Memories, Movies & Management
In Memories, Movies & Management, the author delves into his cinematic memories, reflecting on films that deeply impacted him. He combines these insights to his own experiences in management, dissecting real-life case studies to unveil unconventional yet invaluable lessons, often absent from the conventional boardroom curriculum.
Through 21 chapters, the author analyses critical attributes for enlightened leadership, people and team development, creating a culture of excellence – all written with deep personal insights and industry case studies using Indian movies as a metaphor.
As Pedro Amorim (Co-founder and Board Member of LTP Labs, Portugal) says, “Raja has a prominent role on the LTPlabs Advisory Board, and he is someone I always enjoyed speaking with since our first conversation at Porto’s beach. This interest grew as he challenged constructively the different managerial options on the table together with the rest of the team. His knowledge and generosity have been remarkable and inspiring. His book is a reflection of all of this: genuine, interesting at a personal (you’ll learn a lot about movies!) and professional (you’ll learn even more about what is important for your business) level. Enjoy!”.
Raja Venkateswar got over the popular misconception that Chemical Engineering has something to do with ethanol, chemistry, iron oxidization or building water pipelines, realizing that it is a deadly tangle of torturous calculus designed to freeze young brains just before the end-semester exam. His skills (?) won him key roles at Wall Street firms, emerging tech firms and old-fashioned global financial services firms. The University of Chicago and IE Business School and his senior leadership roles helped him morph from a technologist to a strategist armed with a lethal arsenal of cliched frameworks (BO/TOC/5C / 4P / 7S / 9Z … whatever) and threaten humankind’s sanity. Over two decades, he advised insurance, banking, wealth and hi-tech firms, even led a couple. Through this, he ended up as a slave to MS Office (& later Mac Office), with limited hope of liberation in this lifetime. In his industry addresses, Raja is often tempted to say something profound such as: “Visionary leader with XX years’ experience of saving humanity.” But he usually spares folks the agony… The truth is that after many detours and experiments in life, he finds himself as an author! Most importantly, Raja has survived an endeavor to get educated at four global institutions (IIT, University of Chicago, IE Business School & University of Sydney), backpacking across the Amazon jungles, climbing some seriously tall peaks, and getting bitten by a few snakes and piranhas along the way. He now lives in Sydney (Australia) where he often bounces ideas off his pet hen for his epistles.
This is his first book. And if people read this, he is threatening them with two more by the middle of next year.