Will Your Organization’s Story Be One Of Survival or of Prosperity?

Snapshots of the Honorable 57 – A Mini-Paper Companies currently remain in the Fortune 500 for under 15 years.  Fifty years ago the average life expectancy on this elite list was about 75 years. The Fortune 500 are recognized as the biggest and the best, and it makes sense that they are our models of success. We have looked to…

The Critical Need for Strategic Thinking

  We believe there are two high-impact practices that can help build strategic thinking capacity across organizations, and failure to leverage them can significantly undermine strategic performance both short term and long term.   Our experience reveals these facts: Less than 15% of companies make it a regular practice to monitor performance results in relation…

Manufacturing Leaders – The Very Best of the Very Latest Reads

              Links:  OUR TOP 5 INSIGHT ARTICLES, VIDEOS & STATISTICS 1. Intellectual Capital is now the leading asset class in valuation of businesses 2. Video:  Insights from our Assessments 3. Dan DiMicco: Why ‘American Made’ is the Answer, Industry Week 4. Unconventional Leadership Lessons From A Nuclear Submarine Captain and 5th:…

Leadership 2015 And Beyond

For years, organizations have been faced with a few critical priorities, not the least of which has been the struggle to engage their people, and through them, to build performance to the heights needed for growth into the future. We’ve all seen the Gallup survey data:  70% of employees are disengaged.  The cost, a consequence of this widespread failure…

Think Differently, Lead Differently Part 2: The Power of Reframing for Today’s Leaders

Once upon a time, a parable was created that became well known across the world.  “Six Blind Men And The Elephant” is a poem that describes how people interpret events and encounters very differently due to mindsets we develop through our individual life experience – mindsets that act as filters, coloring our perceptions of those events and encounters.  These fundamental differences between…

The Hard Truth About Leading Lasting Change

One of the toughest challenges leaders face is making change work, from building initial momentum to sustaining change long term. How can leaders help employees to accept change more easily? How often have changes been launched with great effort and fanfare, only to evaporate over time? How many change processes have been touted as models…

What Is H.R.’s Strategic Role?

H.R. is generally a participant with the executive team in establishing the business strategy. But H.R.’s strategic role goes well beyond a team role in deciding the strategy. Execution is where most organizations struggle or fail, and H.R. can significantly impact execution. There are six Keys to Strategy Execution KSEs) that are essential to optimize…

5 Top Priorities of Outstanding Managers

Managers in today’s organizations impact both the business and its people, both short and long term. Our success is determined by what we do and how we do it, so our skills in planning, prioritizing and investing our time are critically important.  The earlier a manager masters these skills, the better equipped he is for this role,…

The Tried-And-True Model for Building Employee Engagement

I love people and business.  You probably realize this, based on the fact that I formed a consulting firm to help build manufacturing performance using a blended data-driven and people-focused approach.  So, freshly  inspired by an article called “You’ll never have a sink full of dirty dishes if you follow Toyota’s productivity secret”,  by Manoush Zomorodi on LinkedIn…

3 Critical Months In The Life Of A Manufacturing Plant

Once upon a time, not too long ago, there was a precision metal-working plant in in the Northeast USA.  This plant had been through lots of upheaval due to a string of acquisitions, and the formerly unionized workforce was now non-union, with most of the original employees having successfully evolved with each change. The time came when a…