Jay Ramachandran

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The Most Common Leadership Model - And Why It's Broken

When organizations’ hire, develop, and promote leaders using a competency-based model, they’re unwittingly incubating failure. Nothing fractures corporate culture faster, and eviscerates talent development efforts more rapidly, than rewarding the wrong people for the wrong reasons. Don’t reward …

The Simple Reason Why Goodreads Is So Valuable to Amazon

A small fraction of Americans buy the vast majority of books in this country. Goodreads gives Jeff Bezos & Co. a direct line into their thoughts and habits.<p>(Reuters)<p>Amazon is the king of online booksellers and, by most accounts, the most feared player in publishing. Yet last week it shelled out a …

Vodafone attacks Indian government over phone licences

Vodafone has accused the Indian government of “contradictory and inconsistent” actions in an ongoing row over valuable phone spectrum licences.<p>The FTSE 100-listed telecoms company is battling a decision forcing it to rebid for licences in India’s three biggest cities, rather than having them …

World GDP

The five members of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) met in Durban this week to discuss their increasingly common interests. …

South Africa

An unusual good news inflation story

Consumer spending has been surprisingly resilient in the face of a sharp rise in taxes and, more recently, higher petrol prices. It rose 0.3% (after …

About that Southwest fare study

BUSINESS-TRAVEL writers have made much of a study released earlier this month by Topaz International, a travel auditing firm, which found that, …

“Just How Old Are You?”

<i>How old are you?</i><p>I get asked that question all the time. In meetings, on conference calls, while pitching a new client. The answer really shouldn’t matter. I find myself wondering whether male entrepreneurs get asked the same question, and why the person asking me doesn’t consider it rude.<p>Age is …

How to Write the Dreaded Self-Appraisal

No one likes review time. For many, self-appraisals are a particularly annoying part of the process. What can you say about your own performance? How can you be honest without coming off as arrogant, or shooting yourself in the foot?<p><b>What the Experts Say</b><br>Dick Grote, author of <i>How to Be Good at</i> …

Change Management Is Bigger Than Leadership

If an organization needs to undergo significant change, that’s a leadership issue, right? Old dogs will learn new tricks when the lead dog — or ape, or penguin, depending on the management fable of the moment — shows them off. Leaders need to craft compelling elevator speeches, relentlessly deliver …