The Secret of Leadership
Sub title: Stories to Awaken, Inspire and Unleash the Leader Within
“Leaders are like teabags. Only when you put them in hot water do you know how strong they really are.” Bestselling author Prakash Iyer uses simple but powerful anecdotes and parables from all over the world to demonstrate what makes for effective personal and professional leadership. Iyer draws lessons from sources as diverse as his driver, a mother giraffe, Abraham Lincoln and footballers in the United Kingdom. He shows how an instinct to lead can be acquired while flipping burgers at a fast food chain. All of these stories come together in an explosive cocktail to unleash your inner leader.
Tap Dancing to Work
Sub title: Warren Buffett on Practically Everything, 1966-2012
Six decades of writing on legendary investor Warren Buffett, from the reporter who knows him best.
Warren Buffett, the world's greatest investor, has long had a unique relationship with Fortune magazine, thanks to his deep personal friendship with the acclaimed writer Carol Loomis. She first mentioned Buffett in print in 1966. By the mid 1970s he trusted Loomis enough that he asked her to edit his famous annual letter to the shareholders of Berkshire Hathaway.
She has been filling that role ever since, without spilling his secrets in Fortune or anywhere else.
Tap Dancing to Work is the definitive history of Buffett's business and investing career. It collects and updates the best articles Fortune has ever published about Buffett, based on extensive interviews with him from the 1960s through the 2010s. Loomis adds fresh commentary and insights that will help Buffett's fans see his triumphs (and occasional missteps) in a new light.
On a crowded shelf of books about Buffett, this one offers unprecedented access, unique information, and deep understanding.
The TCS Story… and Beyond
In 2003, Tata Consultancy Services set itself a mission: ‘Top Ten by 2010’. In 2009, a year ahead of schedule, TCS made good on that promise: in fourteen years, the company had transformed itself from the $155 million operation that S. Ramadorai inherited as CEO in 1996. Today it is one of the world’s largest IT software and services companies with more than 240,000 people working in forty-two countries, and annual revenues of over $10 billion.
The TCS story is one of modern India’s great success stories. In this fascinating book, S. Ramadorai, one of the country’s most respected business leaders, recounts the steps to that extraordinary success, and outlines a vision for the future where the quality initiatives he undertook can be applied to a larger national framework.
‘An insider’s account’ – Businessworld
‘Provides a deep insight into the Indian IT industry and the beginnings of the offshoring model’ – Business Standard
Sub title: Eight Modern Stories from a Timeless Institution
Log (English) = Record-keeping device
Log (Hindi) = People
From steel to beverages and from supercomputers to automobiles, TATA companies have broken new ground and set new standards of excellence over the past two decades. TATAlog presents eight riveting and hitherto untold stories about the strategic and operational challenges that TATA companies have faced, and the forward thinking and determination that have raised the brand to new heights.
Among the engaging and inspiring stories told here are those of Tata Indica, the first completely Indian car that succeeded in the face of widespread cynicism; the jewellery brand Tanishq that has transformed one of India’s largest industries; and Tata Finance, which underwent several tribulations yet demonstrated the principles which Tata stands for.
Written by a TATA insider, TATAlog reveals the DNA of every TATA enterprise—a combination of the virtues of being pioneering, purposive, principled and ‘not perfect’, along with tremendous human effort.
This is not hagiography. In the tradition of the best business books, it teaches something about the way the world works. It explains why the Tatas have endured for 150 years: not because they did not make mistakes, but their errors were portals of discovery.—Gurcharan Das
The story of India¹s greatest business enterprise told with great passion and insight by a senior member of the team. Tatalog takes us into the heart of the Tata Way, with compelling examples and wonderful anecdotes and does so lucidly and, as you would expect, with great honesty.—Santosh Desai
Make It or Break It
Sub title: Mantras for a Successful Career
The corporate world can be ruthless with its unwritten rules and hidden pitfalls. To succeed, it is crucial to learn the tricks of survival quickly. Make It or Break It is an indispensible guide to imbibing these skills early on in one’s career. Packed with important life lessons, it shows you how to get started on the right foot and emerge a winner.
The Professional Companion
Sub title: How to Make the Best of Your Workplace Skills
In The Professional, one of the biggest-selling business books ever to come out of India, Subroto Bagchi asked the key question: What does it mean to be a professional? He outlined a few characteristics that mark a thorough professional, and showed how one can behave professionally—or otherwise—in diverse situations, in and out of the workplace.
Inspired by the lessons learnt from that game-changing book, many an aspiring professional has been wanting to test his/her mettle using Bagchi’s tools. The Professional Companion fulfils exactly that need.
In this do-it-yourself workbook that is meant as a companion volume to The Professional, Bagchi takes you through simple exercises that allow you to understand how professional your approach is in a given context, and helps you develop a wider skill set and a more committed outlook.
Full of real-life challenges and insightful information, The Professional Companion is your very own personalized guide to excelling in today’s world.
‘Business as usual’ isn’t working. There is an emerging consensus that all is not well with today’s market-centric economic model. Although it has delivered wealth over the last half-century and pulled millions out of poverty, it is recession-prone, leaves too many people unemployed, creates ecological scarcities and environmental risks, and widens the gap between the rich and the poor.
In Corporation 2020, Pavan Sukhdev lays out a sweeping new vision for tomorrow’s corporation: one that will increase human well being and social equity, decrease environmental risks and ecological losses, and still generate profit. Sukhdev illustrates his vision with examples ranging from Infosys’s creation of human capital to Citibank’s having to change its project finance policy due to rainforest destruction. From its insightful look into the history of the corporation to the thoughtful discussion of the steps needed to craft a better corporate model, Corporation 2020 offers a hopeful vision for the role of business in shaping a more equitable, sustainable future.
101 Myths and Realities @ the Office
What do you need to do to be valued as an employee, and respected as a manager?
Every organization knows that human resources are its greatest asset. To really work well as a team, managers need to think like employees, and employees need to know what management really thinks.
This book presents 101 typical workplace situations, distinguishing Myth (perceived wisdom) from Reality (what actually happens on the ground) and describing the best approach to take in each scenario, both for managers and employees.
101 Myths and Realities @ the Office reveals the secrets that are key to optimizing your potential in the workplace.
‘A useful compilation of everyday situations we all go through in the work environment. . . The book consistently provides balanced perspectives/viewpoints of both sides. I hope this helps those early in their career from the unnecessary anguish they sometimes go through while evaluating themselves and every situation they are faced with.’ —Som Mittal, President, NASSCOM
‘[The book] beautifully captures the diverse myths prevalent at the office. Each myth is described in detail, along with the underlying reasons. . . This book is beneficial to both employees and managers. Together, they can bring positive changes to any organization.’—Nandan Nilekani
"Why should people be happy? How is the pursuit of happiness relevant to the corporate world? Studies show that happy people are the most innovative, and more productive. The Happiness Quotient is therefore integral to a successful corporate strategy. In Innovate Happily, bestselling innovation guru Rekha Shetty’s new book, Junie, a bright young executive, meets Rags, a wise, hi-tech coach. Together they discover the secrets that create progressive and happy communities during a visit to Bhutan, the modern-day Shangri-La, a land that actually measures its Gross National Happiness. Through a series of analytical and self-actualization exercises, Innovate Happily shows you how to innovatively increase your Happiness Quotient and take it to your own town and organization.
Sub title: The Amazing Race between China's Hare and India's Tortoise
Is India ready for superpower status? Or are we irretrievably behind in the game of catch-up with China?
The dragon and elephant economies are together projected to dominate the world in a matter of decades. But in the race to superpower status, who is likely to breast the tape—China’s hare or India’s tortoise? At the end, it might come down to one deciding factor: Can India fix its governance before China repairs its politics?
With telling insights into the two Asian powers’ history, politics, economy and culture, Superpower? is a superbly documented, rich and comprehensive account of the race to dominance between the two neighbours.
‘The most eloquent description . . . of the opportunity India has in the long run over most emerging economies’ – Mukesh D. Ambani.
‘A must-read for those seeking to decode the India versus China enigma’—Anand G. Mahindra.
‘Un-put-down-able!’ —K.V. Kamath.