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T.N. Hari — On Managing Crisis, Structured Thinking, Reinventing Yourself, And More

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T.N. Hari is a leader who wears many hats and has plenty of feathers in each of them.

He’s the head of HR at BigBasket, an advisor at VC firms like Arkam Ventures and Fundamentum, and a sounding board to founders and startups. He’s also involved in the education sector with institutions like Harappa Education and Avantika University.

Hari has co-authored 6 books and writes columns in the Mint and other renowned publications.

Hari has helped shape four successful exits in different industries including an IPO on The NASDAQ. He’s extremely passionate about solving problems and building organizations for scale through clear & uncluttered thinking, and relentless execution.

In this episode, Hari shares his insights on:

Structured thinking that helps solve the right problems.

Getting out of the “activity trap” and doing more of what’s right rather than simply doing more.

The 3 questions he asks himself regularly to remain effective in all his roles.

The factors that eventually lead to a crisis — at work and in personal life — and how to avoid them.

Battling his personal emotions while having a family member who suffered from schizophrenia.

How to be rational and not let emotions sabotage your self-interest

The importance of heroes in building resilience, and the essential leadership traits in managing a crisis.

Why all men should be feminists.

The art of reinventing oneself over and over again.

Making good decisions with less information and overcoming common biases.

… and much more.

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Shownotes

Hari on LinkedIn
The List of books Hari has co-authored
First Principles Thinking
From Pony to Unicorn: Scaling a Start-Up Sustainably
Sailing Through A Storm: Making a Crisis Work for You
Srimad Bhagawad Gita
Bachendri Pal, the first Indian woman to scale Mount Everest
Why we must cherish the legacy of Devi Ahilyabai Holkar
What led to the Satyam Scam
The Elephant Paradigm
Thinking Fast and Slow

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