More recent stories from Madanjit Singh
who we are
Do you have the time to be a good leader?
My colleague Laura has hit upon what could be the best leadership trick I’ve ever encountered. In her latest writing, she’s shared how all it takes to recognise any person’s contribution is a simple email from top management saying, “thank you”,...

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business travel
Your company’s future begins with the right story
My colleague Carl has a reputation for big ideas…the sort that challenge everything you think you know about corporate travel. He’s just shared one of those big ideas in a post where he muses how SAP could possibly become the world’s largest...

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who we are
The secret to successfully scaling up culture is letting go
I believe that getting culture right is the key to business growth. But at the same time, growth also poses the greatest risks to culture. It is relatively easy to foster openness, warmth, and genuine trust amongst a small group of people – but...

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who we are
Why the best leaders put people first, their positions second...and your...
Asian culture is very big on tradition. Sometimes it’s harmless…but sometimes it’s not. And there is one tradition I absolutely do not agree with in the office: top-down hierarchy. This tradition has many names: guanxi, “giving face”, even the...

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who we are
Don’t let stereotypes kill your culture
One of the potential dangers of a successful workplace culture is confirmation bias. When everyone shares not only the same values, but also ways of thinking and even types of experiences, you can find yourself operating in an “echo chamber”...

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innovation
Innovation is magic made real
The best innovation is led from emotions in response to passion, joy, pain or frustration. The closer something is to your heart, the more motivated you are to improve it or find ways to do it better. When I was growing up, overseas travel was a...

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who we are
True innovation lands a product just ahead of the market need
When I joined SAP Concur, we faced two main challenges: customers in Asia didn’t know our product, and they didn’t care. So how does a business open up a market, where self awareness is not there? Facing these challenges taught me that you can...

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who we are
Don’t build a company. Build a family.
I grew up in India, the son of a military family, so by the time I’d reached college I’d been to seven different schools in the space of 12 years. Every time we relocated, I’d have to make a conscious effort to introduce myself to the other kids...

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who we are
What I learned from Mother Teresa
I met Mother Teresa just once. It was a brief but memorable encounter: she shook my hand, and I recall her thanking me, presumably for some of the charity work we’d been doing. But it stuck with me – after all, how often do you shake hands with a...

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