Flipkart Official Review
It is always refreshing to read something about someone who has had such a vast career track and lived to share their story with readers. Jagdish Khattar’s story is something of this nature – worth to be read and spoken about.
“Driven” is his story – from being in the Civil services to becoming an IAS Officer to also playing a key role in several ministries, this book is a sure-fire page turner. What struck me the most in this entire book was the way Mr. Khattar became an entrepreneur at sixty five. It takes a lot to achieve what he has the book isn’t all about his rosy experiences. It also talks of the other side – the side that needs to be battled and emerge victorious on the other side.
The writing is crisp and sharp. There are times you wonder at the magnanimity of the book, but the feeling soon eases itself as the pages turn. Driven is a must read for entrepreneurs who are just starting out. Clearly a lot of lessons in this one. "
Driven: Memoirs Of A Civil Servant Turned Entrepreneur narrates the author's real life experiences and journey from being an IAS officer to being at the helm of Maruti.
Summary Of The Book
Driven: Memoirs Of A Civil Servant Turned Entrepreneur gives readers a firsthand account of Jagdish Khattar's life. The book talks about his family and education. He studied to become an IAS officer and was appointed in various government positions. When he was posted at Uttar Pradesh, he held various positions of importance and managed to influence positive change. He headed the transport and cement corporations. He was also the district magistrate.
When he joined Maruti Udyog, he worked hard to take the company to new heights. His tenure as the Managing Director began when the company was in dire conditions. Driven: Memoirs Of A Civil Servant Turned Entrepreneur reveals several anecdotes from his time there. It even talks about Maruti's ties with their Japanese counterparts and how Khattar was responsible for several crucial negotiations.
The book even describes his meetings with several government ministers as he tried to navigate the murky waters of politics to ensure that Maruti did not suffer. It even talks about the time when Maruti could not launch any new models due to external political clout. After much struggle and determination, Khattar successfully managed to lead the company to have its own IPO.
The book also talks about Khattar starting his own firm when most others think of retiring. At 65, he launched his own company and became an entrepreneur. This book reveals three different facets of one man, from a government position to the corporate annals, and finally turning his dream into reality.
About The Authors
Jagdish Khattar is a former lawyer, IAS officer and Managing Director of Maruti and currently the founder and Chairman of Carnation Corporation.
He embarked on his civil services career as an IAS officer and was posted at several different locations. He then had a successful stint at Maruti, where he rose up the corporate ladder to become the MD. His company, Carnation Corporation, provides auto care services for all car brands. It is a one stop shop for servicing and giving cars a tune over.
Suveen Sinha is Business Today's executive editor.
His career in business journalism spans nearly two decades. He has worked with top magazines like Outlook and Business Standard. His earliest news coverage was the Maruti court battle between the Indian government and Japanese motor firm, Suzuki. It was here that he first met Khattar.
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