Operations Payoff

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Who in the organization drives the cash-to-cash cycle? Most company managers assume the CFO is managing cash, so they don’t think much about it. But … Continue reading

A holistic view of strategy creates a balance between the business strategy and the operations strategy. An integrated approach that addresses both simultaneously exploits core … Continue reading

I recall a conversation I had with a CEO client about the fact that his company had more inventory than it needed. He looked at … Continue reading

I subscribe to the theory of Only The Paranoid Survive! Put forth by Andrew Grove, the former CEO of Intel in his 1996 book, Only … Continue reading

“Americans love advice. So why are we still so screwed up?” asks Joe Queenan in the Wall Street Journal. As individuals and companies, we spend … Continue reading

The concept of “The Tyranny of the Urgent” has been around for a long time, yet many people get caught up in the urgent every … Continue reading

Over the years I’ve helped many clients develop and implement innovative operations and supply chain strategy. One thing seems to make all the difference in … Continue reading

Often considered to be the domain of the CFO, cash flow can be impacted by more than just finance and accounting. Sales, operations, supply chain … Continue reading

One of the keystones of Lean (back when it was called World Class Manufacturing) was The Customer Defines Quality. Simply put, if you want to … Continue reading

Many companies start Performance Improvement initiatives with 5S, a Lean tool that involves workplace organization. 5S reduces clutter in offices, warehouses and manufacturing floors and … Continue reading