Lavender in Bloom

Lavender in Bloom NS Rajan   As if they are on duty On a magical calender They bloom in blissful beauty These blossoms, all lavender.   ( Jacaranda Mimosifolia_NSR: The Jacaranda,one of the popular trees of Delhi though of Brazilian origin, is known for its ornamental delicacy and low branching structure. Its bell shaped, purply […]

Competence for Success

Competence for Success NS Rajan   Our understanding of what leads to successful performance at work has evolved over time. Way back in ancient Athens, eloquence was regarded as measure of success. Psychologist Alfred Binet, when asked by the French Government in early 1900s to identify students most likely to experience difficulty at school, devised […]

Organization Design: Bridging Strategy and Execution

Organization Design: Bridging Strategy and Execution   NS Rajan The imminent need for a new organization structure is usually manifested in statements you may hear across the enterprise, reflecting a morass of current disconnects, for instance: “We seem to have got our strategy worked out, but why are the results not coming?”, “One function doesn’t […]

Nurturing the Vision

Nurturing the Vision NS Rajan An organisation without vision and values is like a house built with sand. A vision provides shape and direction to the organisation’s future and its values describe the underlying ethos of how the organisation intends to operate, as it pursues its vision. Setting a vision is indeed at the very […]

Haazir Jawaabi: Repartee

Haazir Jawaabi: Repartee NS Rajan This post is a warm tribute and expression of thanks to a tweep I have never had the opportunity to meet. Every day a phrase or a line in Urdu is posted as a challenge and I have attempted the privilege of completing the couplet, a literary riposte any lover […]

Leadership: Institution building

Leadership: Institution building NS Rajan “Individuals may form communities, but it is institutions alone that can create a nation” observed Benjamin Disraeli. Institutions are understood and ‘identified with a social purpose and permanence, transcending individual human lives and intentions, and with the making and enforcing of rules governing cooperative human behavior’. What makes an institution […]

Leadership: Shakespeare’s letter to a new-age CEO

Leadership: Shakespeare’s letter to a new-age CEO NS Rajan Dear CEO, Heartiest congratulations to you on being the captain at the helm of affairs. ‘Be not afraid of greatness — some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon ’em’. Let the mantle sit on you lightly. ‘There is a tide […]

Leadership: In Transition

Leadership: In Transition NS Rajan Sometime ago, I got a call from a fine professional and friend who was just appointed as the CEO of a large enterprise. Even as I congratulated him, he posed a question that he was grappling with: What should I really be focusing on in the first 100 days? This […]

What a Lovely Day

    Fifteen years ago, my daughter, who was then six years old, deftly delegated the task she was to complete to an unsuspecting father; to select a poem that could be read by her at school. I made the mistake of being presumptuous and thought I would compose a small poem myself, rather than […]

Apni Haqueeqat: My Reality

Apni Haqueeqat: My Reality NS Rajan: नि सु राजन   Apni haqeeqat hum kahaan pehchante hain Kis muqaam pe pahunche hai, kya jante hain   Mehfil mein dukh ke afsane kahe jao Tere haal pe log ab hasney waley hain   Mere dil ke raaz aap bhala kyon jaane Khali mera daman tere labrez paimaane hain   […]

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