Despite a Citi-inspired market rally earlier in the week, there's arguably still precious little to get excited about in terms of the economy.
Unemployment figures are still rising, while companies—Citiapart, apparently—continue to post record losses all over the place.
Where to look for someone seeking a little comfort, then?
Well…one bright side is that spring is right around the corner, along with the fresh start—both literal and metaphorical—that comes with it. Hopefully that's something that will come to the corporate world as well as the natural one, with seeds planted now growing into profitable, fruit-bearing enterprises in the not-too-distant future.
One person who may have some idea of how to do that is Subroto Bagchi, co-founder and "gardener" at Indian IT consulting outfit MindTree.
Now, before anyone jumps to the conclusion that his title means he's been put out to pasture (or to the corporate lobby to water the plants), Bagchi's position is listed above the CEO in terms of importance at MindTree. And it's not difficult to see why: among his many duties—which include a recent 35-day sojourn to meet with clients and prospects all across Europe and the U.S., according to his latest blog post—Bagchi regularly meets with 100 of MindTree's upper level executives, offering counseling on both personal and professional issues. These duties have earned him the title of "gardener"—one who tends to the roots of the company, overseeing the growth and blooming of the employees who will lead it into the future.
While the concept of a company leader offering counseling, support and mentoring to those below them in the corporate ranks isn't all that unusual, the scale on which Bagchi is attempting to do it certainly is—as is the message he's giving them. Evidence of that message can be found in the two books he's authored to date—2006's The High Performance Entrepreneur and last year's Go Kiss the World, which is also the title of his blog. The first of those titles is perhaps the more conventional, offering "Golden Rules for Success in Today's World," and featuring advice for the business community on everything from knowing when one is ready for success to laying out how to conduct an IPO. It's in Go Kiss the World, however, that evidence of the unconventionality of Bagchi's approach really comes out.