What does India mean to you? No, not just to people who have visited here but the many others who have not. I read with interest a blog post by Kamini Banga in the Economic Times called ” Incredible India! And The Long Road Ahead”. Kamini is an expert in Marketing and Branding.
Everyone speaks of social networking and building your net image these days. I have written of LinkedIn from time to time- having joined it way back in 2005. I am not one bit surprised to see that India has emerged as the fastest growing market for LinkedIn as per their CEO, Jeff Weiner.
If the placement of headlines in the newspapers these days are anything to go by, people like me- and I hope there are many- will be amazed at the misplaced priorities.
Today’s DNA- by the way, I ordinarily really like this paper- has an article on the first page which speaks of India’s cricket coach, Gary Kirsten exhorting his players that sex helps performance on the field. Tucked in much later in the paper is a news item that shocked me.
A recent article in the New York Times points to the large number of women who are getting back to work– having to choose a job because of the effect the recession has had on their families. Husbands have lost their jobs and/or the economics of a single person working no longer give them the comforts that they were used to.
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are only too well known on the US and world tennis circuit. I mean, who hasn’t heard of them. But a kid called Juan Martin del Potro– from Argentina. Those who hadn’t heard of him- and let’s face it- there were millions of them -have in the last few days- and how!! Continue reading
India stands transformed in many ways from the times when I grew up here as a kid. The present generation in India might actually be astonished to know that in the 1950s and 1960s, India was perpetually short on food grains. Starvation and hunger were real threats and many lost their lives.
Cheers to young Pankaj Advani of Bangalore for winning the World Professional Billiards Championship for the first time. This is another terrific achievement for the 24 year old. The fact that his victory was over the defending champion, Mike Russell made the win that much more special.
A feature I have enjoyed reading in the New York Times is the “Corner Office”. Every week, Adam Bryant has a conversation with a business leader on management and leadership.
This week the interview was with Alan Mullaly, the President & CEO of Ford Motor since 2006. For most of his career, Mullaly worked for Boeing. I see that Ford has been the only US auto major to have done well recently.
I found his views to be matter of fact, fairly simple yet meaningful. It underscored to me the point that in business while many things change- the way to deal with them seldom do. It is still important to understand your business, your customer, his/her needs, and learn how to get the best out of your people.