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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10 Reasons Why Employees Don’t Follow Organisational Processes

This piece first appeared in The Huffington Post on Mar 30, 2017   Processes are an integral part of all enterprises. And as I mentioned in one of my earlier pieces, if processes are not instituted, modelled or followed properly then the results may just take the form of a fried lizard on a customer’s plate. With an objective to…

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Use These Eight Guiding Principles To Build A Customer-Centric Company

This was originally published in The Huffington Post on May 16, 2017 Customers are the reason why businesses exist. Many businesses want to be customer-centric and spend time, money and other resources to make it happen. But they don’t get the desired results. One reason why this happens is the lack of a holistic approach by the top management. When…

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These Are The Two Things That Customers Expect From A Business

This article first appeared in The Huffington Post on May 7, 2017   What do customers really want? Plenty has been written on the subject. Companies do tons of research to find out what their customers want. They do market research, commission ethnographic studies, set up focus-groups, and much more. These are all important, of course. But if you zoom…

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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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5 Lessons From TV Journalist Natasha Exelby’s World-Famous Blooper

  Earlier this month, a clip of Australian anchor Natasha Exelby went viral—blissfully unaware of the rolling camera she was seen daydreaming and fiddling with her pen before realising—with a visible jolt of shock—that she was on air. What’s more, viewers have overwhelmingly responded with sympathy and solidarity rather than judgment. It brings to light five things we should all…

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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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