Gotthold Ephiram Lessing

Authority erodes, but influence lasts forever

“I have a dream…” – Martin Luther King Jr. Unlocking value in your organization requires a certain kind of leadership. It means stepping up and doing it yourself, not usurping authority or transferring it to someone else. A well meaning business vice president tried doing just that. “If Joe says something, it’s like me saying […]

Everything you need to know about operations you learned in elementary?

Scientific Method Officially, the method of procedure that has characterized natural science since the 17th century, the scientific method is typically taught as early as 2nd grade. Purpose: What do you want to learn? A north American extrusion company was struggling with on-time delivery. The data showed that extrusion presses were literally at record production […]

Hello, Dolly!

What are the Spices in your Culture?

A recent diner at a very dear friend’s house revealed not only the beauty of different cultures but the reality of the genuine differences. My family, third generation Italians, entered the house of our new friends from India. We were so compelled by the smells of spices we rarely use and only under the direction […]

Principles and Approach

Standardize Principles – Personalize Approach

World class organizations align themselves around a set of principles that have stood the test of time like; using the scientific method, creating standard work for people paced activities, engaging operators in the preventative maintenance of the equipment. While almost all these organizations agree on the principles, a visit to each would reveal a variety […]

Antoine de Saint-Exupery