June 12, 2015

Tete-a-Tete with Radhakrishnan Pillai – Author, Leader & Visionary


Tete-a-Tete Interview with Radhakrishnan Pillai – Author, Leader & Visionary
Radhakrishnan Pillai - Author of Corporate Chanakya, Chanakya in You
Section 1: Something about you

1.      How do you start your day?
I get up and meditate for some time. Then exercise and get ready for the day. After my daily pooja, I read one chapter of Arthashastra (Sanskrit) and all this fills my day with energy. Then I take some time to plan my day’s activities and start.

2.      What motivated you to pen “Chanakya in You”?
After writing two bestsellers on Chanakya, what else should I do? Write another book *chuckles. For any author the readers are the real motivation.  I penned this book for every reader out there.

3.      What is that one thing you never miss to do or something you suggest everyone should do?
Spend quality time with your family. Family should never be neglected. It is the very foundation of your life. Your parents, your siblings, your spouse, kids, cousins, even friends, all these form a part of your family, your life’s core. And knowingly or unknowingly, your life revolves around them.

Section 2: About the Book

1.      “Chanakya in You” is indeed a catchy name. Is reading “Corporate Chanakya” & “7 Secrets of Leadership” necessary?
Yes and No. If you read ‘Chanakya in You’ by itself also, no problem. But having read the previous two books will help to understand the background. You can start with any of the books. ‘Chanakya in You’ first and then the other two later. Each book is complete by itself. But each book will give you a different perspective on Chanakya and his plethora of teachings.

2.      The book mentions that it can be read by a parent, young adult, business tycoon or an academic scholar with an equal ease. What exactly does this line try to convey?
It means it is meant for everyone. For persons of all intellectual levels – if you are a scholar you will find the reference of Kautilya’s Arthashastra in the book, while if you are business tycoon you will see how to become wealthy and build great business. If you a grandparent you will find yourself among the character. If you are amongst the youth you will get answers to your questions about career and marriage. If you are a child, you will find stories to learn from. It’s a complete book for anyone and everyone.

3.      They say a reader grows with every book he reads. What the strongest appeal the book has for GenX?
Gen X is defined as the people who are born between 1960 and 1980s.  These people are now in the midlife stage. They are no more kids. They have experience. Yet they have many more years to go. Many people in the GenX face a mid-life crisis about their career, relationship in marriage etc. In the book you will find that many aspects have been given in the book regarding their challenges (since I belong to GenX). I have included challenges of parenting, finding a new purpose in life, giving back to society, taking care of your parents… many similar aspects.

4.      One cue that the book holds for the readers?
Go and study the Kautilya’s Arthashastra – the fantastic master piece book written by Chanakya I4th Century B.C. It has got 6000 sutras on practical application on strategy which stand true even today.

5.      Do you have any other book in line? If yes, then broadly what will it be about & when can we expect it? If no, then why not?
I plan to write at least 500 books in my lifetime *chuckles. I have just written three. The next book will be also on Chanakya. Currently I am still dwelling on which aspect of Chanakya should I cover. Be sure, it will be very different from the previous three books. I plan to write at least one book a year. So technically it should be out it in 2016.

Section 3: Today’s Life

1.      Should leadership be taught in school/college?
Yes. Children have the spark of leadership in them. Therefore it is important to make sure you train them from the school and college days itself. Many countries do that like giving the students one year training in the armed forces. This develops their leadership qualities.

2.      What suggestions would you give today’s tech addicted world full of gadgets and weird trends like selfies?
Use technology, but do not become a slave to it. Technology is a wonderful thing.  But the danger is we should not get dependent or addicted to it. So the real test is, can you still be calm and composed if your mobile and computers do not work for a whole day? Remember there is a life beyond technology also like spending time with loved ones, being with nature, visiting places. Enjoy that also.

3.      How does one eliminate aggression/avoid procrastination?
Aggression is good, if it is controlled. People who are winners are go getters and aggressive. But one should not become egoistic and arrogant. Look at sports men, they need to be aggressive to win the game. Yet play with a sportsman spirit. Respect your opponent also.
Kabir, the great saint once said “Kal kare so aaj kar, Aaj kare so ab…” which means what you have to do tomorrow, do it today. What you have to do today, do it now. That is the best way to avoid procrastination. Starting early that is the key to success.

4.      What advice do you have for today’s leader & reader?
All leaders are readers. But all readers may not be leaders. Leaders are the ones who learn from everyone, they are humble and open minded. Leaders should be thinking of their team and organizations. Chanakya says, “In the happiness of the subjects lies the benefit of the king”. Readers should read a wide variety of subjects. Read wide and deep. Read from different cultures. Reading broadens our thinking. Most important, not only read yourself but inspire others to cultivate the habit of reading.

Author Bio:

Radhakrishnan Pillai, has an MA in Sanskrit and is a certified explorer of the magic of Chanakya and the Arthashastra. For his contributions in this field, he was honoured with the Sardar Patel International award in 2009. Rated among the top 50 management thinkers from India by the global organization thinkers 50; he uses the knowledge gained from his adventures to design various leadership programs. With nearly 20 years of combined working and business experience he is a well-known management speaker, trainer, author and consultant.

His first book ‘Corporate Chanakya’ has been on the “best-seller” list since its launch in 2010 and used as a text book in various Business schools in India and abroad. His second book ‘Chanakya’s 7 Secrets of Leadership’ along with Mr. D. Sivanandhan has created waves in corporate world since its release. He has been awarded the prestigious Sardar Patel International award 2009 and Aavishkar Chanakya Innovation Research Award 2013 for his research and contribution in field of management & Industrial development.


1 comment:

  1. Thanks for making me a part of your blog. Wonderful questions - Radhakrishnan Pillai


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