The wisdom of Chanakya is as relevant today as it was 2,400 years ago when he did his seminal work, Arthashastra. Rajesh Kamath of Chanakya Consulting Insights has combined this work on leadership and statesmanship with research drawn from Management, History, Mythology, Philosophy and Psychology to roll out a course for Family Managed Businesses (FMB) as well as standalone modules for students of management institutes. He explains, “Our programmes integrate frameworks and practices from around the globe, to create customised learning interventions, leadership seminars with some of the best business minds and knowledge content (both online and through in house magazines) using articles, stories and anecdotes.”
In three just months, Rajesh managed to get 10 customers across industries as diverse as dairy farming, IT, media and steel manufacturing. The pricing is either on a monthly retainer basis or on an assignment basis. “The yawning gap in the consulting needs of small and medium enterprises, coupled with my own passion for making a difference forced me to turn entrepreneur. I have been involved in education since 2001, teaching and mentoring students, so it was natural for me to take this knowledge offering to the education domain. My mother was a school teacher and father was a restaurateur, and I have been able to combine the best of both worlds for the venture,” he adds.
Rajesh was born and brought up in Mumbai. He studied at St Mary’s SSC and KC College, before doing his BE at Bharati Vidyapeeth. Even as a youngster, he was always intrigued by the fact that some teachers were excellent while many others are not. Rajesh was a rebel, who focused more on life lessons than the lessons in the classroom, winning awards for both academics and extra-curricular activites at school and college. As an organiser of inter collegiate fests, he learnt that team glory is far more fulfilling than individual merit. All this allowed him to co-facilitate a vibrant HR community, More Than HR (MTHR) Global, since 2002. Kamath worked at Pertech Computers, CMS Infotech, Mahindra and Mahindra Group and HR firm Cerebrus Consultants before venturing out. “Corporate life created a strong appreciation for interpersonal relationships and helped me recognise that Leadership is in small acts as much as building organisations,” he recalls.
Mumbai based MTHR Global is a not for profit body which combines the best learning and networking for HR professionals. It has now grown to a community of over 15,000 members across India and abroad. MTHRG organises events, webinars, master-classes, surveys, mentoring, tweet chats and social learning, and partnerships with Harvard Business Publishing and Global Shapers India (a WEF initiative). They organise 12 to 15 events every year, and has partnered with over 25 leading educational institutes across the country. firstname.lastname@example.org