Leadership Podcast Series by BCG in India

The Leadership Podcast Series by BCG in India is a conversation with some of India’s finest minds in the world of business seeking their views on ideas, challenges and opportunities that keep them up, busy and excited.

It travels deep into the minds of leaders and into their leadership conundrums to tell us stories unheard, including some in the context of a new India that’s more integrated with the global economy today than ever before in its independent history.

The podcast seeks to answer the emerging fundamental question of our times. How do leaders lead with purpose, integrity and empathy in a world that’s more sensitive and where businesses and corporations are increasingly under scrutiny on these very same issues.

The Leadership Podcast Series by BCG in India is also an examination of what it means to be a transformational leader or, as a BCG report on global leadership argues, ‘why the world needs generative leaders’, individuals who are able to reimagine and reinvent their businesses to serve all stakeholders, who inspire and enrich the human experience and, finally, innovative leaders who can nurture a culture of deep ownership, respect, integrity and high performance.

Business leaders have always known that their biggest challenge is how well they are able to embrace change and disruption, which are likely to be constant bedfellows to global business in our post-pandemic world. This podcast series tries to find answers to questions that concerns businesses and leaders—from macro-economic and geopolitical uncertainty, digital disruptors, climate change, the emerging war between traditional business skills and climate-empathetic talent, the rise of artificial intelligence, and mounting pressure on the need for diversity and inclusion.

Hosted by business and industry leaders, the podcast will keep listeners in thrall with cerebral thinking and new ideas from our finest at the helm. Do tune in!

Episode 4: Unfolding MedTech & HealthTech in an Era of Rapid Technology Disruptions

Rahul Guha, BCG alumnus and Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Thyrocare Technologies Ltd, shares the importance of mentoring and building trust as crucial factors for organizations to succeed today. He states that both key leadership lessons were picked up from his days at the Boston Consulting Group.

In this podcast, he elaborates on how in an era of rapid technology disruptions, the BCG experience cuts through the clutter to foster a culture of meritocracy and high performance that goes hand in hand with purpose. He emphasizes this as the reason why most CEOs look at BCG as a thought leader, a pioneer of new thoughts and ideas, a place that often finds the right answer to a quintessential C-suite question: what the next big thing is, and how does one achieve it.

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Episode 3: Future Gazing: Digital Healthcare in India

Priyanka Aggarwal, Managing Director & Partner, co-lead, India Healthcare Practice, BCG India and Dr. Sangita Reddy, Joint Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals Group, discuss the emergence of digital healthcare in India as an idea whose time has come and its broader social and economic implications on a new India seeking to assert itself as a global economic power.

In this podcast, they discuss some of the key drivers behind the rapid digitization of India’s healthcare ecosystem, including the Covid-19 pandemic that brought the world’s healthcare systems to a halt but also forced governments and industries around the world to reimagine healthcare delivery models and embrace the digital transformation of the sector.

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Episode 2: Endgame for Cash? 2 out of 3 payment transactions likely to be digitized by 2026

Prateek Roongta, Partner and Managing Director, and Karthik Raghupathy, Head of Strategy and Investor Relations at PhonePe, discuss at length the key drivers of the rapid growth of India’s digital payments ecosystem—one that will nearly triple to $10 trillion by 2026 from the current $3 trillion. The podcast underscores why cash will no longer remain king by 2026, the year when we are likely to see two out of every three payment transactions being digitized and, thus, inverting the digital (non-cash) contribution to payments by value from approximately 40% today to about 65% by 2026.

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Episode 1: Is Consumption Spending the Strongest Edifice of the India Growth Story?

Abheek Singhi, Senior Partner and Managing Director, holds forth on several key themes related to India's rise as one of the world's fastest growing consumer markets. Abheek has led the Consumer and Retail practice in Asia-Pacific and is a BCG Fellow where he examines how technology can provide leapfrog opportunities in emerging markets. With nearly 25 years of experience with clients in emerging markets such as India, China, Southeast Asia and the Middle East as well as with clients in the US and Canada, he has also coauthored the bestselling BCG book, The $10 Trillion Prize (published by the Harvard Business Review Press). In this episode, Abheek discusses how the consumer is the prime mover of the Indian economy and much more.

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Further Reading


Digital Payments in India: A US$10 Trillion Opportunity

BCG, in association with PhonePe, has released a report providing a detailed outlook on the factors accelerating the growth of digital payments in India. The report highlights critical imperatives and drivers leading to a US$10 trillion digital payments economy in the next 5 years.


Racing Towards the Next Wave of Retail in India

BCG, in association with RAI, has released its annual flagship report about the retail industry. The report highlights critical imperatives that retail industry in India needs to undertake in order to achieve $2 trillion valuation in next decade.