CASE STUDY: SUCCESS & GROWTH (PART 1)Three Men, Three Eras
Challenges facing executives are changing; but the solution lies in core valuesBY MEERA SETH25 July 2008
When power leads and wisdom follows, the face of wisdom is veiled and she stumbles; but when wisdomleads and power follows, they arrive safely at their destination.
— Bowl of Saki, by Hazrat Inayat Khan
Parvez Vatcha watched the two men sitting across thetable from him unobtrusively, taking in their every flutter and blink. Somewhere a small sadness may have touchedhis heart — difficult to say, for Parvez Vatcha had a facethat was inscrutable. For the most part, he always looked pleased and contented and polite.The two men dining with him at The Chambers, were Athanu Deb and RaghavVijaychandran; both men were his blue eyed boys when he was managing director atDelaware India. At 75, Parvez Vatcha is fit, healthy and wears a clean, homegrown freshlook. At 54, Athanu is on statins, stress has deposited psoriasis on his skin and he musttake his coffee without sugar. At 52, Raghav wears an emaciated look, has no viewpointsand mistakes his dispassion for life, for disinterest. Both men had begun their careers asmanagement trainees at Delaware and had been in Vatcha’s inner circle of hi flyers.Parvez was narrating anecdotes from a visit to Sweden, the dairy farms he had visited, themilk processing plants he saw and the state of technology he felt India should invest insoon. His mind was soaring with delight in the new world he saw before him…...while Athanu, looked on, seemingly interested but, in fact, unable to take the flights of imagination and ambition, mentally urging this drift of conversation to end soon,grounded by his what-if anxiety over his future…...and Raghav, lay mentally supine, buried in his mental grave of failures, losses, defeats,grounded by his why-me anxiety over the past.In 1993, when Vatcha retired from Delaware, various things happened to India. It wasalso the year when Raghav quit, to join Cambert Inc. as their CEO, at the age of 37. Theera of very young CEOs had begun, and Raghav set India on fire by doing the never before.(Illustrations: Satkar J.Yonzon)