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Building a Quality Culture – It needs no passport

Building a Quality Culture – It needs no passport

This article appeared in Business India, October 22 – November 4, 2018. Quality is defined by our customers, in terms of perceptions and expectations. People make quality happen, when they are empowered. The prerequisite for empowerment is capable processes. In turn, the prerequisite for designing […]

I wish I had met Aditya Vikram Birla in his lifetime

I wish I had met Aditya Vikram Birla in his lifetime

In August 1996, Kumar Mangalam Birla requested me to design an internal quality award for the Aditya Birla Group. This young prince of a mega business empire demonstrated amazing listening skills. The true sign of a leader in the making. He informed me that the […]

5S for a Swachh Bharat

5S for a Swachh Bharat

Carbon black manufacture guarantees a carpet of carbon in the plant. Yet, at Thai Carbon Black I was told by the Plant Manager, “You can eat from the floor”. And he was right. Cement manufacture belches air pollution. Yet, at Vikram Cement the Plant Manager […]

Legitimizing Process Incapability

This article appeared in The Smart Manager, November-December, 2017. On one of my monthly visits to the head office of a television manufacturer, the Chairman was a worried man. No. Correction. He was in a state of shock. He purposefully took me to his plush […]

Building a Quality Culture

A strong company culture defined by its values, beliefs, and behaviors, has a profound impact on its products and services. More so in today’s VUCA world, where to stay relevant and maintain a competitive edge, it is critical for organizations to build a culture that […]