“INSIGHT – The DNA of Success” brought together over 200 heads of organizations from all over India, and countries such as Singapore, Dubai, the UK, Germany and Switzerland. This unique leadership program, offered by Isha Foundation’s Isha Education initiative, provides business leaders with practical takeaways that multiply capability to manage both external situations and inner growth. Key resource persons, globally respected business leaders Narayana Murthy and Ronnie Screwvala, were joined by Dr. Dipak C Jain, former dean of Kellogg School of Management as faculty chair, and B.S. Nagesh, Non-Executive Vice Chairman, Shoppers Stop Limited, as facilitator. Inspirational business persons from a wide range of industries, such as manufacturing, construction, service, education, media and healthcare, served as resource leaders.

Day 1 – Dr. Dipak Jain, Ronnie Screwvala, Sadhguru

At the start of Day 1, Nov 26th, Dr. Dipak C. Jain spoke on today’s well-informed and demanding consumer; with competition increasing both locally and globally, he noted, the way to building business success is to innovate and create value for the customer.

Media and entertainment wizard Ronnie Screwvala, in a Q&A session with Luis Miranda, elaborated on the art of getting the best people to work with him – hiring not just the best talent, but the talent which was the right fit for his corporate culture. Later, in conversation with Sadhguru, Mr. Screwvala spoke of how his failures were his best motivators and learning experiences, stating that if an organization was not failing somewhere, it was not experimenting enough. “Failure is never a full stop,” Mr. Screwvala said, “It’s just a comma.”

 

Throughout the INSIGHT program, the “external management” aspects are balanced by the “inner management” technologies offered by Sadhguru. Sadhguru urged participants to live consciously, with full awareness. Only when one was free of the fear of failure, he said, would one be able to walk in full stride, fulfilling one’s true potential. He also spoke of the role of yoga and food in the process of managing oneself: the participants were also initiated into simple yogic techniques that bring health, vibrancy and a sense of wholeness to the body, mind, emotion and energies.

Renowned cardiac surgeon, Dr.Devi Shetty, also spoke in the evening through telecon, about the journey of Narayana Hrudayalaya, the chain of multispecialty hospitals he established across India.

Day 2 – Narayana Murthy

Narayana Murthy, co-founder of Infosys, was the key resource leader on Day 2. Mr. Murthy began by emphasizing the importance of entrepreneurship in India, and mentioned that it is a great privilege to be in the company of the 200 entrepreneurs participating in the INSIGHT program. Building businesses and creating jobs, he stated, is important for the people of India to find gainful employment and keep body and soul together, before evolving towards a greater possibility.

 

Mr. Murthy also looked at the many experiences throughout his life that shaped his ideas of how to run a company. From his parents to the headmaster at his high school, and later in his life, each experience played a role in making Mr. Murthy what he is today, and also reflects in the culture at Infosys. For example, answering a question on why he gives large stock options, he explained, “I’m building this company not to become rich, but to enjoy the journey.”

 

Day 3, 4 – Taking Stock & Farewell

Day 3 included a look back at the first two days, panel discussions between key resource leaders, and a Q&A between participants and Sadhguru and Dr. Dipak Jain on what everyone had learnt from the sessions of the past two days. Day 4 saw the Isha Insight participants taking a walk with Sadhguru to bring the year’s program to an end.

Experiences

Several participants commented on the session experiences: “Helps connect the purpose of life and business” said Mr. Balesh Jindal. “Priceless learning ” was Sumaysh Agrrawal’s summing up, while Preeti Todi of Canpac reflected on how different the program was from her college experience: “Wish I had these kinds of resource leaders in college.”