Friday, 26 July 2013

Professor M.S.Rao’s Leadership Book ‘21 Success Sutras for Leaders’ in Top Ten Outstanding Leadership Book Award- 2013 at the University of San Diego

Dear friends,

I would like to share with you that my award-winning book, "21 Success Sutras for Leaders" ( has been selected as one of ten finalists for the Department of Leadership Studies Outstanding Leadership Book Award- 2013 at the University of San Diego. URL:

Enjoy reading this book to excel as a great leader!

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Listed in Marquis Who's Who in the World in 2013
Professor M.S.Rao Born for the Students

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Successful Publication of Book – “Success Can Be Yours” – Publisher Pearson – Authors Professor M.S.Rao, M.Ganesh Sai and M.Ramakrishna Sayee

Dear friends,

I would like to share the successful publication of authored book along with my two sons M. Ganesh Sai and M. Ramakrishna Sayee, “Success Can Be Yours” Globally renowned management thinkers and leadership gurus including Steve Forbes, Frances Hesselbein, Dr. Anthony F. Smith, Dr Larry Senn, Jack Zenger, and Chris Widener endorsed this book. Colin Gautrey wrote foreword for this book. Here are the details of the book:

Publisher: Pearson Education India  ISBN: 978-93-325-0828-6
Here is the link to purchase the book:

About the Book

The difference between successful and unsuccessful people is that successful people know the success sutras and apply the same effectively to achieve all-round success. The book reveals several success sutras that can help you achieve success and lead your life successfully. It blends success, happiness, life and leadership. It helps reflect your thoughts by eliminating information overload and equipping you with various skills. It emphasizes on human potential, goal setting, continuous learning and stress management. It implores you to learn lessons from failures and look at life from a positive perspective. It encourages you to learn leadership and acquire leadership abilities and skills to become a successful leader. The book is a treasure trove for readers, with valuable success sutras they can learn.  This book is useful to students, educators, leaders and readers who like to lead their lives peacefully and successfully. Book

We would appreciate if you could read the book, and provide your valuable feedback.

Life is great!

Listed in Marquis Who's Who in the World in 2013
Professor M.S.Rao Born for the Students

M. Ganesh Sai, Author
Founder, MGS Leadership Consultants, India

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Book Review on “Beyond Office Politics: The Hidden Story of Power, Affiliation and Achievement in the Workplace” - Professor M.S.Rao

What are the details of the book?
If you want to learn organizational politics, you read this book.  If you want to learn about coaching, you read this book.  If you want to advance your career, you read this book.  Linda Sommer’s book titled, Beyond Office Politics: The Hidden Story of Power, Affiliation and Achievement in the Workplace contains 126 pages including the Coach’s Notes. The book is divided into seven chapters. The chapter 1 preludes with hierarchy and positioning; chapter 2 deals with power, affiliation and achievement; chapter 3 explains coopetition and King Arthur; chapter 4 dwells that your boss is your customer; chapter 5 outlines that business is all about people; chapter 6 highlights brand identity and the answer frame; and chapter 7 describes about the back in the game.  Linda hits the bull’s eye with her well punched ideas, and insights in a story format on office politics in this book.

What is inside?
The book is a magical presentation of Harvard psychologist, David McClelland’s Power, Affiliation and Achievement. The author displayed tremendous creativity in articulating McClelland’s theory in a conversational tone. Those who failed to understand McClelland’s motivational theory, this is the ideal book to buy, understand and apply in their real lives.  The book helps readers rate their motivation levels and also assess others’ motivational levels to achieve the desired individual and organizational outcomes.

The book is written in a story format dealing with motivations and politics in the business world. The key character in this book is Don whose blind spots about politics and communication hold him back to be considered for a new position.  The style of this book reminds me of ‘One Minute Manager’ as the entire book revolves around Don in a conversational note which engages the readers up to the end.  

This book helps you understand the ground realities about organizational politics that often hinder employees reaching to the top in the workplace. It provides you the requisite tools and techniques to overcome the challenges of office politics to enable you play safe, and to be in the good books of your superiors. It helps you advance your career growth and achieve your professional success. It provides you a blueprint to achieve career advancement irrespective of the industry you are into.

This book provides solace for the career aspirants who are pulled into office politics although they are not interested in them. The book is well presented, structured and sequenced with chapters.  At the end of each chapter, Linda provides a link connecting with ‘Coach’s Notes’ which helps assimilate the essence quickly and ensures effective takeaways.

The book helps readers understand their personality, leadership styles and aspirations as per power, affiliation and achievement. It helps them understand what is their predominant area of motivation to enable them to build a right connectivity, compatibility and chemistry with others; and manage their roles and responsibilities to excel in their careers.

Key Takeaways
  • There are three types of mammals: solo, herd, and hierarchical: solo mammals like bears and tigers live alone, except for at mating time; herd mammals, on the other, like gazelles and cattle, also have no social structure but mingle around one another for safety in numbers against predators; and hierarchical mammals, however, like chimps, apes, wolves and humans have an instinct for social organization.
  • People motivated by power have a desire to exert their influence over others and situations. They often like things done their way, or want other people to follow their directions. People motivated primarily by affiliation, on the other hand, want to be associated with other people. They are keenly motivated by a social orientation. People who are primarily interested in achievement want a sense of personal accomplishment. They often seek out challenging and competitive situations, set realistic and achievable goals, and set a standard of personal excellence for themselves.
  • Lists out the actions one could take to appeal to Power, Affiliation and Achievement-motivated person.
  • Unfolds that language is behavior. Whenever people talk, their language reveals their motivation – both conscious and unconscious.

What is the recommendation?
It is an engaging and informative book.  Linda is passionate about coaching with a true heart to make a difference in the lives of others. She had distilled her two decades of experience to share it with others. The book is useful for the readers and leaders who want to know the real dynamics of organizational politics to enable them to guard themselves and move cautiously in their corporate ladder.

After reading this book your perception towards organizational politics will change. The book contains pearls of wisdom on coaching and leadership. It is written in a simple and straight language.  Linda wrote this book based on her two decades of practical experience. Hence, you can imagine the leadership takeaways from this book.  This is a good resource for learners and leaders to scale their corporate ladder quickly.  Enjoy reading this book!



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Professor M.S.Rao Born for the Students

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