Leading Edge Live Stream
About The Conference
Outlook Business Leading Edge 2017 is a half a day event conceived for business leaders. Apart from a perspective on the economic environment prevailing in the country today, one can expect to gain from the insights on leadership challenges by some very accomplished global management thinkers and CEOs of some India’s leading companies.
A global presence is no longer the preserve of multinationals. Indian companies, too, have over the decades built a sizeable global footprint. While the initial foray was in pharma & software, it has since gone much beyond. Still, iconic brand status eludes Indian companies. What is required for that next great leap and how can we get there? An eminent panel comprising Marico’s Harsh Mariwala, M&M’s Pawan Goenka, Hiranandani Group’s Niranjan Hirandanani, Pidilite’s Bharat Puri and Amul’s RS Sodhi weigh in with their inputs.
'He is a hero to Malcolm Gladwell. Well versed in the fields of experimental psychology and psychophysics (the study of perception and its relation to physical stimuli), Dr. Howard Moskowitz has enjoyed a prolific career fueled by his inventing world-class market research technology and producing numerous written works on academic, scientific and commercial subjects. Among his contributions to market research is his 1975 introduction of psychophysical scaling and product optimization for consumer product development. In the 1980s his contributions were extended to health and beauty aids. In the 1990s the concept development approach was introduced to pharmaceutical research. In more recent years, his efforts have been focused on the humanitarian use of his technology. Moskowitz has received several awards for his work and has been inducted into the Hall of Fame of New York’s Market Research Council. Unsurprisingly, he counts most major multinational consumer companies as his clients.You can read more about him and his work here howardmoskowitz.com
The pace of change of technology and its impact on business is changing exponentially. So much so that it is time to say ‘Tomorrow – Technology IS Business’. Srikar Reddy, CEO Sonata Software will engage the audience with insights on how business is being disrupted and needs to prepare for a technology enabled future
Any enduring company’s growth is hardly a straight line, even more in these times. But as the adage goes one man’s adversity is another man’s opportunity. Companies can use a bad patch to introspect and fix their processes or reorient themselves better for times ahead. What is needed to come out tops of a tight situation? How is it that you make the most of tough times? Panelists include Nestle’s Suresh Narayanan, Pepsico’s D Shivakumar, JSPL’s Ravi Uppal and Tech Mahindra’s CP Gurnani.
We get thinker Dan Pink to articulate a cheat sheet for today’s CEOs. Pink is the author of five provocative books and has been ranked as one of the top 10 business thinkers in the world, alongside Michael Porter and Clayton Christensen, by Thinkers 50. He has to his credit three long-running New York Times bestsellers – A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future, which charts the rise of right-brain thinking in modern economies and describes the six abilities individuals and organizations must master in an outsourced, automated age; Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, which draws on 50 years of behavioral science to overturn the conventional wisdom about human motivation; and To Sell is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others, which uses social science to offer a fresh look at the art and science of sales. His books have been translated into 35 languages and have sold more than 2 million copies worldwide. Pink’s TED Talk on the science of motivation is one of the 10 most-watched TED Talks of all time, with more than 19 million views. He currently serves on the advisory boards of RiseSmart, Betterment Institutional, Heleo, and Hubspot.You can read more about him and his work here www.danpink.com
Very often, it is the founder’s hunger and passion that drives a start-up during its initial days. It is that hunger which pushes it to make the most of its limited resources. But as it grows and gathers traction and funding, complacency tends to creep in. How can the founders ensure that their start-up stays hungry and on the growth path? Panelists include Paytm’s Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Hector Beverages’ Neeraj Kakkar, Capital First’s V Vaidyanathan, The Quint’s Raghav Bahl and Coffee Day's VG Siddhartha.
Vijay Shekhar Sharma
Consistency differentiates the winners from the also-rans. That is as true in sports as in business. High performance is a natural outcome when everyone in the team contributes optimally. But getting to that level of optimal performance is easier said than done. As lessons from the field apply equally to the world of business, former India coach and South African cricketer Gary Kirsten talks about what it takes to build a high performance team.
Humour has defused many a tense situation and every CEO knows that there are enough of those in the boardroom or during negotiations. An innate ability to see the funny side of things can help you wriggle out of sticky situations or diffuse tension in business meetings. A light hearted session where leading business CEOs recount their funniest moments in business.Panelists include Pidilite’s Bharat Puri, O&M’s Piyush Pandey, Britannia’s Varun Berry and Viacom18’s Sudhanshu Vats.
Ad filmmaker and enfant terrible raconteur Prahlad Kakar has worn many hats, including the one that he is currently wearing. Having been a serial entrepreneur, he understands what it means to go out on a limb and a prayer. Yet, many of us hold back from taking decisions that we fear might not play out as we want them to. Kakar will delve on why one should take that leap of faith.