Vineet Nayar has been variously described as the “next Peter Drucker,” “Henry Foyel” and “Maverick CEO” of the “world’s most modern management model”—descriptors that provide an apt testimony to his unconventional management philosophies, radical outlook, brutally honest viewpoints and a career report card that consists of incubating a billion-dollar company and turning around a global IT services major with 600% growth in market cap and 500% growth in revenues.
By way of introduction, Nayar is the former CEO of HCL Technologies and founder of Sampark Foundation. He is also author of the highly acclaimed management book, Employees First, Customers Second: Turning Conventional Management Upside Down, which has sold 100,000+ copies worldwide.
But perhaps his best introduction has been cited in the “Thinkers50 2011/12 List” wherein he has been highlighted as the only “practitioner thinker” in the world. His radical ideas—whether they were about making his appraisal visible to the entire company as a CEO or inverting the organizational structures to make management accountable to employees or the need for employees to be put ahead of the customers—have all been executed with success in an 80,000+ employee-strong global company thereby ensuring a practicality of thoughts. Today, his innovative management practices are being taught as a case study at both the Harvard Business School and London Business School, and he has been widely lauded, including a recent inclusion in FORTUNE magazine’s first-ever global “Executive Dream Team.”