New Leadership Challenges for the Virtual World of Work

June 6, 2020 Alec Levenson and Patrick McLaughlin During the COVID-19 crisis, senior leaders must rethink key decision-making processes in order to enhance trust, transparency, and teamwork. The COVID-19 pandemic has suddenly and dramatically upended the working world, creating unanticipated business and leadership challenges. Some organizations are pivoting hard to new delivery channels, new products,…

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Moving from Just in Time to Just in Case

The Covid-19 crisis calls for re-balancing priorities. Lauren Pittelli MAY 27, 2020 In pursuit of ever-greater efficiency, many businesses de-emphasized supply chain flexibility and resilience. Today’s situation calls for rebalancing priorities. Consider for a moment the farms growing food for commercial users here or in China. Pre Covid-19, these farms were highly efficient and offered…

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Machine learning helps Invisalign patients find their perfect smile

By Clint BoultonSenior Writer, CIO | MAY 25, 2020 3:00 AM PDT The mobile computing trend requires enterprises to meet consumers’ expectations for accessing information and completing tasks from a smartphone. But there’s a converse to that arrangement: Mobile has also become the go-to digital platform companies use to market their goods and services. Align Technology, which offers…

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Yes, You Can Implement Lean in the Office

Stop focusing on the terminology and work on creating a smooth, predictable flow of information. Rick Bohan MAY 21, 2020 Is it difficult to translate lean concepts and methods from the shop floor to the office?  Based on what I hear from those who have suffered through some especially ineffective versions of Office Lean, I’d…

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Social Distancing Enablement for your Plant

By Andreas Eschbach May 21, 2020 This post Social Distancing Enablement for your Plant appeared first on Operational Excellence Society. With the COVID-19 pandemic, we have entered a very strange time, a transformative time.  Regardless of the immediate effects that are largely transitory (such as the rationing of certain products, the closing of restaurants and shops,…

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The Patois of the Toyota Production System

Phil Ledbetter MAY 11, 2020 A guided walk through 8-Step Problem Solving Toyota has a unique cultural language. It’s called 8-Step Problem Solving. It’s the “patois” of the Toyota Production System (TPS). The patois is the dialect of the common people of a region, differing in various respects from the standard language of the rest…

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A Lesson in Continuous Improvement: Graphic Packaging Leadership Team Makes Face Masks for Employees

After identifying the steps in the process to create masks, the team time studied and balanced the tasks across five different workstations. Curt Knoll MAY 06, 2020 Life has changed for many of us in a way we never thought possible. A year ago, President Trump and Kim Jung-un had their long-awaited summit. Dozens were charged…

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Welcome to the new age of technology?

IDG TECHTALK VOICES By Sue Weston, CIO | MAY 6, 2020 4:46 AM PDT I overheard a conversation which began with “When life returns to normal…” and I wondered, why? Rolling back time, returning to the good ol’ days, would we forget the amazing breakthroughs we made?  The COVID-19 crisis changed our way of thinking, forcing us to focus…

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Digital KPIs: Your keys to measuring digital transformation success

By Clint Boulton Senior Writer, CIO | APR 22, 2020 3:00 AM PDT Ask a CIO how he or she quantifies the impact of their digital transformations and you may get a quizzical look. Most CIOs don’t have metrics for gauging the success of digital projects, such as new mobile apps or chatbots. But CIOs who fail to quantify these initiatives…

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6 habits of digital transformation leaders

April 18, 2020 By EY.com Companies investing more in new technology make more money. Here’s why, and how you can accelerate your digital transformation. Our latest research finds that companies that excel at digital transformation share six habits. Digital transformation leaders that exhibit these six habits enjoy better financial performance than companies that have yet…

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