About Me

I am a business leader with two decades of diverse global experience, author of three international books and illustrator of best-selling books.

I help individuals, teams and organizations deliver high-performance through process consulting, leadership development, capability building and coaching interventions.

I am passionate about leveraging visual thinking for learning, innovation and change. I draw and share great ideas worth sharing in form of sketchnotes and offer visual facilitation for groups. I also teach others the magic of visual thinking through interactive workshops.

Want to work together on any of the above areas? I’d love to hear from you.

Business Leadership

I am a business leader and a performance improvement specialist who loves to work at the crossroad of people, process and change leadership. With over two decades of experience in diverse and global environments, I pursue organizational, operational and leadership excellence to deliver business value. I started my career in software development and my stints into project/program management, software quality and corporate quality led me to organizational leadership roles.

I enable/help individuals, teams and organizations deliver high-performance through entrepreneurial zeal, focus on processes, passion for people and commitment to relentless execution.

In over two decades of working with global organizations, I have:

  • Led and built large India delivery centers as site head/country head to deliver strategic value
  • Built high-performing software product development (R&D) and service delivery teams
  • Created and led independent business units (with P&L responsibilities)
  • Improved quality of products and services through people, process and technology
  • Established process frameworks (SEPG/SQA, CMMi, ISO 9001, ISO27001 certifications) as Head of Corporate Quality
  • Created ecosystems of high-performance through culture and talent management initiatives
  • Initiated and nurtured large-scale strategic changes
  • Consulted large global businesses on operational excellence, processes and project management
  • Enabled learning and development through coaching, training and leadership development interventions.

Currently serving on the board of Basware’s India operations (~400 people, one-third of Basware’s global strength) as Country Head and Director. I focus on site strategy, corporate governance and product engineering to position India operations as a key driver of Basware’s global strategy and building a world-class networked source to pay software.

“Tanmay has brilliant capability to form understanding of client’s overall needs and turn them into concrete solutions.” – VP, IT Services Company in Finland

Specialties: Building Strategic Capability Centers in India for multinational organizations, Operational Excellence, Organization Development, Learning Facilitation, Coaching/Mentoring, Leadership Development, Corporate Quality, Business Consulting, Writing, Speaking and Visual Thinking

An Award Winning Business Blog

I founded QAspire – an award winning business blog in 2006 that attracts tens of thousands of readers each month. QAspire blog was recognized as the Top Indian Business Blog 2017 – Startups and Entrepreneurship category by Indian Bloggers Award. In 2010, QAspire Blog was also ranked as Top 100 Leadership Blogs across the globe by NOOP.nl

He not only aspires to a higher level than most business commentators today, he truly inspires those of us who devour his wisdom and insights. And with such generosity of spirit. He is a rare signal in a world full of “blah blah” noise. – Dr. Liz Alexander, USA

Books and Publications

I have written two books on Quality Leadership and contributes to several international and national publications including a full chapter on building a quality oriented culture in “The ASTD Management Development Handbook” (ASTD Press, 2012).

“Not just wisdom regarding quality, but 140 opportunities for discussion, debate, and growth. May it be used in many staff meetings” – Michael Wade, Consultant, Trainer and Author on #QUALITYtweet

Visual Notes on Ideas Worth Sharing

I am passionate about visual communication. I illustrate ideas worth sharing through my Ideas Drawn project and facilitate groups visually to elicit collective insights. My work has been featured in leading publications like Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Huffington Post and World Economic Forum to name a few.

I also help authors by visualizing their best ideas to create chapter summaries, visual takeaways and book summaries.

The excellent @tnvora cleverly summarizing on one sheet of paper what usually takes 20 blog posts or 100 tweets.”Neil Tampling, UK

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Social Media for Learning and Sharing

I use social media to learn and share with a vibrant community of leaders and learners.

In this pursuit since a decade, I was recognized amongst Top Indian HR Influencers on Social Media for five consecutive years (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015-16, 2017-2018, 2018-19) by SHRM, India and others (WittyParrot, The Hirers).

Onalytica ranked me amongst Top 20 Future of Work Influencers in 2016.

Self-Directed Learning

My formal education in software development only taught me outdated programming languages. To stay relevant, I had to learn new technologies in a self directed exploratory mode with my friends at a time when resources weren’t as abundant.

Everything I have done and delivered professionally in past 20 years is all a result of pure, intentional self-directed learning. That apart, this spirit of learning in small bursts enabled me to learn fun things like: play a harmonica (mouth organ), sing along (karaoke), write a book, create a blog, experiment with different forms of writing, create sketchnotes, learn how to lose weight (and keep it there). I have been able to take up new and diverse roles with confidence in my ability to learn, apply and then learn some more. More importantly, learning and sharing keeps me engaged and joyful.

I learn in the spirit of Micromastery and share my journey in the spirit of working out loud.