Stormannsgalskap is a Norwegian word which means great men’s madness.
Our only encounter with the word so far has been in Adam Lashinsky’s recent book Inside Apple.
Lashinsky borrows the term’s extension to the business world from former Harvard professor Richard Tedlow who used it to refer to extraordinary leaders who create great enterprises.
In the book, Lashinsky writes:
If any company could fairly be described as being influenced by a leader with stormannsgalskap, it was Apple.
Source: Inside Apple by Adam Lashinsky, P.160
In the Indian context, can we think of any living business titan with stormannsgalskap?
Not even Indian business icons like Narayana Murthy, Azim Premji or Sunil Mittal.
For none of these are visionaries in the mold of a Steve Jobs or Henry Ford.
The only Indian businessman to describe whom the word stormannsgalskap would be apposite is the late Dhirubhai Ambani, who used his modest savings as an emigrant worker in Yemen to build the giant Reliance group.