Seeing the bigger picture:  Where operations meets business

Seeing the bigger picture: Where operations meets business

Those working on operational excellence are typically focused on optimisation, waste elimination, capacity utilization, process redesign and other operational challenges.  This focus can lead to a lack of business perspective.  How can operational excellence professionals keep the business in mind while making operational improvements? The business model canvas is one widely used tool.  By laying…

Pushing manufacturing productivity to the max

Pushing manufacturing productivity to the max

McKinsey & Co means that while most companies do their best to optimize production processes using established rules of thumb or incomplete data, at the end of the month or reporting period, they often discover sizeable gaps between actual profits and what they had expected. Accordingly, that is because they typically lack precise-enough measures to understand the…

How to see past your own perspective and find truth

How to see past your own perspective and find truth

The more we read and watch online, the harder it becomes to tell the difference between what’s real and what’s fake. It’s as if we know more but understand less, says philosopher Michael Patrick Lynch. In this talk, he dares us to take active steps to burst our filter bubbles (our own perspective) and participate…

INSIGHT-Making France work again

INSIGHT-Making France work again

Confection du Boischaut Nord (CBN) is a small miracle of manufacturing: it is one of the few firms in Indre’s once-buoyant local textiles sector to have withstood the onslaught of foreign competition, first from southern Europe, then North Africa and now Asia. Yet the overtime episode is a telling insight into a France struggling with itself:…

The New Face of American Unemployment

The New Face of American Unemployment

Bloomberg reports on the “new face” of American unemployment – one we cannot ignore any longer. Bloomberg finds that as the U.S. labor force crests again, a new complex of problems locks many Americans out of the workplace. Even at so-called full employment, some 20 million Americans are still left behind. While some of America’s jobless are…