Ramesh Nair, boasting more than 25 years of diverse experience in the real estate industry, currently holds the position of CEO at Mindspace Business Parks REIT. Before this role, he served as the CEO and Country Head of JLL India for 21 years, where he played a pivotal role in elevating the company to the forefront in terms of market share, revenues, profitability, and team size across various regions and business sectors. In 2021, he assumed the position of CEO-India and MD, Market Development, Asia at Colliers. Additionally, Ramesh is an accomplished author, having penned the book ‘Doing Business in Uncertain Times,’ which provides valuable insights into navigating crises from multiple perspectives: business, clients, and personnel.
Below, Ramesh shares insights into his top three favorite books and why they resonate with him:
- “CEO Excellence: The Six Mindsets That Distinguish the Best Leaders from the Rest” by Carolyn Dewar, Scott Keller, and Vikram Malhotra
This insightful book sheds light on a crucial lesson for leaders: achieving excellence does not necessitate perfection in every aspect of leadership. Instead, it involves excelling in key areas while effectively managing others. The book underscores the notion that successful CEOs consistently prioritize six core responsibilities throughout their careers, irrespective of their diverse strategies.
- “Tools of Titans: The tactics, routines, and habits of billionaires, icons, and world-class performers” by Timothy Ferriss
This book underscores a fundamental truth about success: it is not an overnight achievement but the outcome of sustained dedication and strategic planning over time. It serves as a reminder that enduring success requires patience and a focus on long-term objectives, steering clear of short-term distractions. This insight is invaluable in the business realm and is a significant reason why this book ranks among my favorites.
- “Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t” by Jim Collins
This masterpiece effectively communicates the importance of cultivating a disciplined culture to transform good companies into great ones. It highlights the significance of prioritizing small, incremental improvements — those 1% gains that collectively drive significant performance enhancements. This consistent progression toward predefined goals, supported by a disciplined approach and an unwavering commitment to excellence, is a crucial differentiator for successful companies.