Pradeep B. Deshpande
Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering, University of Louisville; Visiting Professor of Management, University of Kentucky; President and CEO, Six Sigma and Advanced Controls, Inc.,

email: pradeep@sixsigmaquality.com

Developed nations are characterized by low defect levels in all products and services while emerging nations are characterized by high defect levels. So, the path forward for progress may appear to be deceptively straightforward: Reduce the defect levels in all processes and transactions! Six sigma is a popular quality initiative for external excellence in all activities and processes from wake-up time to bedtime including all that we do at work and therefore it is the appropriate methodology with which to reduce defect levels. The problem is that in the absence of an adequate level of internal excellence, the best quality initiatives in the world including six sigma cannot deliver acceptable performance. On the flip side, it is equally important for the organizations of self-realized yogis who are masters of internal excellence, to embrace the scientific framework for external excellence. One without the other just isn’t enough. There is only one way for India to materialize its vision of emerging as a developed nation: Raise the average level of internal excellence of its population and simultaneously embrace the best quality initiatives. India can prove the efficacy of these claims for itself with the help of ongoing megaprojects: Cleanup of Ganges, improving dysfunctional beaurocracy, smart cities project, skills development, etc., which involve billions of dollars of expenditure.

The pathway for internal excellence is yoga meaning to connect and not the bone-bending physical exercises that have come to be known as yoga in the west and this connection becomes accessible only when an individual reaches a sufficiently high level of internal excellence. Yogic processes with which to raise the level of internal excellence have been around for thousands of years but the difference now is that western scientists have corroborated that wisdom with scientific experiments over the past few decades. Furthermore, scientific measurements of internal excellence are now available with which to track progress and so the progress becomes auditable. The author has conducted extensive experiments on himself to prove these assertions. With the scientific framework for internal and external excellence the author has developed there is a unique opportunity for all nations to progress toward a better and a more peaceful world.

It is extremely important to introduce these ideas in colleges and universities in the form of a course. Instructional materials and textbooks (referenced below) are available for use in the classroom. Today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders and therefore it is important to not let them to graduate tunnel-visioned with their heads buried in the sand. Individuals, universities, companies, and organizations will derive a myriad of benefits from the scientific framework for internal and external excellence: Health & wellness, creativity and innovativeness, exemplary performance in all walks of life including business performance, better leadership decisions, and less discord and violence.

  • Deshpande, Pradeep B., PhD and Kowall, James P., MD (Neurology, Internal Medicine), PhD (Theoretical Physics), The Nature of Ultimate Reality and How It Can Transform Our World: Evidence from Modern Physics; Wisdom of YODA, SAC 2015 (available on amazon).
  • Deshpande, P. B., Six Sigma for Karma Capitalism, Six Sigma and Advanced Controls, Inc., 2015 (available on amazon).
  • sot.sixsigmaquality.com.