Body of Knowledge

  • Podcasts

    State of Readiness – Steve Waszak – On Organizational Alignment and Popcorn

    In this episode of State of Readiness, we speak with Steve Waszak, Vice President of Operational Excellence at Green Group Industries about organizational alignment.  For Steve, establishing organizational alignment was key to the transformation that he facilitated during his first two years in his role in OpEx.  We discuss some of the things that need to be in place including the challenges associated with trying to get and keep everyone aligned. One silo-busting exercise example Steve will share is the value of a good roadmap and engaging exercises including generating the Measurement Matrix.  This had everyone in each functional area…

  • Podcasts

    Join Antlerboy and JP in their first Three-way

    Although fraught with great peril, our intrepid hosts open-up the podcast to call-ins.  What can go wrong?  Well, everything can go wrong.  But in spite of the incredible odds, our first call-in episode went rather well.  So well, in fact, that the call-in format will be our new standard format for the show. In this first call-in episode, we will discuss the challenges faced when authority to effect transformation does not exist, but only influence – and the various approaches that might work under such circumstances.  And yes, we wade into geo-politics; starting with Brexit and moving to tariffs and…

  • eNewsletters

    Operational Excellence by Design eNewsletter – May 2019

    May 2019 Monthly Musing Whether high school or college, students around the world are graduating.  Some will go on to further their education, some will enter the job market – many for the first time.  More likely than not, the job the get will not be their ideal job or their last job, but the beginning their journey of discovery.  The risk is that we will settle and be stuck in a job we don’t enjoy and find unfulfilling.  Life is too short to settle – so don’t. “If you love what you do, you will never work a day…

  • Thought Food

    How to Get Others to Adopt Your Recommendation

    - by MIT Sloan

    The author of this articles means that she has found the most effective ways for people to present their ideas and get the responses they need to either take action or go back to the drawing board. Furthermore, clarity about how to communicate and what strategies to employ gives people a better chance of getting approval for their recommendations. She also means that there is a process for how actionable recommendations evolve. You explore data and find a problem or opportunity. You craft a well-structured recommendation. Then, once it’s approved, you lead by influencing others to act on it. Read more

  • Thought Food

    Big carmakers are placing vast bets on electric vehicles

    - by Economist.com

    The Economist writes that back in 1900, only one in three cars on American roads ran on volts. Then oil began gushing out of Texas. Cheaper than batteries, and easier to top up, petrol fuelled the rise of mass-produced automobiles. Cost and worries about limited range have kept electric vehicles (evs) in a niche ever since. Tesla, which has made battery power sexy again in the past decade, produced just 250,000 units last year, a fraction of what Volkswagen or Toyota churn out annually. For every one of the 2m or so pure evs and plug-in hybrids, which combine batteries and…

  • Thought Food

    The five trademarks of agile organizations

    - by McKinsey & Company

    Our experience and research demonstrate that successful agile organizations consistently exhibit the five trademarks described in this article. The trademarks include a network of teams within a people-centered culture that operates in rapid learning and fast decision cycles which are enabled by technology, and a common purpose that co-creates value for all stakeholders. These trademarks complement the findings from “How to create an agile organization.” Read more

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