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452: 42.01 Falguni Nayar - Early formative years

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NUGGET CONTEXT

Falguni speaks about how her childhood shaped her personality and her wiring in the years to come. She speaks about how she and her brother were treated equally across various aspects of life and the independence parents gave her to try different things (trekking, traveling to Kashmir, going on an exchange programme etc) 

GUEST  

Falguni Nayar is the Founder and CEO at Nykaa.com. She founded it in 2012 with the vision of making the best of beauty products available all across India. Today, Nykaa.com’s collection includes the best of Indian and International brands across make up, skin care and hair care categories.  

Falguni is an alumnus of IIM Ahmedabad and initially worked as a Consultant with AF Ferguson & Co and then as an Investment Banker at Kotak for about ~18 years (with roles in International Business, Institutional Equities and Investment Banking). 27 years into her career, she took the entrepreneurial plunge and moved to start Nykaa.com.  

In our conversation, we spoke about her formative years, how she thought about her career in the initial years after IIMA and her reflections on how women should think about managing their careers and their leadership style as they go through their journey. We also spoke at length about her transition from the corporate world into the world of start ups when she started Nykaa.com and explore how she has had to adapt her ways to flourish in the new context.   

Published in April 2019.  

HOST  

Deepak is a Leadership Advisor and an Executive Coach. He works with leaders to improve their effectiveness and in helping them make better decisions specifically around organizational and career transitions. He currently runs Transition Insight (www.transitioninsight.com) and works with leaders to handle phases of transition thoughtfully. He has worked as an Operations Consultant with KPMG in UK, Strategy Consultant with McKinsey in the US and as a Leadership Consultant with EgonZehnder (a Swiss Leadership Advisory firm) where he helped companies recruit CEOs, CXOs and Board Members and worked on Leadership Development. Deepak is a certified CEO Coach and is an alumnus of IIT Madras, IIM Ahmedabad and London Business School. His detailed profile can be found at https://in.linkedin.com/in/djayaraman  

OTHER GUESTS  

1.Vijay Amritraj 2.Amish Tripathi 3.Raghu Raman 4.Papa CJ 5.Kartik Hosanagar 6.Ravi Venkatesan 7.Abhijit Bhaduri 8.Viren Rasquinha 9.Prakash Iyer 10.Avnish Bajaj 11.Nandan Nilekani 12.Atul Kasbekar 13.Karthik Reddy 14.Pramath Sinha 15.Vedika Bhandarkar 16.Vinita Bali 17.Zia Mody 18.Rama Bijapurkar 19.Dheeraj Pandey 20.Anu Madgavkar 21.Vishy Anand 22. Meher Pudumjee 23.KV Shridhar (Pops) 24.Suresh Naraynan 25.Devdutt Pattanaik 26.Jay Panda 27.Amit Chandra 28.Chandramouli Venkatesan 29.Roopa Kudva 30.Vinay Sitapati 31.Neera Nundy. 32.Deepa Malik 33.Bombay Jayashri. 34.Arun Maira 35.Ambi Parameswaran 36.OP Bhaat 37.Indranil Chakraborty 38.Tarun Khanna 39. Ramachandra Guha 40. Stewart Friedman 41. Rich Fernandez 

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3:46

NUGGET CONTEXT

Ambi talks about how we can all learn from the world of brands to think about our personal brands. He talks about the criticality of …

378: 35.10 Ambi Parameswaran - CEO connect with end consumer

October 5th, 2018

5:48

NUGGET CONTEXT

Ambi talks about how leaders like Karsanbhai Patel of Nirma have an intuitive understanding of the customer need. He specifically talks about the “chaiwalla test”, a concept he discusses in his book, to …

377: 35.11 Ambi Parameswaran - In Summary - Playing to Potential

October 5th, 2018

5:53

NUGGET CONTEXT

Ambi talks about some of the key choices he has made over his journey that has helped get to where he has. He also spends time talking about his curiosity (that led him to do a PhD when he was past his …

376: 34.00 Arun Maira - The full conversation

September 19th, 2018

1:01:45

GUEST

Arun Maira is a former member of the Planning Commission of India and former Chairman of BCG India. He had a distinguished career in Tata Motors (then called TELCO) and rose to be on the Board of the company. He …

375: 34.01 Arun Maira - Art of asking good questions

September 19th, 2018

5:10

NUGGET CONTEXT

Arun talks about how we could potentially move from understanding the data that somebody presents to us to going deeper in our …

374: 34.02 Arun Maira - Steering by listening

September 19th, 2018

4:40

NUGGET CONTEXT

Arun discusses his definition of a leader – “she or he who takes the first steps towards something that she or he deeply cares about …

373: 34.03 Arun Maira - Giving feedback by listening

September 19th, 2018

5:52

NUGGET CONTEXT

Arun talks about insights from Dalai Lama (who also wrote the foreword for his book) who says that Listening is the first wisdom tool …

372: 34.04 Arun Maira - Having deep conversations at scale

September 19th, 2018

4:54

NUGGET CONTEXT

Arun talks about how the depth of insight and intimacy gets compromised when we start having conversations across a large number of …

371: 34.05 Arun Maira - The art of facilitation

September 19th, 2018

6:57

NUGGET CONTEXT

Arun talks about how one must be clear about how one should think about structuring a meeting/conversation. He also suggests …

370: 34.06 Arun Maira - Judgment and values

September 19th, 2018

5:01

NUGGET CONTEXT

Arun talks about how values play an important role in how we build a sense of judgment on situations. He specifically presents the …

369: 34.07 Arun Maira - Listening & "Thinking fast and slow"

September 19th, 2018

6:40

NUGGET CONTEXT

Arun talks how we might not be feeding our “thinking slow” part of the brain enough (using the phrase made popular by Nobel Prize …

368: 34.08 Arun Maira - Being heard in a noisier world

September 19th, 2018

4:39

NUGGET CONTEXT

Arun talks about the downsides of being a good listener and says that sometimes, it might be harder for people to notice you given the noise around them. He also goes on to talk about how sometimes, we …

367: 34.09 Arun Maira - Reinventing oneself at 45

September 19th, 2018

12:02

NUGGET CONTEXT

Arun talks about how he was a cross-roads when he had to move from a successful stint as an executive in Tata Motors to a role as a …

366: 34.10 Arun Maira - Transitioning across contexts

September 19th, 2018

7:56

NUGGET CONTEXT

Arun talks about how one can listen to build credibility in a new context, especially if you are in a situation where you feel you do not have the capabilities on Day 0. He talks about how he learnt from …

365: 34.11 Arun Maira - Leadership in an open system

September 19th, 2018

11:29

NUGGET CONTEXT

Arun talks about his perspectives on Leading in an Open System where you do not have money, authority or power to wield as a source of influence. As we move towards a world where more and more value is …

364: 34.12 Arun Maira - In Summary - Playing to Potential

September 19th, 2018

6:50

NUGGET CONTEXT

Arun talks about how it is easy to get lost in the here and now and the buzz of the day to day that we sometimes might forget where we are headed. He likens it to Spanish tiki-taka where there is a lot …

363: 33.00 Bombay Jayashri - The full conversation

September 5th, 2018

52:22

GUEST

Bombay Jayashri is one of the leading Carnatic musicians in the country. She is born into a family of musicians with a rich lineage in classical music. She represents the fourth generation of music practitioners …

362: 33.01 Bombay Jayashri - Committing to a career in Music

September 5th, 2018

8:36

NUGGET CONTEXT

Jayashri talks about her chance meeting with Shri Lalgudi Jayaraman and how that changed everything for her. She discusses the faith that he had in her when he asked her to learn music under his guidance …

361: 33.02 Bombay Jayashri - Characteristics of great coaches

September 5th, 2018

3:36

NUGGET CONTEXT

Jayashri discusses her observations of Shri Lalgudi Jayaraman and how he would unlock the potential of each of his students by …

360: 33.03 Bombay Jayashri - Deliberate practice

September 5th, 2018

8:39

NUGGET CONTEXT

Jayashri discusses how she splits time during practice. This includes building stamina and preparing your mind to think faster when you perform with other musicians. She also talks about practicing new …

359: 33.04 Bombay Jayashri - Team work in a concert

September 5th, 2018

4:46

NUGGET CONTEXT

Jayashri talks about what it takes to perform with other artists on stage and discusses the notion of emptying oneself and a levelling attitude with oneself for the music to take over. She talks about …

358: 33.05 Bombay Jayashri - Making Directional Choices

September 5th, 2018

7:26

NUGGET CONTEXT

Jayashri talks about how she made choices along the way, more specifically, the choice between going deep into Carnatic music versus …

357: 33.06 Bombay Jayashri - Music and Technology

September 5th, 2018

4:43

NUGGET CONTEXT

Jayashri talks about overdependence on technology and how that is coming in the way of learning where the student puts off the …

356: 33.07 Bombay Jayashri - Sir Ang Lee and Excellence

September 5th, 2018

6:16

NUGGET CONTEXT

Jayashri talks about her collaboration with Sir Ang Lee where when she collaborated with him to sing for the movie – Life of Pi. The …

355: 33.08 Bombay Jayashri - Balancing work and life

September 5th, 2018

2:53

NUGGET CONTEXT

Jayashri talks about the challenges of being a performer who has to travel around the world and how she is often split between the two worlds. She talks about the criticality of the ecosystem around her …

354: 33.09 Bombay Jayashri - In Summary – Playing to Potential

September 5th, 2018

6:04

NUGGET CONTEXT

Jayashri talks about her approach to giving back to the community through the various things she does, whether it is helping children who have autism or performing for seniors at locations where they …

353: 32.00 Deepa Malik - The full conversation

August 8th, 2018

1:04:04

GUEST

Deepa Malik is a Silver Medalist at Paralympic Games (Rio 2016), an Arjuna Awardee (2012) and a Padma Shree Awardee (2017). She has won 58 National and 18 International medals (and counting) in her sporting …

352: 32.01 Deepa Malik - Early formative years

August 8th, 2018

4:02

NUGGET CONTEXT

Deepa talks about the discipline that she got from an upbringing in the Armed Forces context. She specifically discusses the point around planning for tomorrow and having Plan B and Plan C for …

351: 32.02 Deepa Malik - Dealing with two possible fatalities

August 8th, 2018

5:42

NUGGET CONTEXT

Deepa recounts her twin-ordeal in 1999. Her husband was fighting in the Kargil war and she was anxious about his well-being. At the same time she had a tumour in her back that worsened which got her to a …

350: 32.03 Deepa Malik - Rebounding from a near-death event

August 8th, 2018

6:08

NUGGET CONTEXT

Deepa talks about the mindset with which she took stock of life when she had chest-below paralysis and had to recalibrate her …

349: 32.04 Deepa Malik - Getting people comfortable with the context

August 8th, 2018

7:32

NUGGET CONTEXT

Deepa shares her thoughts on the trade-off between seen as a “different person” versus being seen as just another individual who can …

348: 32.05 Deepa Malik - Picking the first "mountain" to climb

August 8th, 2018

8:47

NUGGET CONTEXT

Deepa talks about how she took charge of life and how she became a restauranteur and in seven years, had built a flourishing business giving her financial independence. She then talks about her passion …

347: 32.06 Deepa Malik - Training for the Olympics

August 8th, 2018

4:54

NUGGET CONTEXT

Deepa talks about her pursuit of excellence led her from one place to another and eventually to a medal in the Olympics. She talks …

346: 32.07 Deepa Malik - Perspectives on Excellence

August 8th, 2018

5:29

NUGGET CONTEXT

Deepa talks about her disciplined approach that enabled her to win the Silver Medal at the Rio Paralympics. She also talks about her frame of mind and personal context which gave her the fire to make the …

345: 32.08 Deepa Malik - Picking an effective Coach

August 8th, 2018

8:20

NUGGET CONTEXT

Deepa discusses her approach to picking a Coach while training for Rio Olympics. She mentions that given the uniqueness of her body condition and the training need, the traditional coaching approaches …

344: 32.09 Deepa Malik - Building resilience

August 8th, 2018

3:14

NUGGET CONTEXT

Deepa talks about what gives her the resilience to deal with difficult situations and how people can build that muscle. She talks …

343: 32.10 Deepa Malik – About Wheeling Happiness Foundation

August 8th, 2018

6:14

NUGGET CONTEXT

Deepa talks about Wheeling Happiness Foundation, an initiative she and her daughter have started. She talks about how they plan to bring hope to the life of people and become a medium towards creating an …

342: 32.11 Deepa Malik - In summary - Playing to Potential

August 8th, 2018

3:48

NUGGET CONTEXT

Deepa shares her perspective on people playing to their respective potential. She discusses the criticality of having a happy mind, staying positive and having the discipline and work towards it. She …

341: 31.00 Neera Nundy - The full conversation

July 13th, 2018

1:01:08

GUEST

Neera Nundy is Co-Founder at Dasra - India’s leading strategic philanthropic foundation. Dasra actively shapes the process of social change by …

340: 31.01 Neera Nundy - Early formative years

July 13th, 2018

5:21

NUGGET CONTEXT

Neera talks about how her early years in a Boarding school in Bangalore (while her parents were in Canada) shaped her as a person and …

339: 31.02 Neera Nundy - Changing orbit - HBS, Wall-Street and Dasra

July 13th, 2018

8:28

NUGGET CONTEXT

Neera talks about her transitions to Morgan Stanley, Harvard Business School, UBS and then to Co-founding Dasra with her spouse – …

338: 31.03 Neera Nundy - Thinking about levers of Impact

July 13th, 2018

11:02

NUGGET CONTEXT

Neera talks about how Dasra has evolved into an organization that works in three broad areas (Research, Building Organizations and …

337: 31.04 Neera Nundy - Role clarity with co-founders

July 13th, 2018

5:36

NUGGET CONTEXT

Dasra was co-founded by Neera Nundy and Deval Sanghavi in 1999. They discuss how they have evolved their roles as the organization …

336: 31.05 Neera Nundy - Evolving the goal-post at Dasra

July 13th, 2018

5:11

NUGGET CONTEXT

Neera talks about how she and Deval have thought about where they have wanted to take Dasra. She also discusses how when they had a funding challenge a few years back, they had to revisit almost all of …

335: 31.06 Neera Nundy - Transitioning roles within Dasra

July 13th, 2018

7:05

NUGGET CONTEXT

Neera talks about how she has thought about her role as Dasra has grown and her plans for governance as we look to the future. She …

334: 31.07 Neera Nundy - Leadership Development in Social Impact space

July 13th, 2018

6:34

NUGGET CONTEXT

Neera talks about some of the common challenges that entrepreneurs in the Social Impact space face. She talks about founders often being “too mission driven” and thereby coming in the way of systems and …

333: 31.08 Neera Nundy - Transitioning to the Social Impact world

July 13th, 2018

8:53

NUGGET CONTEXT

Neera talks about the distinction between Needs and Wants as people think about a career in Social Impact as against the Corporate world (although the lines between the two are being blurred). She also …

332: 31.09 Neera Nundy - Distinctive leaders in the Social Impact space

July 13th, 2018

4:16

NUGGET CONTEXT

Neera talks about some of the unique characteristics of the distinctive leaders that have made a lasting contribution in the Social Impact space. She talks about a combination of a desire for large-scale …

331: 31.10 Neera Nundy - In Summary - Playing to Potential

July 13th, 2018

6:52

NUGGET CONTEXT

Neera talks about how it is not about each of us individually fulfilling our potential but more about how we can work with a group of …

330: 30.00 Vinay Sitapati - The full conversation

June 20th, 2018

1:19:01

GUEST

Vinay Sitapati is an Assistant Professor in Political Science and Legal studies at Ashoka University. He has a PhD in Politics from Princeton …

329: 30.01 Vinay Sitapati - Early career choices - Law, Journalism, Teaching and Writing

June 20th, 2018

11:24

NUGGET CONTEXT

Vinay talks about how he has thought about his career choices. He speaks about the fact that after his 12th, he could have possibly …

328: 30.02 Vinay Sitapati - Delivering good judgments

June 20th, 2018

4:53

NUGGET CONTEXT

Vinay talks about how the same judgment can have a different journey of implementation depending on the ecosystem in which the judgment is pronounced. He talks about the distinction between barking and …

327: 30.03 Vinay Sitapati - The reflection habit - decoding signal from the noise

June 20th, 2018

10:50

NUGGET CONTEXT

Vinay talks about Narasimha Rao’s habit of reflection and journaling which helped him deal with the ecosystem he was in. Vinay talks about how Rao used the habit of journaling to develop a nuanced …

326: 30.04 Vinay Sitapati - Managing time, unfettered curiosity and resilience

June 20th, 2018

10:28

NUGGET CONTEXT

Vinay talks about Narasimha Rao spent his time at various points in his career. More specifically, he breaks down the pie chart of time across different phases - when you are campaigning, when you are in …

325: 30.05 Vinay Sitapati - Leadership under extreme constraints - Lion, Fox and Mouse

June 20th, 2018

14:00

NUGGET CONTEXT

Vinay talks about how Narasimha Rao combined the notion of intellectual agility (ability to fundamentally shift one’s beliefs when new data presents itself) and implementation agility (knowing how to …

324: 30.06 Vinay Sitapati - Staying relevant through transitions

June 20th, 2018

7:55

NUGGET CONTEXT

Vinay talks about how Narasimha Rao stayed relevant through the various transitions that he went through in his journey. He also talks about how he learns and grows when he did not gets a transition …

323: 30.07 Vinay Sitapati - Assembling an effective team

June 20th, 2018

7:19

NUGGET CONTEXT

Vinay talks about how Narasimha Rao picked his team members and think about the portfolio of capabilities in his team. He …

322: 30.08 Vinay Sitapati - Making/Not making key decisions

June 20th, 2018

5:51

NUGGET CONTEXT

Vinay talks about how Narasimha Rao made decisions or chose not to make decisions strategically depending on the political context. …

321: 30.09 Vinay Sitapati - Driving change when there is short term pain and long term gain

June 20th, 2018

8:05

NUGGET CONTEXT

Vinay discusses Narasimha Rao’s strategy to usher in liberalization without too much fanfare given the fragile situation he was in. …

320: 30.10 Vinay Sitapati - In Summary - Playing to Potential

June 20th, 2018

4:35

NUGGET CONTEXT

Vinay talks about how Narasimha Rao was a fusion of Don Quixote (somebody who acted without too much thinking) and Hamlet (somebody who thought a lot but didn’t act as much) and how he brought the …

319: 29.00 Roopa Kudva - The full conversation

May 31st, 2018

1:33:34

GUEST

Roopa Kudva is Partner at Omidyar Network and Managing Director of Omidyar Network India Advisors, where she leads overall Investment …

318: 29.01 Roopa Kudva - Omidyar Network and innovating for next Half Billion

May 31st, 2018

13:11

NUGGET CONTEXT

Roopa talks about the flexible capital model at Omidyar Network (ON) and discusses how they do a combination of investing in tech enabled start-ups driving social impact and grants to organizations to …

317: 29.02 Roopa Kudva - Early formative years

May 31st, 2018

11:14

NUGGET CONTEXT

Roopa talks about how she grew up amidst nature in the North Eastern part of India and how some of her perspectives on working women started getting shaped right from an age of around 10. She also talks …

316: 29.03 Roopa Kudva - Growing through the ranks at CRISIL

May 31st, 2018

11:59

NUGGET CONTEXT

Roopa talks about how she drifted into CRISIL and how she was not necessarily career oriented in the early years of her professional life. She talks about the notion of focusing on excellence and on …

315: 29.04 Roopa Kudva - Transitioning to a General Management role

May 31st, 2018

11:22

NUGGET CONTEXT

Roopa talks about the transition to the role of a Chief Rating Officer being the defining transition in her journey at CRISIL. She …

314: 29.05 Roopa Kudva - Choosing career direction post CRISIL

May 31st, 2018

16:53

NUGGET CONTEXT

Roopa talks about how she took stock of options after her successful run in CRISIL. She talks about the process she went through to …

313: 29.06 Roopa Kudva - Flexing leadership style at Omidyar Network

May 31st, 2018

8:35

NUGGET CONTEXT

Roopa talks about how she had to adjust her leadership style when she moved from leading a team of 4000 plus people in CRISIL to Omidyar Network which had about 150 people globally and about 15-20 people …

312: 29.07 Roopa Kudva - Developing a sense of judgment

May 31st, 2018

6:17

NUGGET CONTEXT

Roopa talks about she developed a sense of judgment in the new context when she moved to Omidyar Network. She talks about the fact that she now has to exercise judgment on entrepreneurs who in turn will …

311: 29.08 Roopa Kudva - Women Leadership - The barrier no one speaks about as much

May 31st, 2018

7:49

NUGGET CONTEXT

Roopa talks about the fact that there is a lot of commentary around women coming back to the work force after they start a family. …

310: 29.09 Roopa Kudva - Perspectives on Success

May 31st, 2018

3:35

NUGGET CONTEXT

Roopa talks about how she thinks about success and frames it as a journey than a destination. She talks about how the notion of purpose has energized her during her days at CRISIL and in the work she …

309: 29.10 Roopa Kudva - What they don’t teach you at IIMA but should

May 31st, 2018

5:01

NUGGET CONTEXT

Roopa first talks about what she learnt at IIMA before she delves into what they don’t teach there but should. She talks about the …

308: 29.11 Roopa Kudva - In Summary - Playing to Potential

May 31st, 2018

5:38

NUGGET CONTEXT

Roopa talks about the attitudes that have held her in good stead as she has gone through her journey. She also talks about how a lot …

307: 28.00 Chadramouli Venkatesan - The full conversation

May 10th, 2018

1:13:40

GUEST

Chandramouli Venkatesan (Mouli) has a strong corporate track record of over 25 years. He is an alumnus of XLRI, Jamshedpur and spent his …

306: 28.01 Chandramouli Venkatesan - Genesis of the book - CATALYST

May 10th, 2018

6:45

NUGGET CONTEXT

Mouli talks about the context behind writing the book which is a combination of him finding time across multiple flights to Singapore …

305: 28.02 Chandramouli Venkatesan - Turbocharging your growth – TMRR

May 10th, 2018

10:07

NUGGET CONTEXT

Mouli talks the fact that the time people put in a job is not an appropriate indication of the experience they have gained. He …

304: 28.03 Chandramouli Venkatesan - Raising the game when it matters

May 10th, 2018

4:59

NUGGET CONTEXT

Mouli talks about the concept of Learning Cycles and how it is critical for people to focus on completing large learning cycles to …

303: 28.04 Chandramouli Venkatesan - Playing the 1st half of career to win the 2nd half

May 10th, 2018

7:35

NUGGET CONTEXT

Mouli discusses that a lot of the wins in the first half of the career are often on the back of low hanging fruit but the wins in the …

302: 28.05 Chandramouli Venkatesan - Picking mentors thoughtfully

May 10th, 2018

7:31

NUGGET CONTEXT

Mouli underscores the criticality of having sound mentors in todays world where there are more forks in the road and several choices …

301: 28.06 Chandramouli Venkatesan - Decoupling quitting & joining decisions

May 10th, 2018

9:49

NUGGET CONTEXT

Mouli talks about how people often mix up the two decisions and how they can end up over-appreciating what is right in the new …

300: 28.07 Chandramouli Venkatesan - Evolving views on the notion of success

May 10th, 2018

5:47

NUGGET CONTEXT

Mouli talks about how the early years were often focused on achievement, which later gave way to an orientation towards Mastery and …

299: 28.08 Chandramouli Venkatesan - Impact of Life on Work

May 10th, 2018

10:00

NUGGET CONTEXT

People often talk about Work-Life Balance and the rhetoric is often around “Life” being the residual figure after work has consumed …

298: 28.09 Chandramouli Venkatesan - Cultivating "Lodestar" values

May 10th, 2018

8:53

NUGGET CONTEXT

Mouli talks about the notion of Values as something that has a significant upside over the long run and challenges the current …

297: 28.10 Chandramouli Venkatesan - Overemphasizing fit in a career choice

May 10th, 2018

5:12

NUGGET CONTEXT

Mouli talks about how he has made some of his early career moves based on the notion of fit. He also acknowledges that there is often …

296: 28.11 Chandramouli Venkatesan - Winning the Second half of career

May 10th, 2018

4:46

NUGGET CONTEXT

Mouli talks about how people need to consider evolving the metrics with which they measure their success as they move towards the …

295: 28.12 Chandramouli Venkatesan - In Summary - Playing to Potential

May 10th, 2018

3:31

NUGGET CONTEXT

Mouli talks about the notion of Potential being an infinite term and not something finite and well-defined. He uses the phrase “you …

294: 27.00 Amit Chandra - The full conversation

April 26th, 2018

1:23:07

GUEST

Amit Chandra heads Bain Capital in India and is a Managing Director in the Financial and Business Services Vertical and a member of the Asia Pacific Private Equity team and a part of its leadership group. Before …

293: 27.01 Amit Chandra - Early formative years

April 26th, 2018

6:17

NUGGET CONTEXT

Amit talks about how his parents have influenced his attitudes towards giving and his parenting style. He talks about how he and his siblings were encouraged to be grounded and contribute with their …

292: 27.02 Amit Chandra - Joining an Indian I-Bank after a US MBA

April 26th, 2018

6:12

NUGGET CONTEXT

Amit talks about how he thought about pursuing an MBA in the US. He also goes on to talk about the considerations he had when he decided to come back to India immediately after his MBA. He also talks …

291: 27.03 Amit Chandra - Factors behind the rise at DSP Merrill Lynch

April 26th, 2018

10:53

NUGGET CONTEXT

Amit reflects on the common misconceptions people have when they get into Banking. Amit talks about how he made the decision to join DSP Merrill Lynch despite it being the job with the lowest pay and …

290: 27.04 Amit Chandra - Decoding mentorship

April 26th, 2018

11:45

NUGGET CONTEXT

Amit talks about how he has benefited from mentors along the way starting from Hemendra Kothari at DSP Merrill Lynch. He also goes on to talk about how mentors need not be from within the company and how …

289: 27.05 Amit Chandra - Transitioning from Banking to PE

April 26th, 2018

7:31

NUGGET CONTEXT

Amit talks about how he thought about the transition from the world of Investment Banking to Private Equity. He talks about taking stock of life after reaching the heights of the Investment Banking …

288: 27.06 Amit Chandra - Apprenticeship - the magic sauce in Private Equity

April 26th, 2018

10:18

NUGGET CONTEXT

Amit talks about what it takes to build a sustainable Private Equity business over the long term. He also talks about the criticality of apprenticeship in people growing to become effective investors. He …

287: 27.07 Amit Chandra - Building better business judgment

April 26th, 2018

10:22

NUGGET CONTEXT

Amit discusses how people get better at judgment calls over time. In an industry where the lead time to feedback is long, this is a significant differentiator over the long-term. He also discusses how, …

286: 27.08 Amit Chandra - Institution building - Leading Type As

April 26th, 2018

11:21

NUGGET CONTEXT

Amit discusses how he thinks about hiring and creating a nurturing climate for his team to deliver performance. He also shares how he …

285: 27.09 Amit Chandra - Moving to a 50% model at Bain Capital

April 26th, 2018

6:20

NUGGET CONTEXT

Amit currently operates on a 50% model where he spends 2.5 days at Bain Capital and 2.5 days on Social Impact, Boards and other matters. He talks about how he and his wife gradually started spending more …

284: 27.10 Amit Chandra - Being Strategic about Philanthropy

April 26th, 2018

8:17

NUGGET CONTEXT

Amit talks about how he and his wife Archana have been thoughtful about how they would spend their time and money towards …

283: 27.11 Amit Chandra - In summary - Playing to potential

April 26th, 2018

6:24

NUGGET CONTEXT

Amit discusses how he has always surprised himself over time with the goals he has set for himself on the work front and the Social Impact front. He talks about the importance of setting goals and …

282: 26.00 Jay Panda - The full conversation

March 29th, 2018

1:13:00

GUEST

Baijayant Jay Panda is currently serving in his 4th term in the Parliament of India. He was elected to his second term (2014-2019) in the Lok Sabha from the Kendrapara constituency, Odisha. He graduated from the …

281: 26.01 Jay Panda - Politics as a career option

March 29th, 2018

14:54

NUGGET CONTEXT

Jay talks about the criticality of financial independence if somebody is considering a career in politics. He also talks about some …

280: 26.02 Jay Panda - Markers of Long term Potential

March 29th, 2018

5:28

NUGGET CONTEXT

Jay discusses what a “lambi race ka ghoda” looks like in Politics. He also talks about the role of circumstance playing a much bigger …

279: 26.03 Jay Panda - Resilience

March 29th, 2018

5:52

NUGGET CONTEXT

Jay talks about what the bad days in politics look like. He talks about how easy it is for people to assign motives when you have …

278: 26.04 Jay Panda - Staying relevant and leveraging technology

March 29th, 2018

10:53

NUGGET CONTEXT

Jay talks about what how successful politicians have managed to stay relevant over time and have reinvented themselves. He also talks …

277: 26.05 Jay Panda - Generating options amidst political constraints

March 29th, 2018

6:09

NUGGET CONTEXT

Jay talks about how he has grown as a politician in all these years. He also talks about Track II dialogues where he is active. These …

276: 26.06 Jay Panda - Balancing the macro and micro views

March 29th, 2018

4:51

NUGGET CONTEXT

Jay talks about how he thinks about the macro discussions he has when he is in Delhi or with an international delegation (which is …

275: 26.07 Jay Panda - Three pieces of advice that stand out

March 29th, 2018

5:52

NUGGET CONTEXT

Jay talks about some of the advice he has received that has helped him in his political career. This includes being cautious about …

274: 26.08 Jay Panda - Perspectives on Prioritization

March 29th, 2018

5:19

NUGGET CONTEXT

Jay talks about the criticality of creating the leverage as a leader to find a mechanism to process the volumes the data that comes …

273: 26.09 Jay Panda - Lessons for business from politics

March 29th, 2018

4:33

NUGGET CONTEXT

Jay discusses how the risk appetite is different in politics is different from that in the corporate world largely because, in …

272: 26.10 Jay Panda - Influencing an ecosystem

March 29th, 2018

8:10

NUGGET CONTEXT

Jay discusses he thinks about picking ideas to champion and talks about how you could get a pulse of the acceptance of the idea. He …

271: 26.11 Jay Panda - Perspectives on Excellence

March 29th, 2018

6:30

NUGGET CONTEXT

Jay shares examples of three leaders (PV Narasimha Rao, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Narendra Modi) who have driven significant change despite the challenges that came with the implementation. He talks about …

270: 26.12 Jay Panda - In Summary - Playing to Potential

March 29th, 2018

3:56

NUGGET CONTEXT

Jay talks about importance of us cherishing the fact that we have a democracy before we get down to analysing what its short-comings might be. He also talks about the criticality of doing things that you …

269: 25.00 Devdutt Pattanaik - The full conversation

March 16th, 2018

1:14:12

GUEST

Devdutt Pattanaik writes on relevance of mythology in modern times, especially in areas of management, governance and leadership. Trained in …

268: 25.01 Devdutt Pattanaik - Early formative years

March 16th, 2018

7:44

NUGGET CONTEXT

Devudutt talks about the profound influence of some of his teachers when he was studying medicine. He elaborates that they would …

267: 25.02 Devdutt Pattanaik - Transitioning from Healthcare to Mythology

March 16th, 2018

11:28

NUGGET CONTEXT

Devdutt talks about his journey after graduating with a degree in medicine. He mentions that he didn’t have any childhood inclination …

266: 25.03 Devdutt Pattanaik - Being effective in the Gig Economy

March 16th, 2018

10:26

NUGGET CONTEXT

Devdutt talks about what it takes to thrive in the Gig Economy. At the surface level, quitting a steady job and taking the plunge to be a player in the Gig Economy can be attractive and seductive. …

265: 25.04 Devdutt Pattanaik - Dealing with various life transitions

March 16th, 2018

9:55

NUGGET CONTEXT

Devdutt talks about people transitioning from being a Parasuram (rule follower) to Ram (Role Model) to Krishna (Coach) as they go …

264: 25.05 Devdutt Pattanaik - Effective coaching process

March 16th, 2018

5:00

NUGGET CONTEXT

Devdutt talks about what leads to an effective coaching relationship. He describes the complexity of a coaching process and mentions that the onus is often on the Coachee to tap into the database of the …

263: 25.06 Devdutt Pattanaik - Focus Vs Perspective

March 16th, 2018

6:40

NUGGET CONTEXT

Devdutt talks about the distinction between Focus (Rana-bhoomi) and Perspective (Ranga-bhoomi). He talks about how when you adopt focus, you see the world from your perspective while when you have …

262: 25.07 Devdutt Pattanaik - Building Habits Vs Enhancing Awareness

March 16th, 2018

7:24

NUGGET CONTEXT

Devdutt talks about the distinction between building habits and enhancing awareness. He mentions that habits are often relevant only in a certain context and it is critical not to become a slave of the …

261: 25.08 Devdutt Pattanaik - Understanding fear to decipher beliefs

March 16th, 2018

7:50

NUGGET CONTEXT

Coaching is often about understanding the deeply wired beliefs that drive leadership behavior. Devdutt shares that understanding people’s fears might provide insights into people’s beliefs. He talks …

260: 25.09 Devdutt Pattanaik - Building perspective and judgment

March 16th, 2018

7:24

NUGGET CONTEXT

Devdutt talks about the distinction between sarpa drishti (focus, short-term) and garuda drishti (perspective, long-term). He talks about how there is merit in having a certain rhythm with which one …

259: 25.10 Devdutt Pattanaik - Building story telling capability

March 16th, 2018

5:49

NUGGET CONTEXT

Devdutt breaks down story-telling and shares his perspectives around how we could become story tellers. He mentions that …

258: 25.11 Devdutt Pattanaik - In Summary - Playing to Potential

March 16th, 2018

3:09

NUGGET CONTEXT

Devdutt makes the distinction between the market wanting a certain type of fruit (phala) and each one of us being a certain type of …

257: 24.00 Suresh Narayanan - The full conversation

February 16th, 2018

1:06:08

GUEST

Suresh Narayanan is the Chairman and MD of Nestle India Limited (which recently crossed INR 10,000 Crores for the first time after about a century of operating in India). Suresh is often dubbed as a turnaround …

256: 24.01 Suresh Narayanan - Early formative years

February 16th, 2018

7:54

NUGGET CONTEXT

Suresh talks about the importance of values that he derived from his childhood. He talks about the emphasis on Goddess Saraswathi (education) than Goddess Lakshmi (Wealth) in his family. He also …

255: 24.02 Suresh Narayanan - Career - getting off to a good start

February 16th, 2018

15:49

NUGGET CONTEXT

Suresh talks about how serendipity got him to Hindustan Lever Limited (HLL). He speaks about initially appearing for the interview as practice for the IAS entrance but provides context on why he joined …

254: 24.03 Suresh Narayanan - Transitioning effectively to a new context

February 16th, 2018

14:41

NUGGET CONTEXT

Suresh talks about his experiences in transitioning across companies and roles. He moved from HUL to Nestle and within Nestle, he …

253: 24.04 Suresh Narayanan - Maggi crisis and decoding resilience

February 16th, 2018

10:33

NUGGET CONTEXT

Suresh talks about how he took charge when he came back to India during the Maggi crisis. He talks about how he prioritized the various elements of the business and how he spent time for the first 6-9 …

252: 24.05 Suresh Narayanan - Building good business judgment

February 16th, 2018

6:16

NUGGET CONTEXT

Suresh talks about the trade-off between long-term considerations like consumer trust and the short-term cash flow pressures. He specifically talks about the considerations that went into them …

251: 24.06 Suresh Narayanan - Rebuilding trust

February 16th, 2018

7:04

NUGGET CONTEXT

Suresh talks about the journey of rebuilding trust using the example of what happened with Maggi in India. He provides an insight into what it takes to rebuild trust by talking about the various elements …

250: 24.07 Suresh Narayanan - Increasing productivity

February 16th, 2018

7:22

NUGGET CONTEXT

Suresh speaks about how he used the crisis as an opportunity to ensure that people in the company spent time on the right things. He speaks about how he went on a war-footing to cut down meeting times in …

249: 24.08 Suresh Narayanan - Marketing 2.0

February 16th, 2018

5:37

NUGGET CONTEXT

Suresh talks about how Marketing has a function has evolved given the Digital age we are living in. He says that instead of Digital …

248: 24.09 Suresh Narayanan - In Summary - Playing to Potential

February 16th, 2018

3:11

NUGGET CONTEXT

Suresh shares his wisdom around Where to go (building navigational principles as one moves along in a career) and How to grow (how one scales up their leadership capability over time)

GUEST

Suresh …

247: 23.01 KV Sridhar (Pops) - The full conversation

January 25th, 2018

1:41:40

GUEST

KV Sridhar (Pops) is one of the most respected creative leaders in the Indian Advertising World and has been the driving force behind several international awards including 22 Cannes Lions. He currently runs …

246: 23.01 KV Sridhar (Pops) - Convergence of Strategy, Creative, Tech and Data

January 25th, 2018

8:43

NUGGET CONTEXT

KV Sridhar (Pops) talks about how Hypercollective (a company he has just started) operates at the intersection of Strategy, Creative, …

245: 23.02 KV Sridhar (Pops) - Early Childhood and Dyslexia

January 25th, 2018

8:21

NUGGET CONTEXT

KV Sridhar (Pops) talks about his childhood and how he had challenges due to Dyslexia (which was discovered much later). He mentions that in a lot of ways his story is not that different from Taare …

244: 23.03 KV Sridhar (Pops) - Early career choices - Medical Rep/Painting/Advertising

January 25th, 2018

10:27

NUGGET CONTEXT

KV Sridhar (Pops) talks about how he thought about an early fork in the road where he had to choose between disparate options in front of him. One was to become a Medical Representative which was highly …

243: 23.04 KV Sridhar (Pops) - Rejecting 3 jobs and painting in Goa

January 25th, 2018

16:23

NUGGET CONTEXT

KV Sridhar (Pops) talks about how came to Mumbai to pursue commercial opportunities and cast his net beyond Hyderabad – where he grew up. He also talks about the fact that very quickly he got himself …

242: 23.05 KV Sridhar (Pops) - Transitioning from Advertising to the Tech world

January 25th, 2018

5:35

NUGGET CONTEXT

KV Sridhar (Pops) talks about how he thought about the move from the world of Advertising to the world of Technology. He also speaks …

241: 23.06 KV Sridhar (Pops) - Advertising as a career option

January 25th, 2018

8:52

NUGGET CONTEXT

KV Sridhar (Pops) talks about the inherent traits one should possess to flourish in the world of advertising. He talks about the …

240: 23.07 KV Sridhar (Pops) - Evolving perspectives on success and impact

January 25th, 2018

10:08

NUGGET CONTEXT

KV Sridhar (Pops) talks about how his metrics of success have slowly shifted from business outcomes (brand performance, ad recall) towards the impact he makes on humanity. He talks about the …

243: 23.08 KV Sridhar (Pops) - Developing as a leader

January 25th, 2018

13:24

NUGGET CONTEXT

KV Sridhar (Pops) talks about the downside of being competitive in a space like Advertising where it is critical to create a climate where the members of the team can be creative and come up with …

242: 23.09 KV Sridhar (Pops) - Settling effectively in a new organization

January 25th, 2018

8:15

NUGGET CONTEXT

KV Sridhar talks about his perspectives on settling into an organization and how leaders should think about what to maintain and what …

241: 23.10 KV Sridhar (Pops) - Secret sauce behind great ads and film-makers

January 25th, 2018

11:12

NUGGET CONTEXT

KV Sridhar talks about what separates the great ads and film makers from the rest. He shares his insights from his recently launched book – 30 Second Thrillers where he goes behind the scenes of …

240: 23.11 KV Sridhar (Pops) - Building story telling skills

January 25th, 2018

8:18

NUGGET CONTEXT

KV Sridhar talks about the distinction between creativity and craftsmanship. He mentions that all living beings (not just human beings) including creatures like ants have the ability to be creative. But …

240: 23.12 KV Sridhar (Pops) - In Summary - Playing to Potential

January 25th, 2018

4:30

NUGGET CONTEXT

KV Sridhar talks about the criticality of finding one’s purpose and impacting society beyond oneself. He also talks about not being anchored or limited by one’s educational background. He talks about how …

239: 22.00 Meher Pudumjee - The full conversation

January 11th, 2018

43:17

GUEST

Meher Pudumjee is the Chairperson of Thermax Limited, one of India’s leading energy and environmental engineering companies. She is also an active Philanthropist with a passion for making a difference in …

238: 22.01 Meher Pudumjee - Early formative years

January 11th, 2018

4:59

NUGGET CONTEXT

Meher talks about how her early years have shaped her approach to life, specifically around giving and social impact. She also talks about how her parents treated her and her brother in a gender-agnostic …

237: 22.02 Meher Pudumjee - Transitioning effectively across generations

January 11th, 2018

7:48

NUGGET CONTEXT

Meher talks about how the baton of leadership passed to her mother (Anu Aga) when her father passed away and how things changed even further when her brother passed away shortly after. She also reflects …

236: 22.03 Meher Pudumjee - Dealing with shocks

January 11th, 2018

4:40

NUGGET CONTEXT

Meher talks about how she and her mother (Anu Aga) dealt with the sudden loss of her father and her brother within a span of a few months. She talks about how they got the strength to deal with the loss …

235: 22.04 Meher Pudumjee - Music and Leadership

January 11th, 2018

4:44

NUGGET CONTEXT

Meher talks about how her experiences as a singer in a choir have helped her in her corporate pursuits. She talks about how it has helped her build a sense of purpose beyond numbers. She also talks about …

234: 22.05 Meher Pudumjee - Perspectives on Philanthropy

January 11th, 2018

6:12

NUGGET CONTEXT

Meher talks about her approach towards CSR and Philanthropy and how she thinks about “chunking” rather than “sprinkling” (a phrase Adam Grant uses in his book Give and Take). She also talks about the …

233: 22.06 Meher Pudumjee - Business continuity across generations

January 11th, 2018

4:43

NUGGET CONTEXT

Meher discusses her approach towards her children getting involved in Thermax moving forward. She talks about the distinction between …

232: 22.07 Meher Pudumjee - Grooming more women leaders

January 11th, 2018

6:31

Nugget context

Meher shares her perspectives on what it would take to have more women leaders at the top. She starts with the challenges in basic …

231: 22.08 Meher Pudumjee - In Summary - Playing to Potential

January 11th, 2018

4:30

Nugget context

Meher talks about the role of self-awareness and discovering what energizes you. She also offers a practical tip to people who claim …

Play to Potential Podcast - Highlights from 2017

December 21st, 2017

26:30

As we approach the end of 2017, we at the Play to Potential Podcast decided to step back and reflect on the year that has gone by and the incredible learnings from the various conversations at the podcast. It is hard to …

230: 21.00 Viswanathan Anand - The full conversation

November 17th, 2017

1:41:58

GUEST

Viswanathan "Vishy" Anand is an Indian chess grandmaster and a former World Chess Champion, considered as one of the greatest chess players of all time. Anand was the first recipient of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel …

229: 21.01 Viswanathan Anand - Committing to Chess as a career

November 17th, 2017

11:01

NUGGET CONTEXT Vishy talks about how he thought about committing to a career in Chess. He specifically talks about how he didn’t stop his education despite his meteoric rise in the Chess world. He spoke about why he …

228: 21.02 Viswanathan Anand - Early formative years

November 17th, 2017

6:06

NUGGET CONTEXT Vishy spoke about how his habits and attitudes have been shaped by his parents. He also talks about his style of chess being significantly influenced by his parents. He traces his pragmatism on the chess …

227: 21.03 Viswanathan Anand - Growing as a player and inflection points

November 17th, 2017

19:05

NUGGET CONTEXT Vishy talks about how his approach to development has changed as he has grown as a player over time. He talks about his approach to picking Coaches that get the best out of him. He also discusses the …

226: 21.04 Viswanathan Anand - What it takes to compete at the top

November 17th, 2017

5:40

NUGGET CONTEXT Vishy talks about how players need to adapt their style in a world where machines are makin the games longer and more nuanced. He specifically talks about the declining relevance of a dogmatic approach …

225: 21.05Viswanathan Anand - Understanding the Processor inside

November 17th, 2017

26:33

NUGGET CONTEXT In this nugget, Vishy talks about how he harnesses the potential of his mind in being a chess player at the very top over a prolonged …

224: 21.06 Viswanathan Anand - Staying relevant in the world of machines

November 17th, 2017

5:47

NUGGET CONTEXT Vishy talks about how humans should think about staying relevant in a world where the processing power of the machines has become hard …

223: 21.07 Viswanathan Anand - Performing at the top and being grounded

November 17th, 2017

13:20

NUGGET CONTEXT Vishy talks about the various elements that matter to perform at the highest level in addition to IQ. He specifically discusses the …

222: 21.08 Viswanathan Anand - Dealing with losses

November 17th, 2017

4:33

NUGGET CONTEXT Vishy discusses his approach to dealing with losses. He candidly talks about how his approach to dealing with losses has not changed significantly over time. He talks about how he tries to clear the …

221: 21.09 Viswanathan Anand - Identifying and unlocking potential

November 17th, 2017

7:24

NUGGET CONTEXT Vishy talks about what he looks for when he is looking for long-term potential. He talks about the criticality of consistency in performance coupled with an attitude where someone is willing to grind away …

220: 21.10 Viswanathan Anand - Parallels between Chess and Business

November 17th, 2017

3:46

NUGGET CONTEXT Vishy talks about his take on the parallels between the Chess board and the world of business. He mentions that in both contexts, the notion of “what got you here won’t get you there” might apply if you …

219: 21.11 Viswanathan Anand - In Summary - Playing to Potential

November 17th, 2017

2:42

NUGGET CONTEXT Vishy talks about the criticality of loving what you do in order to sustain the interest and passion and to rise to the very top of the field. He also refers to an Ad where he is shown playing cricket (

218: 20.00 Anu Madgavkar - The full conversation

October 27th, 2017

1:01:55

GUEST 

Anu is a Partner with McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), the economics and business research arm of McKinsey & Company. She is an alumnus of IIM Ahmedabad and worked for a few years in Banking before joining …

217: 20.01 Anu Madgavkar - Early formative years

October 27th, 2017

9:30

NUGGET CONTEXT Anu talks about the influence of values, freedom of choice and financial independence through her growing up years. She also talks …

216: 20.02 Anu Madgavkar - Career in Consulting versus Banking

October 27th, 2017

8:56

NUGGET CONTEXT Anu talks about the transitions she went through within Banking before she entered the world of consulting. She also talks about the …

215: 20.03 Anu Madgavkar - The Maternity transition

October 27th, 2017

10:53

NUGGET CONTEXT Maternity is a critical transition for women and like Anu mentions, you don’t know what you don’t know in terms of how things will play out. She talks about her lessons from that passage of play. She …

214: 20.04 Anu Madgavkar - Navigating your career

October 27th, 2017

7:26

NUGGET CONTEXT Anu talks about her moment of epiphany during an interview with a McKinsey partner that really pushed her to reflect on what she enjoyed and what she didn’t. She talks about how she has tried to get to …

213: 20.05 Anu Madgavkar - Learning/Unlearning during transition

October 27th, 2017

4:53

NUGGET CONTEXT Anu discusses the transition from high intensity consulting projects with a tight feedback loop to a relatively open ended and longer …

212: 20.06 Anu Madgavkar - The Future of Work

October 27th, 2017

7:44

NUGGET CONTEXT Anu shares the key insights from MGI's study on the future of work. She reflects on the disconnect between what the future world of work needs and what the education system of today is delivering. She …

211: 20.07 Anu Madgavkar - Staying relevant in the future

October 27th, 2017

5:47

NUGGET CONTEXT Anu talks about her take on Leadership Development in the context of the Future of the workplace. She discusses the need for "start-up like" projects and initiatives that need to cut across functions and …

210: 20.08 Anu Madgavkar - What they don’t teach you at IIMA

October 27th, 2017

3:43

NUGGET CONTEXT Anu reflects on the notion of heightened risk in the workplace and sensitizing students to that. She also refers to the need for integrated learning across disciplines and functions given that the big …

209: 20.09 Anu Madgavkar - Message to graduating women

October 27th, 2017

2:37

NUGGET CONTEXT Anu shares her perspectives on how aspiring women leaders should think about their careers. She underscores the point about the need …

208: 20.10 Anu Madgavkar - In Summary - Playing to Potential

October 27th, 2017

2:35

NUGGET CONTEXT Anu refers to the notion of Infinite Game in the context of playing to potential. She talks about challenging the boundaries and extending the scope of how you define the game (instead of taking the …

207: 19.00 Dheeraj Pandey - The full conversation

October 13th, 2017

59:33

GUEST 

Dheeraj Pandey is Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of Nutanix, Inc. (Market Cap of ~USD 3.5 Billion) that had an IPO in September 2016. Nutanix is a cloud computing software company that sells what it calls …

206: 19.01 Dheeraj Pandey - Early formative years (including retaking JEE)

October 13th, 2017

6:56

NUGGET CONTEXT Dheeraj talks about his childhood and how his parents have given him an interesting mix of resolve and humility. He talks about how …

205: 19.02 Dheeraj Pandey - Building optionality during early career

October 13th, 2017

4:47

NUGGET CONTEXT Dheeraj talks about the distinction between process and substance in the context of making career choices. He also talks about how he built optionality at various points in his early career. …

204: 19.03 Dheeraj Pandey - Relationship between Co-founders and Company

October 13th, 2017

8:51

NUGGET CONTEXT Dheeraj talks about how the relationship between him, the co-founders and the company has evolved over a period of time. He also …

203: 19.04 Dheeraj Pandey - Evolving as a leader with the company

October 13th, 2017

10:21

NUGGET CONTEXT Dheeraj talks about how he looks at the company like a combination of multiple sub-companies that are building, scaling and …

202: 19.05 Dheeraj Pandey - Building an anti-fragile culture

October 13th, 2017

8:05

NUGGET CONTEXT Dheeraj talks about the parallels across the fragility spectrum (that Nassim Nicholas Taleb refers to in his book Anti-Fragile) and …

201: 19.06 Dheeraj Pandey - Perspectives around career choice

October 13th, 2017

8:18

NUGGET CONTEXT Dheeraj discusses his perspectives on how students and professionals should think about choices and learning. He underscores the …

200: 19.07 Dheeraj Pandey - Hiring senior leaders into Nutanix

October 13th, 2017

9:56

NUGGET CONTEXT One of the key challenges as one moves from a start-up to a scale up includes getting senior talent from the outside and setting them up for success. Dheeraj talks about how he looks for the "operating …

199: 19.08 Dheeraj Pandey - Work, life and success

October 13th, 2017

4:24

NUGGET CONTEXT People often look at work and life as two different compartments that do not intersect. Dheeraj talks about how he tries to weave in work and life, learns from one and applies in the other and has …

198: 19.09 Dheeraj Pandey - Leadership Development in a turbo-charged environment

October 13th, 2017

4:03

NUGGET CONTEXT Dheeraj talks about how he thinks about evolving as a leader and discusses the criticality of breathing and staying present even …

197: 19.10 Dheeraj Pandey - In Summary - Playing to potential

October 13th, 2017

3:01

NUGGET CONTEXT Dheeraj talks about how businesses and leaders need to have clarity around the interfaces where they have strengths (man-man, machine-machine, man-machine). That self-awareness at an organizational and …

196: 18.00 Rama Bijapurkar - The full conversation

September 29th, 2017

1:01:41

GUEST 

Rama Bijapurkar is India’s most respected thought leader on market strategy and India’s consumer economy. She has an independent consulting …

195: 18.01 Rama Bijapurkar - Pie chart of time today

September 29th, 2017

7:14

NUGGET CONTEXT Rama has been a solo-advisor for several years now. She talks about how she has thought about her portfolio of work (she likens it to …

194: 18.02 Rama Bijapurkar - Early formative years

September 29th, 2017

3:50

NUGGET CONTEXT Rama talks about the parenting context in which she grew up and talks about how that has played a big role in shaping her journey till …

193: 18.03 Rama Bijapurkar - Career in Market Research

September 29th, 2017

5:06

NUGGET CONTEXT Rama talks about how she ended up joining Market Research by accident after joining the Advertising world. She talks about the notion of "sliding doors" where small events along the way can have a …

192: 18.04 Rama Bijapurkar - Becoming a solo-advisor

September 29th, 2017

9:03

NUGGET CONTEXT Rama talks about her attempts to work at the intersection of consumer and business understanding and discusses how she ended up going …

191: 18.05 Rama Bijapurkar - Careers - Paradox of choice

September 29th, 2017

5:38

NUGGET CONTEXT In a world exploding with choice, Barry Schwartz argues that consumers are often worse off due to the complexity in decision making …

190: 18.06 Rama Bijapurkar - Shaping your playground

September 29th, 2017

5:52

NUGGET CONTEXT Rama talks about the notion of identifying and playing a game that only "you" know how to play, as espoused by Prof. Indira Parikh. She talks about how she has taken consumer insights and applied it to …

189: 18.07 Rama Bijapurkar - Becoming a trusted advisor

September 29th, 2017

6:07

NUGGET CONTEXT Rama talks about the various elements that go into the personal brand beyond the pure technical capability that one brings to the table. She describes the notion of "balance tilters" which has an …

188: 18.08 Rama Bijapurkar - Women and Leadership

September 29th, 2017

6:20

NUGGET CONTEXT 

Rama talks about some practical tactics she uses perform effectively in forums (such as Boards) that are often filled with men. 

GUEST 

Rama Bijapurkar is India’s most respected thought leader on …

187: 18.09 Rama Bijapurkar - Transitioning from Executive to NED

September 29th, 2017

4:09

NUGGET CONTEXT Rama talks about how people who have led companies end up getting empathetic with the management (by default) of the companies where …

186: 18.10 Rama Bijapurkar - What they don’t teach at IIMA

September 29th, 2017

2:55

NUGGET CONTEXT Given how hard it is to get into places like IIMA, Rama talks about the mindset of the typical person that is getting in and how that is at odds with the climate at the workplace of today. She talks about …

185: 18.11 Rama Bijapurkar - In summary - Playing to Potential

September 29th, 2017

3:15

NUGGET CONTEXT Rama talks about importance of navigational principles in a world where we are all headed in a direction where the destination is unclear. She relates this approach to how Google builds its products. She …

184: 17.00 Zia Mody - The full conversation

August 31st, 2017

39:08

GUEST 

Zia Mody is an Indian legal consultant and considered an authority on Corporate Merger and Acquisition Law, Securities Law, Private Equity …

183: 17.01 Zia Mody - Early childhood wiring

August 31st, 2017

5:01

NUGGET CONTEXT Zia talks about how her mother’s strict parenting in her early years played a key role in shaping her as a person. She talks about the …

182: 17.02 Zia Mody - Law as a career choice

August 31st, 2017

5:52

NUGGET CONTEXT Zia talks about what it takes to be a successful lawyer. She also teases out the difference between traits that are good hygiene in …

181: 17.03 Zia Mody - Women leaders - a leaky pipeline

August 31st, 2017

3:18

NUGGET CONTEXT Zia talks about the leaky pipeline of women leaders and talks about the key inflection points where the leakage is maximum. She talks about the false glass-ceilings that women often have in their heads.

180: 17.04 Zia Mody - Returning after a maternity break - Role of a spouse

August 31st, 2017

4:08

NUGGET CONTEXT Zia talks about how there are several hidden variables that need to be taken care of for a woman to re-enter the workforce effectively after a maternity break. She outlines the small things that a spouse …

179: 17.05 Zia Mody - Tough Work-Life Trade-offs

August 31st, 2017

4:38

NUGGET CONTEXT Zia talks about how, in her generation, the notion of work-life balance, didn’t really exist for ambitious women who wanted to make a mark in the corporate world. She candidly talks about the real …

178: 17.06 Zia Mody - Becoming a Trusted Advisor

August 31st, 2017

5:07

NUGGET CONTEXT Becoming a Trusted Advisor is often the holy grail for every Consultant, Lawyer, Banker, Doctor etc. who are providing advice to the …

177: 17.07 Zia Mody - Building good judgment

August 31st, 2017

5:49

NUGGET CONTEXT Sound judgment is a must have for any leader in any domain. Having a sense of what makes sense all things considered is hard and critical. Zia provides her perspective on what it takes to have good …

176: 17.08 Zia Mody - Successful Lawyer to Institution Builder

August 31st, 2017

8:36

NUGGET CONTEXT Zia talks about the journey from being a successful lawyer leading a small boutique with 15-20 people to heading a 400-person …

175: 17.09 Zia Mody - In Summary - Playing to Potential

August 31st, 2017

5:20

NUGGET CONTEXT Zia talks about the key attributes that have enabled her to succeed as a lawyer and as an institution builder. She talks about how …

174: 16.00 Vinita Bali - The full conversation

August 11th, 2017

1:27:00

GUEST 

Vinita Bali is a distinguished leader who has held leadership roles in 6 countries (UK, Nigeria, South Africa, Chile, USA and India) across 5 …

173: 16.01 Vinita Bali - About GAIN (Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition)

August 11th, 2017

9:18

NUGGET CONTEXT Vinita talks about how the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) works with various stakeholders across the world to deliver …

172: 16.02 Vinita Bali - Early childhood wiring

August 11th, 2017

6:37

NUGGET CONTEXT A lot of who we are often gets formed in the context of our childhood. Vinita reflects on her upbringing, her parents’ influence and …

171: 16.03 Vinita Bali - Navigating the sea of career options

August 11th, 2017

15:13

NUGGET CONTEXT "What should I do with my life" is often a question that we grapple with at different inflection points in our life. Vinita talks …

170: 16.04 Vinita Bali - FMCG as a career option

August 11th, 2017

9:28

NUGGET CONTEXT Vinita talks about how she got into a career in Consumer Goods and reflects on what elements of it have been rewarding for her. She …

169: 16.05 Vinita Bali - Transitioning roles in a large MNC

August 11th, 2017

14:36

NUGGET CONTEXT Navigating your career in a large, complex MNC can often be challenging and confusing. Vinita talks about how she navigated her career …

168: 16.06 Vinita Bali - Navigating the first 3-6 months

August 11th, 2017

8:50

NUGGET CONTEXT The first few months in a new organization can be a nervous passage of play for the incoming leader and for the hiring manager. If not …

167: 16.07 Vinita Bali - Functional Leadership to General Management

August 11th, 2017

5:48

NUGGET CONTEXT Moving from a functional leadership role to a general management role is a big shift and Vinita argues that it is possibly the biggest …

166: 16.08 Vinita Bali - Transitioning back to India in a Leadership role

August 11th, 2017

8:37

NUGGET CONTEXT Vinita transitioned from an American MNC in their Latin American division to Britannia in India. It was a transition across multiple …

165: 16.09 Vinita Bali - Being an effective Board member

August 11th, 2017

6:17

NUGGET CONTEXT Vinita talks about how she evaluates Board opportunities that come her way and how they are a part of her Learning and Development plan. She also talks about her thoughts on the opportunities for Indian …

164: 16.10 Vinita Bali - In Summary - Playing to Potential

August 11th, 2017

3:01

NUGGET CONTEXT Where to go and How to grow are two questions leaders ask all the time as they navigate their career. Vinita talks about the need for conviction in direction, coupled with abundant curiosity to grow as …

163: 15.00 Vedika Bhandarkar - The full conversation

July 28th, 2017

1:16:22

GUEST 

Vedika Bhandarkar is the MD in India of Water.org, an organization that empowers families with access to safe water and sanitation through affordable financing. Water.org pioneers innovative, community-driven …

162: 15.01 Vedika Bhandarkar - Water.org - Introduction and how you can contribute

July 28th, 2017

14:08

NUGGET CONTEXT Vedika talks about the criticality of solving for water and sanitation at the bottom of the pyramid. She talks about how Water.org is …

161: 15.02 Vedika Bhandarkar - Early childhood wiring

July 28th, 2017

6:31

NUGGET CONTEXT A lot of who we are often gets baked in our early years. It is often a function of the context we grow up in and the family culture. …

160: 15.03 Vedika Bhandarkar - Investment Banking as a career and key transitions

July 28th, 2017

19:20

NUGGET CONTEXT Vedika discusses her perspectives on Investment Banking as a career and how B-School students should think about the option. On a …

159: 15.04 Vedika Bhandarkar - Women and careers

July 28th, 2017

11:40

NUGGET CONTEXT Vedika talks about her initial days at ICICI which has been a breeding ground for several women leaders in India. She also shares her …

158: 15.05 Vedika Bhandarkar - Effective Leadership Transitions

July 28th, 2017

8:06

NUGGET CONTEXT Leaders during transitions often feel like trapeze artists as they go from one to another. It is the role of the hiring manager and …

157: 15.06 Vedika Bhandarkar - Executive to NED Transition

July 28th, 2017

4:21

NUGGET CONTEXT Vedika is a Non-Executive Director on 6 Boards today. She talks about the transition from being an effective executive to being an NED. She talks about the significant shift often required in style for …

156: 15.07 Vedika Bhandarkar - Women and Board roles

July 28th, 2017

3:34

NUGGET CONTEXT Vedika talks about how women should think about approaching Board roles. Clearly there is an opportunity for more women to get onto …

155: 15.08 Vedika Bhandarkar - Transitioning to the Social Impact world

July 28th, 2017

13:35

NUGGET CONTEXT "How do I bring greater meaning in my life" is a question that people start grappling with as they approach mid-life and beyond. However, people struggle with making this happen. Vedika discusses her …

154: 15.09 Vedika Bhandarkar - In Summary - Playing to Potential

July 28th, 2017

4:17

NUGGET CONTEXT In the world with growing complexity in terms of emerging business models and career paths, how does one play to potential. Vedika …

153: 14.00 Pramath Sinha - The full conversation

July 14th, 2017

1:33:27

GUEST 

Dr. Pramath Sinha has worked in diverse fields spanning business and strategy, consulting, leadership and academia. He spent 12 years with …

152: 14.01 Pramath Sinha - Current portfolio of initiatives

July 14th, 2017

9:33

NUGGET CONTEXT Pramath talks about the portfolio of initiatives that he has today. More importantly, he talks about the underlying principle behind …

151: 14.02 Pramath Sinha - Consulting (McK) as a career option

July 14th, 2017

8:22

NUGGET CONTEXT Pramath talks about how he ended up joining McKinsey in Canada instead of pursuing a career in academics which he had originally …

150: 14.03 Pramath Sinha - Transitioning out of Consulting

July 14th, 2017

14:06

NUGGET CONTEXT A career in Management Consulting in a firm like McKinsey can be immensely rewarding but also inexorably intense. Pramath talks about …

149: 14.04 Pramath Sinha - Authentic Leadership

July 14th, 2017

8:00

NUGGET CONTEXT Authenticity is a word that is often used by people in different contexts. Pramath shares his perspectives on Authentic leadership and talks about what it takes to get there. He also talks about how he …

148: 14.05 Pramath Sinha - What Consulting doesn’t prepare you for

July 14th, 2017

6:55

NUGGET CONTEXT Management Consulting often provides a whirl-wind exposure to multiple problems across industries and topics. However, one needs to …

147: 14.06 Pramath Sinha - Vedica Scholars - Nurturing Women Leaders

July 14th, 2017

9:50

NUGGET CONTEXT The fact that we need to have more women leaders at the top is well-known and there has been enough commentary around it. Pramath talks about the unconscious biases that still exist in the society and his …

146: 14.07 Pramath Sinha - Educating ourselves for the future

July 14th, 2017

13:27

NUGGET CONTEXT We are growing into a future where there are several unkown unknowns. Pramath talks about what sort of leaders would flourish in the …

145: 14.08 Pramath Sinha - Building Leadership capability

July 14th, 2017

13:10

NUGGET CONTEXT Staying relevant is one of the key challenges that is facing the leaders of this generation. A few decades back, they could check into …

144: 14.09 Pramath Sinha - Personal Board of Advisors

July 14th, 2017

6:49

NUGGET CONTEXT We all benefit from mentors at different points in our careers. Pramath talks about his approach to configuring his personal Board of Directors. He describes how he has leveraged his Board of Directors at …

143: 14.10 Pramath Sinha - Reflecting on the past and the future

July 14th, 2017

10:22

NUGGET CONTEXT Pramath reflects on his journey till date and talks about what has enabled him to get this far. He discusses the role of staying …

142: 14.11 Pramath Sinha - In Summary - Playing to Potential

July 14th, 2017

3:27

NUGGET CONTEXT Pramath talks about his perspectives on how people could play to their potential. He highlights how helping others realize their …

141: 13.00 Karthik Reddy - The full conversation

June 29th, 2017

1:32:19

GUEST 

Karthik Reddy (based in Mumbai) is a Founder and Managing Partner at Blume Ventures, one of India’s leading tech-focused early stage VCs that was set up in 2010. Karthik is the architect of the Blume business …

140: 13.01 Karthik Reddy - IIMB, Wharton & path to Venture Investing

June 29th, 2017

14:13

NUGGET CONTEXT In a world with an exponential increase in career paths and complexity around opportunity, it can be unnerving to make key decisions around Stay in India Vs Go overseas, specialize in a field Vs Get a …

139: 13.02 Karthik Reddy - Articulating culture and hiring for it

June 29th, 2017

10:32

NUGGET CONTEXT Articulating the organizational culture is often treated as one of those fuzzy things that large organizations like GE and HUL do. But …

138: 13.03 Karthik Reddy - Pie chart of time in Venture Investing

June 29th, 2017

5:11

NUGGET CONTEXT In any profession, it is important to understand how to spend time on the right priorities. People often get consumed by the urgent and miss out on the critical. That pie chart looks different across …

137: 13.04 Karthik Reddy - Venture Investing - What does it take

June 29th, 2017

12:08

NUGGET CONTEXT Karthik talks about what it takes to become a successful Venture Capital Investor. He also discusses the nuances across Angel …

136: 13.05 Karthik Reddy - Transition pitfalls - Banking/Consulting to VC

June 29th, 2017

4:58

NUGGET CONTEXT Transitioning from one industry to another are always fraught with uncertainty and risk. Leaders are straddling several sub-transitions - settling into a new organization, flourishing in a new space which …

135: 13.06 Karthik Reddy - Settling effectively into Venture Investing

June 29th, 2017

10:48

NUGGET CONTEXT The first 30-60 days in any profession are often quite tricky. Hairline cracks can quickly turn into fractures if not handled …

134: 13.07 Karthik Reddy - Picking founders effectively

June 29th, 2017

7:38

NUGGET CONTEXT Backing the right founders is a combination of a science and an art. How do you back an entrepreneur who has the conviction arond his idea but is also amenable to input. At the stage of Venture Investing, …

133: 13.08 Karthik Reddy - Dealing with hyper-growth

June 29th, 2017

11:59

NUGGET CONTEXT Organizations often outgrow the entrepreneur very quickly. Unless the entrepreneur is proactively thinking about scaling up himself/herself and proactively getting the right people who can drive scale, …

132: 13.09 Karthik Reddy - Scaling up the leadership muscle

June 29th, 2017

8:18

NUGGET CONTEXT Scaling up the leadership capability of the entrepreneur and the top team needs to go hand in hand with the business scale up for …

131: 13.10 Karthik Reddy - What they don’t teach you at B School

June 29th, 2017

10:54

NUGGET CONTEXT Business Schools (especially in India) often taken in students without prior work experience. Several students that work hard to get …

130: 13.11 Karthik Reddy In Summary - Playing to Potential

June 29th, 2017

4:04

NUGGET CONTEXT For people to play to their potential, people should have clarity around what they have potential for. Karthik talks about the …

129: 12.00 Atul Kasbekar - The full conversation

June 16th, 2017

1:05:04

GUEST 

Atul Kasbekar is an award winning photographer (first Indian to win the prestigious International Food and Beverage Creative Excellence …

128: 12.01 Atul Kasbekar - Engineering to Photography

June 16th, 2017

12:48

NUGGET CONTEXT A lot of us "go with the flow" either because we want to conform to expectations, minimize risk or don’t listen to our inner voice. …

127: 12.02 Atul Kasbekar - Being tenacious through the transition

June 16th, 2017

13:30

NUGGET CONTEXT Transitioning from one path to another is not easy. We often celebrate individuals after they have demonstrated success. But we often …

126: 12.03 Atul Kasbekar - Marrying passion with pragmatism

June 16th, 2017

6:47

NUGGET CONTEXT Follow your passion is bad advice says Cal Newport in his book 'So good they cannot ignore you'. How does one think about options and …

125: 12.04 Atul Kasbekar - Staying relevant over the long-term

June 16th, 2017

12:44

NUGGET CONTEXT We live in a world where professions are being threatened and jobs that existed yesterday may not exist tomorrow. Atul talks about how …

124: 12.05 Atul Kasbekar - Entrepreneurial pursuits beyond photography

June 16th, 2017

12:27

NUGGET CONTEXT We often have to reinvent ourselves along the way as we go through our career. There are variuos trigger points where our priorities …

123: 12.06 Atul Kasbekar - Balancing commerce with creativity

June 16th, 2017

4:26

NUGGET CONTEXT Film production is a tricky area where one has to walk the tight rope between creativity (as appreciated by the audience) and …

122: 12.07 Atul Kasbekar - Enlisting and empowering people

June 16th, 2017

7:25

NUGGET CONTEXT In any profession, it is very easy to be treated as suppliers in the value chain. How does one elevate oneself to move beyond being perceived as a mere supplier? How does one engage and empower the team …

121: 12.08 Atul Kasbekar - In Summary - Playing to Potential

June 16th, 2017

4:30

NUGGET CONTEXT How do individuals stay relevant amidst all the change and opportunity around them? Atul shares his perspective around how individuals …

120: 11.00 Nandan Nilekani - The full conversation

June 2nd, 2017

51:54

GUEST 

Nandan Nilekani is an Indian entrepreneur, bureaucrat and politician. He was part of the founding team at Infosys and held several leadership …

119: 11.01 Nandan Nilekani - Current portfolio of time spent

June 2nd, 2017

8:09

NUGGET CONTEXT Nandan talks about how he organizes his time currently and more importantly, the design principle behind how he prioritizes his time. He also talks about his journey through Infosys and Aadhaar to the …

118: 11.02 Nandan Nilekani - Early childhood wiring

June 2nd, 2017

4:12

NUGGET CONTEXT The first few years often shape a big part of who we are. Nandan talks about the significance of having spent 6 years in a small town …

117: 11.03 Nandan Nilekani - Selecting the right co-founder(s)

June 2nd, 2017

5:01

NUGGET CONTEXT Nandan talks about one of the seminal choices that entrepreneurs often have to make - Selecting a Co-Founder. He provides his thoughts …

116: 11.04 Nandan Nilekani - Scale-up and transitions at Infosys

June 2nd, 2017

9:09

NUGGET CONTEXT As an entrepreneur, staying relevant as the company goes through turbo-charged growth can be a challenge. Nandan talks about how he had to reinvent himself and his style at various points as Infosys grew …

115: 11.05 Nandan Nilekani - Infosys to UIDAI - a 3D transition

June 2nd, 2017

7:18

NUGGET CONTEXT Leadership Transitions can be a period of significant anxiety for several executives who are transitioning across contexts and domains. Nandan shares his insights around what he kept and what he changed …

114: 11.06 Nandan Nilekani - Setting a goalpost at UIDAI

June 2nd, 2017

2:55

NUGGET CONTEXT In a start-up, how do you think about setting a goal post? It is a tricky question when there are several unknown unknowns. Nandan …

113: 11.07 Nandan Nilekani - Running a start-up inside the Govt.

June 2nd, 2017

8:05

NUGGET CONTEXT Nandan talks about how the Government is fundamentally different from the Private sector in terms of how financial and human capital decisions are made. He talks about he thought about navigating those …

112: 11.08 Nandan Nilekani - Reflections on Politics as a career

June 2nd, 2017

5:44

NUGGET CONTEXT All of us have had situations where we step way out of our comfort zone. Nandan talks about his experience from contesting the …

111: 11.09 Nandan Nilekani - Re-inventing self and playing to potential

June 2nd, 2017

6:49

NUGGET CONTEXT Given the VUCA world we live in, re-inventing oneself every now and then has become a necessity. Nandan talks about the mindset with which he has approached the various transitions he has had in his …

110: 10.0 Avnish Bajaj - The full conversation

May 15th, 2017

54:30

GUEST 

Avnish Bajaj is the co-founder and Managing Director at Matrix Partners – a Venture Investing firm, a firm that he set up around 11 years …

109: 10.01 Avnish Bajaj - Goldman Sachs versus McKinsey

May 15th, 2017

5:45

NUGGET CONTEXT High performing B School students often get courted by the top jobs in the market and often several people having to choose between …

108: 10.02 Avnish Bajaj - Starting Baazee.com

May 15th, 2017

8:45

NUGGET CONTEXT Cross-border transitions are always hard and often involve multiple variables. Avnish talks about the context in which he took the …

107: 10.03 Avnish Bajaj - Entrepreneurial resilience

May 15th, 2017

5:18

NUGGET CONTEXT There is a lot of literature around how entrepreneurs should demonstrate resilience when hit with failure or tough times. Avnish talks …

106: 10.04 Avnish Bajaj - Taking stock of life after Bazee sale

May 15th, 2017

7:05

NUGGET CONTEXT When Avnish started Baazee, his financial goal was to make USD 2 Million. When he sold Baazee to Ebay for USD 55 Million, he had made …

105: 10.05 Avnish Bajaj - Venture Investing – Supporting without intruding

May 15th, 2017

6:26

NUGGET CONTEXT As an entrepreneur who has built a business, how do you engage with an entrepreneur when you are an investor. Avnish talks about …

104: 10.06 Avnish Bajaj - Misconceptions around Venture Investing

May 15th, 2017

3:44

NUGGET CONTEXT Avnish talks about the realities of VC investing as a profession and debunks some of the common myths around a "cushy lifestyle" that some people associate with the profession. GUEST Avnish Bajaj is the …

103: 10.07 Avnish Bajaj - Sharpening investing skills

May 15th, 2017

4:54

NUGGET CONTEXT In Venture Investing, several years can pass before you realize the returns on your initial investment. Avnish talks about how investors can create a feedback loop in the interim and learn from the …

102: 10.08 Avnish Bajaj - Evolving as a leader

May 15th, 2017

5:13

NUGGET CONTEXT Leading a start-up through all the change and complexity can be quite a challenge. Avnish talks about how he grew as a leader when he …

101: 10.09 Avnish Bajaj - Backing the best founders

May 15th, 2017

6:28

NUGGET CONTEXT Success of a Venture Investing firm is inexorably tied to the fortunes of the investors they back. Avnish talks about the science and art of how they pick investors and engage with them to drive value. …

100: 10.10 Avnish Bajaj - Harsh realities of entrepreneurship

May 15th, 2017

4:56

NUGGET CONTEXT  

It does not take a rocket scientist to figure out that entrepreneurship is not for the faint-hearted. Avnish talks about how the …

99: 10.11 Avnish Bajaj - What they don’t teach you at HBS

May 15th, 2017

6:09

NUGGET CONTEXT  

A good education provides a strong starting point at best. Avnish talks about how he has evolved over time through the various …

98: 9.0 Prakash Iyer - The full Conversation

April 28th, 2017

47:42

GUEST

Prakash Iyer is a best-selling author, motivational speaker and a leadership coach. Before he officially became a member of the “Gig economy”, he was the Managing Director of Kimberly-Clark Lever. Prior to that …

97: 9.01 Prakash Iyer - Playing in the gig economy

April 28th, 2017

9:45

NUGGET CONTEXT

Moving a corporate world to becoming a gig-economy player can be a tricky decision for a lot of people. There are question marks …

96: 9.02 Prakash Iyer - The art of story-telling

April 28th, 2017

7:56

NUGGET CONTEXT

Prakash talks about the role of story-telling in the context of building culture and how one could think about building that muscle. …

95: 9.03 Prakash Iyer - Building a personal brand

April 28th, 2017

5:55

NUGGET CONTEXT

Prakash discusses how one could learn from how FMCG companies build brands in the context of personal brand building. He discusses …

94: 9.04 Prakash Iyer - Selecting a Coach effectively

April 28th, 2017

5:35

NUGGET CONTEXT

Selecting a coach for a leader can be a reasonably ambiguous task. Prakash talks about how we could learn from the world of sport in …

93: 9.05 Prakash Iyer - Picking the first job after IIMA

April 28th, 2017

3:25

NUGGET CONTEXT

Campus placements are often a pressure cooker situation with significant sub-optimality in how students end up making career choices. …

92: 9.06 Prakash Iyer - Career in consumer goods

April 28th, 2017

4:00

NUGGET CONTEXT

People often equate Consumer Goods with Sales and Marketing. Finding your first job after an MBA can be confusing with people often resorting to using compensation as the sorting factor. Prakash sheds …

91: 9.07 Prakash Iyer - Shifting your goal post over time

April 28th, 2017

6:24

NUGGET CONTEXT

Prakash talks about how he has thought about his goal post at different points in time and how he finds his True North. He shares a …

90: 9.08 Prakash Iyer - Unlocking potential

April 28th, 2017

2:53

NUGGET CONTEXT

Prakash talks about what sometimes comes in the way of people achieving their full potential. He talks about the importance of hard …

89: 9.09 Prakash Iyer - What they don’t teach you at IIMA

April 28th, 2017

3:36

NUGGET CONTEXT

B-school education can often be focused around picking up the “tool-kit” that makes students ready for the world of employment. …

88: 9.10 Prakash Iyer - In Summary – Playing to Potential

April 28th, 2017

3:26

NUGGET CONTEXT

Prakash shares his definition of a PHD for people to play to their potential. He talks about the role of Passion, Hunger and …

87: 8.0 Viren Rasquinha - The full conversation

April 13th, 2017

52:49

GUEST

Viren Rasquinha is a former captain of India’s national field hockey team. He quit international hockey to pursue an MBA at ISB and since …

86: 8.01 Viren Rasquinha - OGQ and how you can contribute

April 13th, 2017

8:07

NUGGET CONTEXT

In this nugget, Viren describes the OGQ model – what they do, the sports they are involved with and the athletes that they are …

85: 8.02 Viren Rasquinha - Committing to sports as a career

April 13th, 2017

5:36

NUGGET CONTEXT

Getting into professional sport can be a “low odds” decision often. If one doesn’t have the financial buffer, it is often tempting to go towards the safer option to pursue education and get a job. Viren …

84: 8.03 Viren Rasquinha - Transitioning from Playing to Captaining

April 13th, 2017

5:14

NUGGET CONTEXT

Viren talks about his journey from being a player to a captain including some of the non-game elements that are required to move from …

83: 8.04 Viren Rasquinha - Spotting potential

April 13th, 2017

5:11

NUGGET CONTEXT

Judging potential can be a very tricky thing to do in companies. While outcomes are very visible but markers of potential are often buried deep within and one has to look for them with a keen eye. OGQ’s …

82: 8.05 Viren Rasquinha - Playing hockey to MBA@ISB

April 13th, 2017

5:28

NUGGET CONTEXT

We often find ourselves in situations where the circumstances at work and on the personal front have changed significantly over time and there is a need to move onto the next innings. These are …

81: 8.06 Viren Rasquinha - Joining OGQ – Role of serendipity

April 13th, 2017

7:46

NUGGET CONTEXT

Viren shares his insights around how he joined OGQ after ISB. When I graduated from IIMA, a lot of us including me, didn’t have a clear framework to make a considered choice in terms of direction. Viren …

80: 8.07 Viren Rasquinha - Building the Grit muscle

April 13th, 2017

2:48

NUGGET CONTEXT Viren talks about where he (and some of the athletes OGQ works with) gets his strength during difficult times. There is enough and …

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