The 4 Keys to Achieving Excellence

The 4 Keys to Achieving Excellence

Like many of you, I’ve had a lifelong quest for learning and for trying to improve my own personal performance and drive excellence in my companies. Excellence is defined as “the quality of being outstanding or extremely good.” Synonyms for excellent and excellence are distinction, first rate, superb, blue chip, choice, first class, five-star, top…

High-Performing Teams Need Psychological Safety: Here’s How to Create It

High-Performing Teams Need Psychological Safety: Here’s How to Create It

Summary. The highest-performing teams have one thing in common: psychological safety — the belief that you won’t be punished when you make a mistake. Studies show that psychological safety allows for moderate risk-taking, speaking your mind, creativity, and sticking your neck out without fear of having it cut off — just the types of behavior…

Best Practices for Designing and Deploying an Operational Excellence Program

Best Practices for Designing and Deploying an Operational Excellence Program

These approaches can also be applied to Continuous Improvement, Lean, or Six Sigma Programs. I started my first business, XONITEK, in August of 1985.   I still own its latest incarnation located in Jackson Wyoming.  Having owned my own businesses for the last 37 years makes me uniquely unemployable.  Perhaps that could change given the right…

Goal Zero; Developing a Culture of Excellence

Goal Zero; Developing a Culture of Excellence

Everyone likes to be part of a winning team. This is true for sports, business and throughout life’s activities. I always enjoyed the old ABC Sports quote during their program introduction which emphasized “the thrill of victory… and the agony of defeat.” In my new book, “The Power of Goal ZERO“, I detail the five…

State of Readiness | Sam Smolik “The Power of Goal Zero”

State of Readiness | Sam Smolik “The Power of Goal Zero”

My guest today is Sam Smolik, SVP Americas Manufacturing (retired) for LyondellBasell and author of the book, “The Power of Goal Zero“. After his retirement, Sam decided to share the lessons learned during his journey and years of experience – the best practices and techniques for achieving Operational Excellence – and that led him to…