W. L. Gore and Morning Star are positive deviants. They were built to be meritocratic, and have freedom woven into their DNA. The same probably can't be said for your organization. Nevertheless, with courage and vision it's possible to rebuild the ideological foundations of a tradition– bound company. Over the past few years, that's exactly what Vineet Nayar has been doing at HCL Technologies (HCLT).

HCL Enterprise is one of India's most progressive IT companies. Originally Hindustan Computers Limited, HCL today comprises two main businesses: HCL Infosystems, which focuses on hardware manufacturing and system integration, and HCL Technologies, a $3.5 billion service organization that has its roots in business process ...

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