4 Reasons Why Politicians Are So Liberal With Lies

[Originally published in The Huffington Post on 8th Dec 2016] We regularly come across politicians who lie or twist the truth. They lie on TV panels, they lie during rallies, they lie in interviews. And each time, they do it with confidence and conviction, however outlandish the claim.   Remember when Trump said Obama was the founder of ISIS or…

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4 Questions Indian Manufacturing Should Ask After The US Bedsheet Scandal

The piece originally appeared The Huffington Post Dec 1, 2017 As the India media got engrossed in demonetisation, the Tata boardroom battle and the US elections, a certain rather scandalous bit of news about a leading Indian textile company, against which class action suits are being filed in the US, seemed to have been largely ignored. This manufacturer had apparently…

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4 Lessons In Change Leadership From Modi’s ‘Surgical Strike’ On Black Money

Originally published on Nov 22, 2016 in The Huffington Post The recent surgical strike on black money is truly a bold move. Not surprising, industry doyens, economists and even the IMF have given Prime Minister Narendra Modi the thumbs-up. Beyond the benefits that it will bring to India, what’s interesting for me is that it provides great lessons on how…

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You’re Wrong If You Think Donald Trump Is ‘Authentic’

[ This article was originally published in The Huffington Post on Nov 13, 2011 ]   Before the US elections many writers talked about the “authenticity” of Donald Trump. They averred that while he may not be politically correct, at least he spoke his mind. A poll also found that a vast majority of Republican voters felt he “says what…

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7 Reasons Why Donald Trump And Narendra Modi Should Not Be Compared

Originally published in Huffington Post on Nov 11, 2016   There have been reports in the media highlighting how Donald Trump and Narendra Modi have similar traits, ideologies and ascents to power (see, for example, here and here). To me, this looks like a gross oversimplification. My view is that they are two different leaders who came to power under…

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3 Tactics That Helped Donald Trump Win Hearts And Influence People

[ Originally published in Huffington Post on Nov 9, 2016 ] The US election is finally over, and Donald Trump is going to lead the world’s most powerful nation beginning 2017. While a close fight was expected, his win stunned many people—but the signs were there all along. Trump had successfully tapped into the emotions of blue collar workers who…

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3 Leadership Lessons From Tata’s Boardroom Coup Against Cyrus Mistry

[ This article was originally published in The Huffington Post on Nov4, 2016 ]   Anyone who reads/watches the news is aware of how Cyrus Mistry was made to resign by the board as chairman of Tata Sons. The dramatic ouster created headlines—the Tata group is one of the most respected companies of India and this sudden change has surprised…

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4 Reasons Why The Tata Sons ‘Crisis’ Will Blow Over Soon—And Even Win Praise

The piece appeared in The Huffington Post on 29th Oct, 2017 So much is being written about the latest saga at Tata Sons—the unceremonious firing of chairman Cyrus Pallonji Mistry and his subsequent allegations. Given the standing that the organization has in India and the world, the attention this has garnered is unsurprising. However, I strongly disagree with those who say…

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3 Reasons Why Companies Fail To Deliver The Right Customer Experience

[Originally Published on May 17, 2016 in Huffington Post] Last week I was at a leading coffee chain at Indira Nagar in Bangalore. I was there to have a quiet meeting with one of my clients. However, from the moment we occupied the table, a server insisted on hovering next to me waiting for my order. I requested her to…

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