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Saluting Qimpro’s Torchbearers of Quality for 2018

Saluting Qimpro’s Torchbearers of Quality for 2018

Qimpro Awards recognize individuals for Excellence in Quality. The awards were established in 1990. The Qimpro Platinum Standard recognizes Statesmen with national and international footprints in Quality. The Qimpro Gold Standard recognizes Leaders who have integrated Quality into their strategic plans. The four Panels of […]

India can make it. And make it better.

India can make it. And make it better.

Three decades back, there were few organizations that embraced Quality as a competitive tool. Most were engaged, rightly so, in getting their Quality Management Systems certified. Unfortunately, they ended up screaming on billboards that they were ISO 9001 organizations. These organizations delivered no particular results. […]

Seven Skills for Survival

Seven Skills for Survival

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Einstein Organizations and institutions are essential for our economic survival and wellbeing. However, how they operate depends on how we operate. And how we operate depends […]

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 […]

Mahatma Gandhi Quotes

Mahatma Gandhi Quotes

“A customer is the most important visitor on our premises. He is not dependent on us. We are dependent on him. He is not an interruption to our work. He is the purpose of it. He is not an outsider in our business. He is […]

Empathetic Listening

Empathetic Listening

Dignity to Prisoners This article appeared in Business India, September 10-23, 2018. Customers are the reason our organizations exist. The hard reality is that customers pay our salaries. When demand is greater than supply, the customer is easily forgotten. We are reactive to customer complaints. […]