Business Today 14th January 2018 - Page 132

The Best Management Lesson I Learnt BY TARUN RAI CEO, J. Walter Thompson South Asia ‘Build a Great Team & Win’ You need bright people around you; you must also take a leap of faith and work on a shared vision to build a winning team. As a young executive at JWT, New Delhi, a couple of decades ago, I had made a presentation on the ‘Future of Work’ at one of our workshops. Mike Khanna, the then CEO who was present at the workshop, was im- pressed and thought it would be a good idea for me to present it to his executive committee in Mumbai. A few weeks later, I was in Mumbai at a retreat at Madh Island. The EXCO was in progress, and I was summoned to make my presentation. I walked in and looked around at the people seated around the table with Mike. I knew then Mike’s secret of success – surround yourself with very competent people, build a great team…and win. And that has been my single most important lesson in my career. It is a leadership lesson and not a management lesson. In the corporate world, I believe, good leadership trumps good management any day. You manage companies, processes, but the 132 I BUSINESS TODAY I January 14 I 2018