Review: The Art of a Happy Exit by K Srikrishna

Assessment: The Artwork of a Completely happy Exit by Okay Srikrishna


Seasoned enterprise travellers invariably browse shows of recent titles at airport bookstores. Burdened by office stress, she tends to evaluate a e book by its cowl. On this depend, the e book beneath evaluate scores successful. A smiley in vivid yellow on a purple cowl won’t be missed. Neither can she miss the intriguing title, The Artwork of a Completely happy Exit. However there lies a catch.

Hardened as I’m to sighting a myriad covers, I instantly concluded that right here’s a uncommon enterprise e book on sexually distraught {couples} smilingly exiting marriages gone awry. Truthfully, I haven’t ever made a much bigger boo-boo, and sure, that’s a dictionary phrase.

283pp, ₹499; Harper Collins

Between its covers, although, the narrative redeems itself nicely. It’s shortly clear that the writer Okay Srikrishna is a pundit on the delicate artwork of entrepreneurs worthily conducting gross sales of their very own companies. Why shouldn’t he be? The PhD in engineering who presently teaches entrepreneurship and innovation at Northeastern College in Boston, USA, has personally invested in and mentored 10 companies after which offered off every. Why? Below monetary misery, partnership squabbles, misinterpret market actuality, pressures of competitors or the lollipop of fancy takeover provide for a affluent concern, maybe?

The reply is that as a rule there wasn’t only one set off however a mixture of them. This e book’s 26 chapters are filled with illuminating real-life case research including as much as an assortment of tales on the uncommon topic of entrepreneurial sentiment. That gives added worth however disappointingly, mirror largely American emotion.

Nevertheless, let’s not neglect that the infinite vagaries of the human thoughts override cultural variance. Right here’s a case from India of a decidedly unhealthy exit. Bankers providing the agency debt capital wished collateral and administrators’ co-signed private ensures. Two refused at a really late stage. It turned out each had been getting married, and potential in-laws had completely different concepts about enterprise. Since their variations couldn’t be reconciled, writes Srikrishna, it festered towards higher misunderstandings. Each stop.

From the USA, there’s the story of an immensely profitable Head of Advertising and marketing of a well-known client items firm. One advantageous morning, the loyal hungry-for-better-sales govt started counting his ideas on which shoppers to prioritise, which merchandise to laborious promote, which model unfold to maximise to hike item-wise backside strains. Accordingly, he drew up the day’s to-do record. Then, rapidly, runs Srikrishna’s depiction, the person sat up in mattress with a shock. In a blinding flash of perception, he realised that all the pieces he did – plan gross sales, market merchandise, energize managers, enrol franchisees, modify model margins, settle for invites to speechify – was tailor-made to make his employer richer than he already was! In brief, he slogged for anyone else, not for himself. Why, any day, could also be this very afternoon, the boss may sack him!

After consulting his spouse, he sacked the boss and walked out decided to begin his personal advertising and marketing firm. It was a contented exit. He knew the market, his clientele trusted him, vivid spark professionals signed as much as be part of. Most significantly, enterprise ideas belonged to him alone. After seven years of ceaseless slog, his personal firm’s goodwill alone was counted in lots of multimillions. He offered it and moved residence and fireplace to one among America’s sunniest states. That’s a really joyful exit.

Author K Srikrishna (Courtesy the publisher)
Writer Okay Srikrishna (Courtesy the writer)

Right here’s one other: Two pals, let’s name them Jack and Jill, had been colleagues in an insurance coverage group. Although nonetheless of their twenties, they’d learnt the enterprise and its nuances nicely. In the USA, insurance coverage is a crowded discipline and Jack and Jill grew drained considering of automobiles, homes, residence home equipment, fireplace hazards and human accidents. At a mall, Jack was charmed by a housewife cuddling a pet poodle. Shedding politeness he went up and requested the gracious woman whether or not the poodle was insured. “No, I haven’t considered it,” she stated.

Jack and Jill spun into motion. Though numerous People love their pets, largely cats and canine, market analysis extrapolation revealed that very many had been uninsured. The duo stop jobs, partnered a pet insurance coverage start-up and didn’t look again. After 5 years, a large multi-divisional insurance coverage company observed their firm and acquired it. Certainly, a contented exit.

Right here’s a phrase to Indian pet lovers. BajajAllianz Normal Insurance coverage Insurance coverage Comany Ltd does certainly present pet insurance coverage insurance policies. Public sector normal insurance coverage firms insure horses and elephants too!

Sujoy Gupta is company historian and enterprise analyst.



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