Uncommon Transitions


Uncommon Transitions features conversations with individuals who have made a transition from one line of work to something very different. From IT to the social sector, for instance; or from management consulting to journalism; from advertising to spirituality, perhaps. Together with my guests I explore this transition to figure out what drove them to this change, how the change has panned out, and what they’ve learned from it. We speak about the differences between the occupations they’ve had, and how the transition has impacted them personally. Read more at https://uncommontransitions.in/

Rathish Balakrishnan: From IT to the Social Sector
Oct 15 2020
Rathish Balakrishnan: From IT to the Social Sector
My guest today is someone who chose to become a Social Entrepreneur after about a decade in the IT industry.  Rathish Balakrishnan started his career as a researcher at INSEAD in France. After a couple of years he returned to India and joined the software company SAP in Bangalore, where he worked for over a decade before co-founding Sattva, a consulting firm focussed on the social sector.Rathish and I have known each other since his days at SAP, where we were colleagues. In this conversation we talk about his career arc spanning two decades. We explore his love for writing and theatre, his passion for creating social impact, and his work in the corporate world. Rathish didn’t leave the corporate world because he disliked it; on the contrary, he says he loved working at SAP. Then why did he leave it? What decision making framework did he use for important personal decisions in his life? Why does he believe that a growth mindset is key to success as an entrepreneur? How did Rathish’s interest in writing and theatre lead him to his current role, and how do they influence him today? What made him read the Harry Potter series seven times end to end? These are some of the many questions you’ll find answered in this episode. Read more here. Book mentions in the podcast:Farsighted, by Steven JohnsonFactfulness, by Hans RoslingEnlightenment Now, by Steven PinkerThe Goal, by Eliyahu GoldratPoor Economics, by Abhijit Banerjee and Esther DufloGood Economics for Hard Times, by Abhijit Banerjee and Esther DufloExecution, by Ram CharanThe Leadership Pipeline, by Ram CharanSapiens, by Yuval Noah HarariThe Harry Potter series, by J.K.RowlingMusic Credits:Carefree by Kevin MacLeodLink: