Quality

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 […]

Is Mumbai a Hatchery for Problems?

Is Mumbai a Hatchery for Problems?

Sporadic and Chronic Problems The job of a manager is to solve problems. Problems surface in two avataars: Sporadic and Chronic. In the case of a sporadic problem we need to treat the symptomatic evidence of the problem. On the other hand, in the case […]

Pot Holes Wisdom

Pot Holes Wisdom

So the monsoon rains in Mumbai have arrived. Just a few days back. What a relief. With the monsoon comes a an outpouring of poetry, music, philosophy and wisdom. Belief 1: There is a saying: As you sow, so you reap. We sowed bad quality […]

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 […]