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Natesh Mani, Sify Technologies

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What are you reading at the moment? What did you recently finish reading? What have you learnt from it?
Currently I am reading Decision Points, the autobiography of George W. Bush.I have just finished reading Leadership Without Excuses by Jeff Grimshaw and Gregg Baron. The types of successful people that exist are the ones who always do the right thing, demonstrate accountability, make good choices, decisions, and deliver high performance.  Leadership Without Excuses helps one understand the importance of setting clear and credible expectations, promote ownership and  aligning people to your business intent and rewarding what you would like to see more often while not tolerating what you don't like
 
The one book all leaders must read... and why?
Good To Great by Jim Collins. The book gives a lot of insight on why some companies make the big leap and why some of them don't. They can explore what goes into a company's transformation from mediocre to excellent. Based on hard evidence and volumes of data, Collins and his team uncover timeless principles on how the good-to-great companies such as Abbott, Circuit City, Fannie Mae, Gillette, Kimberly-Clark, that produced sustained great results and achieved enduring greatness, evolving into companies that were 'Built To Last'.
 
One book everyone in your sector should pick up... and why?
Cloud Computing: A Practical Approach by Toby Velte, Anthony Velte and Robert C. Elsenpeter. Cloud Computing according to me is going to be a much bigger offering in the future in the marketplace and this book gives insight on a practical approach provides a comprehensive look at the emerging paradigm of internet-based enterprise applications and services. This accessible book offers a broad introduction to cloud computing, reviews a wide variety of currently available solutions, and discusses the cost savings and organizational and operational benefits.
 
What kind of books would you normally buy while travelling?
While travelling I prefer to read lighter books and normally stick to fiction. Some of the books I read include The Bourne Objective by Robert Ludlum and Judas Gate by Jack Higgins.
 
Have you written any books? No I have not written any books. If not, do you plan to write in future?
As of now, I have not thought of writing a book.
 
The books you grew up with? What did you like most about it?
In fact I have read almost all the books that have been listed above during my early days. These books played a big role in my development and enjoyed and unleashed the spirit of adventure, thrill, mystery, friendship etc. and they were quite instrumental in us making the conclusion that 'good always wins' which shaped my personal belief in the same going forward in my life.
 
Your book shelf consists of....
Currently it's got, fiction, management titles, books on technology, humour and comics

Where do you shop for books?
I normally shop in the airport book shops and in the city at Landmark and Crossword and off late thanks to my iPad - online on Amazon.com

Have your reading habits changed in the past four or five years?
They haven't changed that much, but nowadays get to read more books on technology  for instance.
 
One book you cherish that you received as a gift... and who gave it to you.
Good To Great by Jim Collins and this was gifted to me by my boss Andrew Horne at Xerox.

(This story was published in Businessworld Issue Dated 21-02-2011)


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