Is This A Lost Decade for Quality in India?

[ Originally published in The Huffington Post on Feb 25, 2017 ] Quality has been a key pillar for enhancing India’s competitiveness. We have world-class institutions known for quality as well as businesses that produce flawless products. These achievements have been possible because of the efforts of the last three decades.   If you closely look at the last three…

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6 Reasons Why Forgetting The Bitterness of The Past Will Make Your Life Better

The article was first published in The Huffington Post on Feb 9, 2017   We often struggle to heal the wounds in our lives. These are hurts and bitterness from the past that continue to haunt us. There could be myriads of reasons for these hurts—you felt left out in the last promotion, someone you held dear deserted you, you…

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5 Management Lessons From The Samajwadi Party Imbroglio

The article originally published in The Huffington Post on Feb 2, 2017   The recent developments in the Samajwadi Party are much like a Bollywood pot-boiler, engaging the audience and also requiring suspension of disbelief! No one ever thought that the strong man of Indian politics and a powerful regional satrap would be challenged by his own son, but there…

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5 Lessons For The C-Suite From The Wells Fargo Banking Scandal

This article was first published in The Huffington Post on Jan 16, 2017 Wells Fargo had been a darling of sorts in the financial services world. It was one of the few American banks which reported a profit increase the financial crisis. Until the news of the scandal broke out in the first week of September, Wells Fargo had been…

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4 Reasons Why Politicians Are So Liberal With Lies

[Originally published in The Huffington Post on 8th Dec 2016] We regularly come across politicians who lie or twist the truth. They lie on TV panels, they lie during rallies, they lie in interviews. And each time, they do it with confidence and conviction, however outlandish the claim.   Remember when Trump said Obama was the founder of ISIS or…

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How Coffee—And Cafés—Improve Productivity At Work

  This article originally appeared in The Huffington Post on Dec 12, 2017 Disclaimer: I have not been hired by any coffee brand to extol the virtues of the beverage or of cafés—I’m only writing about what I observe and experience! It’s so true that a lot can truly be achieved over coffee. But why? That’s the question I want…

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4 Questions Indian Manufacturing Should Ask After The US Bedsheet Scandal

The piece originally appeared The Huffington Post Dec 1, 2017 As the India media got engrossed in demonetisation, the Tata boardroom battle and the US elections, a certain rather scandalous bit of news about a leading Indian textile company, against which class action suits are being filed in the US, seemed to have been largely ignored. This manufacturer had apparently…

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4 Lessons In Change Leadership From Modi’s ‘Surgical Strike’ On Black Money

Originally published on Nov 22, 2016 in The Huffington Post The recent surgical strike on black money is truly a bold move. Not surprising, industry doyens, economists and even the IMF have given Prime Minister Narendra Modi the thumbs-up. Beyond the benefits that it will bring to India, what’s interesting for me is that it provides great lessons on how…

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You’re Wrong If You Think Donald Trump Is ‘Authentic’

[ This article was originally published in The Huffington Post on Nov 13, 2011 ]   Before the US elections many writers talked about the “authenticity” of Donald Trump. They averred that while he may not be politically correct, at least he spoke his mind. A poll also found that a vast majority of Republican voters felt he “says what…

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