Operational Excellence by Design eNewsletter – December 2017


Issue: 2017-12
December 2017

Founder’s Corner
Holiday Wishes



As we come to the end of another year, we find ourselves reflective of the year’s hard fought battles won and lost, of loves arrived and departed, and of our professional successes and disappointments.
With rebuilding spirit and energy, we look with great anticipation to what lay before us in the coming year.
And, most importantly, we look to reconnect over the next few weeks with our families and friends. After all, we do what we do professionally – not for love of treasure, or stature, or other such hubris – but to leave an indelible and positive mark on this Earth and on all whom we touch and who are a part of our lives.
It has been a 
great pleasur
to be a part of your life’s journey. I am very grateful for your 
time, consideration, and support – and hope that I have been a benefit to you somehow.
So, as the Irish cheer goes…
… “May the best of your 2017 be the worst of your 2018.”



Happy Holidays to all of you and yours,


Joseph Paris

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Is Santa a Lean Leader?

As we approach the Holiday period and Christmas, it got me thinking about Father Christmas, or Santa, and whether he is, in fact, a good example of a Lean Leader.

The more that I investigated, the more that I found supporting evidence:

Safety First

Safety is the top of mind for any Lean Leader and it appears that St. Nicholas is no exception, as he has consistently improved his approach to the gift delivery approach, utilising the latest in ‘Elf and Safety’ practice.


Leader Standard Work


Wherever you look, Father Christmas has created a standardised approach to his leadership, ensuring that he can maximise his time on solving the numerous unknowns throughout his hectic delivery period.

By Philip Holt


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Thought Food



2017 – Looking at American
Financial Habits




Trust me…



Connect with us…

The Outliers Inn Podcast

Episode 25 – Storm & Richard


A Canadian who own’s a store named “Uncle Sam’s”, an Artist who invented “The Cool People”, and a Cat named “Velvet” walk into a bar.  The makings of a joke?  Or the everyday goings on in a part of the world soon to be known as Jimmy Hendrix Way? 

Join Antlerboy and JP in the fun as they chat with two of the most creative, colorful, and energetic guests to-date on this installment of The Outliers Inn – complete with sound effects.


         April 16 – 17, 2018
  Conducted by Joseph Paris


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Business Bullshit

OpEx Vault

 Mentoring –

The most charitable form of leadership


Who wouldn’t want to have “The Most Interesting Man in the World” as their own personal
Mentor?  After all, he is talented, colorful, accomplished and has a wealth of knowledge and experience which would certainly prove to be invaluable to you and your endeavors.  And best of all, his delivery is straight to the point and understandable.

“Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards.” –
Vernon Sanders Law
The best way to accelerate your personal and professional growth is by seeking and engaging mentors.  These “Sherpa’s” can be invaluable during your life journey.  They can help you snap into focus your dreams and help facilitate their pursuit.  They can help you see opportunity and avoid hazards.


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Thank you for being a valued reader. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments related to this publication – or if you might be 
interested in submitting an article
 for consideration in our eNewsletter.


Gretchen Lubbe – Editor

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