Cognizant is the only company to earn a place in the list of Forbes fastest growing technology companies every year since the list’s inception. Its intriguing growth leaves us inquisitive – is there a framework to excel? Has Cognizant found the same? It is known that the book Built to Last by Jim Collins and Jerry Porras influenced Francisco D’Souza (CEO of Cognizant) the most. He is committed to establish a “cult like” culture focused on core values. But, beyond this, does their dual mandate of run better and run different have any role in their monumental growth? Cognizant is not only preaching about helping their clients to transform in order to run better and run different but also walking the talk by practicing the dual mandate within organization from its early days. This paper digs into Cognizant’s history and current trends to understand what they have done to run better and run different.