Why should leaders start looking beyond new Western management thought and the singular and often quoted Art of War? Can leaders learn from mission-critical professionals like airline pilots in managing people and businesses better? A recent radio interview presented us the opportunity to share our thoughts.
Decades ago, when I was entrenched in total quality management (TQM) and service quality, everyone seemed to be hynoptized by the concept of “the customer is always right”. The war cry of the day at that time, especially by frontline managers and task managers, was to bark down at frontliners to deliver service with the motto of “the customer is always right”.