Shankar Meembat

Entrepreneur and Business Leader

Entries for the ‘Leadership’ Category

Reward is proportional to Risk

No pain; no gain is another way of putting it. There are different ways of investing your money. Put it in a fixed deposit and you can be sure it is there pretty much intact always. Invest it into stocks, securities and the like; you can expect an increase in your wealth. But it can […]

Strategy is about what you don’t do

Continuing from my post on basic rules. Here’s something I have found people forget. Most of us have either worked on strategies or have been presented them. I am willing to bet that in the vast majority of cases, the strategy set out what and how something was going to be done. I’d challenge that. […]

I have failed ! And because of that, so has my company

Note : This is a externalised version of a post on the Internal blog. So, colleagues who have have read that, please bear with me. If you are reading this, I hope it was because the title was provocative enough. Thanks. Was my failure really the reason for failure in my company ? You decide. While […]

Value of my MBA

After I completed my MBA, other aspirants used to frequently ask me about the value I got from my MBA. I usually answered with a smile – “The biggest gain is that when someone now bulls**ts me, I can confidently bulls**t back”. That answer would have probably applied to the outcome of my engineering degree […]

Managing growth

Nokia CEO, Stephen Elop’s burning platform memo and Cisco CEO John Chamber’s internal memo highlight examples where companies have fallen victim to their own success.  Every business wants to grow year on year. Is there a saturation in growth, though ? Is saturation the easily explainable reason for these challenges ? While one might be tempted to attribute stagnation to […]

Leading by Example on social

Given that my job requires my team to be responsible for interacting with a community (developers) that is social savvy, I have been wondering the implications of the same on my personal participation in social media. The recent 1000 heads article (Leading by example) provided some serious food for thought. Clearly, we  “listen” to the social […]