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In the world of business, any metaphorical reference to games — gambling games, at that — might seem less than ideal. But for Amur Swaminathan Lakshminarayanan, president and CEO of Tata Consultancy Services Japan Ltd. (TCS), a deck of cards always comes in handy when elucidating his life motto.

“I often tell my teams you have to play the cards you’re dealt,” said the Indian national, who came to Japan in 2014. “My philosophy has always been, make the best of what you have. Deal with what’s in front of you, not with ‘what ifs.’ ”

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