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Nilesh Sathe’s “Never Give Up”

The book captures the essence of a self-made individual, rising to higher positions and still retaining the humility and warmth. India has many stories about individuals overcoming odds and succeeding.

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This is a memoir, whose narrative is easy-to-read. The feeling that one gets reading this book is as if a family friend is sharing his perspective.  

The author Mr Nilesh Sathe, is a career insurance professional, who grew up the ranks from being a bank-clerk to a Director & CEO. And then moved onto playing the role of being the industry regulator.  

The book captures the essence of a self-made individual, rising to higher positions and still retaining the humility and warmth. India has many stories about individuals overcoming odds and succeeding. This story of Mr Sathe would count one amongst them !  This memoir expresses the grit & determination that the author showcased in overcoming various curveballs that life threw at him !  

Being a cancer survivor, thrice over, calls for some mental strength. The book captures the strength that a family bond can play in helping individuals overcome odds.  

This book brings about a key aspect - “humility”. What’s unspoken but conveyed well , is the importance of humility and how that does not mean you let others walk all over you ! If you have the conviction, hold onto your stand, however difficult the situation is ! 

An added bonanza of this book is that, it’s a treasure-hoard of anecdotal information on how LIC functions at grass-root level. So if you are from private-sector insurance company, don’t miss this book! 

For me, Mr Sathe has been a senior industry expert and my interactions with him were formal and in the regulatory role he played. But in each of the interaction, his ever-bright smile, his inquisitiveness about the business updates and his passion for customer feedback and challenges to solve for the consumers stood out.  

He was one of the rare regulatory professionals for whom every industry person was on the same side. The industry folks never felt that he was on “the other side”. And thank you Sathe sir, for each of our interaction! The toffees that you unfailingly always shared when I left your office cabin and your gesture of walking the guest out after the meeting! Small gestures make a leader ! 

Recommended book to read for motivation.

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Srinath Sridharan

Independent markets commentator. Media columnist. Board member. Corporate & Startup Advisor / Mentor. CEO coach. Strategic counsel for 25 years, with leading corporates across diverse sectors including automobile, e-commerce, advertising, consumer and financial services. Works with leaders in enabling transformation of organisations which have complexities of rapid-scale-up, talent-culture conflict, generational-change of promoters / key leadership, M&A cultural issues, issues of business scale & size. Understands & ideates on intersection of BFSI, digital, ‘contextual-finance’, consumer, mobility, GEMZ (Gig Economy, Millennials, gen Z), ESG. Well-versed with contours of governance, board-level strategic expectations, regulations & nuances across BFSI & associated stakeholder value-chain, challenges of organisational redesign and related business, culture & communication imperatives.

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