Ram Charan

  • Acclaimed Business Advisor
  • New York Times Bestselling Author of Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done

For 35 years, Ram Charan has coached some of the worlds’ most successful CEOs, working behind the scenes at companies like GE, KLM, Bank of America, DuPont, Novartis, EMC, Home Depot, 3M and Verizon. Ram is a favorite among executive educators and was selected as one of Business Week’s top ten resources for in-house executive development programs. Ram is known for his practical, real world perspective. :

 
  

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Ram Charan [consults] for the largest and most powerful companies . . . even more than his dedication, it's his insights that have won him the ear of hundreds of top managers. . . . What Charan loves to do is to solve business problems. With his plainspoken Socratic approach, he helps demolish organizational silos or persuade entrenched executives to change their points of view. . . . Companies seek him out for his 'wise man' approach rather than choosing a consultant with a narrow specialty.

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LEADERS AT ALL LEVELS: Deepening Your Talent Pool to Solve the Succession Crisis

In Leaders at All Levels, Ram Charan addresses a pressing problem—a shortfall of leaders prepared to face the complexity of today's business challenges. When so many companies struggle to find successors for their top jobs, and when so many leaders rise to the top but fail shortly thereafter, you kn ...

In Leaders at All Levels, Ram Charan addresses a pressing problem—a shortfall of leaders prepared to face the complexity of today's business challenges. When so many companies struggle to find successors for their top jobs, and when so many leaders rise to the top but fail shortly thereafter, you know there's something wrong with our succession and leadership development practices.

WHAT THE CUSTOMER WANTS YOU TO KNOW: How Everybody Needs to Think Differently about Sales

Someday, every company will listen more closely to the customer, and every manager will realize that sales is everyone's business, not just the sales department's. In the meantime, this eye- opening book will show you how to get started. ...

Someday, every company will listen more closely to the customer, and every manager will realize that sales is everyone's business, not just the sales department's. In the meantime, this eye- opening book will show you how to get started.

EXECUTION: The Discipline of Getting Things Done

For many leaders, creating a strategy is the easy part. Making it happen is the bigger challenge. Why is flawless execution so hard to achieve? Because few leaders understand what it requires. Execution takes personal discipline, and more important, a systematic approach to synchronizing the moving ...

For many leaders, creating a strategy is the easy part. Making it happen is the bigger challenge. Why is flawless execution so hard to achieve? Because few leaders understand what it requires. Execution takes personal discipline, and more important, a systematic approach to synchronizing the moving parts of the organization. Based on the best selling and highly praised book Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done, this session explains: - why execution cannot be delegated - how companies like Wal-Mart, Dell, and GE use execution to out-compete - the framework of flawless execution - tools to develop your own discipline of execution

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Biography

Ram Charan is a world-renowned business advisor, author and speaker who has spent the past 35 years working with many top companies, CEOs, and boards of our time. In his work with companies including GE, MeadWestvaco, Bank of America, DuPont, Novartis, EMC, 3M, Verizon, Aditya Birla Group, Tata Group, GMR, Max Group, Yildiz Holdings, and Grupo RBS, he is known for cutting through the complexity of running a business in today’s fast changing environment to uncover the core business problem. His real-world solutions, shared with millions through his books and articles in top business publications, have been praised for being practical, relevant and highly actionable—the kind of advice you can use Monday morning.

Ram’s introduction to business came early while working in the family shoe shop in a small town in northern India, where he was raised. He earned an engineering degree in India and soon after took a job in Australia. When his talent for business was discovered, Ram was encouraged to develop it. He earned MBA and doctorate degrees from Harvard Business School, where he graduated with high distinction and was a Baker Scholar, then served on the faculties of Harvard Business School and Northwestern University before pursuing consulting full time.

Ram’s work takes him around the globe non-stop and gives him an unparalleled, up-to-date insider view of how economies and leading companies operate. Through keen observation and analysis, he forms powerful insights that help business leaders face their toughest challenges in the areas of growth, talent development, corporate governance, and profitability. His timely concrete advice is a powerful tool in navigating today’s uncertain business climate. Former Chairman of GE Jack Welch says Ram “has the rare ability to distill meaningful from meaningless and transfer it in a quiet, effective way without destroying confidences,” while Ivan Seidenberg, the former CEO of Verizon, calls Ram his “secret weapon.”

Ram has coached more than a dozen leaders who went on to become CEOs. He reaches many more up-and-coming business leaders through in-house executive education programs. His energetic, interactive teaching style has won him several awards, including the Bell Ringer award at GE’s famous Crotonville Institute and best teacher award at Northwestern. He was among Businessweek’s top ten resources for in-house executive development programs.

He has authored 15 books since 1998 that have sold over 2 million copies in more than a dozen languages. Execution, which he coauthored with former Honeywell CEO Larry Bossidy in 2002, was a #1 Wall Street Journal Best-Seller and spent more than 150 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list. He also has written for publications including Harvard Business Review, Fortune, Businessweek, TIME, Chief Executive and USA Today.

Ram was elected a Distinguished Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources and has served on the Blue Ribbon Commission on Corporate Governance. He has served on the boards of Hindalco in India, Emaar, Austin Industries, Tyco Electronics, and Fischer and Porter.