2014-Apr: Operational Excellence by Design eNewsletter

Operational Excellence
by Design
Issue: 4
APRIL 2014
Paris-B&W-WAW“Operational Excellence is a state of readiness that is attained as the efforts throughout the organization reach 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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It’s Time to Jam

By Joseph Paris; Chairman, XONITEK Group of Companies
As the sun traverses the heavens ever higher with each and every day, winter has finally been forced to release us from its frigid embrace.  With every passing day, the mud gives way to green grass, the trees burst with the youthfulness of light green leaves, fruit trees are in full blossom and abuzz with bees, flowers blanket the earth in a kaleidoscope of color – and the street musicians play their Jazz for change.

I would suspect that, by now, almost all of you have strolled a city street on a sunny day and passed by a group of musicians playing for pocket change – with some of the more advanced even selling CD’s of their music.  Perhaps you have dropped some change in the guitar case, or stopped and listened for a while – maybe you were even drawn into the act.  In any case, I bet you had a smile on your face.

So it was last year in July when I was asked to participate in a conference in Boston sponsored by George Henderson of Top Quartile Performance Institute (TQPI) that I met William “Bill” Catucci.  Bill has led a very colorful life and has had a stellar career – including a 33 year career at AT&T and holding the position of CEO at AT&T Canada Long Distance Services.

During one of the many opportunities for networking and conversation, one of the topics for discussion was management models. Bill started talking about the “Jazz Model” and, thinking JAZZ was an acronym, I couldn’t help but ask what “J.A.Z.Z.” stood for.

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April 30th, 2014
Virtual Conference

This 2014 virtual conference is your opportunity to gain strategic insights into Continuous Improvement and organizational transformation methodologies. Sponsored in part by XONITEK whose very own Rick Hulse will be serving as Chairperson.

May 31-June 3, 2014

Montreal, Canada

We look forward to seeing in Montreal for the largest Industrial and Systems Engineering event of the year! XONITEK’s Joseph Paris is the Track Chairperson for the Process Industries Division and will be delivering a Session.

June 8-11, 2014

Dubia, UAE

Experts from the oil and gas industry will be collaborating with operational excellence stalwarts to improve efficiency in their day-to-day operations and keep a control on rising costs. XONITEK’s David Boyman will be delivering the Keynote as well as serving as Conference Chairperson.

June 10-11, 2014
Warsaw, Poland

Known as the industry “Flagship event of the Year” for the manufacturing sector, it supports and recognizes manufacturing success in all sectors of industry. Sponsored by XONITEK & OpEx Society. Joseph Paris will be speaking and serving on the Jury to evaluate nominated companies.




Are You Working to Best in Class Performance?

By Jeff Lane

As corporate earnings continue to show good growth and the great recession falls further into the past, adverse results may be creeping into operating performance levels while businesses emphasize top line growth.

Understanding what best in class performance is for today’s operations and how our improvement efforts affect key financial indicators is critical to maintaining operational excellence.

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The Need for Effective Reactive Improvement

By Ross Kennedy

In order to achieve Operations Excellence, organisations need to be good at both Reactive and Pro-active Improvement. Unfortunately, many organisations are so focused on Pro-active Improvement through their Lean, Six Sigma, and TPM initiatives that they lose sight of the importance of effective Reactive Improvement.

As Pro-active Improvement gains momentum and guides you closer towards Operations Excellence, then the need for Reactive Improvement should significantly reduce. However, as a Pro-active Improvement journey can take many years to achieve Operations Excellence, there is a strong argument for getting effective Reactive Improvement in place. I have found organisations that do both are the most successful.

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The Lighter-Side…
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Trinity DeMars – Editor & Director of Operations 

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Joseph Paris discusses the perennial problem of attempting to apply lean strategies, whilst failing to engage in honest conversations that ensure the company works in unison.

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