My articles in Business World (BW)

Three articles (!) published in Business World.

The first is on how family businesses need to stay relevant especially in todays fast changing environments, which are threatening the erstwhile stable businesses. I have taken the example of how some companies have coped with this.

The second is on family members stepping down in favour of professionals and how this would help companies grow, inspired by the recent activities in Asian Paints.

The third article discusses how to raise the next generation in business families.


Global Family Business Social Media Influencers

Just found out that I had been ranked 30 in the Family Business Influencers Global Power List .  This list is described as ” Family Business Social Media TOP 100. Recognising the most powerful family business influencers on social media around the world.”

The webpage also states:

Family Business United champions the family business sector identifying the people/organisations that are making the most family business noise on social media.

Social media is here to stay and an integral part of the way businesses engage, seek knowledge, build brands and communicate.  The Family Business Influencers Global Power List uses social media activity to create a league table of those with the greatest presence/influence and is updated weekly.”


Changing profile of family businesses

An article in on Ferrero speaks on how the famous chocolate company is changing. It also refers to Nestle and Lindt changing accordingly in tune with the more health-conscious new customer requirements.

A thought provoking article, for all family businesses to think, how do we remain relevant in today’s times?


My first French Media Mention!

Ok, so a small start, with my first French media mention , in the magazine Afrique Mediterane Business, a french magazine published for African regions. My thoughts on the Tata issue (ok, this was done some time ago).  My name appears on page two.


Notes from Cebu

I was invited to be a speaker on family business for the family business owners at Cebu last weekend. My topic was legacies in family business and what families need to do, to ensure that they can sustain their legacies.

While the talk was well received, I was fascinated at the cultural similarities in the ways families behave. I found remarkable parallels that one could derive between Indian families and those in the South East Asia region. It was an honour to be speaking in the same forum as Her Excellency Leni Robredo, The Vice President of the Philippines and Joni Aboitiz, a fifth generation family member.

Was touched by the warm reception and the fascinating experience of addressing a packed hall of entrepreneurs from all over South East Asia!

My comments on the Visionary Cipla One vote

Ok I must confess that this piece in BusinessLine was somewhat not quite recent, but highly overdue.

This took some time to get the research, but I consider this as a fascinating story of how one family patriarch, Y Hamied of Cipla has shown vision in ensuring the longevity of his firm.

This is not new, and the Japanese have been doing this already for centuries, resulting in perhaps some of the oldest firms in the world still being Japanese. But the fact that this has been done in India within the purview of the law, to secure the single largest shareholder is a first.


The Tata Sons – Cyrus Mistry affair is just another day in business….family business

Apologies for the late response, was terribly tied up with a lot of stuff, and lots to write about, so let’s get started!

I maintain that the Tata sons-Cyrus Mistry matter is a family issue and my opinions in the Economic Times. I have given my reasons why this matter is all about values in this article.

I have co-authored a case on this matter, which I have used jointly in the 2 year MBA program with fascinating results. The students were expected to understand the viewpoints and pressures of all the stakeholders! Very valuable learnings and a whole lot of fun…. especially when the Students representing the community decided to move away from the script, and staged a walkout from class…. We had to go running after them to continue the rest of the class!

Going further on this, my other article in Forbes Online (in the thought leadership Section) talks about the learnings from this, for family businesses. After all, if this can happen in the most reputed family firm in the country, amongst probably the most qualified and competent people around, what have you done to prevent this from happening in your family firm?