One of the World's Most Sought Business Keynote Speakers
- Fast Company
Named the leading expert in corporate governance by Fortune, Ram Charan is helping boards go beyond the requirements of the New York Stock Exchange by providing practical ways to improve their group dynamics. Among his recommendations for achieving profitable growth, for example, are to search for "singles and doubles" as well as "home runs" and to develop what he calls a "growth budget" to instill discipline on growth initiatives. Boards, CEOs, and senior-most human resource executives often seek his advice on talent planning and key hires.
Dr. Charan's introduction to business came early while working in the family shoe shop in the small Indian town where he was raised. He earned an engineering degree in India and soon after took a job in Australia and then Hawaii. When his talent for business was discovered, Dr. Charan was encouraged to pursue it. He earned MBA and doctorate degrees from Harvard Business School, where he graduated with high distinction and was a Baker Scholar. After receiving his doctorate degree, he served on the Harvard Business School faculty.
Many people have come to know Dr. Charan through in-house executive education programs. His energetic, interactive teaching style has won him several awards. He won the Bell Ringer award at GE's famous Crotonville Institute and best teacher award at Northwestern. He was among BusinessWeek's top ten resources for in-house executive development programs.
Over the past decade, Dr. Charan has captured his business insights in numerous books and articles. In the past five years, Dr. Charan's books have sold more than 2 million copies. These include the bestseller Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done and Confronting Reality, both co-authored with Larry Bossidy, Winning Under Inflation, The Leadership Pipeline, What the CEO Wants You to Know, Boards at Work, Every Business Is a Growth Business, Profitable Growth, and Boards That Deliver. A frequent contributor to Fortune, Dr. Charan has written two cover stories, "Why CEOs Fail" and "Why Companies Fail." His other articles have appeared in the Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, Director's Monthly, and Strategy and Business.
Leading Your Business Through the Global Tilt
It is quite obvious that the business world is in a state of flux. We have plummeted from the highs of the last economic boom into the most troubled economy of the past 50 years- an economy that is now globally interconnected and immensely complex. It is crucial, therefore, that business leaders grasp the changes that are underway and adjust their mindset, strategy, operations and leadership in order to face it. One billion new consumers have joined the world economy in the past 10 years and 2 billion more are coming in the next decade. Together, this new consumer base will add roughly $10 trillion to the global economy over ten years, and companies everywhere will want to know how to develop a competitive edge so they can get their share of this growing demand.
Drawing on his experiences with businesses worldwid, Ram Charan can provide a front line report on how organizations are successfully making the shift and what business leaders need to do to keep themselves and their companies relevant as the world changes. In this highly customizable keynote, Charan offers perspective and insight for business leaders. The audience will learn more about the profound shift underway, and its challenges and opportunities; how to formulate a clear-headed strategic response to new kinds of global competition; what skills, resources, and talent will be needed to respond effectively; and how to reorient your organization's psychology and decision-making. Engaging and accessible, Charan will address your specific needs, and is eager to give you relevant advice on this new, tilted world, that your can put to work in their businesses the very next day.
Leadership in the Era of Economic Uncertainty:The New Rules of Getting Things Done in Difficult Times
Preparing a company to survive a prolonged period of slow growth or even contraction is one of the most difficult tasks that will ever confront management. Leaders must recognize the new reality confronting their companies and take the necessary steps to shore up the company and weather the storm. In this talk, Ram Charan will show you the tools leaders and managers need to implement to prepare for and steer through these tough economic times and also how to seize the opportunities that invariably arise out of difficult environments.
Global Tilt: Leading Your Business Through the Great Economic Power Shift
The world’s economic center of gravity has shifted. Permanently. Do you know what it now takes to succeed?
The global tilt is nothing less than an irreversible shift of economic power—jobs, wealth, and market opportunities—from a small part of the world to its entirety. It is improving the lives of millions of people around the world, and while it is creating immense opportunities, it is disrupting the world as you know it with dizzying speed.
If you’re an American or European, any assumptions you may have about national and managerial superiority are obsolete. Businesses in China, Singapore, India, Brazil, Malaysia, and other countries on the move have ready access to the capital and expertise they need to grow. Their leaders have just as much knowledge, talent, and drive as you do. And they are unleashing their entrepreneurial verve to scale up fast and grab once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.
These businesses will soon be competing with yours everywhere on the planet, even if you’re not aware of them yet. Finding opportunities of your own requires you to consider vastly different perspectives and to see the new global landscape in its entirety and then change the content of your work to pursue them.
In Global Tilt, New York Times bestselling author Ram Charan gives business leaders the guidance they need to succeed in a tilted world, including:
- Gaining an edge by cutting through the complexity of demographics, different forms of government, and even the global financial system, to identify “unstoppable trends” better and sooner than others
- Challenging your reliance on core competence and the incremental improvement that results. Instead, look “outside-in” and “future-back,” determine the capabilities you need to build, and muster the psychological fortitude to make occasional strategic bets that can potentially alter the competitive landscape
- Developing the soft skills crucial to leading a global organization, including mastering local contexts
- Equipping the organization to win by facing up to painful but necessary shifts in people assignments, decision-making authority, and resource allocation—even before making structural changes
Those who can pursue the opportunities in a tilted world have a remarkably bright future. Ram Charan’s unparalleled experience with global leaders and companies and the unique and powerful insights he brings to this book will light the way for you and your exciting journey.
The Game Changer: How You Can Drive Revenue and Profit Growth with Innovation
How you can increase and sustain organic revenue and profit growth-- whether you're running an entire company or in your first management job.
Over the past seven years, Procter & Gamble has tripled profits; significantly improved organic revenue growth, cash flow, and operating margins; and averaged earnings per share growth of 12 percent. How? A. G. Lafley and his leadership team have integrated innovation into everything P&G does and created new customers and new markets. Through eye-opening stories A. G. Lafley and Ram Charan show how P&G and companies such as Honeywell, Nokia, LEGO, GE, HP, and DuPont have become game-changers.
We live in a world of unprecedented change, increasing global competitiveness, and the very real threat of commoditization. Innovation in this world is the best way to win-- arguably the only way to really win. Innovation is not a separate, discrete activity but the job of everyone in a leadership position and the integral, central driving force for any business that wants to grow organically and succeed on a sustained basis. This is a game-changing book that helps you redefine your leadership and improve your management game.
Know-How: The 8 Skills That Separate People Who Perform from Those Who Don't
The new grand theory of leadership by Ram Charan; the breakthrough book that links know-how-- the skills of people who know what they are doing-- with the personal and psychological traits of the successful leader.
How often have you heard someone with a commanding presence deliver a bold vision that turned out to be nothing more than rhetoric and hot air? All too often we mistake the appearance of leadership for the real deal. Without a doubt, intelligence, vision, and the ability to communicate are important. But something big is missing: the know-how of running a business: the capacity to take it in the right direction, do the right things, make the right decisions, deliver results, and leave the people and the business better off than they were before. For well over four decades, Ram Charan has been learning in the most visceral way the underlying reasons why leaders succeed and fail. As one of the most influential advisers to top management teams of leading companies around the world, he has had a front-row seat to observe the cause and effect of leadership practices and behaviors.
Ram Charan's insight into the real content of leadership provides you with the eight fundamental skills needed for success in the twenty-first century. Know-How is the missing link of leadership. By showing how the eight know-hows link to, interact with, and reinforce personal and psychological traits, Ram Charan provides a holistic and innovative portrait of successful leaders of the twenty-first century.
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