30 Dec,2012 19:17 IST
Rohit Gadia, CEO, CapitalVia Global Research
Reading books like 'Blue Ocean Strategy' brings you closer to reality, says Rohit Gadia
Currently I am reading Harvard Business Review Series on People Management, Negotiations & Leadership, which includes many topics and challenges, although I recently finished Blue Ocean Strategy by W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne.
As far as learning is concerned there are several necessary concepts of leadership which as human we tend to forget or which fade away in our daily routine. However, reading books like Blue Ocean Strategy brings you closer to reality.
The one book all leaders must read... and why?
I suggest reading How To Win Friends And Influence People as this world is only about people. Competitors may copy your product, your process, your innovation but what they can’t copy / buy is your ‘People’
This book has all in it to make the leader a people’s person, drive them, influence them and make them successful. People do work for money and growth but ultimately what everyone wants is to be important, feel important and have importance and being successful.
One book everyone in your sector should pick up... and why?
The Buffetts Way is something every executive should read. This book tells Buffett's investing strategy and his style of investment. There is a lot to learn from this book, how you should evaluate a company, what you should look in it, what you should look in management, sector, policy, government, country, fundamentals and financials.
What kind of books would you normally buy while travelling?
I like reading management, leadership, people management, successful company stories, people stories, and related books. I learn a lot while reading such books and I even implement my learnings in my professional life.
Have you written any books? If not, do you plan to write in future?
I have not written any book yet but I definitely intend to write and it’s a part of my medium term goal. I will surely write a book on managing people, making them feel important, making them and bring them to work in system and how to make a greatest combination of people + process + technology to build a large enterprise and organisation which has very high people satisfaction and happy families!
I am also planning to write a book on ‘where two cultures of different part of a country can meet up together and create a world class organisation’, that is, South Indians Meeting Marwadis /Gujaratis.
The books you grew up with? What did you like most about it?
I had great teachers who inculcated real learning in me and taught me many life lessons in those primary and secondary years in school. I used to read Hardy Boys and Chacha Choudhary. Later on from Class 10 onwards, I moved to books such as You Can Win, etc.
Your book shelf consists of...
My book shelf consists of almost 800+ books and most of them are on management, soft skills, successful stories of companies, investing and trading, vedic management, Chanakya plitics and diplomacy, Vivekananda wisdoms and few Novels of Jeffery Archer and Sidney Sheldon.
Where do you shop for books?
Nowadays I shop a lot online at Flipkart or airport shops or local vendors at Indore.
Have your reading habits changed in the past four or five years? If so, how....
Yes, my reading habits have changed significantly in the past 4-5 years and multiple times. Earlier, I used to read books on investing and trading and then I moved to reading management books. I have now started reading technical issues in management.
One book you cherish that you received as a gift... and who gave it to you.
One book which I cherish that I received as a gift is 'The Present' by Spencer Johnson, given to me by my mentor Sampath Iyengar. It teaches us to be happy and effective during the 'present'.
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