// Mixpanel implementation The Mentoring Club - Raakesh Thayyil

I'm Raakesh, a senior leader, military veteran and information security professional with 21 years of diverse experience in Information Security, Program Management, Operations, Telecommunications & the Armed Forces. I help organisations build resiliency in their information operations & strengthen data privacy in their operations. I'm proficient at building and leading high-performance teams with an emphasis on creating flexible, agile, sustainable and scalable systems.

I am also an avid financial planner and help friends, family & colleagues with their personal finances.

I enjoy swimming and have been a national-level sailor in my early years. I enjoy reading, writing & thinking about a diverse set of topics including history, geography, mathematics, psychology, finance, self-improvement & geo-politics.

My Mentoring Topics

  • Leadership
  • Startups
  • Information Security
  • Career Advice
  • Personal Finance
19.February 2022

The sessions have been extremely useful relevant and contemporary in paradigms. Apart from de-cluttering the mind of extraneous thoughts and ideas , the mentoring bytes have also empowered conviction in decision making through the prism of optimism and objectivity. Strongly recommended in the VUCA world of today, both in personal as well as professional lives.

17.February 2022

The session was quite informative and validated the thought process I already had. Raakesh can be incisive in his analysis and provide succinct pointers in the limited session time. Always great to benefit from an experienced professional

9.February 2022

Thanks for your time sir, i know how busy you must be but i honestly appreciate your intent to guide folks like us who are split for choices in professional life.

The session for me was a great help as an investment in a MBA is not small, financially and in terms of lost opportunity/ leisure time.

You perspective really helped my take a re look at my priorities and re-calibrate my professional ambitions.

Thank-you so much again!

1.February 2022

Yes , guidance was specific with time line . This has encouraged me to peruse my next task . Looking forward for the next session

7.January 2022

The session helped me get a different perspective to address my challenges with career progression. Lt. Col. Raakesh (Retd.) shared his own career experiences which were quite insightful as well.

9.December 2021

Interaction with you nothing more than enlightening.

14.September 2021

I am writing this with a grateful heart, Raakesh. I felt very comfortable during our conversation. I am re-entering the workforce after a gap, and your inputs have clarified the corporate landscape. I appreciate most that you were honest during our conversation, and you offered to go the extra mile for me by being willing to speak to a professional from my field of interest.

I appreciate your help and your kindness.

I hope you touch many more lives.



13.May 2021

The session was conducted in extremely conducive environment, ensured me, I was comfortable. The speaker guided me to read a book, go for mock/live interviews and extensive use of SMART. Session helped in clearing lot of my queries.The speaker is highly professional and is strongly recommended to others, looking for lateral shift from Combat2Corporate.

8.May 2021

The session was immensely helpful to understand the nuances of transition and further charter my course of action towards my goals. The inputs received were relevant and practical which made me understand the process holistically.

7.May 2021

The session was immensely helpful to understand the nuances of transition and further charter my course of action towards my goals. The inputs received were relevant and practical which made me understand the process holistically.

16.April 2021

The session was extremely helpful. The session can be further structured into deliverables and then further work can be carried out on those.

Tuesdays with Morrie - An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson
Mitch Albom

Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher, or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, helped you see the world as a more profound place, gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it. For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly twenty years ago. Maybe, like Mitch, you lost track of this mentor as you made your way, and the insights faded, and the world seemed colder. Wouldn't you like to see that person again, ask the bigger questions that still haunt you, receive wisdom for your busy life today the way you once did when you were younger? Mitch Albom had that second chance. He rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man's life. Knowing he was dying, Morrie visited with Mitch in his study every Tuesday, just as they used to back in college. Their rekindled relationship turned into one final "class": lessons in how to live. Tuesdays with Morrie is a magical chronicle of their time together, through which Mitch shares Morrie's lasting gift with the world.

The Art of War
Sunzi, Tzu Sun

The definitive translation of Sun-tzu's timeless classic of military strategy, Art of War Art of War is almost certainly the most famous study of strategy ever written and has had an extraordinary influence on the history of warfare. The principles Sun-tzu expounded were utilized brilliantly by such great Asian war leaders as Mao Tse-tung, Giap, and Yamamoto. First translated two hundred years ago by a French missionary, Sun-tzu's Art of War has been credited with influencing Napoleon, the German General Staff, and even the planning for Desert Storm. Many Japanese companies make this book required reading for their key executives. And increasingly, Western businesspeople and others are turning to the Art of War for inspiration and advice on how to succeed in competitive situations of all kinds. Unlike most editions of Sun-tzu currently available (many simply retreads of older, flawed translations), this superb translation makes use of the best available classical Chinese manuscripts, including the ancient "tomb text" version discovered by archaeologists at Linyi, China. Ralph Sawyer, an outstanding Western scholar of ancient Chinese warfare and a successful businessman in his own right, places this classic work of strategy in its proper historical context. Sawyer supplies a portrait of Sun-tzu's era and outlines several battles of the period that may have either influenced Sun-tzu or been conducted by him. While appreciative of the philosophical richness of the Art of War, this edition stresses Sun-tzu's practical origins and presents a translation that is both accurate and accessible.


An extraordinary detailed manual on statecraft and the science of living by one of classical India's greatest minds; Kautilya; also known as Chanakya and Vishnugupta; wrote the Arthashastra not later than 150 AD though the date has not been conclusively established. Legend has it that he was either a Brahmin from Kerala or from north India; however; it is certain that Kautilya was the man who destroyed the Nanda dynasty and installed Chandragupta Maurya as the King of Magadha. A master strategist who was well-versed in the Vedas and adept at creating intrigues and devising political stratagems; Kautilya's genius is reflected in his Arthashastra which is the most comprehensive treatise of statecraft of classical times. The text contains fifteen books which cover numerous topics viz.; the King; a complete code of law; foreign policy; secret and occult practices and so on. The Arthashastra is written mainly in prose but also incorporates 380 shlokas. Artha; literally wealth; is one of four supreme aims prescribed by Hindu tradition. However; it has a much wider significance and the material well-being of individuals is just a part of it. In accordance with this; Kautilya's Arthashastra maintains that the state or government of a country has a vital role to play in maintaining the material status of both the nation and its people. Therefore; a significant part of the Arthashastra has to do with the science of economics. When it deals with the science of politics; the Arthashastra describes in detail the art of government in its widest sense—the maintenance of law and order as also of an efficient administrative machinery.

Man's Search For Meaning - The classic tribute to hope from the Holocaust
Viktor E Frankl

16 MILLION COPIES SOLD 'A book to read, to cherish, to debate, and one that will ultimately keep the memories of the victims alive' John Boyne, author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas A prominent Viennese psychiatrist before the war, Viktor Frankl was uniquely able to observe the way that both he and others in Auschwitz coped (or didn't) with the experience. He noticed that it was the men who comforted others and who gave away their last piece of bread who survived the longest - and who offered proof that everything can be taken away from us except the ability to choose our attitude in any given set of circumstances. The sort of person the concentration camp prisoner became was the result of an inner decision and not of camp influences alone. Frankl came to believe man's deepest desire is to search for meaning and purpose. This outstanding work offers us all a way to transcend suffering and find significance in the art of living.