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My Backstory & How We Develop Talents

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I’ve heard backstory expert, Mark Levy, speak several times over multiple years.  The light bulb didn’t go off in my mind regarding my backstory until a month ago – thanks to a conversation with Nancy Cramer.  Much appreciated Nancy (a colleague who has helped me with a few key concepts over the years)! Although my backstory is a bit longer than I’d like for this newsletter, I’m posting it anyway.  It’s a good example of how skills are derived and helps to explain where my talent for maximizing multiple variables came from.   (None of these pictures are of me.  However, I will share a video…
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Buried in Data. Dig Your Way Out & Leverage for Success

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90% of the world’s data has been created in the last two years. Mind boggling!  Of course, we are getting buried in data and aren’t sure how to dig our way out and leverage for success. If you just think about your first few hours after waking up in the morning, you’ve received millions of messages and data:  1) News reports from the radio. 2) Text messages and emails on your phone. 3) Most likely you’ve driven by billboard messages on your way to work.  4) The TV might have been on in the background while getting ready for work.…
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Implementing Change in 2018? Remember the 4 I’s©

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Are you planning to improve your business in 2018? Whether you are installing a new ERP system, optimizing your supply chain, or improving your business processes, you are implementing significant change. Change is never easy. It is always difficult to get people to accept and embrace a new way of doing things. To get that acceptance, you need to remember the 4 I’s©: Inform, Instruct, Invest, and Inspire. You will greatly increase your chances for success in 2018 if your plans include all these critical change management elements.
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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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McKinsey Report Predicts 20% Growth in Manufacturing by 2025

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McKinsey Report predicts 20% growth in manufacturing by 2025. Large USA firm have outperformed their coutnterparts.
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5 Steps to Significant Process Improvement, A Case Study

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Over the last couple of months I’ve been working with a client on making significant improvements to their business operations. The 5 step approach we’ve been using can be instructive to others who want to improve their own business processes in a logical and methodical manner.
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My ProVisors Ontario Group’s 5 Year Anniversary and Amazing Business Connections

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I am the Group Leader for the ProVisors (a top notch group of trusted advisors to business executives and owners) Ontario. Last week, we celebrated our 5 year anniversary – aren’t we a sharp-looking group! HUNDREDS of referrals and business connections later, we continue to be quite successful and have increased the value we provide to our collective clients. I know my clients have benefited. When I joined ProVisors as a member, I truly had no idea how I would provide introductions and facilitate connections to some of the members. Their professions just didn’t seem to arise much in my…
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The Calm of Muir Woods and Why Disconnecting Works

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Over Labor Day, I went to beautiful San Francisco for a weekend away, prepared for the “coldest winter ever spent is a summer in San Francisco“, and it turned out with record-setting temperatures over 100 degrees! So, after a food walking tour in the thick of the heat on Saturday in the Mission District, I thought my first visit to Muir Woods might provide some welcome relief on Sunday – and it did. Muir Woods is beautiful and calm. It can be a great way to get away from the rat race by going somewhere you can hear the babbling…
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Emerging Technologies for Supply Chain

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There is an ever-increasing interest in emerging technologies for supply chain. When thinking of your end-to-end supply chain – from your suppliers’ suppliers, through your manufacturing and distribution operations, to your customers’ customers – you must consider technology to have any hope of achieving success. In today’s Amazon-impacted environment, rapid information and product flow must be accompanied with low-cost and efficient supply chains to maximize the customer experience, profitable growth and cash flow. Trending technologies to consider in your strategic discussions include the following: Additive manufacturing such as 3D printing – it is no longer just for R&D. The progressive…
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Why Executives Should Care About ERP Strategy

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Lately, we’ve been called in by several clients with ERP challenges that directly impact business growth and success. Do you desire profitable growth? If so, add ERP into your strategic discussions. Would you delegate a decision that could literally make or break your customer service, profit margins (or lack thereof) and ability to grow? I think not! ERP Strategy Matters There has been a widespread need to consider ERP as a strategic topic. For example, these scenarios have arisen in just the last month: In one manufacturing company, the ERP system was holding them back from growing. For a family-owned…
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