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Be your whole self

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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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Managing across

Over the last couple of years, we have reorganised our organisational structure to better capitalise on our growth potential, as a global company. We have created separate geographic clusters, to sustain the agile and entrepreneurial spirit of our business. At the same time, we have established global functions to leverage the benefits of scale and…

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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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Volunteering

The importance of giving back

Recently, we have all been saddened by the horrific impact wrought by the disastrous earthquake in Nepal. Many nations, including India, have lent their support towards relief efforts and are helping the country get back on its feet. Fortunately, all our team members are safe there – though they tell us that the scale of…

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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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Kailash Satyarthi at GLF
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Channel your anger for change

Many of us had the privilege of hearing Nobel Peace laureate, Kailash Satyarthi, speak at the Godrej Leadership Forum recently. His talk covered a range of topics – how to think about the right choices in life, our responsibility to eliminate child violence and our imperative to strive for corporate social accountability. The session was…

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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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