Body of Knowledge

  • 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

  • Body of Knowledge

    Unpacking Packaging Costs

    - by David K. Schneider

    Packaging is everywhere.  Almost everything that we buy comes packaged in some form.  New cars are packaged in protective films for transport.  The jeans on the store shelf came in a corrugated paperboard box.  Even the fresh fruit at the farmer’s market arrived in a box, and you took it home in a bag. The trend of the YouTube unboxing videos is driving new attention to packaging.  The unboxing experience, along with a quick initial review of the product by product influencers, is becoming a decision point for consumers.  While Amazon drives the marketplace with 2-day delivery, a significant portion…

  • Thought Food

    Mathematical Model Reveals the Patterns of How Innovations Arise

    - by MIT Sloan

    MIT Sloan means that innovation is one of the driving forces in our world. The constant creation of new ideas and their transformation into technologies and products forms a powerful cornerstone for 21st century society. Indeed, many universities and institutes, along with regions such as Silicon Valley, cultivate this process. The crux of the article is that the work could lead to a new approach to the study of what is possible, and how it follows from what already exists. Read more

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