Problem Solving

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. […]

Commitment to the Wrong Problem

Commitment to the Wrong Problem

We are taught A-B-C in management schools. Change ATTITUDE Thereby, you can change BEHAVIOR Consequently, you can get COMMITMENT. Dr J M Juran, the Quality Guru, questioned this approach. Especially, the first step. He believed a change in ATTITUDE is not a switch On-Off option. […]

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 […]

Cost of Poor Quality

Why should a taxpayer support inefficient processes? This article appeared in Business India, June 18-July 1, 2018. From early June, there has been much said about our national carrier, Air India. Almost all have been critical about its operational inefficiency, as well as interference of […]

OT to ICU Gurney Race

Lateral thinking, not a siloed approach, holds the key to the most creative solutions. This article appeared in Indian Management, October, 2017. ASEAN has extraordinary hospital facilities, in a few cities. Some could qualify as global benchmarks. The reputations of these hospitals are further reinforced […]

The Drunk and the Ugly

A robust quality management process should actively identify and address hidden issues to prevent crises. This article appeared in Indian Management, September, 2017. Quality management involves problem solving. This is very akin to the problems solved by the Fire Departments in our cities. A couple […]