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'Cyrus Mistry couldn't manage Ratan Tata'

Nirmalya Kumar, fired over Tata Sons controversy, speaks to Kaveree Bamzai about the five attributes of modern managers.

Cyrus Mistry had never managed a boss. He was a great CEO but his biggest mistake perhaps was that he didn't manage Ratan Tata. But he told me if he had done so, he would have lost respect for himself," says Nirmalya Kumar, a then London Business School academic who was hired by Mistry to advise him on corporate affairs as member of Tata Sons' group executive council. Until, of course, he was infamously fired along with Mistry, chairman of Tata Sons since 2012, in the morning of the long knives in

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