Monday, December 31, 2007

Learn from mistakes, and take corrective action.

People make all the difference

K. Balakrishnan co-founded Servion Global Solutions in 1991 and is currently the Managing Director and CEO of the company. A graduate from NIT Surathkal, Bala’s vision for the company is to design and deliver solutions that will positively enhance business interaction globally. Here’s his take on four questions from Business Line:

Two things that my education/training taught me:

Logical reasoning.
People make all the difference.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Dreaming big is the fountainhead to success

Don’t ever have a finish line

Anil Jain is the Managing Director of Refex Refrigerants Ltd. A commerce graduate from Loyola College, Chennai, he was exposed to business at a young age, and took active interest in the steel business which his family was engaged in. Here’s his take on four questions from Business Line:

Two things I learnt from my work/real life:

I rejoice in challenges, looking through them inspires and any stride taken against challenges is a symbol of human endeavour.
Dreaming big is the fountainhead to success…that’s what makes sleep such a nice thing to do.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Monetary rewards are only a bonus; experience is the real salary

Move faster than your competitor

Andrew Tsui is the Managing Director of India operations of Asus, which is one of the world’s largest technology manufacturing company. He has a degree in Power Mechanical Engineering and also a management degree. Andrew enjoys cooking, swimming, music and reading in his spare time. Here’s his take on four questions from Business Line:

Two things that my education/training taught me:

If you sit and wait for a question, you are still a student. If you start asking questions and try to explain things, you are becoming a teacher. A person learns much more and faster after he starts teaching.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Life is the greatest teacher of all

The only true failure is the person who gives up trying

Vivek Mehra is the Managing Director & CEO, Sage Publications India Pvt Ltd. He has a Ph.D. in chemical engineering, an M.A. in Marketing from Columbia University, New York and a B.Sc. in Textile Technology from the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York. Here’s his take on four questions from Business Line:

Two things my education/training taught me:

My primary education was in India, while my college education and the beginning of my working life were in the US.

Monday, November 26, 2007

An attitude of enthusiasm combined with a willingness to learn

Adapt to changes in the work environment

Ashok Punj is the Managing Director of PSL, a manufacturing company that supplies steel pipes to the oil, gas and water sectors. He obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s in Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. After working in the US, he returned to join the family business before setting up PSL.

Here’s his take on four questions from Business Line:
Two things that my education/training taught me:
Recognising shifts in technology, particularly those brought about by research and development.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

See ‘adversaries’ as ‘teachers’ rather than as enemies

Be happy and positive in life

Lina Ashar, Founder and Director, Kangaroo Kids Education Ltd, is recognised as a global pioneer in children’s education. A leading education chain, it is changing the way kids learn, by introducing innovative learning strategies, fun-filled activities and a colourful curriculum. Lina Ashar has a bachelor’s degree in education from Victoria College Melbourne. Here’s her take on four questions:

Two things that my education/training taught me:
To always be happy and positive in life no matter what it offers you.
To believe that every child is born with a potential for genius.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Have confidence in your own capacity

Value the individual capability of a person

Arup Gupta, President and Chief Operating Officer, Polaris Software Lab, is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and a longstanding member of the Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers (IEEE). Arup is in charge of the company’s global operations, delivery and sales functions. Here’s his take on four questions from Business Line:

Two things that my education/training taught me:

Value the individual capability of the person.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Believe in social responsibilities

Take success and failure in the right spirit

Mr Hasan Abdul Kader is the Managing Director of CCS Infotech Ltd. A BE (Computer Science) from National Institute of Technology (formerly Regional Engineering College), Tiruchi, he has more than 18 years of experience in management, public relations, product branding and overseas marketing. Here’s his take on four questions from Business Line.

Two things that my education/training taught me:
Improved analysing and decision-making abilities.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Be balanced

Be fact-based

Mr Pradeep Nevatia, President and CEO, Ninestars Information Technology Ltd, is credited for bringing the ‘Integrated Six-Sigma Program’ and TQM (Total Quality Management) practices from the manufacturing to the BPO industry. Mr Nevatia is a post-graduate in industrial engineering from NITIE, Mumbai, and a alumnus of Birla Institute of Technology, Ranchi. He has co-authored Brand-Wise, Leveraging People to Create Powerful Brands (2004, East West Publications). Here’s his take on four questions from Business Line:

Two things that my education/ training taught me:

Structured thinking.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Be strong and face the challenges

Principled life leads to success

Mr Himanshu Baid, Managing Director, Poly Medicure, started his business of manufacturing healthcare disposables in 1997 under the brand name Polymed. His aim is to build his company as the most reputed and trusted company in the medical disposables industry.
Mr Baid, after completing his BE, joined Philips in Germany where he gained vital experience in international trade. His stint in Philips helped him understand the psyche of international marketers.
An avid follower of tennis and cricket, Mr Baid likes spending time with his wife and two sons in his spare time. Here’s his take on four questions from Business Line:
Two things that my education/training taught me:

Principled life leads to success.

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Monday, October 15, 2007

Clear and effective communication is the key to success

Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines

Mr Ashish Kirpal Pandit is the CEO of Fortis HealthWorld Ltd, the retail arm of the Fortis Group. An MBA from Indiana State University, Mr Pandit’s tryst with Fortis HealthWorld began in early 2006. His focus on detail has been instrumental in powering the company to its current leading position. Mr Pandit is a traveller by spirit and an avid golfer. Here’s his take on four questions from Business Line:

Two things that my education/training taught me:
Honing my analytical skills — this has helped me in identifying trends.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Every individual brings new talent and capabilities

The process of learning must continue

Mr Sreeram Iyer is the CEO of Scope International and CIO of Standard Chartered Bank, India. An MBA from the UK, he is also a Chartered Financial Analyst, Company Secretary and a qualified Cost and Management Accountant. Here’s his take on four questions from Business Line:

Two things that my education/ training taught me:
The process of learning must continue regardless of success achieved.
Try and share your learning with your team members.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Positive attitude

Do not procrastinate

Ms Harinder Singh is General Manager at Grand Ashok, Bangalore. She is responsible for implementing strategies to streamline the entire operations of Grand Ashok. She has also served as General Manager, Hyatt Regency, Kathmandu. An amateur golfer, Ms Singh is nine times national trap shooting champion. Here’s her take on four questions from Business Line:

Two things that my education/ training taught me:
Knowledge is wealth.

Thoroughness and hard work in all predicaments.

Two things I learnt from my work/real life:
Do not procrastinate.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

If something is difficult — it’s a great sign

There is a solution to every problem

Mr Alok Kejriwal is a new media entrepreneur and founded the contests2win business in 1998. He has successfully created new-age businesses in India and China. In his non-working hours Mr Kejriwal meditates and collects Indian contemporary art. Here’s his take on four questions from Business Line:

Two things that my education/training taught me:

God is in the details.
There is a solution to every problem.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Attention to detail is critical to success

Nothing worthwhile comes easy
Dr J. K. Nair is Executive Vice-President and COO of Calsoft. An active academician and researcher, Dr Nair, an alumnus of IIT Chennai, serves as guest faculty at some of the leading schools and has published several research articles. Here’s his take on four questions from Business Line:

Two things that my education/training taught me:
Knowledge is learning combined with distinctive experience, context, interpretation and reflection.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Honesty is the best policy



Dedication is the key to success

Mr Dineshchand Surana is the Managing Director of Surana Industries Ltd (SIL), one of the largest steel manufacturers in South India. He was instrumental in setting up a network of dealers which helped the business grow fast. He had always dreamt of making it big in steel, metal, power and infrastructure. Here’s his take on four questions from Business Line:

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Monday, September 3, 2007

The importance of time management.



Mr Madhusudan Thakur is the Country General Manager, South Asia, Regus Business Centre. An MBA from Welingkar Institute, Mumbai, he has been instrumental in popularising the concept of outsourced workplaces in India and now into Pakistan as well.
His favourite pastimes are white water rafting, trekking and playing soccer. Here’s his take on four questions from Business Line:

Monday, August 27, 2007

A strong work ethic

Find mentors early in life

Ms Ingrid Belton Henick is a Vice-President with Barbour Griffith & Rogers International, a premier strategic consulting and government affairs firm in the US and worldwide. She is a multi-industry professional with over 14 years of direct work experience in India. Here’s her take on four questions from Business Line:

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Perseverance makes the difference

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Learning comes through failure

Ajay Shankar Sharma is co-founder and CEO, Srishti Software. A BE in Computer Science from NIT, Tiruchi, Ajay co-founded Srishti in 1997 just six months after completing his engineering. Under his leadership, Srishti was ranked “among the five most promising Indian IT companies,” by Information Week. An active member of Nasscom, he is also the founder member of Nasscom Product Forum started in 2003. Here’s his take on four questions from Business Line:

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Learning never stops

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Confidence is a driver for success

Mr Palanivel Kuppusamy, Executive Chairman, Dexterity Group, is an engineer from Government College of Technology (GCT), Coimbatore and an MBA from IIM Indore. In 1999, he founded Dexterity, a pioneer in comprehensive technology services for research and analysis domains. Here’s his take on four questions from Business Line:

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Survival of the fittest

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There is no substitute for hard work

Mr Vivek Tawar is Managing Director, Nitco Tiles. His foresight and strategic skills has enabled Nitco Tiles to become a leading brand in the interior design industry. Under his leadership, the company has adopted the outsourcing business model, by sourcing vitrified tiles from China.

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Innovative thinking

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Harness the power of prioritising

Ms RenĂ©e Kuwahara is the Chief Operating Officer for the global operations of 24/7 Customer, a premier global provider of business process outsourcing services. A business administration graduate from the University of Michigan, Ms Kuwahara has over 20 years experience in international contact centre and business process outsourcing. She is an expert on workforce management operations, capacity planning and client relationship management. Here’ ;s her take on four questions from Business Line:

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Willingness to learn and work hard

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Customer is far smarter than one thinks

Mr R Subramanium is Managing Director, Subhiksha Trading Services, India’s largest chain of supermarkets-cum-pharmacy/telecom stores. Subhiksha operates close to 700 outlets in nine States and over 50 cities. Subhiksha focuses on the concept of constant sustainable low pricing so that regular customers are able to buy with the assurance that they stand to save on any given basket of household goods on any day.

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A wise man creates his own opportunities

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Soar with your dreams

Mr M. Thiagarajan is a grandson of Karumuttu Thiagarajan, a pioneer in the field of textiles and the founder of Bank of Madura. A business management graduate, Mr Thiagarajan entered the family business of textiles as a third generation entrepreneur. His passion for aviation led to his establishing commercial aviation company, Paramount Airways, in October 2005. Here’s his take on four questions from Business Line:

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Personal integrity and honesty

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Implementation is the key

Mr A. Satish Kumar is Managing Director of Henkel India Ltd, a subsidiary of the German consumer goods major, Henkel KGaA. An MBA from the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad and an alumnus of Columbia University's Senior Executive programme, he has over 20 years experience in the industry.

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Commitment and process

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Persevere and be patient

Mr Srikanth Ramachandran, President & CEO, NTrust Infotech, holds a Master's degree in computer science from one of the top ten institutes in India and an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at University of California at Los Angeles. Mr Srikanth started NTrust Infotech, an IT Solutions and KPO service provider in the niche space of real-estate lease administration in 2003. Here's his take on four questions from Business Line:

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Be inspired to perspire

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Knowledge has a shelf-life

L. S. Venkatesh is General Manager of Edutech India that provides technology-enabled learning and performance management solutions, operating in India, West Asia, the US and the Far East. A management graduate from BITS-Pilani, Venkatesh was instrumental in expanding Edutech's operations across West Asia, setting up the India operations and forging strategic alliances and partnerships. Here's his take on four questions from Business Line:

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`Basics' do matter

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Leadership skills are learnt

Pradeep Singh is Founder and CEO of Aditi Technologies. An engineer from IIT Delhi and an MBA from Harvard, Pradeep founded Aditi Technologies in 1994 after nine years in various management positions. Here's his take on four questions from Business Line:

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God lies in the details

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There are no short-cuts in life

Ms Nita Kapoor is Senior Vice-President (Marketing), Godfrey Phillips India.
Ms Nita Kapoor, began her career in advertising, before taking a sabbatical to do a management programme at IIM Ahmedabad.

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Look for mentors

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Always do more than is required of you

Mr Sumeet Sabharwal is Managing Director, Navisite. His responsibilities include all aspects of sales and delivery for NaviSite's custom application services business and the global delivery operations that span various service offerings. Mr Sabharwal has extensive experience in IT services and outsourcing arenas. He was instrumental in starting the operations of Intrasphere and Sapient in India. Here's his take on four questions from Business Line:

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Focus on `benefits'

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Introspect to better yourself

Mr Bala J. Raman is Co-Founder and President, Congruent Solutions. He has a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Delhi College of Engineering and a Masters degree in Business Administration from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta (IIMC). Here's his take on four questions from Business Line:

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People are as good as its organisation

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Theories are best kept in classroom

Mr Chender Baljee is Managing Director, Royal Orchid Hotels Ltd. He has over 30 years of experience in the hotel industry. Mr Baljee is a gold medalist from IIM, Ahmedabad and has also studied in American Hotel & Lodging Association and Cornell University. He is the member of Bangalore Management Association managing committee. Here's his take on four questions from Business Line:

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Goal orientation, hard work and perseverance

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Look for solutions in any given situation

Mr G. K. Muralikrishna co-founded Helios & Matheson Information Technology Limited in 1991. Muralikrishna is primarily responsible for giving a customer-oriented focus to the organisation. His strengths include team building, and forging lasting relationship with institutional clients. He is a gold-medallist Graduate in Science with Post-Graduation in Business Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. Here's his take on four questions from Business Line:

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Success comes from imagination

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`Don't take marks too seriously'

Ms Devita Saraf is Executive Director, Zenith Computers. She is responsible for the creation and execution of marketing and communication programmes for Zenith's range of computers, servers and laptops. Devita began her career six years ago in the marketing department of Zenith Computers while still a student. Devita graduated in 2003, as a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from the University of Southern California.

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A managers' first job is always to manage

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Be decisive

Mr David J. Wippich is the President and CEO of Ensim Corporation. As President and CEO, Mr David Wippich has over twenty years of experience at international technology companies. Most recently, Mr David served as the President and Chief Operating Officer at Active ISP, one of Europe's largest domain name and hosting providers to the SME market.

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Passion for the job that is on offer

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Things that get scheduled are the things that get done

Mr Sanjiv Bhavnani is CEO and Managing Director of Visesh Infotecnics Ltd. An engineer by qualification, he also holds postgraduate diplomas in marketing and management. Here's his take on four questions from Business Line:

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Communication skills

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Home life and work life are two sides of a coin

Ms Sadhana Somasekhar is Director and Chief Marketing Officer, Focus Infotech, a leading strategic IT-HR and managed solutions provider. She oversees more than 150 employees, who provide consulting and software development solutions for clients.

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Never ever stop dreaming

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Never be afraid to do something new

As Head Infrastructure Housing and Entertainment, Seemanto Roy leads the Rs 15,000-crore Aamby Valley project of Sahara India Pariwar. Seemanto's vision for the future is to explore the national and international markets for new ventures and position Sahara India Pariwar in the global arena.

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Simplify thinking

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Focus on task at hand

Ms Malobika Sengupta is CEO, WLC College, India. Under her guidance, WLC India has been successful in fostering an environment for the students that provides opportunities, promotes excellence and inculcates a culture of learning. Ms Sengupta is a graduate in mathematics and a post-graduate in marketing and finance from FMS, Delhi. She has also done a course in statistics from India Statistical Institute. Here's her take on four questions from Business Line:

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Learning is continuous

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You are only as good as your team

Mr Devendra Saharia is co-founder and president of Ajuba International, a premier global provider of healthcare revenue cycle outsourcing services. Prior to Ajuba, Mr Saharia worked as investment banker in Robertson Stephens, UBS and Merrill Lynch. He did his under- graduation from Grinnell College, Iowa, and MBA from the University of Chicago. Here's his take on four questions from Business Line:

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Outstanding customer service

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Innovation is everything

Mr Balaji Jagannathan was appointed Country Director, India & Sub Continent for Sybase in February 2004. He is responsible for re-establishing Sybase's industry leadership in the region, that includes India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and Pakistan.Prior to joining Sybase, Mr Balaji worked with Computer Associates India as the National Manager for Information Management Solutions for India and SAARC.

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Handle problems in a structured way

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Look at any issue from different angles

Mr Ramakrishna Reddy is one of the founders of Fractal Analytics. An MBA from IIM, Ahmedabad, he has also done his Masters in Political Philosophy from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Here's his take on four questions from Business Line:

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Always be an active participant

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Never promise unless you can deliver

Mr William Bickerdike is Regional Manager (South Asia) of Cambridge International Examinations. Cambridge is at the forefront of India's growing interest in international education. Mr Bickerdike started his overseas educational career as a Teacher of English as a Foreign Language at Manarat al Riyadh School in Saudi Arabia, before joining King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals as a Lecturer in English.

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Knowledge is power

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Look at issues with an open mind and a cool head

Mr Sunny John is Country Manager (India) of Quantum Corporation, a US-based company. Quantum specialises in design, development and manufacture of secondary storage solution products. He is an engineer by qualification. Here's his take on four questions from Business Line:

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Firm decision-making

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Be clear about your objectives

Mr Rajesh Srivastava is Country Director, Meinhardt Consulting Group. An electronics and telecommunication engineer, he is responsible for mega power project negotiations for plant sizes ranging from 50MW to 1000MW. Here's his take on four questions from Business Line:

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Analytical thinking

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Perseverance is the key to success

Mr Mahesh Dyaram is the Co-founder, Director and Chief Technology Officer of Nexge Technologies (P) Ltd, a telecom software product company. He is an MBA from IIM-Calcutta and a B.Tech from IIT-Bombay. He has a rich experience in IT and business, including building real-time network and communication systems. Here's his take on four questions from Business Line:

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Clear communication is key to success

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`Complete the toughest and most boring work first'

Mr Karthik K. S. is Founder and CEO, 24x7 Learning. After his Bachelors in Engineering from REC Kurukshetra, he went on to do his Diploma in Business Management. He has authored several articles on e-learning.

When not in 24x7 Learning he can be seen helping slum children get better education through a non-profit organisation, Tvesha, which he has founded.

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The importance of contribution

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The potential to learn from mistakes is enormous

Mr Suri Venkat is COO of Sify Ltd. He passed out from Delhi University with an Honours Degree in Economics, and then did his Masters in Human Resource Management from XLRI, Jamshedpur. Here's his take on four questions from Business Line:

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Positive attitude

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Everyone wants to succeed

Mr Shiv Agrawal is CEO, ABC Consultants. With its roots in management consulting, the firm has brought in a consulting approach to recruitment as well. Mr Agrawal is an MBA from London Business School. Here's his take on four questions from Business Line:

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Aiming high and Perseverance

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Aim high

Mr Abhishek Khaitan is the Managing Director of Radico Khaitan Ltd. Focussing on excellence, he has been instrumental in powering the company to its current leadership position. With his background in engineering and a financial management degree from Harvard, he infused best practices into the company. Here's his take on four questions from Business Line:

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