Binod Shankar


Life is not a rehearsal. Break free and fulfill your potential

Are you STUCK in your career?

You are a manager or senior manager, and you find yourself miserably stuck in your career.Is this the dreaded mid-life career crisis? What do you do?
In this no-holds barred, fiercely inspirational and relentlessly practical book, Binod dives into the essential areas to unleash your career potential — knowing yourself, managing yourself, managing others, and managing transitions. The key theme is – work on yourself before you set out to influence the world around you. The author’s own experience delivers many relevant actionable tips to tackle the raft of tough decisions in your career.

Let’s get Real guides you towards transforming your career to transform your life!

Binod shankar

About the author

Binod Shankar is an executive coach, blogger, platform speaker, the host of ‘The Real Finance Mentor podcast’ and appears frequently on CNBC Arabia and Asharq Bloomberg. After a long career at KPMG, Andersen, EY et al, he turned entrepreneur to run the largest CFA prep provider in the MENA region which was later acquired by Kaplan Inc. Binod is a Chartered Accountant, a CFA charter holder and holds the Level 7 Qualification in Coaching and Mentoring from ILM, the UK body. He’s also an endurance athlete who cycles long distance and climbs big mountains.

What top leaders are saying

Let’s Get Real is the ultimate toolkit for senior managers and leaders that feel stuck in their career and don’t know how to move up or sideways. Binod’s no-nonsense writing feels refreshing and gets to the heart of our behavioral shortcomings.

Marshall Goldsmith,

Thinkers50 Hall of Fame, #1 Leadership Thinker, #1 Exec Coach, #1 NYT Bestselling Author.

In Let’s Get Real, Binod Shankar does a masterful job of creating a practical guide to personal and professional transformation. He’s absolutely correct in his assessment that far too many of us go on autopilot and end up sleepwalking through our careers, never connecting the dots between personal and professional purpose. Let’s Get Real is a must-read for anyone who wants to wake up from a comfy, cozy career slumber.

Dr. Andrew Temte, CFA,

Author of Balancing Act: Teach, Coach, Mentor, Inspire, Host of The Balancing Act Podcast, and former CEO of Kaplan Professional.

The title of the book reflects the honest style Binod has always been known for and I wasn’t disappointed when I started reading. The honesty transpires throughout trhe book. It takes courage to be transparent in writing by sharing personal experiences, mistakes and learnings. The genuine approach makes you relate to the author and identify with the situations. You are compelled to put the learnings into practice.


Director, Head of Region, MEAFactSet

As the world has been shifting from scarcity to abundance our old mental models of spotting trends and following them are no longer relevant, rather we need to look within and follow our strengths/ passion. Hence there is a need to consciously practice self-awareness, to be able to experiment, reflect and refine our strengths and choices. Binod has taken the effort to pen down his own reflections and learnings for all of us to consider and see which of those we can relate to and hence can we learn from those experiences. I think everyone will find something that they can think about and utilize in their lives.

Pankaj Rai,

Group Chief Data and Analytics Officer
Aditya Birla Group