The entire playing field fit inside his shoes. From his feet it sprouted and grew. Alfredo Di Stefano ran and re-ran the field from net to net. He would change flanks and rhythm with the ball, from a lazy trot to an unstoppable cyclone; without the ball he’d evade his marker to gain open space, seeking air whenever a play would get choked off. He never stood still. Holding his head high, he could see the entire playing field and cross it at a gallop to pry open the defense and launch the attack. He was there at the beginning, the during and the end of every scoring play, and he scored goals of all colors: Watch out, watch out,[…]

From my days at BITS, when did a fresh install of the OS almost every month, to the post BITS era, where a fresh install was almost unheard of, it has been some transition. From someone who would install Linux (pre-Ubuntu days) and then hunt for drivers, to someone who would not trust himself with a Windows install. However, I still like trying new stuff, and I did end up installing a beta of the Windows 7 SP1. Big mistake! It changed my Windows copy to a RC and started giving me weird messages about only a few days remaining for me to upgrade. So when the SP1 was formally released, I tried to upgrade. But the stupid system wouldn’t[…]

Dan Vasella stepped aside from the CEO role at Novartis yesterday to be¬†succeeded by Joe Jimenez, the head of their pharmaceutical business. Along with this, the other person in contention, Joerg Reinhardt, quit the company to look for options elsewhere. This reminded me of a¬†course we had, on Managing Teams, taught by Henry Moon, this brilliant guy who somehow made everything sound so simple. In one of the classes he was explaining why CEO salaries are so high. His contention was that the brilliant people at the level below the CEO are the ones that drive any organization and the position of the CEO is like the reward. And they know only one out of many will reach there. Therefore,[…]

You know how there are moments in class you would probably never forget about. Well, this was one of them. At first I thought I would post it on the ISB Students’ Blog, but then figured it would be slightly inappropriate for that. Anyway, we have this absolutely amazing professor, Louis Thomas, who teaches us Economics of Strategy, and was trying to explain how commitment works. It was then when he came up with this example. And after that I haven’t been able to think of a better one. Hats off to you Louis! And Meatloaf makes it even more memorable. PS: For those who were wondering what baseball was doing in the song, read this. And the song is[…]

What is common to Dravid, Riquelme, and Sergio Leone? A sense of perfect timing. If you watch Dravid bat you would realize that he plays the ball like he has all the time in the world. Let alone his defensive ones, even his scoring shots are played with elegance that are on a different plane than those around him. His hooks and pulls are not hurried, unlike other Indian batsmen. There is clam and equanimity in his style of playing. Riquelme played with a charm not seen for almost a decade. In a fast paced modern game, he was a throw back to the times where skill mattered more than speed. He controlled the ball and created opportunities others could[…]