquire cult status and become megalomaniacal, then beware

A toxic triangle
Updated On : 14 Jun 2024 | 11:00 PM IST

Megalomania plus cult is dangerous

We box our leaders into a moral binary - all greatness or all sin. The reality is that it is a mix, and what you see is what you get

Megalomania plus cult is dangerous
Updated On : 18 May 2024 | 12:06 AM IST

Change and future-readiness

Profits and growth are the oxygen of business. It is possible to get 'too much' and damage the enterprise irreparably

Change and future-readiness
Updated On : 19 Apr 2024 | 10:34 PM IST

Leader as 'friction fixer'

Successful friction-fixers are assured of a long-lasting functional job that is for sure

Leader as 'friction fixer'
Updated On : 15 Apr 2024 | 10:36 PM IST

'Greatness' need not mean fame & size

India is right to celebrate big firms, but must also celebrate its valuable small giants

'Greatness' need not mean fame & size
Updated On : 22 Mar 2024 | 11:01 PM IST

Startup & family business governance

Boards must rely on and act upon early warning signals of behavioural aberrations beyond the boundaries of business sanity and neeyat

Startup & family business governance
Updated On : 23 Feb 2024 | 10:21 PM IST

The power of neeyat in enterprise

Neeyat is not a new management jargon to replace vision and mission, nor is it an attempt to nativise an Anglo-American concept in Bhartiya hues, but it is relevant for all businesses, big or small

The power of neeyat in enterprise
Updated On : 26 Jan 2024 | 11:38 PM IST

A poetic book on prosaic leadership

Exploring leadership through historical lenses, Moshik Temkin's book offers valuable lessons for larger-than-life leaders of today

A poetic book on prosaic leadership
Updated On : 16 Jan 2024 | 10:28 PM IST

Public opinion long before legal judgment

Legal courts follow procedures (niyam) because they seek near-perfect proof; that may be why cases go on interminably

Public opinion long before legal judgment
Updated On : 16 Dec 2023 | 12:06 AM IST

Common sense for CEOs

Steven Bartlett's book offers practical advice for successful managers, especially those navigating the challenges in the middle of the corporate hierarchy

Common sense for CEOs
Updated On : 22 Nov 2023 | 10:40 PM IST

Cumulatively ravaging effects of inequality

The drumbeats of corporate inequality are being heard in many ways - from compensation differentials and working hours to work-from-home and gender pay parity

Cumulatively ravaging effects of inequality
Updated On : 17 Nov 2023 | 10:26 PM IST

How wonderful SHE can be

Azim Premji transformed himself from being a businessman into a philanthropist

How wonderful SHE can be
Updated On : 20 Oct 2023 | 11:00 PM IST

Management adages vs contextual reality

At the heart of Busted lies a profound truth that dismantles the long-held shibboleths of management

Management adages vs contextual reality
Updated On : 26 Sep 2023 | 10:21 PM IST

Is SHE for real?

Undoubtedly SHE is an idealistic goal, but it is practical

Is SHE for real?
Updated On : 22 Sep 2023 | 10:33 PM IST

How SHE enterprises deviate

India presents a unique enigma. It has too many poor enterprises, but many rich entrepreneurs

How SHE enterprises deviate
Updated On : 25 Aug 2023 | 10:14 PM IST

Start-up to SHE enterprise

Over more than 100 years, we have experienced the social-economy benefits brought by the early 20th-century founders of sustained, humane, and enlightened enterprises. India needs more of them now

Start-up to SHE enterprise
Updated On : 14 Jul 2023 | 11:02 PM IST

Preserving SHE values in institutions

Most companies, scientific and educational bodies, and charitable organisations encounter two challenges - developing sound business philosophies and safeguarding them across generation

Preserving SHE values in institutions
Updated On : 16 Jun 2023 | 9:26 PM IST

SHE can coexist with enterprise

Unilever has successfully demonstrated how virtue can be sustained over generations in enterprise. Can the same be said about venerable Indian companies?

SHE can coexist with enterprise
Updated On : 09 May 2023 | 10:36 PM IST

Is SHE enterprise an oxymoron?

History is replete with examples of when an enlightened business approach did not prevail, but even cynics agree it is worth striving for

Is SHE enterprise an oxymoron?
Updated On : 11 Apr 2023 | 10:13 PM IST

Tono-Bungay enterprise

Today, as in the days of HG Wells, the dilemma that society faces is one of the need for aggressive entrepreneurs, but not entrepreneurs who undertake spiralling risks, unfettered by ethics or nous.

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Updated On : 07 Mar 2023 | 10:16 PM IST