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Episode #11

Ashutosh Garg on Entrepreneurship, Ancient Wisdom, and Ethical Leadership

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Dive into a riveting conversation with Ashutosh Garg, a corporate veteran who transitioned into a trailblazing entrepreneur, reshaping India’s pharmaceutical landscape with Guardian Pharmacy. In this episode, Ashutosh shares his journey from a 17-year stint at ITC Limited to pioneering one of India’s largest pharmacy chains. He opens up about the challenges of organizing the chaotic pharmaceutical sector and his significant contributions to the global vaccine alliance during the pandemic.

Moreover, Ashutosh explores the fusion of ancient wisdom with modern business practices. Drawing insights from the Vedas, Upanishads, Mahabharata, and Ramayana, he highlights how timeless teachings can enhance contemporary corporate practices. Discover how principles like Dharma and selfless action from the Bhagavad Gita can lead to ethical leadership and emotional intelligence in the business world. Ashutosh also discusses his latest book, “7 Chakras of Management,” which applies principles from Indian scriptures to modern management. Don’t miss this episode brimming with inspiring stories, ancient wisdom, and actionable insights for today’s leaders.

00:00 – Introduction
02:53 – Building Guardian Pharmacy Amidst Challenges and Opportunities
07:25 – Writing Journey and Legacy Building
10:58 – 7 Chakras of Management Applying Ancient Indian Scriptures to Modern Business Practices
16:53 – Inspiration to Reconnect with Scriptures
21:31 – Ancient Teachings and Modern Ethical Dilemmas
24:11 – Understanding Ethics Through Indian Scriptures
28:50 – Strategies for Balancing the Seven Chakras in Business
32:11 – Addressing Human Challenges Faced by CEOs in India

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