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ISSUE No.11 | 2017-18
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Holy Smoke, I mean Smog.

We are all seeing what Delhi has come to. Schools shut, visibility down, health emergency declared, will Delhiites have to be evacuated to some safe haven?

But the purpose of this note is not about Delhi situation, its about learning from it. While we are fortunate not to have a lot of ills causing the smog in Delhi like burning of fields around it, the government must come out with guidelines for Mumbai citizens how to avoid falling into a similar trap in coming months and years. There is no point beginning the planning after we too are engulfed. One of the worst offenders in Mumbai are cars and motorcycles on our jammed roads. Also the fires that are lit by people living in hutments, in the winter months which are round the corner.

Lets wake up before its late, too late .

- Vikash Mittersain
IBG Founder & President,





1. Knowledge Café Series on Wednesday 29th Nov.2017 at Junkyard Café, Bandra West.




1. Snippets of The BoardRoom++ Mr. Niranjan Hiranandani Roundtable held on 08th November 2017

The BoardRoom++ had an opportunity to take its delegation to Mr. Niranjan Hiranandani’s office and gain a very exclusive conversation with him.

In line with IBG Boardroom++ activity calendar we schedule a monthly visit to a top business leader.


Here are few details of The BoardRoom++

The BoardRoom++ will be the Premier Chief Executive Leadership Organization .It will be exclusively for President, Chairman of the Board, CEO, Managing Director or Managing Partner.

This initiative is to foster a close knit group of likeminded, similar status business people. This group of business leaders will exchange knowledge, learning, support at business and personal level, be confidential sounding boards, inspire each other.

It will become a community of top leaders to address common issues, learnings, goodwill, support, trust and confidentiality.

This vertical will have events like :

  1. Learning Events: The BoardRoom++ will affiliate with leading Institutions like Harvard, NIT, Cornell, etc to do special courses for members.
  2. Speaker Sessions: Top level Indian and International speakers will be invited to an evening with members. These would include Politicians and Bureaucrats.
  3. Business Events: There will be events that bring business value to Members.
  4. Fun events like Sailing, Golf, outstation trips for families.
  5. Spouse events.

Membership Fees:

There are no joining fees.

The annual membership fees is Rs. 50000/- plus taxes.

The BoardRoom++ will be similar to other super exclusive groups like EO, YPO, RoundTable, etc.

We will have affiliate and corresponding arrangement for members to attend when on overseas trips.


2. IBG in association as an outreach partner invites you to ASCENT Conclave on 11th November 2017 at St. Regis, Mumbai




3. IBG's Diwali POTBOILER Networking Event on October 11, Wednesday at The Good Wife BKC





4. An Evening at the Royal Opera House on 2nd November 2017

SKAL Club of Bombay in Association with India Business Group
"An Evening at the Royal Opera House"
Performance by Danceworx showcasing Chicago and Great Gatsby,
Special performance by violinist Sandeep Thakur
Auction to exotic locations, drinks and dinner by renowned caterers

Venue: Royal Opera House, Mathew Rd, Opera House, Girgaon, (opp. Tewari sweets), Mumbai, 400004



5. IBG in association with Dubai Multi Commodities Centre, conducted an action packed “Made for Trade Live Roadshow” on 3rd October 2017 at St.Regiswith around 250 people attending it.

For your reference, you can watch the video here and view the photos of the event here.



6. Below is an article on Servant Leadership by one of our Boardroom Member-Dr. Wilfred Monteiro


Servant Leadership is a timeless concept ; a legacy from the holy books & teaching of the sages; however in modern times the phrase “servant leadership” in the business context ; was coined by Robert K. Greenleaf in The Servant as Leader, an essay that he first published in 1970. In that essay, Greenleaf said:

it begins with the natural feeling that one
wants to serve, to serve first.
then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead.
that person is sharply different from one who is leader first,
perhaps because of the need to assuage an unusual power drive
or to acquire material possessions…
the leader-first and the servant-first are two extreme types.
between them there are shadings and blends
that are part of the infinite variety of human nature.”

A servant-leader essential is DIFFERENT from the usual business leaders who are driven by personal gain, organization betterment etc. A servant leader focuses primarily on the growth and well-being of people and the communities/groups to which they belong.. The difference manifests itself in the care taken by the servant-first to make sure that other people’s highest priority needs are being served. The best test, and difficult to administer, is:
  • Do those served grow as persons?
  • Do they, while being served, become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely themselves to become servants?
  • And, what is the effect on the least privileged in society? Will they benefit or at least not be further deprived?“
All servant leaders share two fundamental beliefs about the people they lead, and engage in a few distinct practices that put these beliefs into action.

Servant leaders believe that...
1. Every person has value and deserves civility, trust, and respect
2. People can accomplish much when inspired by a purpose beyond themselves

Somehow servant leadership has many appear to have similarities with the commonly used terms -transformational and charismatic leadership; as both are inspirational and moral. While transformational leadership will lead to an empowered, action-oriented culture; servant leadership culture is associated with an attitude of equality fraternity and a paternalistic care and concern for the welfare of followers... the leaders is an integral part of those who are led.


Since the concept of servant leadership was introduced by Robert Greenleaf in 1977, some researchers have succeeded to develop the characteristics of servant leadership. Here are some top characteristics:

The most important principle of Servant leadership is to be first among equals: a leader who does not use his power to getting this done for organization but who tries to persuade and convince staff. Servant leaders depend less on organizational power and control while they try to shift authority to the followers While traditional leadership generally involves the accumulation and exercise of power by one at the “top of the pyramid,” servant leadership is different. The servant-leader shares power, puts the needs of others first and helps people develop and perform as highly as possible.

A real willingness to take responsibility for the larger organization cause and to go for service instead of control and self-interest; therefore holding something in trust and serving the needs of others; Servant leaders are not motivated by motivation of power, but motivation to serve others . The identification of followers needs; helps to persuade and influence since they did not use their power to force or legitimate something. They intended to serve what the followers need and lead them. Leading and serving becomes exchangeable. Being a servant allows a person to lead; being leaders implies a person serves.

The sheer commitment of the Servant Leader for the long term; prevents the short sighted polices and hasty action to improve results for the “next quarter” This according to Robert Greenleaf results in using the intuitive mind to understand lessons from the past, the realities of the present, and the likely consequence of a decision in the future in order to solve complex problems. So being awake to changing reality & thinking beyond the present day need and stretching it into a possible future; foreseeing outcomes of situations and the ability to look at a problem or the organization from a conceptualizing perspective so that one goes beyond the day-to-day realities in order to bring visions to reality .

The basic step of Servant Leadership is helping others selflessly just for sake of helping, which involves self-sacrifice. Therefore a premium value is put on humility: ability to put one’s own accomplishment and talents in a proper perspective; As a result there is authenticity in expressing oneself in ways that are consistent with inner thought and feeling. A leader who follows this pathway creates trust and wellbeing at the workplace.

Servant leaders educate the members of their team through their words and actions, and they encourage their people to set aside self-serving behaviors in favor of serving others. Building team emphasizing that people networks are essential in a person’s personal professional and social life. In The Servant as Leader, Greenleaf writes, “There is something subtle communicated to one who is being served and led if, implicit in the contractt between the servant-leader and led is the understanding that the search for wholeness is something that they have.” The most important in decision making process are mutually acceptable decision through good understanding and the maturity of followers. In order that, the development of organization through servant leadership styles just the impact goals, the ultimate goals are the growth and follower’s maturity.

A distinct demonstration of the ability to understand and experience the feeling of others and accepting how and what they are ; recognizing their special and unique spirit. The servant leader must assume the good intentions of their co-workers and not reject them, even when forced to reject their behavior or performance.

Entrusting powers to others involves effective listening, making people feel significant, putting emphasis on teamwork, valuing of love and humility. fostering proactive, self-confident attitude among followers and gives them a sense of personal power;

The Value-for-People is manifest in commitment to the growth of people: nurturing the personal, professional, and spiritual growth & counseling of others; Servant leaders know that by helping to guide the people who work for them, they will help their employees learn vital skills that will both improve their performance, and improve them as people.

First seek to understand and then wait to be understood is the mode of the Servant leadership. It is all about emphasizing the importance of communication and seeking to identify the will of the people; seeking to influence others relying on arguments not on positional power; Servant leaders really listen to their people, and they actively solicit their participation, their ideas, and their feedback. In time, they get to know the world-view of each one of their employees, and they tailor their leadership approach accordingly.

Servant leaders realize that one or two conversations may not have the desired change in an employee's assumptions or mindset. So they are tenacious and invest whatever time it takes to educate and inspire servant leadership practices in the members of their team. Servant leadership focus on stability and evolutionary of the organization by the followers personal growth as the basic foundation. It will take a long time but it will be strong over the time to make the organization sustainability and stability. Time factor for servant leaders are not considered crucial because they stress collaboration and integrity in develop their organization.

Service Leaders benignly hold themselves and others accountable for their commitments. Servant leaders know that no one is perfect, and everyone makes mistakes--including themselves. With that in mind, they push for high standards of performance, service quality, and alignment of values throughout the team, and they hold themselves and their people accountable for their performance.

This decade as seen an exponential growth of leadership theories; human resource management buzzwords and “business coaches” all over the place. Yet Robert Greenleaf’s message rings deep into your years because they are simple and stress authenticity. The core belief of the Servant Leader that the meta-cause (beyond your self) and the urge for service and faith in the goodness and ability of people are missing you cannot have managers who create followers better than themselves.

Thanks and regards,

Dr Wilfred Monteiro
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Member’s Corner


Mr. Keith Morrison Milne
Mr. Keith Morrison Milne

Keith is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor from United Kingdom and is currently based in the State of Qatar. He is the Managing Director of David Adamson & Partners Overseas and leads the Company’s operation in the Middle East and North Africa region. He is also a Director of David Adamson Vastupoorty India Private Limited and visits India regularly.

Keith has in excess of 30 years of professional Quantity Surveying experience, and has worked in many sectors of the Construction Industry including Building, Civil and Petro-chemical and has managed projects throughout the UK, MENA region and India subcontinent. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors currently sits on the RICS’s National Association Board for Qatar. The professional services provided by the David Adamson Group include Quantity Surveying, Cost & Contract Management; Planning & Programme Management; Arbitration & Dispute Management and Valuation Surveying. For more details please see



Mr. Gurudas Parwani
Mr. Gurudas Parwani

Director of Resilient Technosolutions Pvt.Ltd.

Resilient Technosolutions Pvt.Ltd. has been innovative with approach since inception, demarcating a niche for itself and bringing about a radical change in the Indian MEP Solutions markets comprising of Electrical , HVAC, Fire fighting, Electronic Security, IP surveillance systems, Automated Parking systems and Building Automation markets. We offer products and services that best address security demands. Resilient Technosolutions wishes to allay fears of security breach by introducing the most effective Electronic Security solutions and IP surveillance systems for establishments and government projects of all sizes and statures. We deal with complete end-to-end security and surveillance systems which are of utmost use to many in the market along with various other innovative devices that have been newly designed and launched. We propose to bring in the best service in the domain irrespective of which industry you are in.



Ms. Nilima Bhatt
Ms. Nilima Bhatt

Nilima Bhat is the co-author of Shakti Leadership: Embracing Feminine and Masculine Power in Business, and My Cancer is Me: The journey from Illness to Wholeness. As a facilitator of personal and collective transformation, she is a sought after global keynote speaker and trainer on Conscious Leadership, Resiliency and Mindfulness as well as Diversity & Inclusion. She has 28+ years of corporate experience and consciousness-based health and growth training.

Nilima headed Corporate Communications for an ITC Hotel, Philips and ESPN STAR Sports before certifying as a Sivananda yoga teacher and taking up the Integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo & The Mother. She is also a dancer and choreographer, co-founding a dance company (Sri Shakti) to de-mystify Indian dance and spiritual sciences for international audiences. She has lived in Germany, Singapore, UK and Hong Kong and has spent the last couple of years between India and the US, serving as guest faculty at the Whole Foods Academy, Austin, Bentley University and Babson College, Boston and Esalen, Big Sur. She is actively involved with supporting the Conscious Capitalism Movement, WIN (Women’s International Network) and is on the board of Peace Through Commerce and MixR.

Nilima is currently focused on building a global network of Shakti-based leaders and entrepreneurs who collaborate to create peace, prosperity, and beauty through the exchange of multiple forms of capital. Watch Nilima's Showreel



Mr. Kamal Dharewa
Mr. Kamal Dharewa

Kamal Dharewa: Managing Partner, KD Practice Associates LLP

Kamal Dharewa is a qualified Chartered Accountant and is the managing partner at KD Practice Associates LLP. KD Practice Associates LLP has been involved in helping organizations solve complex business problems. With varied solutions like Business Process Reviews, SOP Drafting, Internal Audit, Costing and MIS, and ERP Implementation Support, KD Practice has helped organizations perform to their fullest capabilities.

Kamal is a team oriented leader with a successful track record for over 10 years. He is highly entrepreneurial, experienced and can handle multifaceted projects at once. He has worn many hats in his career, of a chartered accountant,

financial expert, a process consultant, a leader, and of course an entrepreneur. His nature to challenge complex situations has helped him develop a strong foothold in the market. He has handled various advisory transactions pertaining to Business Valuation, operations consulting, fund raising for mid-size corporates and Merger and Acquisition activities.

Hisskills combined with his experience have helped him immensely to run and manage KD Practice. He has able to create value for organizations in the following manners:
  • Reducing Inventory
  • Standardization of Processes
  • Successful Implementation of ERP
  • Bringing About Innovation in the Organization
  • Improved Compliances
He loves making professional & personal acquaintances, so if you want to discuss business, technology or any collaboration then feel free to drop an email at




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