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Leadership brand

As you know, at GCPL, we have exciting and ambitious plans of becoming an emerging markets FMCG leader. But to be able to deliver on these aspirations, we will need to significantly raise the bar on what we expect from our leaders. We also need to groom many more leaders and build a strong pipeline…

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Everyday pauses

Over the last few months, I have been writing to you about becoming better and more inspiring leaders, family members, friends and colleagues. To be able to wear these many hats, we need to get more comfortable with who we are as individuals. And identify what it is that really matters the most to us….

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Rainbow Godrej (Co-authored by Parmesh Shahani)

Two days ago, Ireland made history by becoming the first country in the world to enshrine same-sex marriages in their constitution, through popular vote. Last year, Apple CEO, Tim Cook, sent a powerful message when he wrote an essay for Bloomberg Businessweek, saying, “Let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider…

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How to 80/20 your life

A common refrain that I hear from many of you is that you feel inundated with multiple demands on your time. Apart from your responsibilities as a leader, there are a host of commitments that many of us have to grapple with – as parents, as spouses, as children and as friends. Many of us…

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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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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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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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Being a questioning leader

Recently, over a weekend, my eighth grade daughter was writing a paper using the Socratic method and asked for some help. In the fourth century, Socrates had pioneered the approach of learning through questions, uncovering assumptions and getting to the heart of the issue. Frankly, while I had learnt about this method in college, I…

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The Servant as Leader
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The power of servant leadership

Several months ago, I came across a video of renowned ethnographer and leadership expert, Simon Sinek, talking about his book, Leaders Eat Last, in which he explores the dynamics that inspire leadership and trust. (If you haven’t already watched it, you can do so at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ReRcHdeUG9Y) In his talk, Simon uses an example from the US Marine Corps to…

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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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Owning our relationships (Co-authored by Roopika Saran)

This week I want to talk to you about sustaining the most important relationships in our lives – with our spouses, significant others, children, parents, colleagues and friends. Relationships need time, attention and nurturing. Sustaining any relationship is an ongoing effort and we have to constantly work at it. In the corporate world, we have goal…

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