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An absolute must for a successful career. This book abounds with many insights . . . that are highly actionable for the reader. (Harsh Mariwala)
We often grow as people and professionals intuitively. But having a "learning model" helps us realize our full potential. It is a must-read for any ambitious manager. (Piyush Pandey)
Mouli has abstracted from personal experience to construct an original, insightful and thought-provoking read. A must-read if you want to keep your career and life moving at a fast pace. (Bharat Puri)
I could relate to most lessons from my own career. And this is written by somebody who has practised all that he is preaching now. (Anand Kripalu)
About the Author
Chandramouli Venkatesan is a corporate veteran with over twenty-six years of experience in the industry. He has worked with Asian Paints, Cadbury/Mondelez, Mirc Electronics/Onida and Pidilite. He has served in various senior capacities, including as CEO and managing director. While the bulk of his work life has been in business and P&L leadership roles, there was a three-year period when he did a cross-functional stint as HR head for Cadbury India which further developed his understanding of what makes people successful.
Chandramouli is a keen golfer and sports enthusiast, and believes in holding his life in balance. This, coupled with his sense of values and spirituality, has led him to believe that every person must impact society positively. He has conducted numerous speaking sessions, which have benefited over 1000 people, and mentored and guided many others to be successful in their careers.
From the Publisher
Catalysts of Life
Imagine you put vegetables, spices, oil, all together in a saucepan with no flame for a few hours and then want to eat it after that. Would it be eatable? Of course not. These are just the ingredients; they don’t become an eatable dish unless they are cooked on a flame. Just because we get all the ingredients together does not mean it automatically becomes a dish that is edible. It needs a Catalyst, and fire is the catalyst that brings the ingredients together, making it a successful dish.
I see the same myth prevalent amongst people about careers and life. Most people think, “I have the ingredients for success like Education, a Job, IQ, EQ, hard work, etc. and hence, I will be successful.” No, the ingredients are just that - ingredients - and without bringing in catalysts, these ingredients won't convert into success automatically.
Which then brings us to the million-dollar question: What are the catalysts required to become successful?
That is what I have tried to answer in my book, Catalyst.
There are catalysts required in 3 areas:
1. Conversion of Time to Experience:
It is a myth to assume that if you spend 5 years at work, then you have 5 years of experience. Somebody could derive 3 years’ worth of experience from that, and somebody else could derive 7 years’ worth of experience from that the same time period. In my judgement, one of the greatest differences between successful people and less successful people is their effectiveness of converting time to experience. Successful people convert time to experience more effectively than others. And conversion of time to experience requires a Catalyst.
2. Career management:
Careers are forty years long and have two halves. One of my insights is that most people are successful in the first half of their career, but only a few are successful in the 2nd half of their careers. Hence, to be successful, you have win in the 2nd half, that’s what matters. And success in the 2nd half requires a catalyst, the catalyst of career management based on few important principles, which have to be implemented right from the beginning of the first half, from the first innings itself.
3. Work-life balance:
A lot is spoken and discussed about work-life balance. I like to turn that phrase on its head; I believe that the impact of work on life is much lesser than the impact of life on work. How we live life can actually be a great driver for success at work. How you live your life can be the ultimate catalyst to how successful you can be in your career.
If you are interested in knowing more about these catalysts, if you want to be successful, then please read the book ‘Catalyst’ written by me. My name is Chandramouli Venkatesan and my aspiration is to help you become all that you can be. All the very best.
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If the author has insight - and I don't doubt that - at least it hasn't come through in the book.
There are lot of books which disappoint, and frankly, it is not a big deal.
What struck me, and made me write the review, is the fact that this book is a bestseller in management - Seriously!! There is some serious manipulaton going on. If you look at the 1 star review of this book too, it will have something positive to say about the book !!
Some books I would instead recommend on Management are
a) How to measure your life
b) First break all the rules
d) Work Rules
Short and easy read. Recommended for Graduates and freshers.
The book is divided into three parts. Things and situations author experienced is well elaborated with examples and techniques in this book. Must read for the folks in the beginning era of their corporate career.
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