I wrote the first version of this article four years ago and have been updating it every year since. I have had a great many people remark to me that it has helped them a great deal (which is the point, I guess.) I have also had several people give me some new ideas and, of course, I have had time to rethink and revise what I had written. And with May thru June being the season for the year’s new graduates to be set free upon the marketplace, I believe revisits and republication of this article will become tradition.
This year, I am going to place emphasis on Tip #4, “Network, Network, Network…”
Steve Jobs once said:
“Be a Yardstick of Quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected”Therefore a Quality Mind-set will only pervade the organisation when the Leadership actively models the behaviour. Only by living the approach to Quality that they desire can Leaders truly drive the change to a Culture of Quality.
Leaders in the field, up-and-comers and students attend to network, gather new ideas and learn about innovative tools and techniques. Make connections that will aid your career and build friendships that last a lifetime – IIE Annual is the largest industrial and systems engineering event of the year and the best place to network.IIE Annual is the best professional development event for all career stages.
OpEx Society Founder, Joseph Paris, will be in attendance and serving as an Expert Speaker. We invite you to join us there!
With opportunity come risks. Do you know what industries are ripe for partnering and which ones are challenged? Do you have a solid understanding of the regulatory requirements and tax implications for doing business abroad? And the contractual terms and conditions with suppliers, how enforceable are they? What can you do to maximize your opportunity and returns and ensure your risk is minimized?
Business language is full of jargon. Even worse, much of the jargon means different things to different people. And the place where these problems loom largest is around strategy and how it should be executed.The word strategy itself has many meanings. The phrase strategic plan has even more interpretations. Then there are words like goals, objectives, scorecards and targets that are used in many different ways. The phrase “business model” has resonance, but no two managers or consultants use the same definition. The phrases “operating model” and “target operating model” are no different.
Join us this month as we discuss the evolution of complexity in the modern business world with our guests George Danner and Trevor Hilder. George describes a future where progressive firms embrace complexity rather than run away from it.. This future is characterized by a high degree of automation-and suggested that analytics is a key enabler. Trevor agrees that the future will see enterprises becoming more and more data driven to cope with increasing complexity, with machines taking on a bigger role. But this makes it more important than ever that management remembers what the purpose of the organization actually is, and ensures that its actions all connect back to that purpose.
Hosts: Joseph Paris, Founder of the OpEx Society & The XONITEK Group of Companies Benjamin Taylor, Managing Partner of RedQuadrant. Guests: George Danner and Trevor Hilder
“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.”