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E24 - Alchemist (Author- Paula Coelho) - with Shikha Mittal

In this exciting episode, I had the pleasure of talking to Shikha Mittal who is a Sr.Dir, Product Marketing at VMware. We discussed the book - The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. She shared her thoughts on why she chose to read this book, on pursuing her personal legend, and what the words of wisdom derived from the book mean to her in life and work. 

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is a powerful novel that takes the reader on a beautiful; journey. The protagonist is a young Spanish shepherd embarking on a quest for treasure in lands far and near. While the book is fiction, it imparts wisdom on why one should follow their dreams despite facing failures.

E23 - How to Win Friends and Influence People (Author- Dale Carnegie) - with Sushma Malhotra

In this episode our guest Sushma Malhotra, Founder, President & CEO of S5 Advisory, shares her life changing career transformation experiences, inspired by Dale Carnegie's classic, “How to win friends and influence people.”

How can you build better relationships, and learn from each other to foster a win-win for everyone? How being a good listener instills a sense of importance, and inclusion? Let’s learn more about the 12 ways to genuinely win people, and become a great leader. 

E22 - Measure What Matters (Author- John Doerr) - with Raj Rajamani

In this episode our guest Raj Rajamani, CPO at SentinelOne, shares his experience with the Objectives and Key Results (OKR) goal setting framework.We discussed the book “Measure what Matters: OKRs, the simple idea that drives 10X Growth” authored by John Doerr, a Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist.

What is the difference between dreams and goals? Raj shares that “Dreams become Goals when you write them down”. OKR is a powerful and collaborative goal setting protocol that helps organizations drive higher performance, engagement and results. Listen to this podcast to get a taste of OKRs and discover the 4 OKR superpowers for effective goal setting in an organization - Focus, Align, Track and Stretch.

E21 - Atomic Habits (Author- James Clear) - with Saro Velrajan

We have all made resolutions like reading more often or exercising daily, only for it to fall through. We have all struggled to do something consistently and have agonized over our failed attempts. Atomic Habits is a book for just about anyone wanting to develop new habits or sustain old ones to achieve their goals. 

In this episode, Madhavi sat with Saro Velrajan, Chief Strategy Officer, Ginkos India, to talk about the book Atomic Habits by James Clear. They discussed what they liked about the book and what were some takeaways they got from it. Saro got candid and shared examples from his life on how he had forged different habits like maintaining a fitness routine or becoming a writer. 

Let’s listen to the podcast to know more about some strategies you can adopt to develop sustainable habits and pave the way for your 10X growth.

E20 - Mindset (Author- Carol Dweck) - with Benu Aggarwal

With the world rapidly changing around us, we have to constantly learn and adapt in order to stay relevant. Adopting a growth mindset (as compared to having a fixed mindset) pushes an individual to learn continuously, understand that effort is required to master a skill, and see failures as opportunities. 

In this episode, I had the pleasure of talking to Benu Agarwal, President and Founder, Milestone Inc. We discussed the book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, by Stanford psychologist and Professor Carol Dweck. Benu shared her insights on how she embraced a growth mindset in her life and how it helped her grow Milestone and succeed as an entrepreneur, wife, and mother. 

E19 - Modern Monopolies (Authors- Alex Moazed and Nicholas L. Johnson) - with Dheeraj Pandey

Are platforms eating the world? How can entrepreneurs build a platform that brings value to their customers? Why are traditional monopolies despised and platform monopolies loved by customers?

In this episode Dheeraj Pandey, industry superstar, Co-founder and CEO of DevRev and former CEO of Nutanix shares his insights about the book “Modern Monopolies”, authored by Alex Moazed and Nicholas L. Johnson. Listen to the podcast and discover the secrets to build successful companies and platform businesses.

E18 - The Hard Thing about Hard Things (Author - Ben Horowitz) - with Jeetu Patel

The book The Hard Thing about Hard Things, by Ben Horowitz, narrates the trials and tribulations of a startup journey and the mindset required to be a founding CEO of a startup. Ben who is currently the Partner at Andreeson Horowitz shares tough learning lessons from his experience building several companies.


This episode features Jeetu Patel, EVP & GM of Cisco Security and Collaboration Business Units at Cisco, who shares key insights and deep admiration for the book The Hard Thing about Hard Things. An entrepreneur himself, Jeetu talks about wartime mode vs peacetime mode of operation, managing our psychology as a leader and the importance of setting up a communication framework across the company. Jeetu also elaborates an interesting 6 part stack rank of what a company needs for business success.

E17 - The Leadership Pipeline (Author - Ram Charan et. al) - with Nishant Saxena

In this episode our guest host Madhavi Ravanan, SI Delivery Head at Nokia, returns to the podcast to discuss the book The Leadership Pipeline by Ram Charan, Stephen Drotter and James Noel. Our guest for the episode is Nishant Saxena, CEO, International Markets, Cipla.

Companies have seen highly skilled employees grow quickly in the first few years of their career but they slow down as they transition to take the position of managers. The Leadership Pipeline by Ram Charan shows why such a phenomenon occurs and what it takes for companies to nurture leadership at every level within the organization. 

Nishant shares his learnings from the book, advice on the key to success for first-time managers, what is the skill set required by general managers and functional managers to succeed in their roles, and how companies can grow leaders from within an organization.  



E16 - Sacred Hoops (Author - Phil Jackson) - with Linda Tong

Phil Jackson, former head coach of the Chicago Bulls team, is popular for introducing the zen approach to the game. In his book, Sacred Hoops, he shares his  experiences of marrying sports with spirituality, and building  high-performing teams by being an invisible coach.  

In this episode, Linda Tong, GM of Cisco AppDynamics, lifetime Bulls fan, shares how the book inspired her leadership journey. Let’s listen to the podcast and understand how to put WE before ME, how to visualize like a leader and mentally prepare for tough times, and how mindfulness can help you achieve 10X growth for your team.

E15 - Ride of a Lifetime (Author - Robert Iger) - with Arun Mani

Robert Iger, the former CEO of The Walt Disney Company, is considered one of the innovative and successful CEOs of our time. In his book, The Ride of a Lifetime, he shares his journey and pens down the values that ensured his success. One of the most exciting parts of the book is about Disney’s acquisition of Pixar, a move that re-establishes Disney in the field of animation. 

In this episode, Arun Mani, Chief Revenue Officer, talks about what he loved about the book, some principles he related more closely with, and shares some examples of innovation, failures, and the lessons learned from his own life.

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