"Genius is in-born, may it never be still-born."

"Oysters, irritated by grains of sand, give birth to pearls. Brains, irritated by curiosity, give birth to ideas."

"Brainpower is the bridge to the future; it is what transports you from wishful thinking to willful doing."

"Unless you keep learning & growing, the status quo has no status."

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


Dilip Mukerjea has presented his unique splash map (A4- as well as A3, & even A2-sized) on leadership to Dr Ram Charan, internationally acclaimed success coach to Fortune 500 CEOs, when the latter delivered the 28th SIM (Singapore Institute of Management) Annual Management Lecture on 'Leadership in the Raging Economic Cyclone: New Rules for Thriving in Difficult Times & Beyond', in Singapore on 12th August 2009.

Dr Charan has gladly autographed the splash map. He has asked Dilip to mail a copy to him.

Among other great books, Dr Charan is the author of 'Leadership in the Era of Economic Uncertainty', which I had already reviewed in an earlier post in the 'Optimum Performance Technologies' weblog.

For a quick overview of Dr Charan's brilliant thoughts on leadership, in addition to what is in the splash map, please read my earlier post, 'Leadership Skills for the 21st Century', in the 'Optimum Performance Technologies' weblog.

Dilip shares a very interesting snippet about Dr Charan, which has been reported once by Fast Company:

"Ram Charan lives nowhere and goes everywhere, consulting for the largest and most powerful companies seven days a week, 365 days a year. Work is all he does, and all he wants to do. But even more than his dedication, it's his insights that have won him the ear of hundreds of top managers...

Ram Charan is a knight errant of the 21st century, choosing to live nowhere and go everywhere in his quest to help businesses solve their thorniest conundrums. He does not own a home--or even rent one--has no nuclear family or significant material possessions, and he has his assistants FedEx his clean clothes to him. He doesn't play golf or vie for the best tables at power lunch spots. Irresistibly drawn to the corporate world's danger zones, he is in perpetual motion, working for the largest and most powerful companies seven days a week, 365 days a year. Most people would call such an existence bizarre, but for Charan, it's the ideal life.

"I tell you, I am a lucky man," he says, brown eyes sparkling like his ever-present cuff links. "I get to do what I love to do."

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