Ram Charan Ram Charan (born Ramcharan in 1939 in Uttar Pradesh, India) is a business consultant, speaker, and writer

. Personal life Charan worked in his family's shoe shop in Hapur, Uttar Pradesh, India while growing up. He earned a degree in engineering from Banaras Hindu University and later studied at Harvard Business School, where he was awarded an MBA (1965) and a doctorate (1967). Before becoming a full-time consultant in 1978, he taught at the Harvard Business School, the Kellogg School of Management, and Boston University. Charan is not married and has no children. At age 67, he purchased his first apartment in Dallas, TX. Before this purchase, he did not have a home and spent every night in a hotel room or at an associate's residence. His assistants in Dallas send him new clothes via courier and he returns his dirty laundry to them. Career Charan has consulted for companies such as GE, KLM, and Bank of America. He is the author of various books on business, including Leadership in the Era of Economic Uncertainty: The New Rules for Getting the Right Things Done in Difficult Times, Boards That Deliver, What The CEO Wants You To Know, Boards At Work, Every Business Is A Growth Business (with Noel Tichy), Profitable Growth Is Everyone's Business, Confronting Reality,Know How and Execution (with Larry Bossidy and Charles Burck), which was a best-seller. Charan run his business management consulting company under the name Charan Associates located in Dallas, TX. Records show the company was established in 1981 and incorporated in Texas. Current estimates show this company has an annual revenue of $500,000 to $1 million and employs a staff of approximately 1 to 4. Charan sits on the board for Austin Industries, SSA & Company (formerly Six Sigma Academy), and Tyco Electronics. Charan partnered with Kevin Cope and Stephen M.R. Covey to form Acumen Learning. Acumen Learning and Ram Charan have an agreement to use the concepts in his book: "What the CEO Wants You to Know". Ram has helped to define and popularize the idea of business acumen being an essential leadership characteristic in management. Charan was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources in 2000 and named a Distinguished Fellow in 2005. Charan was in India in the month of February 2010 to give a presentation to around 400 Indian CEOs. Awards The American Society for Training & Development (ASTD) presented Ram Charan with its Champion of Workplace Learning and Performance Award on May 17, 2010. The Economic Times of India named Ram Charan Global Indian of the Year for 2010.

"Why CEOs Fail" and "Why Companies Fail. Identified by Fortune as the leading expert in corporate governance. He has shared his insights with many others through teaching and writing. Charan has captured his business insights in numerous books and articles. Dr. He won the Bell Ringer award at GE's famous Crotonville Institute and best teacher award at Northwestern. interactive teaching style has won him several awards. Charan through in-house executive education programs. He earned an engineering degree in India and soon after took a job in Australia and then in Hawaii. He is on the board of Austin Industries and Tyco Electronics.ram-charan. He earned MBA and doctorate degrees from Harvard Business School. Boards at Work. Charan's introduction to business came early while working in the family shoe shop in the small Indian town where he was raised. What the CEO Wants You to Know. Dr. Charan is based in Dallas. including GE. Boards. Dr. Dr. Charan's books have sold more than 2 million copies. Novartis. and Boards That Deliver. These include the bestseller Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done and Confronting Reality. KLM. are to search for "singles and doubles" as well as home runs and to develop what he calls a "growth budget" to instill discipline on growth initiatives. Charan has served on the Blue Ribbon Commission on Corporate Governance and was elected a Distinguished Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources. Honeywell. Many people have come to know Dr. Profitable Growth. and senior-most human resource executives often seek his advice on talent planning and key hires. and Strategy and Business. Dr. CEOs. His energetic. Dr. Charan has worked behind the scenes with top executives at some of the world's most successful companies. A frequent contributor to Fortune.www. Bank of America. . and MeadWestvaco. both co-authored with Larry Bossidy. he served on the Harvard Business School faculty. Charan was encouraged to pursue it. for example. Charan is well known for providing advice that is down to earth and relevant and that takes into account the real-world complexities of business. Over the past decade. Dr. Dr. Dr. Harvard Business Review. Charan is helping boards go beyond the requirements of Sarbanes-Oxley and the New York Stock Exchange by providing practical ways to improve their group dynamics. Among his recommendations for achieving profitable growth. Every Business Is a Growth Business." His other articles have appeared in the Financial Times. Verizon. After receiving his doctorate degree.com RAM CHARAN Ram Charan is a highly sought after business advisor and speaker famous among senior executives for his uncanny ability to solve their toughest business problems. Dupont. Charan has written two cover stories. where he graduated with high distinction and was a Baker Scholar. Director's Monthly. For more than thirty-five years. Thomson Corporation. Dr. When his talent for business was discovered. In the past five years. TX. He was among BusinessWeek's top ten resources for in-house executive development programs.

even more than his dedication. 2008 Leaders At All Levels Deepening Your Talent Pool to Solve the Succession Crisis Published by Jossey-Bass December 21. . 2007 . . it's his insights that have won him the ear of hundreds of top managers.Praise for Ram Charan "Ram Charan [consults] for the largest and most powerful companies . . ." —Fortune magazine "Among the world's most sought after CEO advisers. With his plainspoken Socratic approach." —BusinessWeek BOOKS Owning Up The 14 Questions Every Boad Member Needs to Ask Published by Jossey-Bass April 13. fierce intelligence. . . 2009 Leadership in the Era of Economic Uncertainty The New Rules for Getting the Right Things Done in Difficult Times Published by McGraw-Hill December 22. Charan has worked closely with executives at General Electric and DuPont. and deep access have made him an unrivalled source of real world insights into what business does right -and all too often wrong." —Fast Company "Meet a wise man: Ram Charan's frenetic pace. he helps demolish organizational silos or persuade entrenched executives to change their points of view. . What Charan loves to do is to solve business problems. . Companies seek him out for his 'wise man' approach rather than choosing a consultant with a narrow specialty. 2008 The Game Changer How You Can Drive Revenue and Profit Growth with Innovation Published by Crown Business April 8.

What the Customer Wants You To Know How Everybody Needs to Think Differently About Sales Published by Portfolio Hardcover December 27. 2007 Confronting Reality Doing What Matters to Get Things Right Published by Crown Business October 2004 Profitable Growth Is Everyone's Business 10 Tools You Can Use Monday Morning Published by Crown Business January 2004 Execution The Discipline of Getting Things Done Published by Crown Business June 2002 What the CEO Wants You to Know Using Business Acumen to Understand How Your Company Really Works Published by Crown Business February 2001 . 2007 Know-How The 8 Skills That Separate People Who Perform from Those Who Don't Published by Crown Business January 2.

Boards That Deliver Advancing Corporate Governance from Compliance to Competitive Advantage Published by Jossey-Bass February 2005 The Leadership Pipeline How to Build the Leadership-Powered Company Published by Jossey-Bass November 2000 Boards at Work How Corporate Boards Create Competitive Advantage Published by Jossey-Bass March 1998 .

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