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The Fast and Effective Way to Accelerate Manufacturing Success

The Fast and Effective Way to Accelerate Manufacturing Success

Here’s a 17 minute podcast that is well worth listening to and sharing with your team – especially if you’re still struggling with on-time/completion issues, building a strong culture, rejuvenating your continuous improvement efforts, or wondering how to safely make the transition to Manufacturing 5.0 (yes, 5.0). This podcast highlights the benefits of being part ...

5 Team Questions to Spark Innovation

5 Team Questions to Spark Innovation

When was the last time we did something innovative and unexpected that made our customers sit up and take notice, and made our competitors wonder why they didn’t come up with it first? That’s the first of 5 Tough-Love questions in an article that I wrote for the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME).  If you ...

Case Study: Answer These 12 Business Questions Before the End of 2018

Case Study: Answer These 12 Business Questions Before the End of 2018

For this blog I want you to be your own Case Study.  Look back over the previous year and answer these business questions to identify your profit and growth wins and losses so that you can take action in the most impactful areas next year. This link to the Profit and Growth Wheel of Business ...

Increase Team Productivity When You Skate to Where Your Customers Are Going

Increase Team Productivity When You Skate to Where Your Customers Are Going

Have you ever experienced the frustration and high costs of a failed or less-than-successful product launch?  If you never want the wasted productivity of a failed launch again that’s one more reason to get out from behind your desk and in front of your customers. Your sales people own the job of selling today’s products ...

2 Reasons Promoting From Within Actually Does More Harm Than Good… And How To Prevent Those Catastrophes

2 Reasons Promoting From Within Actually Does More Harm Than Good… And How To Prevent Those Catastrophes

It’s always important to develop internal staff for promotions, new opportunities, and succession planning vs. filling positions from outside the firm. But, what if you start promoting from within and still end up with a mismatch? I’ve had that happen and I’m sure you have too. What went wrong? We’re all familiar with the Peter ...

3 Keys to Jumpstart Speed, Agility, and Flexibility: Part 1 of 3 – Strategic Thinking

3 Keys to Jumpstart Speed, Agility, and Flexibility: Part 1 of 3 – Strategic Thinking

The new buzzword in business is “pivot” – a key talent for future success, requiring an organization to not only be market-aware, customer-focused, and employee-driven but to deliberately develop the speed, agility, and flexibility to thrive despite the increasing rate of change. This is one article in a 3-part series that will help you jumpstart ...

3 Keys to Jumpstart Speed, Agility, and Flexibility: Part 2 of 3 – Leverage Whole Brain Thinking

3 Keys to Jumpstart Speed, Agility, and Flexibility: Part 2 of 3 – Leverage Whole Brain Thinking

Organizational speed, agility, and flexibility are becoming more critical with increasing rates of change, but how do you trigger focused creativity to build an organization that can quickly and easily adapt and respond?  In Part 1 of this series, I shared the concept of transforming your conventional strategic planning retreats into strategic thinking advances. Here ...

3 Keys to Jumpstart Speed, Agility, and Flexibility: Part 3 of 3 – Less is More

3 Keys to Jumpstart Speed, Agility, and Flexibility: Part 3 of 3 – Less is More

In this 3-part series, we’ve explored the shift from strategic planning to strategic thinking, and looked at the importance of using all the brainpower in your organization, not just half of it.  In this final segment, I’ll share what has delivered results for my clients when it comes to execution and the ability to pivot ...

The 5 R’s to Proactively Manage Customer Profitability and Get Rapid Results

The 5 R’s to Proactively Manage Customer Profitability and Get Rapid Results

In a previous post, you learned the P in the P.R.O.F.I+T Roadmap: 3 Powerful Insights that can forever change the way you see your business.  If you missed the post, read it here. Let’s tackle the R, which stands for Realize Rapid Results with the 5 Rs that deliver take-it-to-the-bank results. Have you ever had ...

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