Operational Excellence by Design eNewsletter – August 2018

Issue: 2018-08
August 2018

Message from our Founder
The origins of the summer holiday break are often believed to be rooted in agriculture.  It is widely believed that the school calendar follows the agrarian farming calendar population across the world primarily consisted of a farming population.  In the Spring, people were busy with preparing the fields and planting.  But during the summer, the crops were largely at the mercy of the weather.  As we approach Autumn, it’s time to harvest.  So get back to work.
“I’d like to dial it back 5% or 10% and try to have a vacation that’s not just e-mail with a view.”
– Elon Musk


Founder’s Corner
The Fault Lies Not in the stars, but Within Ourselves…

by Joseph Paris


I don’t buy that CEO’s are like kids with magnifying glasses who get great pleasure from focusing the sun’s rays on the ants that are the people working for them – especially those in continuous improvement.

And I don’t buy that the folks in continuous improvement are
The Avengers and are the only ones upon who we can pin our hopes to save us from peril and certain doom.
Maybe it’s you, maybe it’s not. Let’s see…


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Featured Events

Operational Excellence Summit +
SoR MasterClass and Workshop

October 12 – 13, 2018


Latrobe, PA, USA


Join us at the Kennametal Center for Operational Excellence (KCOE) for the KCOE Operational Excellence Summit, followed by the official State of Readiness MasterClass & Workshop presented by Joseph Paris.



Global Business Readiness & Culture of Leadership Summit

November 7 – 9 | Barcelona, Spain 

Join global heads in Barcelona, Spain to hear Joseph Paris speak about Process Improvement, Lean Six Sigma – and how to reach a State of Readiness.




Featured Article


Women and Leadership in the U.S

This article is centered around the conceptualized fact that leaders and leadership continues to evolve in the modern world, and that part of that evolution involves the change in who is eligible to be a leader.  In looking at leadership opportunities for females, the evolution has been slow. In Rhodes book, entitled Women and Leadership (2017), she looked at the history of women leaders, from the beginning of the 20th century going back 2000 years and found a total of only 850 female leaders worldwide, with many of those being considered leaders based on their connections to powerful males as mothers, wives, daughters, or mistresses. In the light of this, can and/or will the face of leadership change in the U.S?

by Jennifer Priddy

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Thought Food




Featured Article


Crafting a Convenient Truth – The Crisis in Leadership

The number, size and scope of things distracting management’s attention from the task of running the business continues to expand at an increasing pace.  Denial of the threats from smoldering issues drives leaders to underestimate the potential for reputational and financial damage that can be caused by bad information gone viral.

This article means that if you want senior management to pay attention, you ought to give them something that challenges their focus – and understand that their focus is not on how many computers you have or RTO, RPO statistics…

by CERM Risk Insights

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Trust me…


Associate Events

        Binghamton, NY

          Kuala Lumpur


Join us as we discuss Mark Stewart’s 36 year career at Xerox and how he assisted with the application of various Lean disciplines over those years and what he’s been up to since he “retired” – spoiler alert: he started a consultancy called ProSolver Solutions Ltd.


Listen Now!

In this episode, I interview Peter Evans, Continuous Improvement Director for Lego Group where he shares is career journey and the wisdom (knowledge + experience) he has gained over time, the type of company Lego is, what its values are, and how Lego and its employees remain aligned to those values.

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The Brilliance Behind the

5 Why’s

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OpEx Vault

Up Scope –
The Look Around



Managing Risk is certainly something all leaders at all levels must learn how to master. You can create probability versus outcome matrices, Key Performance Indicators, stop light charts, risk registers, Monte Carlo probability analyses, etc. Risk Management can become very complex if you want…



Get Ready, Be Ready, Stay Ready.

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