I was a minion (Senior Account Executive) in the same office as Ranjan Kapur, back in 1996. He was a bigshot. Our interactions were few and far between. The one thing that remains with me of his leadership was a gift. Everyone in the company received as a gift on O&M’s 50th birthday.The gift was a set of three Russian nesting dolls – one inside the other. In the smallest one was a scroll which read “If we hire people smaller than ourselves, we will be a company of dwarfs. And if we hire people bigger than ourselves, we will be a company of giants.”
I have treasured that lesson ever since. From the giant himself.