Employee Focus

Employees – The Only Appreciating Asset

Employees – The Only Appreciating Asset

Employees – Our Biggest Asset We all acknowledge that our employees are our biggest asset. I would like to add that employees are the only asset of an organization that appreciate in value. Particularly, in a learning organization. So in a turbulent business environment, why […]

Performance Excellence: Leaders are Accountable & Managers are Responsible

Performance Excellence: Leaders are Accountable & Managers are Responsible

The Performance Excellence Criteria for the Malcolm Baldrige Model has an admirable logic. This logic is traceable to the teachings of Dr W Edwards Deming. In India, the  IMC Ramkrishna Bajaj National Quality Award (based on the Baldrige) has an impressive track record. Over 150 […]

Managers generate 80% of our COPQ

Managers generate 80% of our COPQ

Stop blaming the worker TIME is the most perishable and expensive commodity. God, in his wisdom, has gifted each of us the same number of hours per day. In most organizations, the CEO and worker each have eight hours per day. These eight hours are […]

The Road to Excellence – Demystified

The Road to Excellence – Demystified

At my seminars and workshops on Performance Excellence, the most frequently asked question is: What is the difference between Quality and Excellence? My long answer starts with a question to the participants: Who defines Quality? The response is typically: The Standards Organization. And they are […]

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 […]

How to Measure an Organization Culture?

How to Measure an Organization Culture?

In any organization, globally, 20 percent people do 80 percent of the work. That’s an axiom. They are the Stars who are competent and motivated. Further, in any organization, globally, 20 percent people are dinosaurs. They do zero work. They lack competencies and motivation. They […]