5 Lessons From Anand Kripalu, CEO and MD of Diageo India

Speaking at the ABFRL Awards, Keynote Speaker Anand Kripalu, CEO and MD of Diageo India shared stories and lessons from his wide-ranging experience in the corporate world. Across companies like Unilever, Cadburys and finally at Diageo where he is now, Anand Kripalu has had a career full of unique opportunities and challenges that he has overcome.

Here are some of his pearls of wisdom.

SET THE RIGHT AMBITION

If you set the ambition too high, you set the business, and yourself, up for failure. If you set it too low, you waste potential. The right ambition is the starting point for many important decisions.

THE POWER OF FOCUS

Multitasking makes you Jack of all trades and master of none. Mastery requires focus.

WE MAKE GROWTH HAPPEN

75 percent of growth depends on what you do. Only 25 percent growth depends on external factors. So stop blaming external factors. Never be a victim. Never externalise the problem. Own the problem. Then you can do something about it.

BE FUTURE–READY

We have two eyes; one to look at today and one to look at tomorrow. You have to change people’s skills and capabilities so that they stay one step ahead. That is the way for your organisation to be prepared for the future.

WIN THE RIGHT WAY

Honesty pays in the long run. Winning the wrong way does not last. Great institutions are not built on lies.