TEN THINGS TO AVOID AS A LEADER

Nearly five years back I did a comprehensive piece on ‘Leadership In The Navy – Past, Present And Future’ and then within a month, having retired from the Indian Navy, I joined a corporate on the civvie street. This article takes into consideration a number of things that I have closely observed in the environment around me. I am convinced that avoiding these things would make a person a much […]

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WE INDIANS, NEVER TOO FAR FROM THE HUMDRUM OF LIFE

We have all studied Abraham Maslow’s pyramid of needs when we were in the school. We know that at the basic level are the Physiological needs, ie, needs of Food, Water, Shelter etc. As Abraham Maslow points out, only when the needs at one level are met that you can go up to the next higher level. To illustrate this, we had a Punjabi anecdote about a beggar being taught […]

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BRIDGING THE GAP AT STAFF COLLEGE

Now that I am on recounting the nostalgic memories of my tenure as a student in Staff College, I cannot forget the experience of the games we used to play there. I tried my hand at Golf and found it curious that they measure ‘handicap‘ in single and double digits. Unlike in cricket, they had no respect for a centurion like me; ugh! I tried my hand at Badminton and […]

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WAQT GAYA, WOH BHI GAYE

चाँद सितारों की तमन्ना ना करते थे हम, सुबह शाम बस तुझ ही पे मरते थे हम. खुदा और शैतान हमारे नज़दीक ना थे, इक तेरी रंजिश ओ बे – इत्मेनानी से ही डरते थे हम. सांस आती थी या नहीं, इसका हमें होश ना था, हर वक़्त तेरे दम की आहें भरते थे हम. हमारी ज़िन्दगी का तुझको तो एहसास ना था , तुझको मिलने के क्या क्या बहाने […]

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THE GREAT WANDERLUST IN STAFF COLLEGE

So finally the Staff Course Special drops you at Mettupalayam station and you travel by bus to Staff College in Wellington (Nilgiris). You marvel at the beauty of the blue mountains with their eucalyptus trees and other foliage. You take in the allurement of the winding road of Kallar Ghat itself with its 14 hair-pin bends. All throughout the way, the verdure and freshness do not leave you. There is only one […]

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LYN AND I – SCENE BY SCENE

Scene By Scene (Long Story and Hence Only Selected Scenes) Scene I I was posted at Navy’s Leadership School at Agrani (to be pronounced as ug-ruh-nhi meaning ‘Leading’; and not as something that is translated as fire-queen that everyone mis-pronounces it always) from 1978 to 1980. I met Lyn for the first time in Coimbatore wherein INS Agrani is situated. Her charming ways touched the chords of my heart and […]

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THE TAIL WAGS THE DOG AND HOW! – PART II

In the first episode of ‘The Tail Wags The Dog And How!’ I had told you about the business end of the Navy being at sea; but, controlled by the ‘heads’ in headquarters who have specialised in dishing out detailed instructions on every conceivable subject. It is as if their efficiency is directly proportional to the number of reams of paper that they dish out. All of us have been […]

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THE TAIL WAGS THE DOG AND HOW!

The business end of the Navy is at sea: the ships, submarines and aircraft; the Navy being the truly three-dimensional force amongst the armed forces of the union of India. However, the Navy has something common with the other forces in that it has another dimension ashore: the headquarters. The headquarters has – hold your breath – heads; what else? These heads roll out stuff that people at sea sometimes […]

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