Biggest mistake? Everyone of my mistakes has come from not taking a decision quickly and at the right time. Whenever I have moved decisively and done something it has worked. Whenever I have postponed or procastinated, I have gotten into a deeper trouble. I think being quick and decisive at the same time doing those desicisons that sound judgemental is very key on an ongoing basis.
Question: Any specific examples and lessons learnt?
I remember in 2001 when we had the crisis of the IT boom going out, I think we should have moved much faster, I mean, I should have moved faster on reacting to it. In the first 10 years of Infosys we could’ve been more ambitious. It took us almost 12 years before we took off. I think we should have done that much faster.
About Nandan Nilekani:
Nandan Nilekani is the CoFounder and ex-CEO of Infosys Technologies. Nandan currently serves as the Chairman of the new Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). There’s more about Nandan in this Wikipedia article about him.