Body of Knowledge

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    The 7 Wastes

    - by Joseph Paris

    We are living through testing times… Our governments are being tested as they try to enact programs to instill confidence in the economy and their constituents. Companies are being tested as they are forced to react to dramatic challenges in the marketplace that have seemingly materialized overnight and without warning. Individuals are being tested in the security of themselves and their families. Although not a perfect gauge for the state of the economy, the Dow Jones industrial average has dropped from a high of just over 14,000 in the beginning of October 2007 to a low of just under 8,400…

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    Podcast: It’s a battlefield out there! Building your toolkit of Leadership, Teamwork and Communication

    - by Operational Excellence Society

    Regardless of a person’s gender, nationality, or political leanings, we can all agree that focused and disciplined execution will yield productivity and success, more often than not. That is what Boom Daniel and the rest of the team at BizBatt are all about, Disciplined Execution and Leadership. Join the conversation with BizBatt founder Matt “Boom” Daniel, a former Marine Fighter Pilot who now facilitates business discussions among CEOs and senior executives toward the goal of real-world problem solving and strategic development. Click here to listen. Part of Quality Conversations – The Global Voice of Quality by Steve Wilson    

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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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