While business is already grappling with the need to deliver greater accountability towards the societal context they operate in, politics in liberal democracies is due an overhaul.
The proposed California state law requiring women on boards of public companies headquartered in the state is a big daring opening gambit in forcing the long overdue conversation on diversity and inclusion.
A few years ago, while teaching undergraduates in India, I noticed that I had to temper my inclination to use Hindoo mythology to make certain points. The need to temper arose from discovering that almost nobody in the classroom was familiar with those myths. Not that I fared better with using contemporary cinema references! It … Continue reading The Myth Gap
Timothy Snyder, the author of On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons From The Twentieth Century, is Housum Professor of History at Yale University. At the simplest, this timely book draws parallels between the Trump administration and the Third Reich. In the prologue, Snyder reminds us that history does not repeat but that it does instruct, that it … Continue reading On Tyranny
The positions of two CEOs are being discussed this week as untenable. One of them is the British Prime Minister Theresa May, fresh from the weak and wobbly win at an election where she campaigned as the "strong and stable" alternative. The other is Travis Kalanick, the CEO of Uber, who is currently running an … Continue reading Of untenable CEOs
Martin McGuinness, former deputy first minister of Northern Ireland and also former IRA commander, died today. I was shocked to learn he was only 66. Shocked because I have known his name since I was a child growing up in India, and had always thought he was much older. But he wasn't. In that short … Continue reading Leadership and the importance of changing one’s mind
When India hosted the Commonwealth Games in 2010, the then-sports minister compared the event to an Indian wedding, saying that while preparations go on until the last minute, everything comes together on the day. I am reminded of that as I watch the stories coming out of India since the sudden demonetisation of two major currency … Continue reading Governance is no “Indian wedding”