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Expert advice is crucial to building a successful career. And who better than business leaders R. Gopalakrishnan and Partha S. Basu to speak on how to navigate the complex and tricky corporate world. Valuable lessons in business and people management from two of the most respected names in the business. What the CEO Really Wants from You: There are many books on leadership and how to lead. What the CEO Really Wants from You addresses the one key question that is uppermost in the mind of any manager: What should he or she do to make the boss a partner rather than perceive the boss as an extractor of work or an adversary? As Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever, points out in his foreword, partnerships with others, but above all, with your direct boss and organization, are more important than ever before. Few people are so well qualified as R. Gopalakrishnan to guide us on this journey. This is a book that will be of immense value to all managers, and one that just might evoke pragmatic answers to the question of what the CEO really expects from the team. Mid-Career Crisis: Remember your placement season? There might have been friends you graduated with. You got more or less the same marks, and joined the same organization as trainees. Now, mid-career, you wonder why some of them have powered ahead while the rest are stuck with old responsibilities and designations. You cannot understand what it is that those who continue to grow are doing differently, what it is that helps them reach the top while others fall behind. Superior knowledge, sharper skills, or just sheer luck? Our mid-career is characterized by several questions that start bothering us: Should we stay put and grow, or quit and move to a better-paying, bigger profile? Are we leaders or followers? Should we continue drawing salaries or build our dream start-ups? Shaken by confusion, the self-confidence of our early years changes into misery--and, eventually, a crisis.
About the Author
Mangte Chungneijang Mary Kom is a boxer, a World Champion five times over and winner of an Olympic bronze in 2012 - the first time that women's boxing was part of the Olympic Games. Vijay Santhanam was born in Madras. He studied at the University of Roorkee (now Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee) and the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad. His career spanning twenty-one years included senior marketing roles with Procter & Gamble and BP. Having planned for and happily taken early retirement from corporate life, Vijay is now able to pursue his passions wholeheartedly: writing, teaching, following sports and other interests. His latest book, My Stroke of Luck: Alphabet to Author, was first published by Hay House India in June 2013 while the second edition was published by a Singapore-based publisher, House of Rose Professional, in January 2015. Vijay is also a visiting professor at IIM Lucknow. He is currently based in Guangzhou, China. His Twitter handle is @santhanamvijay. Shyam Balasubramanian is a graduate of IIT Kharagpur and IIM Ahmedabad. He spent his childhood in Bombay (now Mumbai) and lived just fifteen minutes away from the Wankhede stadium. His passions are writing, following cricket and decoding game tactics across sports. This book offered him an opportunity to pursue all three areas. He also follows international football and tennis, usually at the expense of sleep. He thinks cricket teams could borrow tactics from some of these sports to win in certain game situations, and thinks that much more rigorous statistical and performance measures can be implemented. He is deeply interested in the 'business' side of sport, including sports franchise profitability and monetization of sports properties.Shyam has two decades of business experience in different parts of the world: India, South-East Asia, UK and the US. His twitter handle is @shyam__bala Makarand Waingankar is one of India's most widely read cricket columnists, best known for blending meticulous research with his own experience of a life lived on the cricket fields of India. Journalist, columnist, researcher, talent-spotter and administrator, he wears a multitude of hats, each of which fits snugly on his head. He launched the Talent Resource Development Wing (TRDW) on behalf of the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) in 2002 and the TRDW has since been responsible for taking many small-town players to the national stage, including current India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. In fact, seven such players were part of the 2011 World Cup winning team. Makarand has also been CEO of Baroda Cricket Association and Consultant to Karnataka State Cricket Association's academy.