Mantras for Success: What it Takes to Reach the Top

By Shiv Malik

What is the alchemy of success? Which qualities, habits and attitudes lead to sustained success and not merely an ephemeral one? How can you get these traits? Mere brilliance and hard work does not guarantee outstanding success. How then does one reach the top? There is life beyond success. How does one achieve the inscrutable balance? What makes us a complete woman/man? This book answers these questions.

Shiv Malik started his career as a sales representative in 1963. He became the Chairman and Managing Director of PEC Ltd. (1989–93) and MMTC Ltd. (1992–97) during the tumultuous years when MMTC lost about 80 per cent of its annual business of Rs 8,000 crores, thanks to the Trade Reforms and loss of trading monopoly in 1991. He led their turnaround and transformation from Government monopolies to highly competitive and successful global companies. He also led MMTC to establish Neelachal Ispat Nigam Ltd. (NINL), a 1.1 million tons integrated pig iron/steel plant.

He served on many other Boards including those of NMDC, STC, MTNL, NALCO, NINL, MMTC Transnational Pte Ltd., Singapore as chairman and National Centre for Trade Information (NCTI), etc.
Presently he is chairman of his consultancy outfit, Mentors, and is a consultant with major companies.

He has recently authored Turnaround: A Public Sector Story, which tells the story of the transformation of these companies and suggests ways to turnaround the public sector. He has contributed a paper as one of the co-authors of a recent book Economic Diplomacy: India’s Experience in collaboration with senior diplomats, a recommended reading in the London School of Economics.

He lives in Faridabad and can be reached at

‘The book ... rightfully advocates honing one’s persona and character... and exemplifies the right attitudes for success.’
N.R. Narayana Murthy, Founder, Infosys Limited

‘character lies at the root of progress ... is a badly needed message ... a very valuable book particularly for the young.’
C. Rangarajan, Former Chairman, Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister and Former Governor, Reserve Bank of India

‘... Shiv Malik has produced a collection studded with gemstones ... a guide to the business of life.’
Kishan S. Rana, Former Indian Ambassador and Professor Emeritus, DiploFoundation, Malta and Geneva

‘…focus on character and values along with management strategy of jealousy and anger is a masterly exposition for fast track young professionals.’
B.K. Chaturvedi, Former Cabinet Secretary to the Government of India and Member, Planning Commission

‘for … all those who are keen to make a success of their life and career.’
H.K. Dua, Member of Parliament, Former Editor of Hindustan Times, Media Adviser to Prime Minister, and Ambassador

‘... will not only guide the young generation but ... the middle and senior managers too.’
Basant Sandooja, Managing Director, Avery India Ltd.

‘What fascinated me was ... how to come out trumps despite all odds.’
Shailendra Bebortha, Managing Director, Renewable Energy Corporation

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