2015-Apr: Operational Excellence by Design eNewsletter

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Issue: 2015-4
APRIL 2015

A Message from our Founder…
How you communicate is more important than communicating 
Joseph F Paris Jr

Communication, quite simply, is the act of transferring information from a source to a destination. And those who lead – as well as those who aspire to lead – must recognize and understand the importance of communication, as well as gain a command of the skills to communicate effectively.

The variety of the “envelopes” – the packaging in which communication is delivered – is nearly infinite. For instance; information can be communicated in the form of poetry – in which the nature of the information being conveyed can be rather abstract and thus lend itself to being inferred and debated until the end of ages. Compare and contrast this with prose, which delivers information in the form of story-telling. Then there is the non-written communications in the arts and even body-language, where the information being conveyed is much more nuanced and subject to wide interpretation.

There is also a significant difference between communicating base elements of information (such as facts, trivia, data, and instruction) as compared with more complex forms of communication (such as ideas) – although achieving both is sometimes possible.

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Event Highlights

April 29-30, 2015:
Abu Dhabi
The OpX 2015 conference in Abu Dhabi, UAE will discuss the vital role of Operational and Process Excellence in the Upstream, Midstream and Downstream and analyzes the various strategies, technological capabilities and potential considerations for implementing, developing and cementing an OpX program in the Energy companies.

May 14, 2015: Barcelona
Join us at the SC Leadership Forum where “C-level” Supply Chain executives and professionals from FMCG, Retail, Manufacturing, 3PL, Pharma and e-Commerce share knowledge & insights on how to drive excellence in the markets they compete in.
OpEx Society’s Founder, Joseph Paris will be delivering the Keynote.

May 21-22, 2015: Munich
We are proud to introduce the 3rd Annual Operational Excellence in Insurance conference – the place to be if you want to see where you stand right now and where you can go from here to achieve true operational excellence in all your departments.
OpEx Society’s Founder, Joseph Paris will be speaking.

A Closer Look at Lean Implementation – Part 2
By Soin Singh

In part one of this article, we discussed the key methodologies of lean manufacturing. In this second part, we will discuss starting or improving your current effort in lean manufacturing (plus: download a bonus assessment checklist to highlight your strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities). We will cover four topics important for implementation:

  1. Getting started: Some precursors and self-assessment.
  2. The Project Management approach.
  3. The Business Plan approach.
  4. Challenges and solutions for success.

Thought Food

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10 Shortcomings of SWOT Analysis
By David J. Patrishkoff
It you think that your SWOT analysis you use to identify the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities & Threats in your business is adequate, beware. It is intended to provide a 360 view of your risks and opportunities but they often fail to fill that requirement due to superficial applications and failure to include interconnected systemic systems risks in the analysis.

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Connect with us…

June 4, 2015
The leading research institution in the field of OPEX in the pharmaceutical industry is hosting their annual OPEX Roadshow for 2015.
The OpEx Society has partnered with the University of St. Gallen, and our Founder, Joseph Paris will be delivering the Keynote Address in Boston.

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LMJ Board Member and XONITEK’s Chairman, Joseph Paris, returns to discuss the ideas of short term-ism in the business world over continuous improvement.

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