Method in the Madness: Insights from the Career of an insider-outsider-insider
By Parmeswaran Iyer (New Delhi: HarperCollins, 2021)
About the Book: Parameswaran Iyer, former Secretary to the Government of India, is best known for leading the implementation of the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) - Prime Minister Narendra Modi's flagship programme, which became the world's largest sanitation revolution.
In Method in the Madness, he reflects on the unique path he chose - from cracking the IAS to becoming a globe-trotting World Bank technocrat, to playing the role of a coach to his professional tennis-playing children, to finally returning to India and implementing the SBM.
Written with humour and wisdom, this is an inspiring read full of key management insights, practical career advice, and valuable life lessons that will resonate with readers across age groups and professions.
Discussants: Shri N.C. Saxena, former Secretary, Govt. of India; Dr. Yasmin Haque, Country Representative, UNICEF; Shri Hari Menon, Country Director, Gates Foundation; Shri Raj Chengappa, Editorial Director, India Today; and Shri Parameswaran Iyer, author of the book and former Secretary, Govt. of India
Chair: Shri N.N. Vohra, President, IIC