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Amitabha Banerjee Amitabha Banerjee 23 July 2021
The British Raj had ended nearly three decades ago, but Douglas Kenneth Archibald White had kept the Imperial torch burning. He was the manager of our Delhi branch, where profit was not of much importance, but “pucca”ness was.     The previous year the branch had indeed reported a...

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There are times in life, when it pays to pretend ignorance. When you pretend to know not – but you do know!  Especially when it comes to managing your boss – whether in the world of commerce or in politics.   Here are nine basic rules which have always helped people to survive and to...

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Amitabha Banerjee Amitabha Banerjee 09 July 2021
This (final) narrative about T is not one I have witnessed at first hand, unlike all the preceding ones. Nevertheless, I have every reason to believe that it is true.   T got an offer that he just could not refuse, that of the chief executive (CEO) of a major bank in a neighbouring...

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One of the articles that created a great impact on me in my early management years was ‘The judgement of Hermes’ – written by a person I admired greatly from a distance, although I never met him. It was Gaby Mendoza, former chairman of the Asian Institute of Management, Manila, and to my...

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday said it favours in-person Chartered Accountant (CA) exams and refrained from passing any direction to postpone the schedule commencing on July 5.   A bench headed by Justice A.M. Khanwilkar said students with Covid should get opt-out option. The bench...

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Amitabha Banerjee Amitabha Banerjee 25 June 2021
In August each year, at the start of the annual budget exercise, treasury department notified branches of the base interest rate they were to use for deposits and loans when preparing the budget. Since the local currency was pegged to the US dollar the dollar interest rate was the...

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How do people who have been on a pedestal for short or long periods of time, handle the fall from their powerful positions? This could be in any area of life – whether the commercial world, or political or professional. It is interesting to see how they feel lost, or live in the past, or...

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The Supreme Court on Friday ordered postponement of AIIMS INI CET Examination, 2021, scheduled on June 16, by one month.   A bench comprising Justices Indira Banerjee and M R Shah said that considering many of the candidates intending to take the exam are on Covid duty and in remote...

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Amitabha Banerjee Amitabha Banerjee 11 June 2021
K Joseph was a middle-aged, God-fearing, peace-loving and quiet character. He was the 'wouldn’t hurt a fly' type of chap, and I doubt he had ever raised his voice to anyone in all his life. He was a credit officer in one of our larger branches.   Joseph yelling at a customer?...

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It would seem a strange title. Compliments are generally expected to motivate, to show appreciation, to create a feeling of warmth and friendship.   In short, a very positive attitude—starting with those oft repeated words— “Well done.”    These are words which have taken many...

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Yes, you could say that I had become T’s firm favourite, his black-eyed boy (sorry, my eyes are not blue).    I spent hours daily in his office. He would seek, and usually follow, my advice. He referred to me as ‘my boy’ or ‘my lad’ in public, and everyone wondered how I had not only...

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The prestigious Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Advanced 2021 test has been postponed in view of the coronavirus situation in the country.   Since the JEE Mains examination could not be held at the scheduled time (May 24-28), so the JEE Advanced examination, which was going...

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This is a big question – and a very important one, and becoming more important with every passing year. The question applies to individuals, to companies, and even to nations. It was mentioned in an article earlier, that a 2015 survey had found that China, Indonesia and India were rated as...

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In my 50 years of industry experience, I learnt, like many others, that a good manager is, or should be, a good listener and a good observer. Some managers are either one or the other.    Many managers are neither–and this is a great pity. Being good listeners and good observers would...

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Yes, T took delight in terminating people, and would never miss a chance to wield the chopper. But not always.   There was one occasion when T did not terminate a deserving candidate. Hold on – it was not because he had a change of heart, took pity on the victim, went soft, or...

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Amitabha Banerjee Amitabha Banerjee 30 April 2021
I used to spend several hours a day in T’s office.    One day, the local head of a British multi-national company (MNC) came to see T about an apparent fraud on his debit card.    He had talked to Mr Desai, the operations manager of the main branch...

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Walter Vieira Walter Vieira 21 April 2021
The challenge of communication is an eternal one, not yet resolved really. Whether 50 years ago, or ten years from now, the challenge will continue, because communication begins at birth and ends with death.   When I worked as a pharma medical representative (MR), I visited Bagalkot,...

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Amitabha Banerjee Amitabha Banerjee 16 April 2021
T gave me an unusual assignment – sell off our bank’s share-holding in a bank in a Third World country.   I had to go to that country to get the job done.    T sent me off on my mission with these parting words: “Don’t bother to return if you fail to complete the...

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Walter Vieira Walter Vieira 14 April 2021
There was a time in the past when the ideal mix for a successful executive was represented by THC. In all my presentations, I kept harping on this formula- the key to open closed doors.    Technical skills, was generally the first key for the entrance door. That is how one got a job...

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Even after a year of Covid-19 pandemic and remote working, are you still struggling to strike an efficient balance between your home office and life?   Run a white-noise machine to mask household clatter, make your noisy neighbours aware of your work schedule, and resist the...

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