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Cut the Crap and just do it

A Message from our Chairman

  • 17 January 2017
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Cut the Crap and just do it
After working with industrial and supply chain change projects for over 22 years, there is one constant that still irritates the life out of me. This is the acronym typical consultant methodology solution to how you should change people. The glamour methods that don't actually hit the spot, the costly programmes that leave people totally disillusioned and sceptical of why they are changing in the first place.

Good Communication – Easier Said Than Done

  • 5 May 2016
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Good Communication – Easier Said Than Done
Everyone is an expert

Mention communication and everyone is an expert and has a story to tell. The expertise is often an opinion on what constitutes good communication and the story is mostly about how communication has somehow failed.


Optimise Your Factory Layout to Reduce Lead Time

  • 19 January 2016
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Optimise Your Factory Layout to Reduce Lead Time
You have gone to great length to purchase the right machinery, you have a preventative maintenance plan in place, your operators are motivated and well trained, you are even maintaining a 5S culture complete with performance charts and KPIs, and you still cannot get product out of the door inside an acceptable lead time. What is going on?

Are Your Manufacturing Standards up to Standard?

  • 28 August 2015
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Are Your Manufacturing Standards up to Standard?
Standards are more than just about compliance and procedures, they should be at the heart of your business and its culture and taken seriously can often be differentiated that takes your business to the next level.

Process Diet – You Are What You Eat

  • 20 July 2015
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Process Diet – You Are What You Eat
“If the process is right everything else will take care of itself” (An ex-boss)

My manager in a company I once worked for was an avid reader of books on management theories. He kept repeating the quote above to the rest of us for reasons that never became clear. What was clear though was that many processes in the company were right and generally poorly managed, so everything else took care of itself any which way it could. And when things went wrong we jumped to the conclusion that the processes were wrong rather than first looking at whether we actually used them as they were intended. Much time was wasted agonizing over process design and still no one paid any attention to their ownership and maintenance.

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