2015-Mar: Operational Excellence by Design eNewsletter

2015-Mar: Operational Excellence by Design eNewsletter
March 11, 2015 Operational Excellence Society
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Issue: 2015-3
MARCH 2015

A Message from our Founder…
Before there is Passion, there must first be: Interest, then Belief, then Ability, then Success 
Joseph F Paris Jr


When I was growing-up, I had a lot of passions – or at least I thought they were passions. Fortunately, I was blessed with having a structure at home and at school that supported me in the exploration and development of my passions; or at least mostly supported me.

My first such recollection was in 4th Grade where I had Ms. DeLuca as a teacher. I was interested in all of the sciences – each and every one of them. I wanted to be a “Scientist” someday – not realizing that I really would have to “specialize” someday if I wanted to go anywhere (there can only be one “Bill Nye the Science Guy”). I had a friend back then, Jesse “Jake” Holmes who was also interested in Science, specifically the narrow field of Herpetology; which was the study of reptiles and amphibians.

Ms. DeLuca allowed Jake and me to set-up a “Science Center” in a corner of the classroom. We would bring in books on various subjects, and created a few terrariums. We could perform “non-lethal” and “non-volatile” experiments.

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Event Highlights

April 15-17, 2015: Amsterdam
Join us for the 12th year of this information and networking filled event and gain a competitive 
advantage by enhancing your skills and knowledge
about the core of your company.
OpEx Society’s Founder, Joseph Paris will be in attendance as the Workshop Leader.
(click for 20% discount)

May 14, 2015: Barcelona
Join us at our Annual Supply Chain 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:
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.

More Data is not Good
By David K. Schneider
Managing by the Numbers” is a tired phrase. Really, it is.

“You can’t manage what you don’t measure,” is a phrase that we all hear, and we all say it like a prayer that a nun murmurs while counting rosary beads. Many people argue about who said it first, Peter Drucker or Edward Deming. We hear it at the beginning of presentations at professional conferences, the obligatory first slide of many tired and boring PowerPoint presentations. 

Thought Food


Case Study: A new prescription for improving business performance at GlaxoSmithKline
By Jacqui Alexander and Margaret Huggins, MSc
This article will share how we started, scaled up and began to embed the ADP (Accelerating Delivery and Performance) way of working in GSK between 2009 and 2012.  We begin with the background and initial objectives followed by a summary of the journey overall. Highlights of the OD theory that informed and contributed to this highly practical initiative along with our metrics for success are discussed, as well as our plans for the future and the general lessons we have learned.


We conclude with a prologue in which we reflect on our key learnings as OD Practitioners.  Significant turning points and the overall impact on the Business are illustrated by comments from line leaders and colleagues in GSK.

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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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