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Grateful for ... The team I've had

I was recently trying to identify ways in which I may have impacted people and organizations in the last 25 years. I shortlisted four categories of impact, each benefiting a different stakeholder. As I prepared my impact scorecard, I noticed one important thing ...
My team members are my greatest accomplishment. Without them, my previous employer Cognizant, its (largely American) customers, and the Indian IT industry would not have profited the way they did.
So, this Thanksgiving, I'm grateful for the people I've had in my teams at Cognizant – from the company's mid-90s formative years to the end of 2007 when it was a multi-billion dollar IT giant.

Some of us always knew that we did what the best teams in the world do. We ditched the idea of merely executing traditional job-descriptions and instead did new things by fighting cultures and processes. What we did, therefore, has stories and insights on innovation, change leadership, and corporate entrepreneurship. Here are a few slides that concisely capture it all (go ahead and click):

US enterprises squeeze new levels of business results out of IT dollar

Cognizant starts with an advantage and gets big fast

Team members train differently and thrive

Indian IT industry catches up on key capabilities
Again, if you are an alumnus of my teams at Cognizant ...

Thank you!


  1. Thank you, Pradeep for your leadership and guidance. Had you not hired me I probably would have been a boring programmer instead of having patents to my name - which I now do.:)

  2. Congratulations on your patents, Kshama! I'm sure you're impacting your organization in a positive way. Your team at Cognizant has not forgotton your enthusiastic participation in our weekly Creativity Club! Thanks for your contributions and best wishes.

  3. Thanks to you, Pradeep. For, you showed us the path to innovation and taught us to be different and think differently from the rest of the world.

  4. Among the things you contributed, one stands out, Prashanth ... Your business process centric redesign of a DHL application that sent the customer measuring -- and reporting new levels of business results. Best to you!

  5. Mukundan ChandraDecember 05, 2011

    Thanks Pradeep for brightening/ carving out our careers...Harnessing innovation, rejuvenating everyday thought process to stand high/ unique, shaping up new joiner like a CIO were the unique qualities of my "CTO" boss - cannot forget 2004 to 2007 - the golden era of my career - I regard there are 4 unshaken pillars because of which the group excelled in every possible spheres...

  6. Mukund, thanks for your own 3 pillars: you were a team-player, flexible, and hard-working! And if I remember correctly, you played important roles in helping convert a couple of RFPs into projects. Thanks!


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