Get Inspired to Elevate Your Management Skills at NMIMS’ Book Talk Discussion on ‘The Art of Management’


Mumbai, 8 February 2023: SVKM’s NMIMS Chandigarh Campus hosted a virtual Book Talk discussion with Mr. Shiv Shivakumar, Ex-Group Executive President, Strategy and Business Development, Aditya Birla Group where he discussed the three essential aspects of leadership: self-management, team management, and business management.

Mr. Shiv Shivakumar is a renowned engineer from IIT Madras and an alumnus of IIM Calcutta and The Wharton Business School. He has received numerous awards for his leadership skills, brand building, and HR practices, and is a regular writer for the business press, teacher, and speaker for corporate events. He has worked for major companies such as Hindustan Lever, Nokia, and PepsiCo, and was Group Executive President for Strategy and Business Development at the Aditya Birla Group.

The Art of Management is a riveting book featuring in-depth interviews with renowned leaders from various industries, “The Art of Management” provides readers with valuable insights and practical advice to help them enhance their skills and stay ahead in the fast-changing world of work. The book includes a foreword by the legendary Sachin Tendulkar, making it a must-read for all aspiring leaders.

The author’s vast knowledge and experience are evident in the book, as he provides expert guidance on how to maximize productivity, navigate matrix organizations, and elevate the performance of even sub-optimal team members. The book is a treasure trove of practical tips and inspiring stories from some of the world’s top leaders, making it a valuable resource for anyone looking to take their management skills to the next level.

In the book talk session, Mr. Shiv Shivakumar highlighted the need to manage the most critical aspects of their careers by focusing on different management categories. As careers change rapidly in today’s world, so do the skills required to stay relevant. This book provides valuable guidelines on maximizing productivity through dead time, managing matrix organizations, managing peer groups

The key takeaways from his book are first, how to deal with failures – it’s a personal choice to either sit and cry or move on, and the latter will help one grow. Secondly, the importance of speaking your mind and not being intimidated by seniors. And finally, the skills needed for the future world, including embracing diversity and inclusion, enabling a digital way of life, and effective crisis management.

The session came to a close with discussions and Q&A between the students and the author. The book talk was moderated by Dr. Naimitya Sharma, Assistant Professor – Economics, School of Commerce, SVKM’s NMIMS University, Chandigarh. The Art of Management contains case studies and insights from well-known transformational leaders in the industry.

About Book

The book focuses on three leadership imperatives: self-management, team management, and business management, in-depth interviews with top leaders from all walks of life, as well as an insightful foreword by Sachin Tendulkar. This book enables your skill-sets to manage the most critical cogs by focusing on a different management category: yourself, your team, and your business. Careers are changing rapidly in today’s world, as are the skills required to stay relevant. At the start of our careers, we appear to have infinite options, but these begin to narrow after middle management. The author’s guidelines on maximizing through dead time, managing matrix organizations, managing peer groups, and elevating sub-optimal people’s performance were phenomenal. The author is a treasure trove of knowledge and experience who makes a priceless contribution to the community by sharing his lifelong learnings through his books.  This book contains case studies and insights from well-known transformational leaders in the industry. It is a must-read book for anyone who wants to be inspired by these top leaders from all walks of life.


Established in 1981, Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS) is today recognized as a globally reputed university with strong industry linkages. Having duly earned every coveted accreditation and top ranking over the years, making its credibility unshakeable. It offers multiple disciplines across eight campuses that consist of 17 specialized schools, more than 25,000 full-time students, and about 800+ full-time faculty members, including ten faculty members with the Fulbright and Humboldt Scholarships for post-doctoral research. Shri Vile Parle Kelavani Mandal (SVKM) led the foundation stone of this esteemed university to cater to the rising demand for management institutes in the country. NMIMS is known for its consistent academic quality and research-focused approach toward holistic education.