Operational Excellence by Design eNewsletter – May 2018


Issue: 2018-05
May 2018

Founder’s Corner
8.5 “Must Know” Career Tips & Tricks (v.Done)

by Joseph Paris

I have been an entrepreneur and in business – nonstop – a since 1985.  And over the course of those 30-plus years, I have gained a lot of experience.  But as the saying goes; “Experience is the most difficult teacher, she gives the test first and teaches the lesson after.”  So I can say, with some degree of certainty, that I have made every mistake a business person could make.  Sometimes, I would repeat the mistake just to be certain.

Fortunately, I always realized that what I did not know was a lot.  And I never hesitated to seek guidance if I was unsure or simply did not know.  And even more fortunate, several people came across my path who became invaluable mentors to me.  Although I need them less than I did in the past, they still make themselves available – especially as sounding boards upon whom I can rely to give me unfiltered guidance.

Over the course of time, I have become a mentor myself.  It is one of the very best ways of which I can think to “give back”, or even “pay it forward”.  I especially enjoy offering young people who are fresh from school mentorship as they embark upon their careers.  And it is usually this time of year – when students are recently graduated and looking for that first entry-level job in their chosen profession where I get the most requests for guidance…

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Featured Events


June 6 – 8, 2018 | Warsaw, Poland

Join our Founder, Joseph Paris,
 at this superb event in Poland to hear him speak about “Next Generation OpEx: Accelerated Strategy Development and execution“.

Come and prepare your business for the new era of manufacturing with us.





November 7 – 9 | Barcelona, Spain 

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

Be sure to register in advance to avoid disappointment.



Featured Article

How to Build an Authentic Personal Brand

Purpose – The purpose of this article is to propose an organic, holistic and authentic Personal Branding model that is in harmony with your dreams, life purpose, values, passion, competencies, uniqueness, genius, specialization, characteristics, and things that you love doing. It will help you to build and cultivate an effective Personal Brand that you want to project in everything you do.

Design/Methodology/Approach – Recent Personal Branding models have been reviewed. These models seem to focus primarily on personal marketing (selling) and are not authentic, which can turn into an ego trip and a dirty business. A new holistic approach has been developed based on the author’s own experience and success story.

Findings –
The results imply that having a strong authentic Personal Brand is a very important asset in today’s online, virtual, and individual age. By taking control of your brand and the message it sends you will affect how others perceive you. This will help you to actively grow and distinguish yourself as an exceptional professional…

by Prof. Hubert Rampersad, PhD

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Thought Food

Featured Article

Aligning Personal Brand with Corporate Brand

Increasingly, successful companies are beginning to recognize that good brand relationships with their employees are more important than good brand relationships with their customers. They understand that employees should be happy first in order to make the customers happy and that corporate brand loyalty starts with employee’s engagement. This can be realized by aligning the employee’s brand with the corporate brand. This article proposes a successful method to realize this.

Alignment is needed, because staff members don’t work with devotion or expend energy on something they do not believe in or agree with. If there is an effective match between their interests and those of the company, or if their values and the company’s values align, they will be engaged and work with greater commitment and dedication towards realizing the company objectives…

By Hubert Rumpersad, PhD



Trust me…



Welcome to this inaugural episode of “State of Readiness”, a podcast devoted to sharing knowledge of how companies can become high-performance organizations and hosted by Joseph Paris.  Our first guest is Brent Gleeson; a Navy SEAL combat veteran with multiple tours to Iraq and Africa.  Upon leaving SEAL Team 5, Brent turned his discipline and battlefield lessons to the world of business and has become an accomplished entrepreneur, author, and acclaimed speaker on topics ranging from leadership and building high-performance teams to culture and organizational transformation.  Brent is the Founder and CEO of TakingPoint Leadership, a progressive leadership and management consulting firm with a focus on business transformation and building high-performance cultures.

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 A Capitalist, a Socialist, and a Communist walk into a podcast.  No, it’s not the start of a bad joke, just a bad podcast.  Malcolm Cawood, owner of Kyberntica, joins Antlerboy and JP to discuss his ideas behind “systems thinking”.  He certainly will share his fairly well developed sense of his own self-importance.  But, as an ultra-sceptic influenced both by scientific tradition, Greek stoicism, and (and this is key) Aristotle’s idea of rhetoric, he is totally subject to an overarching idea of “negotiability”…

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Before there is Passion, there must first be: Interest, then Belief, then Ability, then Success


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 4
th Grade where I had Ms. DeLuca as a teacher.  I was interested in all of the sciences – each and every one of them…


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