R. Gopalakrishnan, Author and Corporate Advisor, Distinguished Professor of IIT Kharagpur Executive-in-residence, SP Jain Institute of Management & Research has four offerings under the brand MINDWORKS :

Writing . Advising . Speaking . Teaching

{ PROFILE }

R Gopalakrishnan, Author and Corporate Advisor

 

50 years of Management experience
30 years of Board experience
Over 100 keynotes in India and Internationally
Authored 5 books
Contributed Newspaper Articles
Management Writer

 

Summarized profile

R Gopalakrishnan studied engineering at IIT Kharagpur and attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. He has been a professional manager from 1967. He has served as Chairman of Unilever Arabia, as MD of Brooke Bond Lipton and Vice Chairman of Hindustan Lever, as ED of Tata Sons and several Tata companies.

He also serves as an independent director of listed companies, Akzo Nobel India, Castrol India, and Hemas Holdings PLC, Sri Lanka.

Gopal mentors a start-up called Mapmygenome Private Limited, the board of which he chairs.

He is actively engaged in both instructional and inspirational speaking. He has also authored five books.

Detailed profile

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R Gopalakrishnan (Gopal to his friends) spends his time Writing, Advising, Speaking, Teaching

Writing: Gopal has been a newspaper columnist and continues to write every month for financial papers. He has also authored five books since 2007, the titles of which are :

  • – The case of the bonsai manager
  • – When the penny drops
  • – What the CEO really wants from you
  • – A comma in a sentence
  • – Six lenses

Advising: Gopal has been a corporate leader for 50 years: 31 years in Unilever and 19 years in Tata. He served in Jeddah as Chairman of Unilever Arabia, in Bangalore as Managing Director of Brooke Bond Lipton and Vice Chairman of Hindustan Lever, and as Executive Director of Tata Sons. Apart from serving as a Director on the TATA parent board, Tata Sons, and he also served several group companies. Currently he serves as an independent director of listed companies, Akzo Nobel India, Castrol India, and Hemas Holdings PLC, Sri Lanka.Gopal mentors a start-up called Mapmygenome Private Limited, the board of which he chairs.

Speaking: Gopal is an international speaker and is actively engaged in both instructional and inspirational speaking. Over the last few years, he has spoken at Hong Kong and Hangzhou, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, as well as Paris and Philadelphia. These are in addition to extensive speaking engagements within India.

Teaching: Gopal studied physics at St Xavier’s Kolkata, engineering at IIT Kharagpur and attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. He is a past president of the All India Management Association. Gopal has a wide repertoire of subjects, specifically – Business in India, Markets and Customers, Governance and Strategy, Organisation and People, and Innovation. He relies on practical examples, rich with anecdotes rather than theory or analytical frameworks. He has taught an unusual course titled ‘LWNT-Learning What Nobody Teaches’ at B-schools.

Gopal serves as Distinguished Professor of IIT Kharagpur and as Executive-in-residence at SP Jain Institute of Management & Research.

{ NEWSPAPER ARTICLES }

R Gopalakrishnan has contributed to newspapers for many years and has written articles totalling to over 200,000 words

The articles have been grouped together as :

Economic Times: Career Track (2006 – 2008)
Business Standard: InnoColumn (2012 – 2017)
Sarthak Krishi Yojana
ET Ecosystem
Opinion Articles

Sample Articles:
Infatuation with cleverness more than impact

Article published in BUSINESS STANDARD, 31-July-2017

Child-like innovator-entrepreneur mind-set

Article published in BUSINESS STANDARD, 07-July-2017

The two ends of the innovation chain

Article published in BUSINESS STANDARD, 09-June-2017

It takes long from invention to commercialization

Article published in BUSINESS STANDARD, 12-May-2017

Time from conception to commercialization

Article published in BUSINESS STANDARD, 14-April-2017


{ SPEAKING }

Delivered over 100 keynote speeches in India and Internationally

Beijing | Sanghai | Hangzhou | Chengdu,Hong Kong | Kuala Lumpur | Singapore | Colombo,Delhi | Mumbai | Chennai | Bengaluru,Kolkata | Dubai | Abu Dhabi | Liege,Brussels | London | Philadelphia | Boston

Topics of speeches :

· Business in India
· Markets and Customers
· Governance and Strategy
· Organisation and People
· Innovation

Recent speaking engagements

 

Experiences from Real Life : A list of presentations based on real life experiences over 48 years, presented in an Anecdotal fashion.

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Masterclasses : Engaging Masterclasses on specific topics such as :
· Reflective leadership,
· Putting humans back in to relationships,
· Manager to transformers,
· Innovation – barriers and triggers

{  TEACHING  }

R. Gopalakrishnan, Author and Corporate Advisor, Distinguished Professor of IIT Kharagpur Executive-in-residence, SP Jain Institute of Management & Research. He devotes a part of his time speaking on a pro-bono basis. This is largely aimed at interactions with students at educational institutions and young people in professional association. These are typically one off short term lectures

 

IIM – Ahmedabad
Sailesh Mehta School of Management – IIT Bombay
Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai
IIM Bengaluru
IIM Lucknow
Learning What Nobody Teaches
– A leader’s sharing of experiences and accounts of how he or she dealt with experiences in life and career can lead to very enriching and engaging interactions. The program aims at stimulating reflection among experienced managers, students through interactions

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Managing Expectations and Careers:
R Gopalakrishnan also shares his learnings and views on Managing Expectations and careers. There is a Thai saying that experience is a comb which Nature gives to man after he is bald.

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{ ADVISING }

Board Engagement

 

Akzo Nobel India Ltd
Castrol India Ltd

Hemas Holdings PLC, Sri Lanka

Confront new realities of governance

Article published in Business Standard on 1-Oct-2015

Public opinion and the law

Article published in Business Standard on 3-Jan-2013

Retail Brics

Article published in Business Standard on 20-Feb-2012

Boardroom mantras for aspiring CEOs

Article published in Business Standard on 12-Sept-2011

Speaking up is costly, so also is not speaking

Article published in Economic Times on 7-Feb-2011

{ BOOKS }

Gopal is an author of five best-selling books;
some of them have been trans-lated into Chinese, Hindi, Marathi and Tamil.

English Books

Six-Lenses

A-Comma-in-a-sentence

Audio-book---What-the-CEO-really-wants-from-you

When-the-penny-drops

The-Case-of-the-bonsai-manager

Language Books

When-the-penny-drops---tamil

Chinese---What-the-CEO-really-wants-from-you

Hindi---Manager-nahi-smart-manager-bane

marathi-what-the-ceo-really-wants-from-you

Audio Books

Audio-book---What-the-CEO-really-wants-from-you

Audiobook---The-case-of-the-Bonsai-Manager

When-the-penny-drops

{ BLOG }

As my book SIX LENSES suggests, we all are who we are made out to be. Good not to take praise too seriously!

About 2 years ago from R Gopalakrishnan's Twitter via Twitter for iPhone

Beneficial Nostalgia Nostos Algos

 
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{ CONTACT DETAILS }

R Gopalakrishnan
can be reached at

Contact for Professional Speaking To engagement:

Asia
Contact person: Harrienath Pillay
harrie@londonspeakerbureau.my
China
Contact person: Jeffrey Meng
jeffrey@londonspeakerbureau.cn
India
Contact person: Meenal Nath
meenal.nath@9dot9.in
Middle East
Contact person: Tatjana Marinko
tatjana@londonspeakerbureau.com
Europe & America
Contact person: Tom Kenyon-Slaney
tom@londonspeakerbureau.com
Africa
Contact person: Wendy Morris
wendy@londonspeakerbureau.com