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    I Thought I was Wrong Once…But I was Mistaken

    - by Joseph Paris

    I was in Barnes & Noble over the weekend and beheld a seemingly endless collection of business books.  Whilst thumbing through them, I noticed a mantra that almost all of the ones I looked at had in common – it’s not necessary to be completely right all of the time. Later that evening, I was looking at my own library of leadership books (not to be confused with business books – though there is some overlap) and noticed that they shared the same shunning of the pursuit of perfection in favour of incremental progress. For instance, in David Freedman’s book,…

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    Risk Mitigation For Business Leaders

    - by Joseph Paris

    In the “legion,” you march or die… As business leaders, sometimes we march because we are driven by opportunity to accomplishment, and sometimes we are forced to march to thwart a threat. … But march we must. The media has devoted a lot of energy as of late fanning the flames that the economy is in a precarious state, based upon the threats (real or perceived) from a diversity of sources. From the rising price of oil and other commodities, to the bursting of the real estate bubble and subsequent credit crunch, to the fall of the dollar, to the…

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    Getting to the Corporate “Promised Land”…

    - by Joseph Paris

    Last October, I was at a manufacturing conference in Chicago during which I had the privilege of being invited to a dinner hosted by David Deutsch. And it was during this dinner that I was introduced to Ralph Keller – who is the President of the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME). Thank you, David… Ralph and I got along immediately – debating the current state of manufacturing in America and what challenges need to be faced and the opportunities that abound. We discussed how embarking on a “Lean Initiative” will produce real, tangible and measurable results, yet many companies have…

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    Realizing the Value in Business Processes

    - by Joseph Paris

    I had a very busy May with speaking engagements at the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) NJ Due Diligence Conference followed by the ACG-NY Manufacturing & Logistics Conference and wrapping it up by delivering a paper on Operational Excellence at the Institute for Industrial Engineers (IIE) Annual Conference in Vancouver. The underlying theme of all of these speaking engagements was the importance of realizing the value in business processes. Whether personally or professionally, it is human nature to blindly follow our normal routines – our normal “processes,” without a second thought. We do what we do because “that is the…

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    React, Analyze, Act

    - by Joseph Paris

    Every once in a while, a sense of unease comes over me as if I have become untethered and feeling adrift from what I know. Not to be confused with the near euphoria I feel when I embark on an adventure into some unknown, this feeling of being detached is somewhat cold and comes with it a sense of being isolated and entirely alone. There is usually no single event that initiates such a feeling. In fact, if I can trace such a feeling to a single event, it is dealt with quite deftly. I liken it more to a…

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    “Never go into the bush alone”

    - by Joseph Paris

    In 1996, my first assignment to South Africa for XONITEK was being hired by Macola-South Africa to train their personnel – and the personnel of their resellers – on how to implement Macola’s ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) solution. It was a very turbulent time in South Africa; apartheid had just ended, there was a new government, the United States had just ended its sanctions, and nobody really knew what the future would bring. I met many people on this trip – people with whom I will establish life-long bonds and in a country that I will come to cherish a…

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