5 Lessons The Natarajan Brothers Can Teach About Home-grown Success

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Everyone knows Natarajan Chandrasekaran, former CEO of Tata Consultancy Services, was named the Chairman of Tata Sons last week. But what not many know is that success runs in Natarajan's family.

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Three of the Natarajan brothers enjoy top positions in the world of the India Inc. Chandrasekaran's elder brother, N Ganapathy Subramaniam, is the new TCS COO and his eldest brother, N Srinivasan, is the group finance director at Murugappa Group. The life of the three brothers has not one but umpteen lessons for the masses.

Chandrasekaran, popularly known as ‘Chandra’, took over as the CEO of TCS in 2009, prior to which he was COO and executive director of TCS. Born in an agricultural family, Chandrasekaran’s current journey is totally opposite from his early days as a son who helped his father look after their family farm that grew rice, sugarcane, and bananas. 

Here are some 5 lessons that every entrepreneur can learn from the Natarajan brothers :

Perseverance Pays Off

Despite odd circumstances, during his childhood, Chandrasekaran and his brothers would walk 3 km everyday to their Tamil-medium government school in a village called Mohanur in Namakkal, some 415 kms from Chennai. Gradually, with hard work and sincerity, the three brothers have come a long way and expanded their business in different sectors.

Let Your Work Speak For Itself

While N Srinivasan is a certified chartered accountant and company secretary with over 25 years of experience in the areas of Corporate Finance, Legal, Projects and General Management, Subramaniam, on the other hand, is part of the Indian IT industry for the past 34 years.

The youngest of three brothers Chandra has also been driving TCS’ strong positioning in the emerging Digital Economy with a suite of innovative Digital products and platforms for enterprises, some of which have since scaled into sizeable new businesses.

One Does Not Need Foreign Education To Succeed

Chandrasekaran never attended any management school nor he took any management degree. After taking a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Applied Sciences from the Coimbatore Institute of Technology, he decided to apply for a Master’s course in Computer Applications from the Regional Engineering College of Trichy in 1986.

Trace Your Family Roots

Under Chandra's leadership, TCS has generated consolidated revenues of US $16.5 billion in 2015-16. The 54-year-old got his early lessons from his father. Chandra’s father, S. Natarajan, was a lawyer in the Madras High Court. Later, due to the sudden death of his grandfather, his father had to return to the agricultural field. Chandra also tried his hand at farming for around six months before realizing that it wasn’t his cup of tea.

Commitment To A Company Leads To Big Results

Chandrasekaran started at TCS as a software programmer in 1987 after completing his Master's degree in Computer Applications. At that time Chandra used to live with his two brothers.He never worked anywhere else, but TCS.