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Chanakya, an astute thinker who belonged to 3rd Century BC, is considered a savvy leadership guru with innovative ideas on identifying potential leaders and grooming them. ‘Corporate Chanakya: Successful Management The Chanakya Way’ by Radhakrishnan Pillai is your handy guide for ensuring corporate success. It’s a book, which encapsulates ancient Indian management ideas in a modern context.

Drawing upon a research project done at the Stanford Univ. Graduate School of Business, researchers Jerry I. Porras and James C. Collins took eighteen long-lasting and exceptional companies to study all in direct comparison to one of their immediate competitors, summed up in ‘Built To Last: Successful Habits Of Visionary Companies’. ‘Execution: The Discipline Of Getting Things Done’ by Larry Bossidy is also worth a look!

Fine-tuning leadership, management and training

Chanakya’s ideas have been well documented in his book ‘Kautilya’s Arthashastra’. Interpreting them in the contemporary context, the author simplifies the age-old formula of success for leaders of the corporate world. Divided into 3 sections of Leadership, Management and Training Corporate Chanakya includes tips on various topics like organizing and conducting effective meetings, dealing with tricky situations, managing time, decision making and responsibilities and powers of a leader. Read on to discover the ‘Corporate Chanakya’ in you.

What makes exceptional companies different?

Authors Jerry I. Porras and James C. Collins in ‘Built To Last: Successful Habits Of Visionary Companies’ have examined the companies from their very beginnings to the present day – as start-ups, as midsize companies, and as large corporations. Throughout their research, the duo asked: “What makes the truly exceptional companies different from the comparison companies?” It provides a master blueprint for building organizations that will prosper long into the 21st century and beyond.

How to get things done and deliver best possible results?

‘Execution: The Discipline Of Getting Things Done’ by Larry Bossidy  shows how to get the job done and deliver results whether you’re running an entire company or in your first management job. The leader’s most important job-selecting and appraising people-is one that should never be delegated, it asserts. Once the right people and strategy are in place, they are then linked to an operating process that results in the implementation of specific programs and actions and that assigns accountability.

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