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Recently I had the opportunity to fish for rainbow trout for three days on the Grande Ronde River in northeastern Oregon. The Grande Ronde, a … Continue reading

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

Last year I sent out a Growth Accelerator newsletter about why it’s essential to keep growing your business, especially when things are going well: I … Continue reading

Recently on a morning show on TV the commentator brought up the dangers of texting and driving and mentioned that he often tells his children … Continue reading

I was talking to a friend who is a retired senior partner in a very successful advertising agency. We were discussing what drives profit and … Continue reading

As supply chains become more global and the focus increases on JIT to boost speed and profitability, risk management becomes a key topic for supply … Continue reading

Communication with suppliers is a vital element of forming a supplier partnership program, yet many (I would say most), companies don’t establish a solid foundation … Continue reading

Teams are a key element of continuous improvement. A team is a group of people linked in a common purpose. This is different from a … Continue reading

A stock analyst recently declared Amazon a “buy,” because Jeff Bezos has “a very solid vision of where he wants to take the company.” Vision … Continue reading

I’m pleased to announced that my new book is available on Amazon. Moving into the Express Lane: How to Rapidly Increase the Value of Your … Continue reading