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The secret cultural advantage of Indian firms

The secret cultural advantage of Indian firms

Fast growing international Indian firms have a built-in cultural advantage. It hardly seems apparent to their rivals in the west. The competitors’ perception is wrong and has cost them dear. Many have lost out to highly competitive Indian companies. Blaming this loss of business on cheap labour, a plethora of […]

Keeping the sustainability plate spinning

Keeping the sustainability plate spinning

All company directors and leaders juggle many plates, all spinning simultaneously. One of the most challenging plates is labelled “Sustainability” and is about ways of affecting all company activities. It is also about achieving corporate ethical respectability. But what does sustainability mean in practice? How do leaders and managers know […]

When executives become Malware

When executives become Malware

“I see this as the most damaging event for our brand in the company’s 140-year history…I don’t think these problems can be overcome overnight.” The picture of Toshiba’s CEO making a ritual deep bow of contrition while cameras whirred and flashed has gone round the world. Hisao Tinaka resigned most […]

What is ethical leadership and does it matter?

What is ethical leadership and does it matter?

Let’s talk about noodles! Food giant Nestle in India, is currently battling to preserve its instant noodles brand Maggi. This is a long-standing favourite of millions of consumers. Surprising evidence the noodles contained unsafe levels of lead and traces of monosodium glutamate (MSG) has proved a direct challenge to the […]

How to predict the future

How to predict the future

Financial managers got it wrong. As a group they confidently expected a “yes” vote in Greece. Hardly a triumph of peering round the corners of the future. They joined the shamed pollsters of the UK’s recent general election, in which all the main poll services failed miserably to predict the result, […]

Speak up, or fail as a leader!

Speak up, or fail as a leader!

Leaders sometimes speak up. Ethical business leaders most definitely speak up, though not enough do. A sure way to fail as a leader in today’s demanding corporate environment is to keep quiet when you should be doing the opposite. Speak up about what though? How far should progressive business leaders […]