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Aditya Khemka, Aditya Infotech
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Currently, I am reading The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin S. Sharma. It is an interesting read wherein the author shares a remarkable step-by-step system that will transform the way you lead your team and renew trust, commitment and hope within your organisation. With simplicity, the book describes practical lessons that leaders, managers and entrepreneurs can immediately apply to boost morale, liberate loyalty and send productivity soaring in these topsy-turvy times.
It is written brilliantly and helps understand leadership truths in order to become the kind of visionary leader who captures the hearts and imaginations of your people while guiding your organisation to all-new levels of performance in this wildly uncertain age.
The one book all leaders must read... and why?
Good To Great by Jim Collins is a must read. Collins and his team identify 11 good-to-great companies who have produced sustained great results and achieved enduring greatness. Backed with hard evidence and volume of data on the 11 companies, the book explores what goes into a company's transformation from mediocre to excellent.
Having identified the companies that made the leap from good to great, Collins and his team set out to examine the transition point; what characteristics did the these companies have that their industry counterparts did not? As well as what they did not.
One book everyone in your sector should pick up... and why?
I would recommend Surveillance And Security: Technological Politics and Power in Everyday Life contributed by multiple writers. The book is a must read for all security professionals as it simply presents a range of surveillance technologies used everyday life and investigate and the politics of their use. From biometric technologies at airports and borders, to video surveillance in schools, to radio frequency identification (RFID) tags in hospitals, to magnetic-strips on welfare food cards —surveillance technologies integrate into all aspects of modern life, but with varied effects for different populations.
What kind of books would you normally buy while travelling?
I love to pickup any book that suits my state of mind at that point of time. I like reading fiction while I am travelling. I am an ardent reader and read almost anything that I can lay my hands on, especially newspapers and magazines on a regular basis.
Have you written any books? If not, do you plan to write in future?
I have not authored any book. I would love to write one, the topic may be how security and surveillance technology secures us in our daily life.
The books you grew up with? What did you like most about it?
I was an avid reader of comics as a child and grew up on Tin Tin, Archies, Tinkle among others Then later I graduated to reading more fiction such as books by Agatha Christie. But as I grew older I shifted my gaze to non-fiction books in the space of management, leadership.
Your book shelf consists of....
Over the years, I have built a book shelf consisting of books across genre such as management, leadership, surveillance, technology as well as fiction.
Where do you shop for books?
Typically book stores such as Om Book Shop and Teksons in Delhi. I end up buying a lot of my fiction reading from airports as well.
Have your reading habits changed in the past four or five years? If so, how....
Yes. These days I have restricted my reading to selective subjects, mainly related to strategy, leadership and innovation. I am open to reading all kinds of books, on any topic that I find interesting to explore. Most books, in some or the other way, provide interesting insights into life and work and help in both personal and professional growth.
One book you cherish that you received as a gift... and who gave it to you.
Mastering The Rockefeller Habits by Verne Harnish. My friend had gifted this book and it really helped me in my professional life in terms of thinking big, getting organised, developing rhythms and patterns for consistency and many other things.
(This story was published in Businessworld Issue Dated 07-03-2011)