God's Own Office
Sub title: How One Man Worked for a Global Giant from his Village in Kerala
Can you work in India while you live in Bharat? James Joseph was in his late thirties, well ensconced in his job as a director with Microsoft, when he decided to take a family vacation in Aluva, Kerala. His six-year-old daughter tasted a jackfruit from a tree in their own yard and remarked, ‘Daddy, this is so delicious. I wish I could eat the fruits from this tree every year.’ Part memoir, part how-to, this is his amazing story of starting out from the backwaters of Kerala, becoming a corporate leader in America and then finding a way to have a successful career while working out of his village in Kerala. This book also contains tips and techniques for anyone frustrated with living in cities. How do you set up a home office? How do you integrate with the local community? Where do your kids go to school? How do you convince your company to give you this opportunity? God’s Own Office may well inspire you to transform your life.
Making Dreams Come True
Sub title: The Story of the Tech Mahindra Foundation
In just over five years of its existence, the Tech Mahindra Foundation (TMF) has helped bring about a significant change for the better in the lives of thousands of underprivileged children and youth. Funded entirely by Tech Mahindra, the well-known IT company belonging to the Mahindra Group, it has risen to the Herculean challenge of providing them educational opportunities—from primary schooling to vocational training. In this endeavour, it lays special emphasis on those who are more vulnerable: the girl child, the physically challenged and religious minorities. And with each passing year, its philanthropic operations—and its successes—continue to grow, bringing hope to an ever increasing number of disadvantaged young people. Making Dreams Come True provides valuable insights into how a medium-sized private foundation has become a significant contributor to some of the country’s most important developmental goals. Moreover, it is a testament to the passion and hard work of not only the TMF and its personnel but also the others involved in this important project of building a more inclusive India for the future—the NGOs, the teachers, the technicians and the determined young children who dare to dream big.
The Greatest Company in the World?
Sub title: The Story of TATA
How did Tata transform itself from a family-owned business to one of the most professionally managed enterprises in the world? How did it become a world leader in an array of unrelated businesses—from steel and automobile manufacturing to hotels and IT consulting? What exactly is the ‘Tata Way’, which has earned it so much admiration and respect?
This brief history of the Tatas charts the contribution of every Tata chairman—from Jamsetji Tata, who set up the company in 1868, to Ratan Tata and Cyrus Mistry—and explores the values at the heart of the Tata Group, as well as the role played in its development by the philanthropic trusts that own two-thirds of the company.
For anyone curious about this Indian company that has become a leading global player, this book is the perfect introduction.
Truth Always Prevails
Sub title: A Memoir
Truth Always Prevails is the memoir of one of Pakistan’s most prominent businessmen, Sadruddin Hashwani, chairman of the internationally renowned Hashoo Group.
From sleeping in the back of trucks in the cold deserts of Balochistan to now owning a brand of luxury hotels as well as numerous other businesses, Sadruddin Hashwani has led a remarkable life. He has struggled against corrupt politicians and uncooperative government officials to build and sustain an extensive business empire. He has faced near-death experiences, most remarkably the 2008 bombing of his own hotel, the Marriott Islamabad, and has overcome seemingly insurmountable odds.
Filled with fascinating anecdotes and telling sketches of prominent Pakistani personalities, his is an extraordinary story that will inspire and entertain readers.
Fewer, Bigger, Bolder
Sub title: From Mindless Expansion to Focused Growth
When Sanjay Khosla took charge of developing markets for Kraft Foods in 2007, the business was floundering. Six years later, annual sales had soared from $5 billion to $16 billion with significant improvement in profitability. The secret? Making fewer, bigger, and bolder bets. Kellogg School professor Mohanbir Sawhney discovered a similar formula for stellar results in advising Fortune 500 companies.
Now Khosla and Sawhney have combined their experiences into a seven-step model for sustained profitable growth in any market, based on fewer but better bets. Drawing on case studies, the authors show how their programme applies to any company, from global giants to small startups.
Never Eat Alone
Sub title: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time
Do you want to get ahead in life? Climb the ladder to success? Master networker Keith Ferrazzi says the secret is in reaching out to others - in using the power of relationships so that everyone wins.
In this classic, global bestseller Ferrazzi takes you through timeless strategies used by the world's most connected people, from Bill Clinton to the Dalai Lama. Distinguishing genuine relationship-building from crude glad-handing, he draws out practical tips and engaging advice that can transform your network, career and life: don't keep score, harness social media and, of course, never eat alone.
Sub title: Eight Modern Stories from a Timeless Institution
Log (English) = Record-keeping device Log (Hindi) = People
TATAlog presents eight riveting and hitherto untold stories about the strategic and operational challenges that TATA companies have faced over the past two decades and the forward thinking and determination that have raised the brand to new heights.
From Tata Indica, the first completely Indian car; to the jewellery brand Tanishq; and Tata Finance, which survived several tribulations, TATAlog, written by a Tata insider, reveals the DNA of every TATA enterprise—a combination of being pioneering, purposive, principled and ‘not perfect’.
Sub title: 50 Ways to Improve Your Professional Life
From the bestselling author of Faster: 100 Ways to Improve Your Digital Life.
This time Ankit Fadia expands his expertise beyond computers and digital devices. He gives away technology tips and general advice on how you can enhance your professional life. This book includes applications that help plan your day, communicate effectively and manage finances.
Ankit also talks about the various things one can do to build a personal brand. How can you hire a public relations firm? How are elevator pitches made? How are collaborations and partners chosen? How are reputations built, tarnished and rebuilt?
Sub title: The Secret of Good Business and a Good Life
What can entrepreneurs and business leaders learn from the Buddha? Dharam is a young, immensely successful investment banker in Manhattan. He thinks he rules the world, till one day the world comes crashing down around him. Accompanied by the enterprising Kunal (who sells fake Indian antiques to Americans) and the uncorrupted Supriya, Dharam undertakes a journey along the Buddhist pilgrim trail—from Lumbini, Kapilavastu and Bodh Gaya to Sarnath, Rajgir, Nalanda, Vaishali, Kaushambi and Kushinagar. As he absorbs the timeless Buddhist teachings, he finds a new purpose to life, and develops the idea for an ethical yet profitable business—The Buddhist Footprint. Bestselling innovation guru Rekha Shetty’s new book reveals how true entrepreneurial energy can arise from a better understanding of life. Innovation Sutra is a book that will make a tangible difference to anyone who is willing to think out of the box and learn from India’s ancient secrets of work–life balance.