Leading a company of around 500 people, the biggest challenge is reading people’s mind. How best to motivate them. How best to guide them. Understanding their umwelt. A corollary of the theory of mind. Knowing what is going in the minds of others is so important and so impossible. Crazy as the exercise of mind reading is, it is not just limited to reading mind of others. Reading our own mind is also as cumbersome.
In 2000, when Koenig was struggling, I almost gave-up. I called my father and said I am quitting, Koenig will not work and I am coming back to Chandigarh. He reposed faith in me and I stayed back. But something inside me changed. I decided that I will no longer dream big. I will just ensure that I make my two ends meet and not seek further financial support from my father. In retrospect