Thinking smart: how to master work, life and everything in-between
You are on top of your career. You love the job you are doing. You were rated ‘excellent’ in your latest assessment. But, for reasons beyond your control, you have just been fired.
The modern executive faces many challenges. The old days of steady jobs in safe posts are gone. Technology is transforming work, rendering jobs obsolete and constantly moving the goalposts for performance. But the responsibilities and priorities remain as they always were: to the company, the colleagues one works with or leads, to one’s family and oneself. How does one keep improving one’s skills and getting more from life?
In this scenario of contradictory goals and ambidextrous skills, the secret lies in thinking smart.
Faced with his own crisis, Nirmalya Kumar, renowned professor, recognized globally for his marketing and strategy expertise, used the experience to come out a winner. Here is a book reminiscent of Peter Drucker’s classic Managing Oneself. Given in bite-sized, easily accessible chapters are ideas and wisdom that will help readers in their own lives and careers, from managing people, teams, strategy, finances to even a few tips on managing life. One never doubts Nirmalya’s ability to a bring a unique perspective to marketing and business. But, beyond this, Thinking Smart also demonstrates keen insight on topics as diverse as art, investing and parenting.
– CYRUS P. MISTRY
Nirmalya is truly a master of many subjects. Clear-thinking, quick-witted and an accomplished researcher, his perspectives are always unique and thought-provoking.
– KUMAR MANGALAM BIRLA, Chairman, Aditya Birla Group
Nirmalya looks at the modern business world through the eyes of a millennial. He offers up his particular philosophy as a deeply compassionate human being. It’s this broad horizon that makes his insights so valuable. Truly inspiring.
– RAKESH KAPOOR, Chief Executive, Reckitt Benckiser plc