Ram Charan

Ram Charan

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.

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 bestseller and spent more than 150 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. He also has written for publications including Harvard Business Review, Fortune, BusinessWeek, Time, Chief Executive and USA TODAY.

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  • Image of The High-Potential Leader

    The High-Potential Leader

    By Ram Charan, Geri Willigan
    Item #: 3919
    The High-Potential Leader explains the modern business climate while highlighting the critical role relationship building, communication style, engagement, and ability to motivate and bring out the best performance in others play in becoming an impactful leader.
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  • Image of The Attacker’s Advantage

    The Attacker’s Advantage

    By Ram Charan
    Item #: 3723
    Ram Charan provides proven tools to help leaders embrace uncertainty and develop the skills to be better prepared to lead. The attacker’s advantage is the perceptual acuity to detect ahead of others forces that could radically reshape a market space so you can position your business to make the next move first.
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    The Game-Changer

    By AG Lafley, Ram Charan
    Item #: FBR0608
    A Soundview Featured Book Review
    AG Lafley, chairman and CEO of P&G, and well-known author Ram Charan team up to show why innovation must be made central to the goals, strategy, structure, systems, culture, leadership, and motivating purpose and values of your business to create sustained and ever-improving organic revenue growth and profits. Based on experience and research, the authors offer a new management process for making innovation central to every driver of your business.
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    What the CEO Wants You to Know

    By Ram Charan
    Item #: FBR1106A
    A Soundview Featured Book Review
    Executive consultant and author Ram Charan doesn't mince words. In this book, he presents the universal truths about what makes a successful business. Whether you run a small shop or a Fortune 500 firm, Charan provides the information to help your business reach new levels of speed, efficiency and profitability.
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    Speed Review: Boards That Lead

    By Ram Charan, Michael Useem
    Item #: BKS0314B
    Harvard Business Review Press, 300 pages
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    Speed Review: Global Tilt

    By Ram Charan
    Item #: BKS0713D
    Crown Business, 324 pages
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  • Image of Webinar: How to Lead Your Business Through the Global Tilt

    Webinar: How to Lead Your Business Through the Global Tilt

    By Ram Charan
    Item #: CNF0213F
    The greatest change in business history is happening right now. What are you going to do about it? Ram Charan has spent more time than anyone else on the ground observing and analyzing what he calls the "Global Tilt." In this Soundview Live webinar, How to Lead Your Business Through the Global Tilt, he gives business leaders the tools to detect trends that cut across not just industries but also countries, rethink the economic and business principles they rely on, and
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  • Image of Webinar: The 8 Know-How Skills of Effective Leadership

    Webinar: The 8 Know-How Skills of Effective Leadership

    By Ram Charan
    Item #: CNF0507A
    For well over four decades, Ram Charan has been learning in the most visceral way the underlying reasons why leaders succeed and fail. As one of the most influential advisors to top management teams of leading companies around the world, he has had a front-row seat to observe the cause and effect of leadership practices and behaviors. In this Soundview audio conference, Dr. Charan gives insight into the real content of leadership, providing you with the eight fundamental skills needed for succe
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  • Image of Speed Review: Owning Up

    Speed Review: Owning Up

    By Ram Charan
    Item #: BKS0809C
    Jossey-Bass, 199 pages
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  • Image of The Leadership Pipeline

    The Leadership Pipeline

    By James Noel, Stephen Drotter, Ram Charan
    Item #: 31BS08
    In this book, three experts show companies how to build their own leaders by understanding the critical passages a leader must navigate, by providing the appropriate development for navigating those passages, and by building the right system for ensuring a full pipeline of leaders, now and in the future.
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  • Image of Leadership in the Era of Economic Uncertainty

    Leadership in the Era of Economic Uncertainty

    By Ram Charan
    Item #: 3117
    Today’s business environment is challenging if not downright dangerous. Business advisor and best-selling author Ram Charan describes steps you can take right now to steer your organization away from the pitfalls and position it for a new future. You'll find practical techniques that will help you cope with cash and credit crunches, shrinking budgets, collapsing markets, sinking morale, disappearing suppliers and nervous stakeholders. And Charan will show you where to find –– and how to...
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  • Image of Confronting Reality

    Confronting Reality

    By Larry Bossidy, Ram Charan
    Item #: 31CS11
    Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan use a business model they developed to show how to tie together the financial targets you must meet, the external realities of your business and internal activities including strategy, operating activities, selection and development of people and organizational structure. Using this business model as a tool for confronting reality, you’ll learn whether your fundamental business premise is under assault, where your best opportunities lie, what you should change...
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    What the Customer Wants You to Know

    By Ram Charan
    Item #: 31TTFS
    More than ever these days, the sales process tends to be a war about price. But there's a better way to think about sales, says best-selling author Ram Charan. Charan defines this new approach to selling as value creation selling (VCS), which he says is radical but nonetheless practical. VCS differentiates you from the competition, paving the way to better pricing, better margins and higher revenue growth built on win-win relationships that deepen over time.
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  • Image of Leaders at All Levels

    Leaders at All Levels

    By Ram Charan
    Item #: 3017
    In Leaders at All Levels, Ram Charan — prolific author and world-renowned advisor to business leaders — takes aim at the current crisis in leadership: the shortage of leaders prepared to face the complex business challenges of today. Charan offers a solution that outlines a new model for succession and leadership development.
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  • Image of Know-How

    Know-How

    By Ram Charan
    Item #: 2904
    This summary explores what every executive must know to manage today’s environmental challenges. Based on the authors’ years of experience and hundreds of interviews with corporate leaders around the world, the book shows how companies generate lasting value by building environmental thinking into their business strategies.
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    Execution

    By Larry Bossidy, Ram Charan
    Item #: 2429
    Bossidy, the legendary CEO of Honeywell International, Inc., joins forces with consultant and prolific author Charan to explain how getting things done — not strategy, innovation or anything else — is the most important function of a leader. The authors examine in detail the three key processes of execution — people, strategy and operations — and show how all three are linked.
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