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Strategic Coach

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“Raman sets the standards high with his riveting essays. A book that challenges a reader's thought-process about war, its causes and its consequences.”
- Narayana Murthy, Executive Chairman, Infosys


Delivered keynotes, sessions and workshops for global audiences in India and overseas.

- Used in several leadership forums as case studies.

- Most sought after to trigger thought leadership and influence doctrine shaping.

- 9 Million+ views on subjects of leadership, strategy & entrepreneurship.

Capt. Raghu Raman has operated in three distinctively different environments of leadership:
Authoritarian Style

Armed Forces

Corporate Style

eg: Mahindra / Reliance

Bureaucratic Style


This unique career profile has enabled him to learn, practice and teach first principles of organisational dynamics, strategy, transformations and the mindset shift that is needed to lead in a complex and ever-changing world.

Strong presence in leading publications,
platforms & media
TEDx | Josh | HT | Mint | NDTV
People Matters | Wired | Indian Express

Associated with:
ISB | Duke Corporate Education
National Defence College | Army War College
Indian Institute of Public Administration.


Jyoti Sagar

Founder, J Sagar Associates

Sometimes an experience is so powerful that even the most articulate amongst us, are, at a loss for words. Seasoned lawyers, who are skeptical, if not cynical, at most times, were so visibly touched. It was truly 'a consciousness shocker'.

Jayachandran Venkiteswaran


Leadership at 26000 feet was an outstanding and spellbinding session. Raghu was able to transform the entire group into a different situation and get everybody fully immersed into it. The takeaways from the session were absolutely phenomenal and the group has pledged to make a difference using the inputs. Thank you, Captain Raghu, for making this happen!

Leena Nair

ED Unilever

The leadership talk on the Siachen Glacier was one of the most inspiring presentations I have heard in recent times. Raman has a very clear persuasive presentation style and the content that has been put together makes me proud to be an Indian.


  • Full Immersion
  • Life-Changing Experiences
  • Astounding Results


Learn more about Capt's work and impact around the world

Doctrinal lessons from the Russia - Ukraine War

Recent analyses of the Russia-Ukraine war have ranged from talking about flawed Russian strategies, outdated tactics, and the role of technology in future wars to the centrality of territorial control and the alternative view that war is an instrument of political assertion, not limited to capturing land. While these analyses illuminate a strategic perspective, doctrinal lessons must be addressed.

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A lesson on 'Vranyo' that Russia's debacle holds for Leaders

It seems to be the season of upsets, with underdogs pummelling Goliaths. While this may suggest shock defeats at the FIFA World Cup, I refer to Russian retrograde moves in the Ukraine war, flabbergasting mandarins, analysts, sleuths and soothsayers alike. How could it be possible that a country, allegedly powerful enough to influence US elections, is tottering against one that though well replenished, is arguably an underdog. One of the reasons is vranyo.

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Corporate cultures should make space for everyone to speak out

About 30 years ago, the aftermath of a basketball match taught me two lessons, one about individual leadership and the other about institutionaliing good leadership environments. I was a newly minted lieutenant barely a month into service, posted in Sangrur, then a remote town of Punjab

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MY VIEW | Tightrope Walk

While visionary leaders foresee the future, legendary leaders have the ability to simplify and institutionalize their vision. This is the story of one such iconic corporate leader I had the privilege to work with.

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Cutting the Gordian Knot doesn't solve problems of strategic nature

In 333 BCE, when Alexander reached the city of Gordium (near modern day Ankara), he heard of a famed knot tied on an ox cart. It was said that whoever untied the knot would rule the world.

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An old army joke goes something like this

Once, the commanding officer (CO) of a unit read in the papers of a complete solar eclipse the next day.

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Training rigour differentiates companies during tough times

When it comes to aviation miracles, perhaps none can match United Airlines' Flight 232 flying from Denver to Chicago on 10 July 1989. An hour into the flight, the DC 10's tail engine exploded

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A leader's journey is similar to a hero's journey

American author Joseph Campbell influenced generations of writers and artists with his narratology philosophy, popularly known as the Hero's Journey

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AI - Why structure to support AI is more important than the sensationalism behind it

Every few decades, technological changes upend the environment and relative positions of contestants, be it in the field of business or warfare. In warfare for instance, technology advanced from fighting on foot, to mounted calvary, then to weaponised platforms like chariots

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Some performance metrics actually hurt what they measure

Who developed the theory of evolution? Who invented the telephone? What about the radio? Pretty obvious answers, one would assume. Charles Darwin, Alexander Bell and Marconi, respectively, right? Well, it's not as straightforward.

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