Personal accounts of 50 of India's "wise" men and women - the country's biggest corporate leaders. Each one of them writes about the advice that worked for them. What is
important to note is that they chose which advice they wanted to follow,
and profited from it.
Anil Agarwal, Chairman, Vedanta Resources says two pieces of advice from my father have remained the guiding force of my journey.
Piramal Group Chairman Ajay Piramal says he got the best advice from the Bhagwad Gita which advocates the concept of Trusteeship.
Anji Reddy, Chairman, Dr Reddy's Labs got the best advcie from a guide book for chemistry practical exams written by a professor in VR College, Nellore
Y.M. Deosthalee, CMD, L&T Finance Holdings Ltd says the greatest learning I had during my tenure as the CFO of L&T is risk management and taking bold decisions.
Y.C. Deveshwar, Chairman, ITC Limited says the best advice he has received is to listen to his inner voice.
Shivinder Singh, Vice Chairman, Fortis Healthcare says he didn't heed the best advice initially till life beat him into realising that he should follow it.
The chairman of Godrej Group says the best advice he ever got was from his mother, who put him on an
allowance from which he had to manage every expenditure.
N.R. Narayana Murthy, Chairman Emeritus, Infosys says he learnt one of the most important lessons from his favourite teachers.
IndusInd Bank Romesh Sobti got the best advice from one of his bosses at Grindlays Bank that success is not only the consequence of our individual skills and determination but also an enabling social and professional ecosystem which we tend to abandon as we move up in life.
Canaan Partners India's Alok Mittal says the best advice came to him multiple times from the same person - the late Arun Kumar, then Managing Director of Aricent.
BankBazaar.com's Adhil Shetty got the best advice from a fellow entrepreneur who said that one should treat investment in a company as if it were a loan from the company treasury.
Sasha Mirchandani, Founder & MD, KAE Capital says one of the key drivers for me to start my own fund was the desire to create something of my own.
Bajaj Auto Rajiv Bajaj says the best advice that I ever got was upon reading The Organon of Medicine by Dr Samuel Hahnemann.
Shiv Nadar, Founder & Chairman, HCL and Shiv Nadar Foundation, says he got the best advice from late C.K. Prahalad
Emami's R.S. Agarwal says he got his best advice from Sri R.S. Goenka
Subhash Chandra Chairman, Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd & Essel Group says the best advices helped him gain credibility.
Mehul Choksi, CMD, Gitanjali Group says he will always treasure the advice that he got from his father in those early days: "Combine professionalism with instinct, and don't be afraid to experiment and try out new ideas."
Deepak Ravindran, Co-founder & CEO, Innoz says advice is free - never take too much but take a handful.
Meher Pudumjee, Chairperson, Thermax the simple piece of advice has guided her through life.
Schauna Chauhan, CEO, Parle Agro says the best advice I ever got was - Always question everything, before I started working.
Mohammad Imthiaz, Co-founder & CEO, Hoppr says the best advice 'change and persevere' helped him become a successful entrepreneur.
Pankaj R. Patel says the best advice got helped us address the growth aspirations of our people and maximise their talents
Leela Group chairman C.P. Krishnan Nair says the best advice has been my source of inspiration and guidance over the years.
Glenn Saldanha, Chairman & MD, Glenmark Pharma says from all the advice that I ever got, and when I look back at my years, I feel the most important advice given to me was: "Marry the right person."
Ajay Bijli, Chairman & MD, PVR Ltd says he has been fortunate enough to have a group of mentors and inspirational
leaders who have given me a lot of guidance in his journey so far.
Kushagra Nayan Bajaj, Vice Chairman, Bajaj Group says the best advice guides him to keep simpler the business and transaction, making it easier to operate and prosper in today's highly volatile world.
V.G. Siddhartha, Founder, Cafe Coffee Day says the best advice he ever got prompted him to buy coffee estates in Karnataka and diversify investments.
Riyaaz Amlani, MD, Impresario Entertainment & Hospitality says he got the best advice from the Tariq Ansari of Mid-Day.
Vijay Shekhar Sharma, CEO, One97 Communications says the best advice I ever got guided me to the discipline of business planning.
Prashant Tandon, MD & Co-founder, Healthkart.com got the best advices from his entrepreneurship professors at Stanford University who said as a leader, one needs to find the right team.
Anil Gupta, Joint MD, Havells India says the advice given by his father is inspired by the Bhagwad Gita and has helped him during crises.
Krishnan Ganesh, Founder & CEO, TutorVista; CEO, Smarthinking says advices have stood me in good stead for all my business endeavours.
Suzlon Energy Ltd Chairman Tulsi Tanti tried to carry his grandfather's advice in all his endeavours.
Future Group director Ashni Biyani says she stumbled upon best advice in book 'The Element by Ken Robinson'.
Manmohan Agarwal, CEO, Big Shoe Bazaar says the best advice he ever got was from his father.
Gautam Thapar, Chairman & CEO, Avantha Group my mentor - the late Mr Brij Mohan Bakshi - gave me instinctual but insightful advice.
Naveen Tewari, Founder & CEO, InMobi says following the best advice we didn't take up corporate careers and pursued our dream.
Lintas Media Group Chairman and CEO Lynn de Souza says mentors, bosses, colleagues, clients, friends and family have been a great source of advice
Bharat Forge's Chairman and MD Baba Kalyani tells how the best advice helped the company sail through slowdown.
Dhruv Shringi, Co-founder & CEO, Yatra.com says how the best advice he got helped the company gain market share.
Sachin Bansal, CEO & Co-founder, Flipkart.com says this particular advice 'think long-term, act short-term' has helped in these five years of being an entrepreneur.
B.S. Nagesh, Founder, TRRAIN and Vice Chairman, Shoppers Stop says when the slowdown actually hits, most reactions are knee-jerk, and we start seeking advice from everyone other than our truly loyal customers.
99labels.com Co-founder and CEO Ishita Swarup shares her among the best advices she has received is one needs to have patience to weather out storms, and storms don't last.
Azure Power CEO Inderpreet S. Wadhwa says from this advice, I have imbibed persistence, patience and resilience in both my personal and professional life.
Pallav Nadhani, Co-founder & CEO, FusionCharts says the best advice he got 'sleep with your competition' told him to respect your competitors, try to be friends with them outside of work, and look at ways of collaborating with them to increase the market rather than chipping away at each other's market share.
Games2win.com Co-founder & CEO Alok Kejriwal tells how the best advice he got "be yourself. If that means stupidly audacious, then so be it" inspires him.
redBus CEO Phanindra Sama says the best advice he got came form his mentor Sanjay Anandaram who said that it is the senior management that makes an organisation what it is.
Snapdeal CEO Kunal Bahl says the best advice he received from her mother always keeps him honest, and aware that there is limited margin for
treating the task at hand with any degree of levity or any value in
trying to pass the buck to someone else.
K.V. Kamath, Non-Executive Chairman, Infosys and ICICI Bank says the best advice taught me to always challenge the status quo and to not be daunted by a change in orbit.
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