Jan. - Feb. 2002   
  Vol. 2 No.1   
Message from J. N. Godrej
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Value creation

Dr. K. A. Palia, Executive Director, Interviewed
by B. K. Karanjia

Dr. K.A. Palia, Executive Director, Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd., is probably the most important man in Godrej (of course he’ll deny this vehemently!). For he has his finger on the Godrej pulse.

He has known the pulse beat stronger in times past. But he is not unduly ruffled. Recessions come, but they also go. He maintains his faith in old Godrej values, revivified by modern management systems — most recently, Partnership 2000 with its credo of entrust and empower.

Palia is a gentle person, but a hard taskmaster. At the same time, he successfully argues for his subordinates during their Performance Review, especially when it comes to giving promotions. In turn, he receives unstinting loyalty from them.

A religious man who lives by the motto, good thoughts, good words and good deeds, he also has the humility of the genuinely religious. For him life is reduced to a LONG hard day’s journey into night. Duty done. Conscience obeyed. Honour, integrity upheld. He enjoys the sleep of the just.