Suhel Seth’s book reveals Indian CEOs’ mantras for success

  • Prasun Sonwalkar, Hindustan Times, London
  • Updated: Jun 17, 2016 18:08 IST
Britain's universities and science minister Jo Johnson (centre) released the new book by Suhel Seth (right) at the London School of Economics on Thursday. On the left is Indian high commissioner Navtej Sarna. (HT Photo)

Top leaders of the corporate world share the ideas and ethical codes that helped them scale heights in the cut-and-thrust world of Indian business in a new book released by Britain’s universities and science minister Jo Johnson at the London School of Economics.

Written by Suhel Seth with journalist Sunny Sen, “Mantras for Success: India’s Greatest CEOs Tell You How to Win” is a chronicle of what the author described as the “personal and professional eco-systems” of 21 Indian CEOs.

The book release on Thursday was followed by a panel discussion that featured Seth, Johnson, Indian high commissioner Navtej Sarna and LSE academic Mukulika Banerjee. Each chapter focussing on a CEO includes a listing of the individual’s mantras for success.

Noting that few such chronicles exist, Seth said there were no accounts of success stories and lessons learnt in Indian business. The book, he said, included the mantras for success of CEOs such as Ratan Tata, Mukesh Ambani and Kunal Bahl. 

Seth said: “India over the last two years has improved magnificently in ease of doing business. There are winds of change but we have miles to travel before we sleep. The idea was to make this book help people understand the ways of doing business in India.

“Why businesses took the path they did, how their leaders shaped not only the future of the businesses they ran, but in many ways the future of India. It was important to have these leaders talk about their mantras of success, some of which emerged from the cauldron of failure, some of which were inherited,” he added.

Besides Tata, Ambani and Bahl, other CEOs featured in the book are Anand Mahindra, Kumar Mangalam Birla, Adi Godrej, Sunil Bharti Mittal, Deepak Parekh, Aditya Puri, Kishore Biyani, Pawan Munjal, Analjit Singh, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, PRS Oberoi, Sanjiv Goenka, KP Singh, Naresh Goyal, Rahul Sharma, Rajiv Memani, Aditya Ghosh and Atul Singh.

The event was organised by the 100 Foot Journey Club, a joint initiative of the LSE South Asia Centre and the Indian high commission.

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