Operational Excellence is…

“Operational Excellence is a state of readiness that is attained as the efforts throughout the organization reach a state of alignment for achieving its strategies; and where the corporate culture is committed to the continuous and deliberate improvement of company performance AND the circumstances of those who work there – and is precursor to becoming a high-performance organization.”

Featured Articles

  • The Operational Excellence Manifesto
    “Operational Excellence is a state of readiness that is attained as the efforts throughout the organization reach a state of alignment for achieving its strategies; and where the corporate culture is committed to the continuous and deliberate improvement of company performance AND the circumstances of those who work there – to pursue ‘Operational Excellence by…
  • Operational Excellence – A Personal Case Study
    I write often about Operational Excellence.  How we live in a world of Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity (VUCA).  How time is the enemy of the 21st century company and that the organization that knows and trusts its capabilities (and also where they are lacking) is better prepared to synthesize decisions from imperfect data –…
  • Leaving a Positive and Indelible Mark
    As we get older, it’s interesting what we recall from our youth and the impact it had upon us – even if we didn’t know it at the time. For me, I was blessed with having several teachers who supported me and influenced me a great deal; those that left a positive and indelible mark…
  • Scaling and Sustaining Your Education and Training Program
    I have been helping companies design and deploy their Operational Excellence (“OpEx”) and Continuous Improvement (“CI”) programs for a very long time.  Mind you, I was not born with this knowledge.  Rather I gained this knowledge by working with companies and observing the challenges they faced and helping them to overcome those challenges – and…

Recent Posts

  • “Nomads at Last” – Redux
    It’s January 2020.  I have just made a pitch to the corporate big-wigs for a way to reduce their real-estate costs (premises including rent and utilities), their corporate travel costs, even their carbon footprint using the latest telephony and collaborative applications.  I postulate that they will even see an increase in productivity while improving their…
  • 2021-Feb; Trust Me, I’m an Engineer
         
  • Supercharged Supply Chain; Warehouse Optimization
    In this episode of “Supercharged Supply Chain”, Ron and Joseph discuss warehousing; its present state, trends, some of the opportunities and challenges that exist, and what the future might hold. One of the biggest beneficiaries of the COVID pandemic has been the warehouse industry. The increase in the volume of ecommerce has been astounding. Look…
  • What Do You Mean: Just-in-Time?
    There was a time when manufacturers talked about just-in-time deliveries of their production inputs (raw materials, components, supplies), then just-in-time-production or lean manufacturing. There is something missing in JIT and lean understanding which intimidates some manufacturers and service providers, and therefore causes them to “give up” without even trying. What do you mean, JIT? Several…

Thought Food

  • One Way to Build More Resilient Medical Supply Chains in the U.S
    Summary.   When shortages of PPE and other medical supplies hit in the early months of the pandemic, tens of thousands of domestic producers — from individual to large companies in other industries — sprang into action and made a huge difference. They should not be forgotten after the pandemic is over. Health care organizations should factor them…
  • The Anti-CEO Playbook
    Profit, money, shareholders: these are the priorities of most companies today. But at what cost? In an appeal to corporate leaders worldwide, Chobani founder Hamdi Ulukaya calls for an end to the business playbook of the past — and shares his vision for a new, “anti-CEO playbook” that prioritizes people over profits. “This is the…
  • What Is Disruptive Innovation?
    Summary.   For the past 20 years, the theory of disruptive innovation has been enormously influential in business circles and a powerful tool for predicting which industry entrants will succeed. Unfortunately, the theory has also been widely misunderstood, and the “disruptive” label has been applied too carelessly anytime a market newcomer shakes up well-established incumbents. In this…
  • Managing Your “To-Do List”
    I Tried 4 To-Do List Methods. Here’s What Worked. You know that slimy, green ghost from Ghostbusters? The one that floats around eating everything in sight? That’s kind of what my to-do list reminds me of. Every day it just grows bigger and bigger as I desperately try to get it under control. (Anyone have an extra proton pack lying…

eNewsletters

  • Operational Excellence by Design eNewsletter – January 2021
    Operational Excellence By DesignSM 2021 January ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ Monthly Musing “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” – Robert Frost Whose woods these are I think I know.    His house is in the village though;    He will not see me stopping here    To watch his woods fill up with snow.    My little horse…
  • Operational Excellence by Design eNewsletter – Year End 2020
    Operational Excellence By Design SM 2020 Year-End Highlights ‌ ‌ Monthly Musing “Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the things you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream….
  • Operational Excellence by Design eNewsletter – December 2020
    Operational Excellence By Design SM December 2020   ‌ ‌ Get your copy of “State of Readiness” today! Monthly Musing “Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.” – Benjamin Franklin FOUNDER’S CORNER Know what? So what… There was a post in…