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How to Apply Wayne Gretzky’s Top Tip to Increase Speed, Flexibility, and Agility in Your Business

How to Apply Wayne Gretzky’s Top Tip to Increase Speed, Flexibility, and Agility in Your Business

“Skate to where the puck is going, not to where it is” is widely known as Wayne Gretzky’s secret to success as one of the all-time hockey greats. Easy for him to say and do harder for most businesses to put into practice because of all their moving parts. So how DO you skate to ...

10 Tenets for Achieving Enterprise Excellence

10 Tenets for Achieving Enterprise Excellence

I’ve been speaking with several CEOs recently about the difference between Operational Excellence, which is typically defined as a lean journey, and Enterprise Excellence, which is typically defined not very well.  This is the first of 2 articles that will help shine a light on what you need to do to create friction-less quality and ...

5 Quick Ways to Spring Clean Your Profits

5 Quick Ways to Spring Clean Your Profits

#1 Bestselling Author, International Speaker, and Accelerator Anne C. Graham is on a mission to help business leaders and their teams double their profit per employee – or more – in less than one year, in less time per week than they’re spending on email per day. Her book Profit in Plain Sight includes the 5-step proactive P.R.O.F.I+T Plan to do ...

3 Innovation Myths That Do More Harm Than Good

3 Innovation Myths That Do More Harm Than Good

This month I’ve planted some seeds about innovation that I hope will inspire you to create “the next big thing” in your industry before your competitors do.  I hear a lot of outdated beliefs at speaking events about what innovation is really all about; so, to finish up the month, let’s tackle 3 myths about ...

This Essential Mindset Shift Creates Highly Engaged Employees

This Essential Mindset Shift Creates Highly Engaged Employees

Try this fun exercise in your next meeting for an AHA! Moment that creates highly engaged employees: Ask each member of your team to pretend that they’re a travel agent. Simply tell your team “I want to go on a vacation and see beautiful sights with my spouse and 2 little ones.” Ask them to ...

3 Ways to Increase Productivity That Aren’t What You Think and Don’t Mean Working Harder

3 Ways to Increase Productivity That Aren’t What You Think and Don’t Mean Working Harder

This time of year we often hear about the crisis of low productivity in North America linked to whatever the current economic woes may be, whether that’s competitiveness, exchange rates, or lagging GDP, with the accompanying plea that “somebody” needs to do something about the productivity gap. The good news is that you already have ...

3 Myths of Employee Retention That are Harming Your Business

3 Myths of Employee Retention That are Harming Your Business

Employee Retention is an ongoing challenge in every business faced with retiring Boomers, managing and motivating GenX and GenY, and attracting qualified Millennials to fill empty seats.  Most companies lose half of their employees within five years, however Fortune magazine’s ‘Best Companies to Work For’ experience annual turnover of just five percent – a huge ...

5 Ways to Increase Productivity: The Art of F.O.C.U.S POCUS

5 Ways to Increase Productivity: The Art of F.O.C.U.S POCUS

Are you off to a great start this year, totally focused and making things happen and have you mastered multiple ways to increase productivity?  Great!  Keep reading for a powerful concept that will turn your momentum into results. Or, are you like most of the business colleagues I’ve talked to in the past few weeks, ...

8 Crucial 2019 Manufacturing Predictions

8 Crucial 2019 Manufacturing Predictions

A year ago I shared 8 predictions outlining the massive shifts about to happen in manufacturing in an Association for Manufacturing Excellence article. They refer to what I call “Manufacturing 5.0” and are well worth 5 minutes of your time because they’re quite different from what the media still refers to as Manufacturing 4.0. The ...

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