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  • Podcasts

    State of Readiness – Michael Rabbitt – Head of Business Transformation, Argonne National Laboratory

    - by Operational Excellence Society

    In this episode, I welcome Michael Rabbitt, Head of Business Transformation, Argonne National Laboratory, a world-class research laboratory.  Having a BA in Operations Management and Information Systems and earning his MBA in Human Resource Management, Michael will share his journey; how his interests evolved over time, the experiences he gained in change management, and his observations and the changes he had to make in moving from the private sector (insurance) to the public sector (research). The passion that Michael has for operational excellence and helping others is obvious even to the casual passer-by.  It is anchored by his core values…

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    The Outliers Inn – Episode 40 – Another Open Mic Night

    Welcome to Episode 30 of The Outliers Inn – Another Open Mic Night  Another “Open Mic Night” at The Outliers Inn.  Listen in on Antlerboy and JP as they discuss the Women’s World Cup; Renowned Transdisciplinary Behavioural Strategist, Organisational Misbehaviourist, and Ironist, Richard Claydon; and data privacy in the context of cyber security. We start with the discussion of soccer and the recent win of the Women’s World Cup by the American team.  We ponder (well, mostly JP wonders), why the Europeans can field several successful men’s soccer teams and the States can’t, especially considering the population of the States and…

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    State of Readiness – Stephane Jeanmart, Chemistry Operational Excellence Lead, Syngenta

    Welcome to this episode of the State of Readiness podcast – with Stephane Jeanmart from Syngenta I welcome Stephane Jeanmart, Chemistry Operational Excellence Lead at Syngenta, a global agrochemical business headquartered in Basel, Switzerland.  In this episode, Stephane shares his journey from being formally trained in Chemistry, a discipline of predictable outcomes governed by formulas and exactness, to a less exact discipline that is Operational Excellence which is largely about people. Syngenta was formed from the spin-off of a portion of the agrichemical businesses of Novartis and Astra-Zeneca.  Joining Syngenta post-formation, Stephane shares his experience in seeing the cultures of…

  • eNewsletters

    Operational Excellence by Design eNewsletter – July 2019

    July 2019 Monthly Musing   I have been very fortunate that I have had several formal mentors in my life.  They never told me what to do, rather offer guidance based on their knowledge and the wisdom they gained over the years.  But I had many more informal mentors; those who didn’t know they were mentoring me because I was gaining my guidance by observing them passively rather than actively, or those who mentored me while in stealth mode – offering me guidance and sharing their wisdom and I didn’t even know they were doing it.  We all need mentors…

  • Thought Food

    How to ask for help

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    The host of this TED video is Heidi Grant, who researches, writes and speaks about the science of motivation, influence and decision-making. In this instance, this social psychologist means that asking for help is tough. But to get through life – she says – you have to do it all the time. So how does one get comfortable asking? In this actionable talk, Grant shares four simple rules for asking for help and getting it – while making the process more rewarding for your helper, too. Read more

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    2019 EY CEO Imperative Study

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    EY begs the question: For CEOs, are the days of sidelining global challenges numbered? In attempting to answer, EY shares the official 2019 EY CEO Imperative Study – revealing that investors and boards expect CEOs to respond to humanity’s greatest challenges. In fact, it has found that it’s the new growth imperative. But how exactly – and how is it that CEOs can no longer rely on the old excuses for inaction on challenges? Read more

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