Why Transformation Projects Fail

“Why do projects fail?” Whether you are a certified professional or just an accidental project manager – you’ve heard and answered this question before. Indeed, for as long as I remember myself, this subject has been so dear to the public at large that every business magazine and website would offer their recommendations. Google for…

Read More

Living Lean

Lean is probably one of the most misunderstood leadership concepts in business, and many people would even question why I would refer to it as a leadership concept. Surely it’s a manufacturing methodology, hence why it’s often referred to as Lean Manufacturing and is the descendent of the Toyota Production System (TPS)? Somehow, and despite…

Read More

The Adaptive Entrepreneurial Method

Effective entrepreneurs recognize and, indeed, embrace continuous change: customer preferences change, competitors’ actions change, markets change, technology changes, prices change, business methods change. New knowledge is continuously created and accumulated. Effective entrepreneurs equally recognize that their businesses must change in response: capital combinations change, supplier and customer relationships change, organization structure changes, business portfolios and…

Read More

The 4 Keys to Achieving Excellence

Like many of you, I’ve had a lifelong quest for learning and for trying to improve my own personal performance and drive excellence in my companies. Excellence is defined as “the quality of being outstanding or extremely good.” Synonyms for excellent and excellence are distinction, first rate, superb, blue chip, choice, first class, five-star, top…

Read More

Time to Rethink Just-In-Time

Just-In-Time (JIT) inventory and manufacturing systems are management strategies that bases replenishment orders of raw materials and assemblies on production schedules, which themselves are based on real customer orders that are due at specific dates (even times).  The objective is to increase efficiency and effectiveness by decreasing the waste associated with carrying more inventory than…

Read More

The Best Job of My Life

These are difficult times to be positive about almost anything, and certainly the nature of work is no exception. The lingering challenges of the pandemic on both the family and one’s professional life, many corporate disruptions across industries, economic instability affecting all of us, and the evolving “world of work” which has certainly become more…

Read More

SMED; A Different Perspective

A lot of people already know about Single Minute Exchange of Die (SMED), which is sometimes called Quick Changeover, and the traditional application of it. But anyway, I will briefly explain about the methodology and how to apply it. And then I will tell you about a case where I really had to turn everything…

Read More

The 9 Questions to Ask

Summary: Most companies preparing to launch an Operational Excellence Program do not take a moment to contemplate what their program is hoping to achieve, or even if what they are hoping to achieve is what the company truly needs. These 9 Questions, asked of all the right people, help to get your program properly aligned…

Read More

“It was Like Whack-a-Mole at First”

Supply chain lessons learned from the trenches of 2020. Tony RodriquezMike BeauregardFEB 03, 2021 The COVID-19 chaos of 2020 forced many manufacturers to slow production and delay shipments. It ignited a struggle by health care organizations to equip ICUs, care for patients and protect their workers. Supply chain managers stepped into one of the most…

Read More

How leaders can use emotional intelligence to connect with all employee types

Figuring out how to effectively manage employees with different personalities and working styles is a critical part of emotionally intelligent leadership. BY HARVEY DEUTSCHENDORF 3 MINUTE READ Organizations have spent a lot of time, effort, and resources in recent years  to find ways to motivate employees. From office perks, to personality tests designed to determine working styles and preferences—many employers…

Read More