Benchmarking

The Quality Metamorphosis of CEOs

The Quality Metamorphosis of CEOs

1987:Me: I wish to introduce myself as a Quality Improvement consultantCEO: Oh. You mean Quality Control.Me: No. In Quality Control you maintain the standard. In Quality Improvement you challenge the standard.CEO: ??##?Me: In Quality Improvement the by-product is a reduction in Cost Of Poor Quality […]

Japanese Dipsticks: How to Measure an Organization’s Quality Culture?

Japanese Dipsticks: How to Measure an Organization’s Quality Culture?

The Japanese assess an organization’s Quality Culture using a few dipsticks: They walk through your plant and make note of the visible inventory: incoming; in-process; finished goods They visit the workers toilets and make note of housekeeping practices They study the safety practices institutionalized in […]

Mahatma Gandhi walked his talk

Mahatma Gandhi walked his talk

Organizations must have a mission. A mission that articulates the purpose of your existence. Mahatma Gandhi had a mission…… Improving the quality of life for Indian citizens. Organizations must have a vision.  A snapshot, authored by the leadership team, of what they collectively wish the […]

Performance Excellence – Are we addressing the needs of Customers, Employees, Society, Mother Earth?

Performance Excellence – Are we addressing the needs of Customers, Employees, Society, Mother Earth?

At a recent Global Benchmarking Congress in Abu Dhabi, during the course of a panel discussion, I was asked about the status of Performance Excellence in India. I made the following observations: In India, Performance Excellence is pursued by aspiring organizations primarily for recognition. The […]

Leadership in a Competitive Environment

Leadership in a Competitive Environment

Demand > Supply Most organizations work in vertical silos. These silos have names: Purchasing, Operations, Finance, Marketing, and so on. Individual visiting cards cement the silo one belongs to. The silo also defines one’s career path in an organization. This approach to management can work […]

BestPrax Benchmark – A License to Barter Best Practices

BestPrax Benchmark – A License to Barter Best Practices

Benchmarking is the search for industry Best Practices that lead to Superior Performance – Dr Robert Camp A traditional approach to benchmarking involves catching up with our competitors; and acquiring information about our competitors through unreliable sources and means. With such an approach, our organization […]