2013-Jul: Operational Excellence by Design eNewsletter

Operational Excellence by DesignSM 
Issue: 7
July 2013
Paris-B&W-WAWOperational Excellence is when the efforts throughout the organization are in a state of alignment for achieving its strategies and where the corporate culture is committed to the continuous and deliberate improvement of company performance AND the circumstances of those who work there –  to pursue ‘Operational Excellence by Design‘ and not by coincidence.”
-Joseph F Paris Jr; Chairman, XONITEK® Group of Companies


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Real Leaders Never Say “Burning Platform”

By Joseph Paris; Chairman, XONITEK Group of Companies

Those of us who are familiar with Continuous Improvement

programs have undoubtedly heard references made to a “burning platform“.  We have come to understand that this is a metaphor for a crisis situation and, along with it, the sense of urgency that is necessary to effectively react and overcome the crisis.  If you “Google” the phrase “burning platform origin“, you get as many people taking credit for being the originator of the phrase as you do postings attributing the origin to some anecdote involving, what else, a burning platform.

Whatever its origin, the “burning platform” has become a nearly ubiquitous business lexicon for a situation that is so dire – so fraught with danger – that people will focus all of their energy to overcome the threat so they will become secure and safe again.  Accordingly, a common belief and approach in organizations and communities of any sort is that: for any major change within an organization to occur, a critical success factor is to find a deterrent that will prevent people from wanting to continue with the status quo – that it is important, in fact, for people to believe that their clinging to their current way is so perilous that it compels (coerces?) them into believing that moving nearly anywhere is more safe than staying where they are.

Recently, I came across a discussion in the Operational Excellence Group on Linked-In entitled; “Convincing people to start an Operational Excellence Initiative needs a compelling story.  How do you convey the burning platform?”  


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Total Productive Maintenance: 8 Steps to Better Equipment Reliability, More Capacity & Sustained Improvement

By Doug Kiss

You’ve launched your continuous improvement (CI) initiative. Product lines have replaced process villages. There’s more floor space. Supervisors and executives are closer to the gemba after experiencing 5S, visual factory and Managing for Daily Improvement. Standard work has made abnormalities more visible, and Six Sigma methodology has corrected problems that have plagued the operation for years.

The results are showing on the bottom line, and Accounting has credited your CI effort as a large contributor. Fair skies and smooth sailing, right? Well, partially right. Momentum like this-effectiveness like this-needs growth to sustain.

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Innovation through Putting New Technology to Work

By Karen Jahnke

I recently received my own DNA analysis results from a company called 23andMe. The very fact that DNA analysis has reached general availability, and that a certain level of analysis is available for under $100 directly correlates to significant decreases in production costs.

First, I do need to state that I am not an expert in the genome sequencing industry. Although I find it absolutely fascinating not just in terms of information systems, the field in which I have some subject matter expertise, but in terms of understanding human evolution and advancements in caring for human kind.

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The Lighter-Side…
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“The Operational Excellence Manifesto”

By Joseph Paris, as featured in Uptime Magazine


Operational Excellence: See the flow of Value, as featured in the June/July edition of Uptime Magazine®.

Click here to read article; or here to see the complete issue.

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