“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
By Joseph Paris; Chairman, XONITEK Group of Companies
Arguing and debate (I don’t generally feel there is a difference – except, perhaps, that a debate consists of a series of arguments) goes back to the beginning of the ages, probably starting at the very moment mankind was able to communicate. One of the most famous early debaters was Socrates, a philosopher from Ancient Greece who lived around 400-BC in Athens.
Socrates became famous for the manner in which he engaged in a debate; by asking open-ended questions of his opponent in order to stimulate critical thinking and to make an idea more clear by eliminating contradictions and conflicts – stripping away all of the distractions – until only the “truth” (whatever that means) remains. This method ultimately became known as the “Socratic Method”.
Debating should not be confused with quarrelling – which is when the logic and pragmatism of the debate is eroded by the introduction of emotion (think Spock versus McCoy in Star Trek) until it ultimately degenerates to a shouting match, and perhaps fisticuffs – even to the point of abandoning the Marquess of Queensbury Rules.
The insurance industry is currently facing unprecedented operational, regulatory and economic pressures. Join us for two days of innovative and inspiring keynotes and case studies that will help you build a framework that includes the tools, methodologies and organisational structures to help you achieve execution excellence.
XONITEK’s Rick Hulse will be speaking and delivering the pre-conference workshop.
This conference will focus on the knowledge management and efficient usage of resources for efficient productivity with precision and accuracy. We will offer a distinctive opportunity for engineers, consultants, and professionals all over the world to gather, discuss, and implement the innovative technologies for making human life better and easier.
XONITEK’s Joseph Paris will be speaking, moderating and chairing.
How Many Change Agents Does It Take to Change a Light Bulb?
By Claire F. Kuhl
Wouldn’t it be great if you could reliably predict which leaders in your organization are naturally suited for success in the challenging Change Agent role? XONITEK is engaging with a research partner to develop a tool for doing exactly that. Find out about this research study and how your organization can participate in and benefit from it.
Making Operations Fly – What Business Can Learn from Pilots
By Torbjørn Netland
I am still smiling. On my flight from Oslo to Rome this weekend, I was asked to sit in the cockpit. I gladly accepted. My seat ticket read C01 – Cockpit 1. In a fully seated Boeing 737-800, the captain and copilot of SK4713 showed me how to get 194 passengers safely and timely from far north to the south of Europe in about three hours. I could not possibly get a better start on my travel to the annual conference of the European Operations Management Association, this time in Palermo, Sicily.
For a scholar of operations, it was truly inspiring to get a first-hand view of how the aviation industry operates. What can other industries learn from aviation? A lot, for sure. Here are five quick reflections from my flight over Europe.
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