Does A Company Really Care About Its Customers: These Three Instances Will Tell You

This piece was originally published in The Huffington Post on June 22, 2017 Organisations aspire to be customer-centric. They launch big transformation programs to try and align the entire organisation towards this goal. To make it happen, they look at customer insights, understand customer journeys, launch specific customer propositions, train employees and work on employee engagement programs. A CEO committed to customer-centricity…

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4 Lessons for Business Leaders From AAP’s Downhill Slide

[ The article first appeared The Huffington Post on May 2nd, 2017]   The Aam Aadmi Party was an experiment that promised exceptional results. When they first fought elections in December 2013 and came to power for 48 days before resigning, everyone thought that they had been wronged. The people of Delhi were prepared to give Kejriwal the crusader a…

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3 Ways In Which United Airlines Could Have Averted The David Dao Mess

[ The piece first appeared in The Huffington Post on 21st April 2017] The brutal “deplaning” of Dr David Dao from a United Airlines flight, which ended with him bleeding, bruised and concussed, sent shivers down the spine of anyone who has ever travelled by plane. The video of the assault on Dao caused outrage around the world and United’s reputation…

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3 Subtle Ways To Persuade Your Team To Comply With Requests

[ This article first appeared in The Huffington Post on 15 April 2017) Persuading a team, or just about anyone, to do something can be quite an uphill task. This holds true irrespective of whether you are trying change behaviour, sell a new idea, or just trying to ensure compliance to new processes. So what can you do to increase…

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5 Not-So-Obvious Strategies For Better Problem Solving

[ This first appeared in The Huffington Post on April 8, 2017 ] Problem solving is an integral part of all business organisations. Companies spend a lot of money in building capability in this domain. Most put in place elements that help to build and sustain it—capability development, top management support, coaching, a structured approach, communication, rewards and recognition, performance…

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How To Not Serve Your Customers Deep-Fried Lizards

[The article was originally published in The Huffington Post on 15th Mar 2017]   Recently, a pregnant woman found a fried lizard amidst her fries in a McDonald’s outlet in Kolkata. The news caused much consternation, given that most people believe McDonald’s to adhere to international-level hygiene standards. Thus was clearly a food safety violation that could have caused real…

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5 Business Process Lessons From The Oscars Goof-Up

This article appeared in The Huffington Post on Mar 7, 2017   I had written sometime back that 2016 was a year of the unexpected. It now seems as if the trend is continuing into 2017. Who would have thought that the venerable Oscars would feature a monumental goof-up, wherein the wrong film was announced as the winner in the…

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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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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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