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K Ramkumar, known to his friends as Ram, has an enduring passion for triggering a discussion and joining in with gusto on a range of themes. He believes that every person has an inalienable right to express his/her view no matter how different it is to anyone else. In his book no view is unworthy or big or small. Every view from everyone deserves a consideration without getting caught up with the tyranny of agreement or disagreement.
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Posts with tag: performance

Measuring and Managing Performance (Video)

This is the video from a session on “Measuring and Managing Performance“, held at the Baroda Management Association.

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How intelligent are our methods of judging Capability

Our understanding of what constitutes human capability is so sketchy that in management and leadership education, very little attention is given to comprehend this. This is strange especially the heart of running any social institution be it commercial or others, is leveraging human ability to make capital create surplus for economic and social progress. Read more »

And what about the business of tolerance?

The following article was first published was on www.foundingfuel.com

The discourse on respecting plurality, diversity, criticism, dissent and contrarianism has dominated the public space in India during the last couple of months. Various people who have received public acclaim have voiced the need for a culture that is tolerant and gives space for fearless expression of thoughts and opinions. Infosys co-founder NR Narayana Murthy joined in with his views on preserving the culture of valuing minority rights and concerns. RBI governor Raghuram Rajan also weighed in, voicing caution about the danger of being excessively politically correct in our social discourse. Read more »

The Dynamic World of Performance Measures (Audio)

This is the audio form of the post, The Dynamic World of Performance Measures. The voice artist is Sohandeep Hattar.

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The Dynamic World of Performance Measures

Management consultant Peter Drucker once said, “If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.” The full portent of this phrase struck me like an avalanche when I landed a new job in 1999. It was the era of work-out and six-sigma. Every activity in my new Company required to be captured in the form of a process chart and the performance of each process had to be distilled down to a fine measure. My early rites of passage involved spending countless hours preparing dashboards, a euphemism for MIS. We optimized the real estate of each slide to the maximum extent possible by using the smallest possible font. Not surprisingly, we succeeded in showing nine graphs on each slide along with sub-text in a grand attempt to showcase the value creation of HR intangibles in the language of quantitative measures. I daresay we were far ahead of the strategy consulting firms who excel at making slides that are not just unreadable but perhaps intelligible only to the person who puts it together. Of course, we mastered the art of torturing numbers to make them confess that we were truly worthy of a seat on the high table or so we believed. Read more »

Meritocracy: A Bitter-Sweet Choice

In 1984 after completing my Post Graduation, I had rejected a rare campus offer those days, from Mettur Beardsell (current Madura Garments) Ltd. and opted for Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd., a PSU. My uncle who had retired from Bharat Petroleum, a PSU but had joined this company when it was Burma Shell Ltd., a multi-national Private company lambasted me for opting out of what he called a meritocracy and opting for the mediocrity, driven by the need for job security. Having seen both the worlds, I reckon he was convinced that the job-security to reward trade off should be made in favour of rewards.

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K Ramkumar, known to his friends as Ram, has an enduring passion for triggering a discussion and joining in with gusto on a range of themes. He believes that every person has an inalienable right to express his/her view no matter how different it is to anyone else. In his book no view is unworthy or big or small. Every view from everyone deserves a consideration without getting caught up with the tyranny of agreement or disagreement.
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