Grandma in the Board Room (GIBR) is a gripping corporate saga of a current-day IT company, EmergePro, in the crucial years between the Chennai floods to the COVID19 lockdown. Emerge Pro is about to make a pathbreaking announcement. The protagonist of the story Krishna Prasad (KP), after a successful stint as its CEO, steering EmergePro from decline to unimaginable growth within a span of five years, is the architect of this surprise move.
The story begins with an employee get-together, where the suspense is to be broken with an announcement by the founder. It weaves through the memory shares of the past five years of the stakeholders in this growth story. KP, an outsider CEO recruited before Chennai floods, has to find his way through the maze of corporate relationships and win the support of a diverse and disinclined leadership team. The journey winds through diverse ethnicity and leadership styles – weak leader Ananth Ram, indifferent Subendu Das, intimidatingly aggressive Suhas Ratnam, caring MD Rengarajan, faithful Neha Khosla, naïve and enthusiastic Krithika, talented but not-so-confident Ashok Kumar, ever-grateful Swetha Prakash, etc. – a complex intertwined spaghetti of minds. KP has to carefully use his fork without breaking the links. How the wisdom of the stories KP had learned in his childhood from his grandma helps him overcome the challenges faced by him is a great learning and a great read as well.
Jaganathan is the Managing Director of FutureCalls Technology Private Limited. A university gold medalist, Jaganathan is a technocrat who enjoys learning and adapting new technologies in work and life. After a corporate career of 14 years, in 2001, Jaganathan turned an entrepreneur by founding FutureCalls, an IT infrastructure consulting company.
Jaganathan has varied interests from technology to mentoring, blogging, literature, travel, etc. GIBR is his second attempt in thought leadership. His first book MANAGEMENT IMMEMORIAL – Learnings from Literature was published in 2018 and received acclaim and appreciation.
In his second attempt at writing, he combines his passions for mentoring, literature and storytelling. He blends his career experience and wisdom gained from grandma stories to present this book.
Sampath Kumar is a passionate reader and writer. With his extensive career experience of four decades in the corporate world at IT leadership positions culminating as the CIO of Sankara Nethralaya, Sampath is able to blend easily with the GIBR storyline and his narrations are real life and factual.