Operational Excellence by Design eNewsletter – August 2019

August 2019

Monthly Musing

We are in the “Dog Days of Summer”, the period between early July and early September.  The origin of the phrase is from the heliacal rising of Sirius, also known as the Dog Star in the constellation Canis Major (Large Dog).  It’s the hottest period of the year (at least in the Northern Hemisphere) and by all accounts, this summer was one of the hottest.  Hope you all had time to relax and recharge – because it’s back to work in just a week!




Founder’s Corner

I took a break from writing in August so that I could develop and refine a new Masterclass and Workshop for Emotional Intelligence (sometimes referred to as EQ).  Among the reference books that I used was “The Emotional Intelligence Quick Book”.  Written by Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves, it was one of the first books of its kind on the subject – and one I recommend to gain a base of understanding.
In looking for materials on how to engage socially and collaborate, I decided to look further into one of my more favorite tools, Red-Teaming.  In these efforts, I came I also came across three PDF which are approved for public release and whose distribution is unlimited;
  • “The Red Team Handbook” from the University of Foreign and Cultural Studies.
  • “Red Teaming Guide” from the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence
  • “A Simple Handbook for Non-Traditional Red Teaming” from the Australian Department of Defence
I am sure you will find them all to be interesting reads and invaluable references for those interested in Emotional Intelligence and the role it plays in pursuing a “State of Readiness” and becoming a high-performance organization.
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Readiness Institute: Greenbelt-PLUS

Greenbelt-PLUS Training & Certification
Oct 10, 2019 – Jan 14, 2020 | Online Event
The Readiness Institute is offering diligents an opportunity to enhance not only their organizational capability and capacity – but to improve core leadership, communication, and project management skills.
The Greenbelt-PLUS training and certification course is designed for those seeking to accomplish more in less time, and provides exactly that. Click below for more information, and be sure to register in advance.

Featured Events

State of Readiness Workshop
Sept 12 – 13, 2019 | Omaha, NE
The Operational Excellence Society, together with the Iowa Lean Consortium, are excited to invite you to join us for this unique 2-day Masterclass and Workshop based on the groundbreaking book, “State of Readiness” by Joseph Paris.

State of Readiness Masterclass & Workshop
2nd Annual Business Transformation & Operational Excellence Summit
Nov 6, 7, 8, 2019 | Frankfurt, Germany
Join Joseph Paris preceding the main Summit, for his highly- regarded Masterclass & Workshop. As a participant, you will receive a signed copy of the book, “State of Readiness”, and dinner and drinks are also included.


Then, from November 7 – 8, you are invited to join us at the main Summit. Key industry leaders will share their insights, and grant you the opportunity to gain and discuss Business Transformation and Operational Excellence experience.




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In this episode, I welcome Michael Rabbitt, Head of Business Transformation, Argonne National Laboratory, a world-class research laboratory.  Having a BA in Operations Management and Information Systems and earning his MBA in Human Resource Management, Michael will share his journey; how his interests evolved over time, the experiences he gained in change management, and his observations and the changes he had to make in moving from the private sector (insurance) to the public sector (research).



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Joe shares his experience in joining the United States Army and eventually settling in Germany.  He shares his frustrations with getting large organizations to change, with the root-cause mostly being a culture of fear; a fear of making a mistake, a fear of rocking the boat, the fear of just having to endure nonsense that shouldn’t have to be endured.  He also shares his frustration with seeking a job when you are older 50 years old.

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