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Thriving as a woman in Sales (Co-authored by Apurva Joshi)

As you know, becoming more inclusive and diverse as a company is a critical imperative for us at Godrej. Over the last few months, we have had many discussions on what we need to do to champion and drive this change on the ground. One of our biggest debates on the gender diversity front, is…

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Thriving in uncertainty (Co-authored by Anand Rangaswamy)

As many of you know, at the Annual Godrej Awards held last Friday, Anand Rangaswamy was recognised as the ‘Outstanding Leader 2015’ from across the Godrej Group. Anand, as you know, leads our Latin America and UK businesses. Under his leadership, this cluster has achieved very strong performance over the last year. This has been…

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Building a legacy (Co-authored by Mathew Eipe)

This year, the upcoming Godrej Leadership Forum (GLF) is themed on the choices we make. Drawing from this, one of the things that I would like to encourage to you to reflect on, is how, while we focus on managing our near term business, it is also important to think about what kind of lasting impact…

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Focusing on your strengths
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Focusing on your strengths

Recently, when I was on a flight, I couldn’t help but overhear a conversation between a father and son seated close to me. As many of you with school-going children in India would know, this is the end of the school year and assessment time. The boy must have been around 12 years old. His…

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Experiment with a non linear career (Co-authored by Karan Sood)

Over the next few weeks, many of you will be engaging in performance reviews, goal setting discussions and career dialogues. I recently wrote to you about how we need to be willing to stretch ourselves more, experiment more and generally get more comfortable with feeling uncomfortable. We are fortunate to be at an exciting stage of…

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The bell curve debate (Co-authored by Rahul Gama)

Someone once remarked that the bell curve approach used in performance ratings is probably as confounding as the Duckworth Lewis method in cricket. Many of you would have probably heard comparisons along similar lines. Over the last few years, the use of the bell curve has come under criticism. Companies like Microsoft and Cisco, among…

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What are you willing to give up?

Back in December of 2013, we decided to restructure our international operations into geographical clusters, to improve agility and better leverage synergies. And we offered Anand, who was then leading our UK business, the role of cluster head for Latin America and the UK. Anand asked whether he could think about it overnight. Next morning,…

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Developing a global mindset

Two years ago, Starwood Hotels (that owns brands such the Sheraton, Westin and Le Meridien), moved their headquarters from Connecticut, in the US to Dubai for a month. The senior leadership team and the headquarters staff set up shop in Dubai and ran the global business from there. They also spent extensive time to understand…

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Trust

Today we are celebrating Republic Day in India. For our colleagues in other geographies, this is the anniversary of when the Constitution of India was officially adopted. Godrej, as you know, has a proud history, closely intertwined with the evolution of India.  And through this 117-year journey, what hasn’t changed is the fact that in…

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Thank you!

Last Thursday, the US celebrated its annual Thanksgiving holiday. Since the early 1600s, this holiday has been associated with expressing thanks and appreciation to near and loved ones. Today, it is among the busiest weekends for travel; highways get clogged with traffic as people head home for the holiday weekend. And of course, the Thanksgiving…

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