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The Value of Getting to Know Each Other

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The holidays tends to bring on conversations with old colleagues and catching up with family, friends and clients.  Often times, we zip through life and business and don’t stop to get to know the people we interact with on a daily basis.  How could this be?   I have a few colleagues and friends who are particularly good at finding out all about the lives of people they work with (without wasting all sorts of time).  They always seem to have some detail I never knew about someone I talk with frequently about business matters.  Couldn’t we always do better?   You…
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Manufacturing is at a Peak!

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Manufacturing is at an all time peak, and shows no signs of slowing down.
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Kaizens & the Importance of Metrics

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My colleague and I led a Kaizen workshop on metrics with a process manufacturing client. It is always interesting to brainstorm which which metrics are relevant.
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Is Apple Moving Design In-House?

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According to a recent article Apple is considering designing chips in house, which will be a dramatic change.
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What Should Manufacturers Be Thinking with Potential Tax Changes?

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The tax rates for manufacturers and distributors will go down overall, but it certainly has the potential to creep up, so now is the time to make good business decisions.
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Holiday Parties & Diversity

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Creating diversity doesn’t require rules and regulations, but instead valuing different ideas, solutions and points of view.
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Are You Leveraging ERP Fully?

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80% of our clients only utilize 20% of their ERP system, and they are not alone.  So, if this is common across typical companies, why do so many of them call to throw out their current system and find one that will resolve their challenges?  It’s a good question!    Changing Systems and Keeping Service Levels When clients call with this dilemma, we make sure pursuing a new ERP system makes sense.  It is NO easy initiative to change systems and keep customer service levels intact.  It requires a significant outlay of funds to not only purchase the system but…
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Keep a Strategic Eye

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The verdict is in – those executives that keep a continual eye on strategy outperform the rest. Certainly, after spending a week in Fiji thinking about strategy, I am focused on the power of keeping a strategic eye at all times.  It is undoubtedly what our most successful clients do. We have learned to keep an eye on what “works” across organization sizes, industry types, and more.  Recently, we were in a final project review meeting with a large, complex organization’s CEO, and he continually kept an eye on strategy. As much as he appreciated the tactical results, the strategic…
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Who Should You Follow?

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In today’s Amazon-impacted marketplace, customers appreciate suppliers and advisers who will go the extra mile to provide that above and beyond service.
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