A few questions for those in CXO positions amongst my readers. Do you have a handle on what exactly goes on in your organization? Do you really know what people feel about the way things are done? Do you know what it is to be far removed from the corner suite and listen to the grapevine for rumours? The best way to find answers for these questions is to see for yourself.
The headlines said it all. The Tatas had delivered on their promise. India’s car for the future, the Tata Nano had been announced earlier creating a huge swell of expectations in Indian industry. Yesterday, at a major launch event in Mumbai, Ratan Tata, Chairman of the Tata Group announced that bookings were being thrown open for the car which could well change the lives of millions of people.
“We’ve gotten so used to every generation doing better economically than their parents. Are our kids going to do better than we’ve done? I hope so, but I’m not sure. So it seems like we ought to tell them that socioeconomic wealth is not the only, or even the most important, metric of personal happiness.” This extract is from an interesting interview with Greg Brenneman in the New York Times. Greg is the Chairman of CCMP Capital, a premier private equity firm.
You would have noticed in your blog as well as those of others that some posts seem to grab the attention of readers more than most. In my blog, a post about Anshu Jain’s work in Deutsche Bank way back in August 2007 continues to be a highly popular read. It was called ” High Flying Indian- Anshu Jain“.
Unlike now, a fair number of years ago the term “employee engagement” was relatively new. The question “ Are your employees engaged? ” brought forth a variety of answers. One manager told me ” Yes, but many of them are on contract and not directly engaged”. Another manager when asked in a fact finding conversation, ” Are you yourself engaged?” by one of our lady Consultants gave a somewhat sheepish smile and coyly said ” I am actually married with one child”.
One has heard of fairs of different kinds. In an economy hit by recession, job fairs are very popular with the unemployed or the shortly-to-be unemployed reaching there to look out for alternate job opportunities. But a divorce fair? Here’s a new one on me. Britian is soon to have a first of its kind- divorce fair at the sea side resort of Brighton. Continue reading
If you thought that billionaires weren’t impacted by the global meltdown, think again. An article in the Financial Times indicates that the net worth of those in the latest Forbes’ list of the wealthiest people in the world - actually fell by $ 2000 billion. The number of billionaires also fell as a consequence dropping by one-third to 793.
Warren Buffet, the legendary Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway has long been considered one of the shrewdest investors in the business. This post is not about his prowess in picking stock for investment but about his eye for picking talent. An executive who came in for high praise from him recently was India-born, Ajit Jain, Head of Berkshire Hathaway’s Reinsurance Group.
How many times have you fretted and fumed as your favorite show went into yet another commercial break? Very annoying these commercial breaks aren’t they? How often do you automatically reach out for the TV remote when a commercial break is announced? Yet, recent research indicates that the shows you enjoy are actually being made more enjoyable by the very commercial breaks you have come to detest.