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Isn’t the difference between a mediocre global citizen and a magnificent one being PROUD?

If you agree with: Proactive, Relate Regularly, Oriented to Solutions, Understandable, Direct, then read on for the thoughts I shared with brilliant minds at the Indian Institute of Management – Bangalore (IIM-B).


A young post-grad student from the school invited me to join a visionary leadership summit, to speak on a panel to Relaunch India. I replied with a resounding ‘Yes’ – because the audience was young India. Not just any young India, but the Best ranked B-school of India.

The CEO of Lockheed Martin India kick-started the session. Phil Shaw, is an awe-inspiring Englishman with a Navy background who is an expert expat in India he set the tone, establishing why this 100-year-old American aeronautical company found it wise to invest in Hyderabad, India. The Frenchman Patrick Fardeau, leading Dassault explained how a center of excellence in India was their goal in Bangalore. And a motivational Aussie leader from General Motors, Brian McMurray contributed witty practical pointers, showing how he leads GM from the back, allowing his teams to take credit up front.

After a couple of Indian CXOs shared their wisdom, it was my turn to close the session. I gave a #makeindiaPROUD message which I wanted to share because it resonated with all the leaders on my panel, as the need of the hour.

PROUD is a global new age strategy to augment growth in the well-thought-through Make in India campaign and the start-up India, stand up India initiative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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