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The prestigious Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Advanced 2021 test has been postponed in view of the coronavirus situation in the country.   Since the JEE Mains examination could not be held at the scheduled time (May 24-28), so the JEE Advanced examination, which was going...

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This is a big question – and a very important one, and becoming more important with every passing year. The question applies to individuals, to companies, and even to nations. It was mentioned in an article earlier, that a 2015 survey had found that China, Indonesia and India were rated as...

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In my 50 years of industry experience, I learnt, like many others, that a good manager is, or should be, a good listener and a good observer. Some managers are either one or the other.    Many managers are neither–and this is a great pity. Being good listeners and good observers would...

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Yes, T took delight in terminating people, and would never miss a chance to wield the chopper. But not always.   There was one occasion when T did not terminate a deserving candidate. Hold on – it was not because he had a change of heart, took pity on the victim, went soft, or...

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Amitabha Banerjee Amitabha Banerjee 30 April 2021
I used to spend several hours a day in T’s office.    One day, the local head of a British multi-national company (MNC) came to see T about an apparent fraud on his debit card.    He had talked to Mr Desai, the operations manager of the main branch...

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Walter Vieira Walter Vieira 21 April 2021
The challenge of communication is an eternal one, not yet resolved really. Whether 50 years ago, or ten years from now, the challenge will continue, because communication begins at birth and ends with death.   When I worked as a pharma medical representative (MR), I visited Bagalkot,...

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Amitabha Banerjee Amitabha Banerjee 16 April 2021
T gave me an unusual assignment – sell off our bank’s share-holding in a bank in a Third World country.   I had to go to that country to get the job done.    T sent me off on my mission with these parting words: “Don’t bother to return if you fail to complete the...

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Walter Vieira Walter Vieira 14 April 2021
There was a time in the past when the ideal mix for a successful executive was represented by THC. In all my presentations, I kept harping on this formula- the key to open closed doors.    Technical skills, was generally the first key for the entrance door. That is how one got a job...

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Even after a year of Covid-19 pandemic and remote working, are you still struggling to strike an efficient balance between your home office and life?   Run a white-noise machine to mask household clatter, make your noisy neighbours aware of your work schedule, and resist the...

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Amitabha Banerjee Amitabha Banerjee 02 April 2021
T put me in charge of credit for Pakistan as well.   This meant that any credit proposal from Pakistan would reach me first, and I would have to evaluate it and recommend to T whether the proposal should be approved or not.   On the second day after becoming responsible for...

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Walter Vieira Walter Vieira 31 March 2021
Winston Churchill followed an old principle that says that if you have to give a speech for two hours, you need just half an hour to prepare the talk. But if you have to give a speech for just 20 minutes, you need perhaps three hours to prepare for it.    That is also the reason why...

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International property consultant Knight Frank has observed in its recent Attitudes Survey 2021 that 14 per cent of India's ultra-high net worth individuals (UHNWIs, $30 million plus) are from the salaried employee segment.   This makes India the fourth highest contributor in the Asia...

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Amitabha Banerjee Amitabha Banerjee 26 March 2021
Now that COVID seems to be ending, you may be mulling over the idea of sending your son or daughter to a foreign university for an under-graduate education.   Ask yourself: why?   If the reply is: “Why not? I have pots of money,” then this article is not for you.   If...

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Walter Vieira Walter Vieira 24 March 2021
When I worked for Glaxo 60 years ago, it was accepted that a weekend was ‘leisure time’. It was a break – and one came back on Monday, fresh from whatever you had been doing on the weekend. It was only when I joined a company with a young Indian heading the company as chief executive (CEO),...

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Amitabha Banerjee Amitabha Banerjee 19 March 2021
T had a running battle with the other general manager (GM), a national from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), who managed a subsidiary bank.   The two GMs would bicker all the time, and I was in the middle because as head of credit for both banks I was reporting to both.   Every...

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Walter Vieira Walter Vieira 18 March 2021
Chief executives (CEOs) occupying the corner office for life (or the rest of their working life) can be an advantage - but more often, a disadvantage. One has to go back to the adage “Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely.”    The advantage is that such a CEO virtually...

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Students who qualify for Chartered Accountant (CA) and Company Secretary (CS) will now be considered equivalent to those who have completed their post-graduation degrees.   As a result, those who have completed CA and CS can appear for the University Grants Commission's (UGC) NET...

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When it comes to the IT and tech industry, only 19 per cent of women working in the sector said they were inspired by a female role model to take up the profession, a new report revealed on Sunday, stressing that the lack of female representation is still a key barrier to achieving a diverse...

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Amitabha Banerjee Amitabha Banerjee 05 March 2021
In case your mental picture of T is that of an inhuman, evil ogre, here is a glimpse into his humane side.   T’s hairy tales    T had a great sense of humour.   As I have said earlier, he was almost completely bald (more about the “almost” later).   When T was...

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Walter Vieira Walter Vieira 25 February 2021
Some time back, I had written about a chief executive officer (CEO) who was insecure, worked for 12 hours a day in the office, had no hobbies, was married to his assignment foot, arm and shoulder, and expected undiluted loyalty (adulation) from his subordinates.    I worked on his...

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