Operations Payoff

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As the days grow shorter and cooler, I find myself reflecting on a week I spent in sunny  Florida at an Alan Weiss thought leadership … Continue reading

At this time of year, many companies conduct their annual off-site planning retreat to develop strategic plans for the next year. Then it’s back to … Continue reading

This famous saying and book title by Marshall Goldsmith, the consummate management coach, applies to many things in our business lives, not the least of … Continue reading

One of the benefits of key performance measures (KPMs) is that they help you and your team focus on results rather than activities, and prevent … Continue reading

I subscribe to the theory of, “Only the paranoid survive.” Put forth by former Intel CEO Andrew Grove in his 1996 book, Only the Paranoid … Continue reading

Recently a company asked for my help in solving a mystery. Their revenue was growing but their profitability had declined over the past couple of … 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

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