Over the past few weeks I not only met some incredible individuals. The people I met on The Pitch were humble, intelligent, fearless and had carved out their own lives.
They also revealed a fiercely personal and humane side that, I must say, spoke volumes about them as responsible social beings.
I thought it would be a good idea to share some of my learnings from the icons. So here they go.
Naina Lal Kidwai (HSBC), as a seasoned banker, taught me and all the participants to have the courage to separate our ideas from ourselves – and to treat our venture with a sense of detachment.
Kishore Biyani (Future Group) taught us that one needs much more than good products and services to succeed – good salesmanship.
Rahul Bajaj (Bajaj Auto) showed us how the bigger picture is as important as the smallest of details.
M. Damodaran’s (former SEBI chairman) message to us was quite succinct and simple: It’s very important for our numbers to add up. At the heart of every healthy business lies a healthy balance-sheet.
R. Gopalakrishnan (Tata Sons) gave our young participants a task so huge that, I’m sure, would’ve left even the best management consultancies shaking in their pants. He seemed to tell us that we are only as big as our ambitions.
Shyam and Hari Bhartia (Jubilant group) are in the business of delivering happiness in a pizza chain and it showed. They taught us how important it is to keep coming up with good ideas to reach out to people and improve operational efficiencies.