Thursday, February 28, 2013

How to deliver high quality consistently for years? - Quality @ Tata Group

Per Assocham survey, the Tata Group and its companies is perceived to be India's best-known global brand within and outside the country.  Tata products are perceived as best, reliable and value-for-money in the salt to software segments.

How Tata companies are able to provide world-class, high quality and reliable products and services for so many years?   

While there are many reasons for their repeated success, over the last several decades, I would like to highlight about the Tata Business Excellence Model (TBEM) that really helps Tata companies measure and deliver quality at all levels.

TBEM is a philosophy adopted from the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige Model.  For Tata companies, TBEM is about quality of management.  This model addresses  practices related to leadership, strategy, customers, knowledge management, human resources, core processes and results.  

I invite you to visit the Business Excellence site of Tata and learn further about their commitment towards quality.   You will also be fascinated to read about the Tata Quality Management Services (TQMS) and the JRD QV award.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Failure - The Stepping Stone to Success

During my childhood days, my parents and teachers taught me that 'Failure is the stepping stone to success'.  Now, after several years, Paul through his blog post has reminded me again to look and comment on failures.

There is nothing wrong in failing as long as you have the courage to come back and succeed.    You will be excited to read about the failure stories of Steve Jobs at Apple and how that helped him achieve the highest success possible.  Apple is now the most profitable company amongst the US corporations.

For a quality professional, life is a continuously improving journey - be it personal or professional. They preach and practice to learn from their own and others failures.  These lessons learned are incorporated back into the organizational processes to prevent failures and, in turn, assure quality.  The key is to ensure that the same failure is not repeated.  Many a times, failures remind us about the need for continuous improvement.

All those who succeeded would have taken risks in one form or the other.  Most times, rewards and risks are positively correlated - higher the risk, higher the reward!  It is seen that innovators take higher risks.  Steve Jobs, one of the best innovators the world has ever seen, said "Be curious, experiment and take risks".  He trusted his own judgment, perfectionism and gut to take the right decisions.

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