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Operational Excellence by Design eNewsletter – September 2023

Operational Excellence
By DesignSM
2023 September
Monthly Musing
Connecting With Us
Founder’s Corner – Joseph Paris
It has been a while since I have witnessed something new with the potential to be transformative in Operational Excellence; but the introduction of Design Thinking into these disciplines does just that.
Design Thinking for Operational ExcellenceTM provides a structured and user-centric approach to improving performance across the organization and its value-chain. It combines empathy, creativity, and iteration to foster innovation, enhance user experiences, and optimize operational efficiency. 
As founder of the Operational Excellence Society, Joseph Paris has contributed well over 100 articles spanning a decade and across a wide range of business topics.
Click here to browse all of his articles. There will surely be one of relevance and interest to you.
What I did on my summer vacation
Remember when we returned to school from Summer Vacation and the teacher would have us write a 500(ish) word essay on what we did during it? Well, for me, it was mostly fishing and swimming in the nearby creek. How I wished I could simply write; “I went fishing and swimming”.
… Now I had to look for another 495 words. Sigh…
My last edition of this eNewsletter was in May. That is the longest period of time that has passed without my publishing. But it was for good reason.
In addition to the client projects already underway, I also had a couple of major new offerings under development which I wanted to launch by September 1st. All of this simply demanded my full attention and meant I needed to shed all efforts which did not directly contribute to the support of these obligations and endeavors.
So the following are my essays for what I did on my Summer Vacation…
… My teacher would be proud.
Working closely with a Senior UX Architect at Microsoft who took an interest in Joseph Paris’ thoughts on Operational Excellence as shared in his book, State of Readiness, we co-created a series of workshops and trainings to help ideate and accelerate the overcoming of various business challenges.
This approach will greatly accelerate the design and deployment of your business strategies and overcoming challenges.
We have created a series of Design Thinking for Operational ExcellenceTM workshops based on the lessons learned in “State of Readiness” for rapid strategy design and deployment and also template components for you to build your own workshops.
There are presently eight pre-designed workshops with a great many more in the works. Our goal is to create full library of design-thinking journeys.
Whether you are using a pre-designed workshop journey or creating your own from scratch, this 3-Day Course will teach you how to construct journeys and become a moderator for delivering a Design Thinking for Operational ExcellenceTM workshop.
These courses will be delivered as open enrollment several times per year and also available for single organizations.
3-Day Design Thinking for Operational ExcellenceTM Moderator Training and Certification
3-Day Design Thinking for Operational ExcellenceTM Moderator Training and Certification
We created an entire offering and practice around QMS and supporting ISO standards based on the Microsoft Power Platform (including Power-BI and Power Automate).
To help accelerate the deployment of your system, we also created a full library of document templates for each of; ISO 9001 (Quality), 14001 (Environment), and 45001 (Health and Safety).
The “Value Propositions”

We live in a Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous (VUCA) world. And the competitive advantage will go to the company that is ready to face the challenges; see further beyond the horizon, recognize opportunities and threats sooner, and be able to device and deploy decisive responses faster.

My book, “State of Readiness” has been endorsed by senior leaders at some of the most respected and well-known companies in the world today. With Foreword by Andrew Lambert, FEIT; VP of Production and Supply Chain at SpaceX.
If you are not quite ready to buy a copy of “State of Readiness” for yourself (or a colleague) just yet but are interested in learning more?
Connect with Joseph Paris
Operational Excellence Program Design and Deployment
Operational Excellence Program Design and Deployment
They say that “up to 70% of Operational Excellence and Continuous improvement programs fail.”  
Don’t be one of them. Be the exception, not the rule.
“Fail to plan, plan to fail.” To help you, your program, and your company to be successful, XONITEK has created a Program Architecting Whitepaper where you will find the best practices for the planning stage of an OpEx/CI program.
If you follow our prescriptive approach, the roll-out of your program will almost be anti-climactic.
Even if you already have a program, you can use it as a benchmark to see how your efforts compare.
Click below to receive a copy of our 20+ page Best-Practices Program Architecting Whitepaper.
Learning Opportunities
Would YOU like to share your passions with others and lead a roundtable discussion? Share your thoughts with your peers from around the world? Now’s your chance to do just that.
The the Operational Excellence Society help you.
Featured Books
Operational Excellence Enterprise Readiness System
Operational Excellence Enterprise Readiness System
You can’t become a high-performance organization without having the capacity and capability to deliver – and this is especially true when it comes to your most important assets – your team.
The Readiness Institute’s education and training system is world-class and is accredited for continuing education credits. It’s integrated learning approach will maximize the retention of the knowledge and, if our prescriptive approach is followed, will never be a cost to your organization.
Click below to receive your free copy of the Operational Excellence Enterprise Readiness System (OpEx-ERS) white-paper and module guide.
State of Readiness is a podcast set as a fireside chat between Joseph Paris and a select industry leader.
In it, we discuss the guest’s journey and lessons learned so that the listener might not have to pay as much tuition to the “University of Life” as we have.
In this conversation, Jesse shares his experience as a young lad on a dairy farm in Alaska and how that taught him the principles of Lean before he ever heard of Lean. And then shares his ideas on leadership and engagement.
a podcast that delves into the complexity of modern supply chains and logistics.
And a website that delivers the latest news and trends for the Supply Chain and Logistics professional.
In a survey of 499 supply chain leaders from October through December 2022 in North America, Latin America, Western Europe and the Asia/Pacific region, 65% of respondents said they anticipate it will be easier to fund new technology investments with 73% of supply chain IT budgets this year to be allocated to growth and performance on average.
After surging in 2021, funding for logistics start-ups slowed substantially in 2022. Among the causes of the slowdown: a more challenging environment coupled with a decline in the growth of e-commerce.
The Outliers Inn; a podcast where we examine and discuss the more odd goings-on in life, in business, and in the world, with your hosts; JP and Mule.
The folks at the Inn discuss summer vacations and wonder why, as students, the teachers would have us write a 500 word essay on what we did when it could be told in 10 words or less; “I went swimmin’ and I went fishin'”.
Building Awareness of Your OpEx/CI Offerings
The Operational Excellence Society is the center of gravity for the discipline and its reach is almost 1,000,000 people.
Our audience:
 – 80% have budgetary and P/L authority; 
 – 55% work at companies with greater than 1,000 employees and 
 – 30% working at companies with greater than 10,000 employees.
We offer a variety of services including; marketing strategy development, content creation, podcast production, social media campaigns and outreach, and much, much, more.
Contact us if you would like to share your ambitions and discuss how we can partner to get your offering in front of people who are interested in how you can drive value to them.
Featured Sponsor: eschbach
A serial contributor to the Operational Excellence Society, Andreas Eschbach, President of eschbach GmbH, is a thought leader who shares his insights on the future of OEE in a collection of articles.
Thought Food
Interim Talent
Get the Help You Need…
Sometimes we get caught because of an unplanned separation of an employee who was performing a key role in the company or project. Sometimes we have a short-term need for an experienced specialist to help push through a deliverable.
But time is the enemy. This is not a situation where you can take the time to recruit. The need is now, and help is available.
Featured Article
In this article, Sergei Brovkin examines each component of the performance triangle and their significance in driving performance in an organization. From the fundamental aspects of the work environment to the factors that motivate employees to go above and beyond, we’ll explore the intricate dynamics that make up the Performance Triangle.
The OpEx Vault
As students, we are reminded of the impact of teachers on our lives whether it’s back to school or graduation.
But it’s also a time of transition for those who teach us. And I am sure they often wonder; “Do I make a difference?”
You do… You most certainly do…
Coming SOON!
There is something pretty exciting brewing at the Operational Excellence Society and a few of its partners.
We can’t say exactly what it is yet, but stay tuned and don’t touch that dial! We will be right back (hint, hint).
Trust Me… I’m an Engineer
Sponsors and Professional Organizations
Business and Operations Management Consulting
Your Education and Training Center
Association for
Corporate Growth
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