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  • Written by On 12-02-2018
    Cross Functional Methodology Srinivas Rao K

  • Written by On 12-02-2018
    Cost Reduction
    Tags: Leadership IMA

  • Written by On 18-06-2015
    Don’t just wait for ‘Ache din’, create your ‘Ache din’.. India Inc has been waiting for the ‘Ache din’ and some companies seem to have given control of the ‘Ache din’ only to the government and looking at the government to deliver the growth for them!! Yes. Definitely government can do some significant things in areas of policy and investment. But, there is a lot that individual companies can do for their own growth. Are all companies doing this? I have my doubts. I can see evidence of companies getting lost in the argument of ‘low economic growth and hence…

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  • Written by On 04-12-2014
    Good Maintenance Practices By Balaji Radhakrishnan BalajiRadhakrishnan is a B.E with more than 25 years of rich experience in Plant Maintenance. He worked for companies like Asian Bearings limited, Fenner India limited, EID Parry limited, Rane Brake linings limited before coming to his present company Elgi Equipments limited. Balaji is a passionate TPM , TQM practitioner. He was part of the team that won Deming Prize in Rane Brake Lining limited. Here, he is sharing his version of the “Good Maintenance Practices”. I would like to share the “Good Maintenance Practices” and how it is being adopted in day to…

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  • Written by On 04-12-2014
    Ford, Ohno and Goldratt – A saga to improve production. By T.M.Talaulikar                 Mr.Talaulikar is a BE Honours (Mechanical) from BITS, Pilani. He was trained in Theory of Constraints at the Avraham Goldratt Institute, UK.,Production Management at Toyota Motor Corporation, Japan.in Operations Management at University of Warwickshire coursethrough CII. He worked in companies like Rane Engine valves, Toyota Kirloskar auto parts, Neuland laboratories etc in Operations, Sales, Strategy and as Profit centre head. Here, he is writing about Drum, Buffer and Rope! Read further to understand what it is.. Introduction: It is easy…

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  • Written by On 04-12-2014
    Developing Others into Leaders While the first two aspects of Leadership we considered so far had a lot to do with winning, results, strategy, etc., the last two aspects of leadership have to do with development. Firstly – developing others into leaders and, growing themselves into better leaders. In this piece, we will discuss how great leaders develop others into leaders. Below is the re-cap of the framework for the leadership mind-set. If you Google words, “Developing Leadership”, or “Developing leadership in others”, you get anywhere between 70 to 145 million hits! In my experience, as many leaders are there,…

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  • Written by On 04-12-2014
    Spiritual Business Leader - Part IV By K.Srinivas Rao Continuing with our exploration about role of Spirituality in Business, let us explore one more Business leader who had been leading companies in a highly successful manner. This leader is Lars Kolind Following is the description on his Linkedin page: “Besides being a lifelong scout, I'm entrepreneur, board member, professor, author and philanthropist.  I live in Denmark but have extensive leadership experience from most parts of the world. I have built on average one new company every year since 1998 plus turned around companies and made them world leaders within their…

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  • Written by On 04-12-2014
    Alexander Kutappan is a seasoned HR professional. He is an MSW and an MBA. During his 15 years plus experience in the Industry, Alex specialised on Self Managed Work Teams. He dealt with this subject and contributed to its’ success in Elgi Equipments Limited and Dr.Reddy’s Laboratories.  In this series of articles on the Self Managed Work Teams, Alex is presenting the fundamentals about the SMWTs and sharing his experience about making these teams a success.     SELF MANAGED WORK TEAM (SMWT)– Implementation and Reflection (Part-3)       Phased implementation   After designing Self-Managed Work Team (SMWT) pillars,…

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  • Written by On 06-10-2014
    TQM: An implementer’s point of view Sharath Chandra Peddi graduated with Mechanical engineering from Kakatiya University, Warangal, Andhra Pradesh. He has 22 years experience, the first 11 years with Rane Brake Linings Limited, Hyderabad ( Rane Group), 2 years with TC Springs (TACO), Pune, 2years with Delphi Steering Systems, Bangalore and for the last 7 years working with Mahindra Institute of Quality as Deputy General Manager. Sharath implemented TQM in various companies that he worked for. As a result, he gained some really good insights in to the subject. Here, he is sharing his thoughts with The Indian Manufacturing.Com .…

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  • Written by On 06-10-2014
    Best Practice Sharing: Effective implementation of systems – Shop floor approach By R.Damodar Rao   I started my career as a shop floor supervisor way back 1995 and at present working as a UNIT Head in one of the reputed organization in India. In my 20 years journey towards establishing myself as competent manufacturing manager I have been  “seasoned” with different type of cultures, people across the regions. In general, in most of the companies “PEOPLE” (I mean “White collar employees”) will talk a lot in conference halls but they failed to verify what was happening in shop floor –actually…

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  • Written by On 06-10-2014
    RCM (Reliability Centered Maintenance) vs TPM (Total productive maintenance)   By T.N.S.Raghavan     RCM is strong in determining what maintenance to do, while TPM is allabout improving rather than merely maintaining your processes •      TPM is a company-wide team-based effort to build quality into equipment and to improve overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) •      TPM has basically 3 goals - Zero Product Defects, Zero Equipment Unplanned Failures and Zero Accidents. •      TPM identifies the 7 losses (muda), namely set-up and initial adjustment time, equipment breakdown time, idling and minor losses, speed (cycle time) losses, start-up quality losses, and in process…

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  • Written by On 06-10-2014
    Becoming Better Leaders – Creating Conditions for Winning   In the last article, we discussed how leaders compete to win as well as their motivations and drivers. An entrepreneur evolves into a leader by developing the ability to build an organization that has the right people with right attitudes to achieve on-going success vis-à-vis the vision and the goals. The way we talk about success is that it is on-going – not a short term success but building an institution that continues to be successful in accomplishing and furthering the original vision for which it was formed. When they act,…

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  • Written by On 06-10-2014
    Spiritual Business Leader - Part III By K.Srinivas Rao   Let us continue our exploration of the effect of Spirituality in Business. Leaders who are spiritual are able to work differently, they are able to achieve big results with lesser effort. They are having a wonderful effect on their surroundings.  There are many such leaders across the world. Let us explore two more. The quotations are extracted from the public knowledge-base of the “Spiritual Based Leadership Research Programme” are © 2006 by the Global Dharma Center (GDC). GDC retains the copy right to all excerpts from this knowledge-base. Philip Budin,…

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  • Written by On 06-10-2014
    Spiritual Business Leader   Harish Pant was honoured with “Distinguished Alumnus” Award by IEI, Member Advisory Council All India Management Association (AIMA) Bangalore, Lifetime member of Aeronautical Society of India, a Fellow of Institution of Engineers, Recipient of Immai Operational Excellence Award  and Award for Industrial Development by All India Achievers Foundation and Indian Economic Development and Research Association. An aspiring author! Corporate Member of various International and National Chamber of Commerce, Society of Indian Aerospace Technologies & Industries and permanent Invitee to the Executive Board of Indian Society for Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering. A Mechanical Engineer with…

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  • Written by On 06-10-2014
    Alexander Kutappan is a seasoned HR professional. He is an MSW and an MBA. During his 15 years plus experience in the Industry, Alex specialised on Self Managed Work Teams. He dealt with this subject and contributed to its’ success in Elgi Equipments Limited and Dr.Reddy’s Laboratories.  In this series of articles on the Self Managed Work Teams, Alex is presenting the fundamentals about the SMWTs and sharing his experience about making these teams a success.       SELF MANAGED WORK TEAM (SMWT) – Design   Pre-requisites Top management needs to be committed to implementation of Self-Managed Work Team…

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  • Written by On 19-08-2014
    Paul Mracek is the CEO of Kotan Australia. He is a 7th degree Black belt holder in Martial arts.  He has 25 years of experience in Asia, Europe, USA and Australia in leading multimillion dollar companies and building successful businesses. He is also an author of several books on success and business, balance and how to apply ‘success mindset’ to any part of life.  Paul is a Master coach and practitioner of NLP, TLT and Hypnosis.  He is a Chartered Professional Engineer, Fellow of Australian Institute of Management, Graduate of Australian institute of Directors. Paul works with a few companies…

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  • Written by On 19-08-2014
    In the last article, I shared a framework for the mind-set of leaders that I developed from my observations of leaders over 35 years of my career across the globe. This article, the second in the series, explores the first three aspects of the element,Compete to Win in some detail. Here is a brief re-cap of the framework of leadership from the last article: Compete to Win. “… if I had to single out one element in my life that has made a difference to me, it would be a passion to compete.”Sam Walton, founder of Wal-Mart. Competing is the…

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  • Written by On 19-08-2014
      I would like to start this second article in the series of ‘Spiritual Business Leader’ by revisiting the definition of the word ‘Spiritual’. Web dictionary defines Spiritual as “relating to or affecting the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things”. To put it simply, it is relating to the higher purpose of Business than just the profits. It does not mean we should forego the profit motive in the Business. We can aim at a higher goal by which we definitely achieve our short term goal which is the Profitability. But, go on to achieve…

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  • Written by On 19-08-2014
     How to contribute to the wellness of employees and therefore to the performance of the Company? Wellness of employees is believed to contribute to the wellness of the Company. The Indian Manufacturing.com spoke to Ms.Mahalakshmi, Director of Ru Education Private Limited who is an experienced trainer and is pioneering the wellness concept in many Indian and foreign companies. Following is the transcript of the interview. TIM (The Indian Manufacturing.com) :How do you define wellness of an employee or rather that of a human being? Mahalakshmi:Wellness is holistic wellbeing which includes, good health of the body, mind and soul. TIM:How can…

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  • Written by On 19-08-2014
    Alexander Kutappan is a seasoned HR professional. He is an MSW and an MBA. During his 15 years plus experience in the Industry, Alex specialised on Self Managed Work Teams. He dealt with this subject and contributed to its’ success in Elgi Equipments Limited and Dr.Reddy’s Laboratories.  In this series of articles on the Self Managed Work Teams, Alex is presenting the fundamentals about the SMWTs and sharing his experience about making these teams a success.     SELF MANAGED WORK TEAM (SMWT) - Introduction   “Not finance. Not technology. Not strategy. It is team work that remains the ultimate…

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  • Written by On 19-08-2014
    BOOK REVIEW   Alexander Kuttappan Name of the Book:          The Power of Full Engagement – Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal   Name of the Authors:    Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz My Quality Rating:          Very good   Summary: The central theme of the book is ‘Performance, Health and Happiness is grounded in the skillful management of energy’. To be fully engaged, one must be physically energized, emotionally connected, mentally focused and spiritually aligned with a purpose beyond our immediate self-interest. Principles for Full engagement are:  Drawing on four separate but related sources of…

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  • Statistical tools play an important role in improving Manufacturing Quality. The usage of these tools is not very popular in the Indian Manufacturing. The benefits and simplicity of these tools make a strong case for the Manufacturing companies to take a serious look at these tools. A  Tele- communication plant was experiencing large scale failures, 45 % in 20 pair cable  and still higher % in  larger sizes of cables, in water penetration (WP) Test of PIJF (Polythene Insulated jelly Filled) cables.  Foreign collaborators concluded, after extensive investigations and trials, the technology was not capable of meeting that rigorous WP…

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  • Written by On 04-06-2014
    Indian manufacturing firms need to change their approach to quality. Let me start by taking the case of export quality tag. It is meant to convey the ”Best Quality”. The assumption here is the domestic market is not discriminating enough and can be sold sub-standard stuff; that export markets demand and deserve quality better than the domestic market. I pondered over this and began to realise there is a cultural bias within us giving rise to our attitude to quality. Quality is one of perception for us. What is bad for one is good enough for another. Our subjective nature…

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  • Written by On 04-06-2014
    The field of leader development has seen rapid advances in the past few decades. There is an ever growing body of knowledge about things like what constitutes effective leadership, what styles are effective, what it takes to identify potential leaders, what it takes to develop them and so on. The global aspirations of organisations which are so strongly dependent on their ability to find the right leaders has fuelled a thriving leader development industry which is geared to meet the large scale need for leader development interventions. Unfortunately some of these standardised interventions run the risk of viewing leader development…

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  • Written by On 04-06-2014
    Learning To Be Better Leaders   By Anand Prasad Kruttiventi This series of articles are my personal learning and reflections of working with and observing leaders in business, government and society in general over the last 35 years of my working career. In this period, I have worked in 6 different countries in various capacities. What I liked most was directing the Leadership Development efforts of two very large, global companies that are leaders in their industries. One of my beliefs is that while we can always see what others leaders DO, we can’t emulate those actions. Nor is it…

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  • Written by On 04-06-2014
      Today’s Business world is steeped with stress and anxiety.  This is due to the fact that the Companies are chasing short term results and the people involved in the business are adapting ‘any means’ to get those results. The focus on Annual results has shifted to Quarterly results. Within the companies, the focus is there on monthly ,weekly and daily results ! Added to this the Economic situation is not helping the whole business climate. The top lines are not growing and bottom lines are shrinking. There is pressure to reduce cost. Many times this is read as downsizing…

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  • Written by On 04-06-2014
    Ram is not having a good feeling looking at the P&L for 2013-14. The Profits are down to lower single digits! Infact, in the last quarter the company went in to the negative! With some panic stricken cost cuttings (Or Postponements?) , further damage is avoided to the P&L. Ram’s company experienced CAGR of about 25% continuously for about  5 years till 2011. During the growth period, the purse strings were loosened and the goal was to capture as much growth as it was possible. The slowdown forced Ram to slam down on the brakes! This is leaving scars on the…

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