In Conversation With Srikanth Ram

Srikanth Ram

About Srikanth Ram:

Srikanth Ram has over two decades of work experience with various top corporates in India. He has worked for over a decade with Raymond as a Business head. He is an in-demand goal coach

He loves helping entrepreneurs and leaders to build high-performance teams and a winning culture. He also helps individuals to find their life goals and live a life of purpose

Srikanth has worked in the corporate world for various Indian and multinational companies in product development, planning, sales, sourcing, design, and quality assurance. He has facilitated leadership development and encouraged multiple teams to scale to high performance for the last two decades in both his entrepreneurial and corporate careers.

His passion for cricket and a unique outlook on the game has helped him achieve his goals and get a better understanding of what it takes to lead.

He is a certified advanced paragliding pilot, marathoner, fitness enthusiast, and an avid yoga practitioner.

Srikanth lives in Mumbai, India, with his wife Poornima, cricketer daughter Ria, and a poodle Mojo.

LiFT: Tell us about your book, the journey of writing it and its content?

Srikanth Ram: Be it any field, it is surprisingly easy to identify good leaders; however, it’s a monumental effort to define what constitutes good leadership.

Two grieving brothers, Sandeep and Sanju, one budding entrepreneur and the other a cricketer, are inspired by the words of their dying father to hold onto their goal of becoming successful entrepreneurs in their respective fields. They are resilient in the face of obstacles and to overcome it they seek directions from their heroes, both cricketers, and corporate leaders. This exciting journey gives us remarkable tips to refine our mindset and skillset to become an exceptional leader, to build a high-performance team, and to weave a winning work culture.

It does so by taking learnings from something we worship in India – CRICKET. The author is passionate about cricket and so is almost every Indian. Cricket is the most loved and celebrated sport in India. It is a religion, we breathe, pray, and live cricket.

Wouldn’t it be more helpful if cricket could also help inspire us to reach our goal of becoming a successful leader?

Read the book to find out.

LiFT: Why you chose this title?

Srikanth Ram: Lessons of Leadership, I believe, is around us in every walk of life. Since I was a cricketer and now a business leader I am able to see the leadership in both these areas and wanted to bring the examples of leadership from what we all know and familiar – Cricket.
Hence I chose the title that is apt in delivering what is inside the book.
Leadership Lessons from 22 Yards.
22 yards is the measurement of a cricket pitch.

LiFT: When did you realize that you want to be a writer and what’s your inspiration behind it?

Srikanth Ram: In 2012, I had the Opportunity to interact with Gary Kirsten, The world cup winning Indian cricket team coach. The story of him leading team India to win the world cup was just amazing and the lessons that he adopted can be classic and fundamental lessons in corporate world also. With my experience in cricket and corporate world I decided to bring the parallels in form of a book that would help young leaders and managers to understand the concept of leadership in a simple and effective way.

LiFT: Where do you see yourself ten years down the line in the world of literature?

Srikanth Ram: I would love helping people in their writings, sharing their knowledge and experience to the world. The world lacks today great teachers and leaders.

LiFT: How much do you think marketing or quality of a book is necessary to promote a particular book and increase its readers?

Srikanth Ram: It’s important to get to the readers to know about the book. There are many books and one has to market the book to send across its message.

LiFT: What is the message you want to spread among folks with your writings?

Srikanth Ram: You would agree there is a story in everybody and every context.
The context or situations is a very powerful teacher. If you can see the subtle lessons, we can learn from life situations you are a better person.
There cannot be a better teacher than one’s own life experiences.
Cricket has been part of my life, and so is too many Indians. We say it s our” religion”. Naturally, there are many lessons that cricket has taught me, I bridged this to my corporate life situations and weaved a story to tell the subtle messages from cricket and the corporate world in the most simplistic way.
Similarly, there are many lessons of life that one can learn from various things that are around us. For example my next book is based on Leadership Lessons from Indian Festivals.
I am also working on a book on Life Lessons from my flying. (I am an adventure pilot and there are many lessons I have learned while flying).

LiFT: What do you do apart from writing?

Srikanth Ram: I am a certified advanced paragliding pilot, marathoner, fitness enthusiast, and an avid yoga practitioner and also work with Raymond as a Business head.

LiFT: What are the activities you resort to when you face a writer’s block?

Srikanth Ram: I take a break and do some activity outdoors.

LiFT: What if your story will be adopted as a movie? Whom would you want to work as a director or actors in it?

Srikanth Ram: Yes there is already a talk on these lines for my book.

LiFT: Are you working on your next book? If yes, please tell us something about it.

Srikanth Ram: Yes there are two project that I am working on
Leadership Lessons from Indian festivals.
Life lessons from my Flying or Pilot your Life to Success.

LiFT: What are your suggestions to the budding writers/poets so that they could improve their writing skills?

Srikanth Ram: Have a clarity on the message you want to convey. Structure your book in a way that engages well with the readers.
It s not what you say but how you say a story that matters. Though my book is a non fiction I have weaved with a fictional story that makes it interesting and a reader is able to engage through out.

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Leadership Lessons from 22 Yards

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