Highly successful people live and swear by certain time-tested rules which they set for themselves. Marketing wizard Suhel Seth and business journalist Sunny Sen distil learnings from 21 of the most influential business leaders of this century on what it takes to create some of the biggest and most powerful companies of not only India, but also of the world. The czars of Indian business - Ratan Tata, Mukesh Ambani, Adi Godrej, Sunil Bharti Mittal, Kumar Mangalam Birla, Sanjiv Goenka, Deepak Parekh, Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Analjit Singh, Naresh Goyal, Kishore Biyani, P.R.S. 'Bikky' Oberoi, K.P. Singh, Aditya Puri, Atul Singh, Adil Zainulbhai, Rahul Sharma, Kunal Bahl, Pawan Munjal, Rajiv Memani and Aditya Ghosh - profiled in this volume have achieved extraordinary success in running companies ranging from manufacturing and banking to infrastructure and IT and consulting. From Mukesh Ambani who exhorts, 'Don't target just growth, target exponential growth,' and Ratan Tata telling you to 'Challenge the unchallenged,' to Sunil Mittal encouraging 'Thinking transformational, not incremental,' and Kumar Mangalam Birla's reality check that 'Your attitude determines your altitude,' this book is required listening for anyone who wants to know how to succeed. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Shriram Iyer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/028644/bk_adbl_028644_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Do you have the eyes, the ears, and the hands to be a Nanovator? You’re about to find out. In India, entire families—too poor to afford a car—crowd onto a single motor scooter every day to brave the tangled traffic lurching through the streets. One evening Tata Motor’s venerable chairman Ratan Tata witnessed something on those rain-soaked streets that both horrified him and birthed a dream: an overloaded scooter lost traction in a busy intersection and sent several members of the family tumbling across the pavement. In that moment Nanovation took root in Tata’s imagination. The very idea was supposed to be impossible. A safe and appealing family car for the price of a motor scooter? The experts dismissed it. But Ratan Tata was undeterred. When budget constraints, design restrictions, the rising costs of materials, and political agitation threatened to derail the project, Team Nano pressed on. This is the story of how, in the face of insurmountable odds, Tata Motors created one of the greatest innovations in the auto industry since the Model-T. Nanovation has disrupted an entire industry and changed the game for India forever. Imagine what it can do for your business. Is your company changing the way society functions? What's your Nanovative idea? It's time get moving! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dean Gallagher. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/oasi/000930/bk_oasi_000930_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Veteran adman and author Ambi Parameswaran has relied on one process of learning above all others: powerful conversations with clients and customers. A challenging customer, in his view, goes from being someone who poses an obstacle to quality work to someone with eye-opening ideas and concepts. Approached as an exercise in listening and learning, these conversations can become long-term lessons. Ambi has worked with some of the most respected brands and names in the Indian corporate world, and each of those assignments were for him masterclasses in leadership development. In this book, Ambi recounts conversations with some of the most iconic business leaders, such as Ratan Tata, Azim Premji, S. Ramadorai, Karsanbhai Patel, M. Damodaran, Dr V. Kurien and many others. He soaked up these conversations, in his own words, 'like a sponge’. This book is an attempt to walk us through some of those dialogues - both the illuminating and the difficult aspects of them - to help us understand how they were learning sessions. For anyone looking at turbocharging their business and career, the ‘Sponge Process’ that emphasises listening is a radical new way of engaging with clients and customers. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ranjan Kamath. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/051989/bk_adbl_051989_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
“Every girl has a guy that she won't stop loving, and every guy has a girl that he won't stop fighting for.” Myra loves Kairav, and she does not even remember since when! Not just his best friend, she is also his partner in a successful dream start-up. Kairav has broken up again and turns to Myra for relief. His broken heart needs the tender love of a friend to mend. While Myra has loved him forever, Kairav cannot seem to see her more than a best friend. Time is running out, and she needs to take control of her life before it's too late. And it's not like she does not have choices - there is Akhil, who would commit to her the moment she says yes; and Ratan, who would like to woo her to the altar. Except that Kairav objects to her admirers, much to her annoyance. She has always been around, and the thought of losing her scares him no end. Can Myra break out of her going-nowhere relationship with Kairav? Will she let her mind win over her heart? Will Kairav ever figure out a relationship beyond his no-commitment status, to discover the girl he loves? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tavish Bhattacharyya. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/050326/bk_adbl_050326_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
We will soon be able to meet and exceed the basic needs of every man, woman, and child on the planet. Abundance for all is within our grasp. This bold, contrarian view, backed up by exhaustive research, introduces our near-term future, where exponentially growing technologies and three other powerful forces are conspiring to better the lives of billions of people. This book is an antidote to pessimism by tech-entrepreneur-turned-philanthropist Peter H. Diamandis and award-winning science writer Steven Kotler. Since the dawn of humanity, a privileged few have lived in stark contrast to the hardscrabble majority. Conventional wisdom says this gap cannot be closed. But it is closing - fast. The authors document how four forces - exponential technologies, the DIY innovator, the technophilanthropist, and the rising billion - are conspiring to solve our biggest problems. Abundance establishes hard targets for change and lays out a strategic road map for governments, industry, and entrepreneurs, giving us plenty of reason for optimism. Examining human need by category - water, food, energy, health care, education, and freedom - Diamandis and Kotler introduce dozens of innovators making great strides in each area: Larry Page, Stephen Hawking, Dean Kamen, Daniel Kahneman, Elon Musk, Bill Joy, Stewart Brand, Jeff Skoll, Ray Kurzweil, Ratan Tata, Craig Venter, and many, many others. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Arthur Morey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/002461/bk_tant_002461_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Peerless Minds brings together the finest minds that sustain India as a riveting and relentless idea. The exceptional life stories featured in this book reaffirm the truth that the luckiest of nations are the ones that continue to be rebuilt and reimagined by peerless minds. S. Prasannarajan, editor, Open magazine)Three Nobel Prize winners. Two Bharat Ratnas. Three Knights of the British Empire. A Pulitzer Prize winner. A two-time Best of the Bookers winner. An Abel Prize winner. A Pritzker Prize winner. A Fields Medallist. Two Fukuoka Prize winners. A Turner Prize winner. Two Praemium Imperiale recipients. A double Academy Award winner. Many Padma Vibhushans and Padma Bhushans. But that is not why these people are really here. They are here because they, as Indians and people of Indian origin, have had extraordinary achievements and have inspired, each in their own way, a generation of Indians. Here you will find, among others, economist Amartya Sen; authors V. S. Naipaul and Salman Rushdie; mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik; philanthropist Azim Premji; mathematician Manjul Bhargava; from the world of music, Annapurna Devi, Lata Mangeshkar and Zubin Mehta; industrialist Ratan Tata; sculptor Anish Kapoor; architect Balkrishna Doshi; spymaster A. S. Dulat; historian Irfan Habib; Michelin-starred chef Vikas Khanna; poet Javed Akhtar; and stand-up comic Hasan Minhaj. In conversation with them are authors and journalists such as James Astill, Prannoy Roy, Vir Sanghvi, Aatish Taseer, Shereen Bhan, Karan Mahajan, Rajdeep Sardesai, Khalid Mohamed, Priya Khanchandani, Indu Bhan and Anil Dharker. A fascinating collection of long-form interviews with some of the greatest minds and biggest achievers of our time, Peerless Minds is a book to be cherished and preserved. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Siddhanta Pinto. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/054875/bk_adbl_054875_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Winner of the Gaja Capital Business Book Prize 2019The 19th century was an exciting time of initiative and enterprise around the world. If John D. Rockefeller was creating unimagined wealth in the United States that he would put to the service of the nation, a Parsi family with humble roots was doing the same in India. In 1822, a boy was born in a priestly household in Gujarat's Navsari village. Young Nusserwanji knew early on that his destiny lay beyond his village and decided to head for Bombay to start a business - the first in his family to do so. He had neither higher education nor knowledge of business matters, just a burning passion to carve a path of his own. What Nusserwanji started as a cotton trading venture, his son Jamsetji, born in the same year as Rockefeller, grew into a multifaceted business, turning around sick textile mills, setting up an iron and steel company, envisioning a cutting-edge institute of higher learning, building a world-class hotel, and earning himself the title of the 'Bhishma Pitamah of Indian Industry'. Stewarded ably over the decades by Jamsetji's sons, Dorabji and Ratanji, the charismatic and larger-than-life JRD, and thereafter the more businesslike Ratan, the Tata group today is a $110 billion empire. The Tatas is their story. But it is more than just a history of the industrial house; it is an inspiring account of India in the making. It chronicles how each generation of the family invested not only in the expansion of its own business interests but also in nation building. Few know, for instance, that the first hydel power project in the world was conceived of and built by the Tatas. Nor that some radical labour concepts such as eight-hour work shifts were born in India, at the Tata mill in Nagpur. The Tata Cancer Research Centre, the Indian Institute of Science, the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, and the national carrier Air India - the family has a long, rich and unrivalled l 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rajiv Dadia. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/054885/bk_adbl_054885_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.