Sunday, October 1, 2017

Gandhi Day - Path of Truth!

It is the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi today! A man, who mass-managed a mission to seek independence for our dear country! What we are today, and how we have achieved everything that we have until now; Gandhi's theology has an immense impact. I being a human being, and also being an Indian, have always admired him for how simply he defined and led his life.

When I was in school, I understood several facets of being Mahatma Gandhi. Be it non-violence, be it the doer and not being the preacher, cleanliness, and so many things...The one that created a huge impact on my life, is to follow the path of truth.

One can live a healthy life, if he is on the path of truth. There may be inconvenience at times, but you will never have a guilt of living a fake life. One can live with a clear conscience if you are on the path of truth!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Best Days of Cricket!

Cricket fans would love to see their base team always winning, and wish for un-predictables when the other teams play.

What we saw last two days, is exactly what a cricket fan wishes for. Two powerhouses in the world of test matches lost to lower profile teams.

West Indies came out as a winner against England, that was through determination and young heroic effort. West Indies is quickly getting into the groove, and they will be one of the tough teams to beat in next 12 months or so.

Bangladesh is another team, which has been challenging bigger teams time and again. They are already a power-house in one-day tournaments, and quickly sharpening their skills in longer format of the game. They were high in confidence when they beat comfortably and handsomely Australia, one of the top 3 teams in the world.

This is getting exciting...No team can take it for granted when they are playing against the other team.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Ensuring Project Success!

You envisioned a project, and now you want to ensure that it is successful, right? Absolutely yes!

Once there is an agreement that the project has specific purpose, and will help achieve objectives for an organization. Then we must ensure that the following 4 things are aligned before we get into its execution.

Identify a Sponsor
Right. Without a Sponsor, you cannot move a single step ahead. It is important to have a stakeholder preferably a business, who can sponsor your project, and help obtain the necessary approvals.

Ensure that the Sponsor has a budget
Yeah, a sponsor having no money in the pockets would not be of much help. You  must look for someone who already has a budget to fund the project, or can influence the budgets to secure funding of the project.

Sponsor's team supports the project
It is important to get a buy in from a bigger audience. A sponsor may help the cause, however your need to have a solid blueprint that can convince and align Sponsor's team.

IT has the resources to pull off the project
That sounds pretty basic. Yeah, but many projects fail at a later stage, because this aspect has not been thought through. Ensure that there is a mix available in the IT team to execute the various pieces of the project.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Being Simple in Changing World!

Change is constant, no-one disagrees with the phrase.
However, the speed at which we are undergoing change defines the moment we are in. Acceptability is into aligning ourselves with the rate of change.

Be it the employee demography, Customer mindset, or your own leadership expectations, it is changing at a fastest pace than one would think several years ago.

Digital innovation all across is adding to the complexity. Technological advancements in terms of IOT, Advanced Analytic and Predictive Modeling is bringing the paradigm shift, and a new normal norm.

With all of the complexities in the changing world, how should one cope up with it....It lies in the simplicity at which one adopts a change. All of us into management are perfectly aware of how difficult it gets to do things in a simple way. Isn't it?

While approaching change, introducing simplicity in the processes, people and tools aspects is the way go forward.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Hail the Supreme Court!

News websites in the mornings were filled with two important stories, which exhibit the autonomy and integrity with which Supreme Court of India functions! I salute to these judges with the conviction that they run one of the most important pillars of our democracy. They surely represent the ethos of the Indian President, who recently requested all Indians to be argumentative and not intolerant.

Ok, let me mention those two decisions that I am referring here.

The first one, where Supreme Court ruled that the electoral process cannot  be driven by religion and caste. Candidates must not try to seek votes on the name of religion or caste. If this is construed and implemented properly, it will go a long way in changing the fundamentals of how the elections are won today in India. It will set-up norms to run for elections on the name of development, social justice and ensuring peace. I think, in a long run if the limitations of this judgment are covered from time to time; it will also help in changing the perception and behavior of public in general. 
Again, kudos to our judges, Supreme Court and the process that they went through to deliver this judgment.

The other one is in reference to the game that most of Indians including myself hold closest to our heart. It is with Cricket and its governing body BCCI. Board Chief and secretary were removed with an order in an immediate effect. I highly recognize the need and efforts on part of Supreme Court to bring in transparency and highest level of governance in the functioning of Cricket board. However to me the latest judgment and the episode for last few months has been to the extent of interfering in the private matters of a private organization. To me all of this seem unfair, and BCCI seem to be subjected to such a treatment because of the whopping amount of money that they deal with is unparalleled not only in India, but also in the world...In last 10-15 years, what BCCI has been able to achieve is, very few private organizations (and public ones to) can boast of. They have set-up India on the world road-map, and we have gained so much muscle power in the functioning of world cricket. Whats happening today is just taking our Cricket to where we were several years ago.
In all realities, BCCI is and has always been a private party, and must be governed by the standards applicable to other companies operating in India. BCCI must be brought to norms with what has been already set in our Law; and not with an intent to set an example.

Let us see, how these two events unfold in the course of time!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Rural India - Healthcare Challenges

Rural India has several challenges, and one of the most prominent ones is lack of quality healthcare. I find it despairing to see the condition of healthcare in every village that I have visited, and people I have talked. Leave aside the availability of hospitals, one cannot easily find a good clinic doctor for outpatient visits. One has to travel for 150-200 kms to reach to a town and access good quality care. Being in such situations, villagers typically avoid seeing a doctor unless it becomes an emergency; and many a times it is too late and life-threatening.

To meet the basic needs, there is a crop of pseudo-doctors (read illegal doctors) have come up. Farmers, rural villagers with no choice are visiting these pseudo-doctors in dire needs. Such pseudo-doctors generally would not have any basic knowledge of medicine, and they are checking the patients, diagnosing them and prescribing unnecessary tests and medicines.

There have been several cases of overdoses of medicines, incorrect medicine prescriptions and delayed discovery of a severe disease. People are suffering, however lack of options are making it difficult for villagers to avail right timely care.

Governments, both federal and state levels need to work together and put in efforts to improve the healthcare standards in villages; which comprises of over 60% of India. Governments needs to start with some  basic provisions such as setting up rural clinics within a proximity of 50-60 kms, and ensuring to have a quality hospital within 150 km. 

To facilitate access to good quality doctors and hospitals, government needs to motivate them by monetizing them or providing special accreditation to them.

Governments may want to include a special clause for doctors to retain their certification or accreditation by ensuring that they spend certain hours of time in villages providing care.

Governments and Private players can tie hands to set-up facilities in rural set-ups and in turn governments may want to reward them through relaxed tax norms, or some other means.

Apart from governments, and private players, I would urge the charitable institutions to focus on rural healthcare; and bring more awareness to general public on this issue.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Demonetization: What Rupee could do, Bolivar could not manage it!

On October 8, 2016, India implemented unthinkable is to implement Demonetization. It effective removed the currency notes of rupees 500 & 1000 (86% of cash in circulation) from market by declaring them as an invalid legal tender.
Venezuela, taking a cue from this, tried to implement something similar by scraping Bolivar 100 notes, and replacing it with higher currency notes (up to Bolivar 20000).

While the intent on both the occasions was more or less the same to curb corruption and deter black money hoarders; it met with different fate in both the countries.

In India, the implementation still seems to be successful, and true success of demonetization can be measured only after a few months. It had to be rolled back in Venezuela within few days of rolling it out.

I see three main reasons for the successful implementation of demonetization in India:
  1. A vision: Clarity of thought on the need to implement this. Underlying idea was very pertinent to the people in general.
  2. Better Marketing: Howsoever short notice to implement the initiative, the concept was presented rightly to the people. Crisp and clear message noting the point #1, and coupled with  with broader nationalism angle left little opposition. 
  3. Conductive Environment: Indian economy is comparatively in much better shape, and government still enjoys a majority support. Government came up with this offensive, when opposition was asking questions on its pre-election manifesto to curb corruption. It was killing two birds with one strike.
These three reasons allowed the people to embrace the idea, absorb the pain (supposedly short term) and support the initiative.