Ram Charan Biography

Ram Charan is a highly sought-after business advisor and speaker famous among senior executives for his uncanny ability to solve their toughest business problems. For more than thirty-five years, Dr. Charan has worked behind the scenes with top executives at some of the world’s most successful companies, including GE, Verizon, Novartis, Dupont, Thomson Corporation, Honeywell, KLM, Bank of America, and MeadWestvaco. He has shared his insights with many others through teaching and writing.

Dr. Charan’s introduction to business came early while working in the family shoe shop in the small Indian town where he was raised. He earned an engineering degree in India and soon after took a job in Australia and then in Hawaii. When his talent for business was discovered, Dr. Charan was encouraged to pursue it. He earned an MBA and a doctorate degree from Harvard Business School, where he graduated with high distinction and was a Baker Scholar. After receiving his doctorate degree, he served on the Harvard Business School faculty.

Dr. Charan is well known for providing advice that is down-to-earth and relevant and that takes into account the real-world complexities of business. Among his recommendations for achieving profitable growth, for example, are to search for “singles and doubles,” as well as home runs, to develop a “growth budget.”

Many people have come to know Dr. Charan through in-house executive education programs. His energetic, interactive teaching style has won him several awards. He won the Bell Ringer Award at GE’s famous Crotonville Institute and Best Teacher Award at Northwestern. He was among BusinessWeek‘s top ten resources for in-house executive development programs.

Over the past decade, Dr. Charan has captured his business insights in numerous books and articles. In the past five years, Dr. Charan’s books have sold more than 2 million copies. These include the bestseller "Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done" and "Confronting Reality," both co-authored with Larry Bossidy, "What the CEO Wants You to Know," "Boards at Work," "Every Business Is a Growth Business," "Profitable Growth," and "Boards That Deliver." A frequent contributor to Fortune, Dr. Charan has written two cover stories, “Why CEOs Fail” and “Why Companies Fail.” His other articles have appeared in the Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, Director’s Monthly, and Strategy and Business.

An engaging presenter, Charan delivers high-energy keynotes that offer cutting-edge insights into leadership, innovation, execution, and global strategy -- insights that have made him, as Fast Company reports, “an indispensable right-hand man for hundreds of top managers.”

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How to book Ram Charan?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Ram Charan for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Ram Charan, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Ram Charan or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book Ram Charan?

Booking fees for Ram Charan, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Ram Charan, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for Ram Charan?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Ram Charan for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Ram Charan for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Ram Charan or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Ram Charan or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


Ram Charan is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Business, Futurism and Business Leadership. The estimated speaking fee range to book Ram Charan for live events is $50,000 - $100,000, and for virtual events $20,000 - $30,000. Ram Charan generally travels from Texas, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are R "Ray" Wang, Gary Hamel and Marcus Buckingham. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Ram Charan for an upcoming event.

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Ram Charan Speaking Topics

  • Leading Your Business Through the Global Tilt

    It is quite obvious the business world is in a state of flux. We have plummeted from the highs of the last economic boom into the most troubled economy of the past fifty years - an economy that is now globally interconnected and immensely complex. Businesses are frantically trying to find their way in the newly reworked landscape, where the rules of the game seem unclear and sometimes unfair. Drawing on his experience with businesses worldwide, Ram Charan offers perspective and insight for business leaders operating in this new competitive arena, where the balance of economic power has dramatically shifted . The audience will learn:

    • The profound shift in economic power that is underway and the opportunities it presents

  • Leadership in the Era of Economic Uncertainty

    Ram Charan helps you steer your business through the minefield of contracting markets, cash shortages, and ongoing uncertainty. No matter what your leadership role, Charans insight will help ensure that your business emerges leaner, stronger, and well in front of the competition.

    The chaos of global economic meltdown has imposed an urgency you have never before experienced. Its a scary thing, but it can also be exciting if youre prepared. Hear how leaders at DuPont, Hanesbrands, Wipro, and other companies have used Charans techniques to get results.

    Charan provides practical actions you can execute immediately to:

    Protect cash flow vigilantly, even daily, and use cash more efficiently

    Use ground intelligence to survive the storm and position your business to thrive in the aftermath

    Develop a better understanding of your customers

    Reevaluate your pricing strategy and capital expenditures

    Use cost cutting strategically

  • Managing in the Downturn -- Tools to Use

    Preparing a company to survive a prolonged period of slow growth or even contraction is one of the most difficult tasks that will ever confront management. Leaders must recognize the new reality confronting their companies and take the necessary steps to shore up the company and weather the storm. Ram Charan will show you the tools leaders and managers need to implement to prepare for and steer through these tough economic times and also how to seize the opportunities that invariably arise out of difficult environments.

    This session is based on Ram Charans 2009 book, Leadership in the Era of Economic Uncertainty: The New Rules of Getting Things Done in Difficult Times.

  • Leadership Know-How: Developing Leaders at All Levels

    Charan brings realism and specificity to a subject that is often vague and amorphous: leadership. Why do so many leaders fail? Very simple, he says, they dont know how to run a business. Charan breaks through the faade of leadership to explain the capabilities leaders must possess. He gives aspiring leaders a blueprint to take charge of their own development and help other leaders grow. This session, based on Charans 2007 book Know-How: The 8 Skills that Separate People Who Perform From Those Who Dont and his 2008 book Leaders at All Levels: Deepening Your Talent Pool to Solve the Succession Crisis, covers the following:

    What leadership training tends to omit.

    The 8 capabilities leaders really need.

    When and how personality matters.

    Examples of leaders who have outstanding know-how in critical areas.

    How to build and improve your know-how.

    How to build a pipeline of leaders who deliver.

  • Reinventing How You Sell: What the Customer Wants You to Know

    Too often selling becomes a war over price. Ram Charan shows the way out with a new approach to selling that starts with helping customers reach their business goals. Does it require new skills and ways of working? Yes, with salespeople leading the charge. Here Charan discusses companies that have made the shift and escaped from commodity-pricing hell. This session, based on Charans 2008 book What the Customer Wants You to Know: How Everyone Needs to Think Differently About Sales, covers the following:

    How to put the fun back into selling.

    Learning to see your customers holistically.

    Adopting a new role for salespeopleand everybody else.

    Shaping offerings so that costumers will willingly pay more.

How to book Ram Charan?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Ram Charan for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Ram Charan, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Ram Charan or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book Ram Charan?

Booking fees for Ram Charan, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Ram Charan, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for Ram Charan?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Ram Charan for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Ram Charan for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Ram Charan or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Ram Charan or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


Ram Charan is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Business, Futurism and Business Leadership. The estimated speaking fee range to book Ram Charan for live events is $50,000 - $100,000, and for virtual events $20,000 - $30,000. Ram Charan generally travels from Texas, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are R "Ray" Wang, Gary Hamel and Marcus Buckingham. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Ram Charan for an upcoming event.

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