The book has interesting insights of individuals who have reached new heights in their respective areas, and are talked about in terms of their achievements.

V. Rishi Kumar

Hyderabad, Aug.19

Be it the respected `Corporate Czar' in Deepak Parekh and the Living Legend of Indian Cinema Dev Anand, or the man driving Infosys' destiny Nandan Nilekani, and the one hooked on to Success with Simplicity, Ramalinga Raju, they have all proved to be inspirational.

Inspiration, like the leadership, is not about mathematics nor is a consumer product that can be `commoditised' and marketed as a success pill. One cannot Shrink wrap it either.

It comes through naturally and creates role models in society. Yes, these are a few individuals who have grown in stature and made a mark in various fields they are engaged in.

Authors Ganesh Natarajan, an active member of Nasscom and Managing Director of Zensar, and writer Manjiri Gokhale, have laced together interesting insights of a few successful individuals who have reached new heights in their respective areas, and are talked about in terms of their achievements.

Speaking to

Business Line



, Natarajan said he spent half Sundays to meet with these people, including politician Chandrababu Naidu, Nasscom President Kiran Karnik, and cricketer Javagal Srinath, who have all made a difference in their own way.

The message that comes through pretty significantly is about the fact that everyone can do extraordinary things, a disciplined approach and the circle of influence brings this change.

While Raman Roy is cited as the Father of Business Process Outsourcing in India, Naidu is perceived as an IT savvy politician and Sam Pitroda as someone who helped transform the lives of people through telephones.

Bringing in anecdotal insights, on how, for instance, Nandan Nilekani, like his mentor Narayana Murthy, is a nuts-and-bolts man beyond all that hype that gets associated with one of the most respected Indian IT services provider.

Others featured include Arun Shourie, Anu Aga and Kiran Bedi.

To quote from the book, "Insecure leaders depend on positional authority to demand acceptance from a new team. There is no need to be assertive in such a situation.

"Over time, your professional abilities, contribution to the common professional goal, sacrifice and leadership will be demonstrated and then, your authority will be accepted."

While many of the individual achievements go unnoticed, Sam Pitroda had kicked off the transformation of the telecom sector, which has incidentally made India one of the fastest growing mobile market. He has over 100 patents.

Is it all about inspiration for achievers?

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated August 20, 2006)
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