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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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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