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Digital

As we move from an Industrial era with linear supply chains and long shelf-life to a Digital era with interconnected ecosystems and ephemeral shelf-lives of ideas and products, the rules of the game are shifting. This requires leaders to rewire themselves and start behaving very differently. And this change can be hard. Perspectives around how we should deal with the Digital Tsunami. 


Authenticity

As we move into a Digital world where leaders are a lot more “out there”, there is a greater premium on authenticity today than possibly a few years ago. Leaders across fields talk about what the word means to them and how it influences their behaviours and choices. 


Mindfulness

Given we live in a world with exponential increase in content creation and with firms like Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple vying for our attention, it is quite hard to reclaim our own space and attention. In this context, being mindful could be a key differentiator and a competitive advantage. Some leaders talk about how they created that space for themselves amidst the noise.


Resilience

Research by Angela Lee Duckworth (of Wharton) talks about a special blend of passion and commitment that she calls Grit. Leaders from various fields (Armed Forces, Writing, Sport, Entrepreneurship and more) talk about their experiences in cultivating resilience.


Building trust

Becoming a Trusted Advisor is often the holy grail for a lot of Business Advisors. This issue is as relevant for businesses as they think about how their consumers interact with their brand. Leaders talk about what it takes to build trust with an individual.


Coaching

The business world is slowly waking upto the fact that just like in elite sports, there is a tremendous value to be unlocked by having an effective coach for a leader. It is not just about fixing issues but also about enabling the journey from Good to Great. Leaders across disciplines share their insights around how one should pick a coach and get the most out of such a relationship.


Excellence

Learn how individuals from across disciplines have pushed themselves to move to the very top of their field and profession. As we move towards a flattening world with a leveling of the playing field, there is a high risk of being commoditized if we do not strive towards excellence.


Spotting potential

As we move towards a world where intrinsic capabilities count for more and more, how we spot diamonds in the rough is a capability that will begin to matter more and more. This is as relevant for hiring as for investing. Leaders across disciplines share their insights on how they look for raw potential that can then be honed.


Innovation

Leaders discuss how they have adopted “out of the box” approaches in various contexts. They also discuss how they have balanced commerce with creativity.


Culture

Culture eats Strategy for breakfast but how does one build it. Leaders across domains (Academics, Armed Forces, Silicon Valley, Bollywood, Venture Investing) talk about the notion of culture and how they go about building it in their organizations.


Leadership development

“How do I grow” is a question that all of us grapple with. The recipe for success is also changing as we move from an Industrial paradigm to a Digital paradigm. This is all the more pronounced in a start-up context where the job outgrows you very quickly. Successful leaders talk about the role of mentors, coaching, listening and more in scaling up one’s capability.


Lessons from another domain

What can the world of business learn about communicating intent from the Army? How is handling customer feedback similar to how a Stand up comedian handles heckling? What are the parallels between business strategy and chess? What can the world of business learn from other worlds?


Communication

Communication and story-telling is at the essence of building culture in an organization. Lessons from an ad-guru, mythologist, armed forces officer, motivational speaker and more about how one could think about narrating compelling stories.


Personal brand

This is not a new concept but as we hurtle towards a world where the Gig Economy will be a key structural component of the economy in addition to large organizations, how we build our personal brand is something every leader needs to be thinking about. What can we learn from how Businesses build brands? How does that need to change in the digital world?


Women leadership

The fact that we don’t have enough women leaders in the Board room is well understood. Leaders share their perspectives on what needs to happen across various stages (education, maternity, late career) for women to rise to the very top.


Judgment

Judgment is a key trait that differentiates the great leaders from the average ones. How do you make decisions and exercise choices in a world full of options and grey areas with multiple stakeholders around you. In addition, the playlist has nuggets that discuss how one creates a climate for the people around you to exercise good judgment.


Hiring

Staffing up your leadership team thoughtfully is one of the key roles of a leader. However, the paradigm for hiring in the digital world is changing as we move towards a world where intrinsics are beginning to matter more and more. Leaders across domains share their insights on how one could hire effectively.


What they don't teach you in a B School

In a resource-scarce country like India, it requires tremendous hard-work coupled with a blinkered focus to get to institutions of repute. However, individuals need to broaden their perspective and horizons once they get through the gates and prepare for their life ahead. Leaders share their wisdom around what they would do differently with the wisdom of hindsight.


Influencing

Leaders reflect on what it takes to get the ideas in your head to a wider set of people and drive buy-in. Its often a function of being tactful about listening to what the various stakeholders want, getting a sense of when the timing is right and driving the change you want by influencing the various constituents. 


Mentorship

As we go through our journeys, it is critical to learn from mentors who can guide us, inspire us and push us towards our potential. Leaders share how they have thought about the notion of a Personal Board of Advisors and have benefited from it through their journey. 


Curiosity

"A Curious Mind” by Brian Grazer (Oscar winning Producer of movies like A Beautiful Mind and Apollo 13) was the inspiration behind the Play to Potential Podcast. In this playlist, Leaders reflect about the role of curiosity and how it has helped them in their journeys. As Alvin Toffler says, the Illiterate of the 21st Century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.


Driving Change

Ability to drive change in an organisation is one of the critical Leadership Competencies for a CEO today, given  more and more is getting done at the intersection of different ecosystems, and a large portion of value add is not directly under the leader’s control but in the wider realm of influence. In this segment, leaders talk about how they drove change through a complex system/organization. 


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Parenting

Discussions around the role that parenting plays in shaping who we are and our beliefs, habits, behaviours and mindsets. Leaders share their personal experiences around how a lot of who they are got baked in their early years.


Formative years

Discussions around how the leaders were influenced by the climate in which they grew up and how that has impacted them as individuals and the choices they have made as they have gone about their journeys


Early career

We live in a world of abundance of choices and that can be disconcerting and paralyzing. Leaders across fields talk about how individuals should think about some of their early career moves including the very first job that they need to think of when they graduate from an educational institution.


Mid career

Some leaders talk about how they changed course from one trajectory to another mid-career. This can be an unnerving passage of play where there is a chance of the individual feeling “stuck”.


Boards

Leaders share their perspectives on what it takes to be an effective Board member. They also discuss, how leaders should think about Board roles and make choices around which Boards they could potentially get into.


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Insights on career paths

There’s nothing like learning about a path from somebody who has walked it. Professionals across backgrounds (Sports, Law, Banking, Consulting, Investing, Academia, Stand-up, Consumer Goods, Politics, Market Research, Entrepreneurship, Advertising etc.) talk about the path, the highs and the lows and share nuanced views on how people should think about traversing that path.


Entrepreneurship

We are seeing a renaissance when it comes to entrepreneurship in this country. But it is not an easy ride. Leaders speak about how individuals should think about taking the plunge to entrepreneurship, how they could pick co-founders, their approach to scaling up their leadership muscle and more. 


Writing

Authors talk about what it takes to pursue a career in writing and provide a reality check around what people should expect when they plan to write a book. They also talk about the innovative methods they have adopted in marketing the books


Sport

Accomplished sportsmen like Vishy Anand, Viren Rasquinha and Vijay Amritraj talk about how they thought about Sport as a career. It can be a low-odds profession and it is critical to be thoughtful about taking the plunge and committing fully to Sport. 


Consumer goods

Leaders from the FMCG world talk about the questions individuals should ask themselves before they pursue a career in Consumer Goods. In a B-School context, some of the other domains like Banking and Consulting can seem glamorous in the short-run. They provide a longer term view on how a career plays out in the Consumer Goods world.


Academics

Insight from the world of academics on the realities of the path and the nature of questions individuals should ask themselves before they pursue a career in that direction. It is interesting to notice that excellence in academics in schooling and under graduation is not necessarily a predictor of excellence in the world of academia.


Politics

Insight into the realities of the political journey and the challenges when one transitions from the world of


Consulting

Leaders talk about how individuals should think about a career in Management Consulting and contrast it against options like Investment Banking. They also talk about transition pitfalls when people from Consulting  move to newer domains.


Venture Investing

Leaders from the Venture Investing space talk about what it takes to be effective in Investing and how effective investors provide support to the entrepreneur without intruding. They also talk about transition pitfalls when people come into this industry from other domains like Consulting and Investment Banking.


Investment banking

Banking is one of the more lucrative careers that individuals go after when they complete an MBA. Some of the leaders who have walked the path, talk about the realities of life in Banking and how “what good looks like” shifts as you grow in the profession.


Law

What questions should we ask ourselves before we consider a career in law? What is that one distinctive trait that people should have for them to flourish as a lawyer. What are the options that open up when you start out with a career in law? Perspectives on some of the questions above.


Market research

What does it take to flourish in a career in Market Research. Let us learn from one of the experts in this domain.


Advertising

What are the inherent traits one should possess to pursue a career in Advertising? What differentiates the iconic ads from the average ones? Let us learn from somebody who has walked the path.


Private equity

Insights into Private Equity as a profession, what it takes to flourish and the secret sauce towards excellence in this profession. Sometimes it can be the little things that can make all the big differences.


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Reinventing self

“How do I stay relevant” is a question that all of us have to grapple with as we go through our respective journeys. Careers aren’t linear any more. Some of the leaders talk about how they managed to pivot during their journeys and significantly change trajectories.


Navigational principles

Leaders discuss their personal frameworks around how they made choices around pivotal moments in their lives. They articulate the set of criteria we should consider having when we are at a fork on the road and have to pick between disparate options. Arguably one of the most critical skills of the future as we navigate a world of abundance.


Settling into a new context

Figuring out “where to go” is only a part of the challenge for leaders in transition. How you land effectively in a new context is as critical. Hair line cracks often become full blown fractures if not attended to carefully. Leaders talk about some key lessons Individuals could bear in mind as they transition across contexts (Army to Business world, US to India, MNC to Family Business, Consulting to Industry/Investing etc.)


Leadership transitions

Perspectives around moving from one role from another especially while moving from Functional Leadership to General Management; Leaders also talk about how they thought about inter-generational transition as business owners.


Inflection points

Inflection points are when the notion of “what got you here won’t get you there” hold. Whether it is a company moving from a start-up to a scale-up or a leader moving from a CXO to a CEO role, these passages of play have to be navigated carefully as there is a high risk of derailment.


Executive to NED

Leaders talk about how Senior Executives need to think about being effective in a Board context. This often involves a rewiring of their mindsets in terms of being clear around who they are accountable to and where their loyalties lie and a shift in the way they interact with a group of people to drive outcomes, something that can be hard for a lot of people.


Boards

Leaders share their perspectives on what it takes to be an effective Board member. They also discuss, how leaders should think about Board roles and make choices around which Boards they could potentially get into.


Maternity Transition

It is well understood that maternity is a key inflection where there is leakage in the leadership pipeline. Women leaders talk about hard choices and trade-offs that women have to make but also offer perspectives on how they could think about Maternity & Career rather than making an Either/Or choice. 


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Social Impact

Leaders across domains talk about how they have thought about Social Impact and where the seeds of giving were sown. They discuss their approach to philanthropy and the underlying principles they have used to get to what they are doing now.


Views on success

Leaders talk about how they have recalibrated the notion of what success means to them. This is often a moving target and one has to constantly evolve it as we go through our respective journeys. They also discuss how this thinking has helped them make a more robust “where to go” decision when they were at an inflection point. 


Pursuing your passion

“Follow your heart” is an advice that is commonly doled out to individuals that are trying to make career choices. However, the reality is little more nuanced. People who have followed their heart talk about how they have weaved it into their lives or in some cases, how they have been pragmatic about taking the plunge.


Staying relevant

How do we stay relevant as we go through our journey is something that keeps a lot of us awake. This is both in the context of refreshing and rejuvenating ourselves over time and also ensuring that our skills and capabilities are fit for purpose in the world we live in and the future of work.


Gig economy

Going solo and configuring a portfolio of initiatives is a lot more feasible today than it was a decade or two back. Leaders talk about their experience in getting the timing right in moving from a Corporate Environment to doing Gigs. They also talk about what it takes to identify your unique playground and flourish in the gig economy including how you build trust – something that doesn’t get spoken about the in the discussions around the flattening world and reduced transaction costs.


Managing time

Money is a renewable resource, time is not. Leaders share their wisdom around how they have thought about their time and gravitated towards initiatives that yield the maximum Return on Time Invested (ROTI). They also discuss how the pie chart of time has evolved with changes in context.


Work and Life

Leaders talk about how they think of work and life and manage to juggle the two. No universal answer here but a glimpse into how different people have framed this in their heads and have dealt with it. We all need to find what works for us individually.


In Summary - Playing to potential

This playlist captures the essence of what the speaker is trying to say in their conversation. In a way, it captures the key principles with which they have approached life which has brought them to where they are today. They share their perspectives on the mindset we need to adopt as we navigate through life.


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