Monday, January 28, 2008

There’s always more than one side to a story

The best lessons come from major failures
Karishma Vaswani is the first Mumbai-based business correspondent to report for BBC World and presents India Business Report, BBC World’s business programme dedicated to examining the issues of trade, business and economics in India. She studied English and American Literature at Warwick University in England. Before joining BBC World in 2003, she worked at CNBC Asia, as an assistant producer for three years. Here’s her take on four questions from Business Line:

Two things that my education/ training taught me:
Never stop learning — be it a professor or a child in the playground!

Monday, January 21, 2008

Hope for the best and prepare for the worst



Dr Kushagra Katariya is the CEO of Artemis Health Sciences. Dr Katariya, a cardiothoracic surgeon who trained and practised in the US for the past 18 years, returned to India to start this new healthcare company which opened its first hospital in Gurgaon five months ago. His interests include off pump cardiac surgery, thoracic oncology and health care development and research. Here’s his take on four questions from Business Line:

Two things that my education/training taught me:

Hope for the best and prepare for the worst. This works well whether one thinks of cardiothoracic surgery or entrepreneurial ventures. It allows you to continue to strive for better than what you expect while making sure that no derailing surprises occur.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

A true leader constantly pushes the envelope

Inquiry more important than outcome



Mr G B Prabhat is Founder and CEO of Anantara Solutions.
He is a prolific writer of business articles dealing with competitiveness, IT, business processes, organisational culture and leadership. His book on managing in the new world order, The 3D competitive space: Managing in the New Economy , was published in 1997. His articles and reviews have appeared in a number of international and national journals, including Harvard Business Review and publications of The American Association of Artificial Intelligence. Prabhat is also a writer of fiction. His first novel, Chains, was published in November 2000 to critical acclaim and his second novel, Eimona, was published in 2006 to complimentary reviews. Here’s his take on four questions from Business Line:



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Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Life is full of compromises. Be ready to give a bit if you want to gain a lot

Get a solid grip on fundamental concepts

H.V. Ananda is the Managing Director of Synplicity India and holds a doctoral degree after an ME in Electrical Communication engineering from IISc, Bangalore. He has over 34 years of experience in the field of semiconductor technology and design. He is a senior member of IEEE and has been a member of several committees set up by the government to oversee development of microelectronics in the country. Here’s his take on four questions from Business Line :

Two things that my education/ training taught me:
Hard work will always pay.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Be ready to run the extra mile

Be honest and forthright

Ms Poonam Chandel is the Chief Operating Officer of Cobra Indian Beer Pvt Ltd. A gold medallist at the International Institute of Management Studies, Shimla, she has made Cobra the fastest growing beer brand in India. Here’s her take on four questions from Business Line:

Two things that my education/training taught me:

Be humble when it comes to learning — admit when you don’t know, only then will others want to teach you.

While answering queries be as simple and methodical as possible.