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November 18, 2021
5 Reasons Why Your Organization Should Embrace Digital Transformation

Digital transformation at the enterprise level is the dance between the art of the practical and the possible. It's best approached with a hands-on strategy in helping organizations come up with what they can do at present to attain their goals.  Digital transformation is a whole set of different tools, applications, and technologies that businesses […]

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November 17, 2021
5 Reasons Why Organizations Find It Hard to Go Digital

Until 2021, only 15 percent of organizations had prioritized digital transformation, according to Forrester. These are low numbers, given that most companies and businesses were forced to shift online due to the pandemic. The remaining 85 percent of organizations are working extra hard to keep up with the numerous digital transitions, with little effect. Is […]

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November 12, 2021
4 Reasons Why Operational Excellence Is Important To Your Company’s Survival

In today's increasingly changing and competitive marketplace, it is essential that companies continually improve their processes to achieve long-term growth. By adopting the operational excellence initiative, companies can realize increased revenues, quality improvements, a more empowered workforce, and enhanced customer relationships.  Maintaining operational excellence increases the chances of success since it positively impacts the organization […]

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November 11, 2021
The 3 Foundational Elements of Your Operational Excellence Initiative

Achieving operational excellence is essential for today's manufacturing companies for continued improvement and growth. In a recent survey of company executives, 30% responded that the threat of competition was a major force behind adopting the methodology. Other drivers mentioned were more sophisticated customer demands, the need to reduce costs, and the challenges of keeping up […]

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September 14, 2020
Five Things Dictating How Bad It Will Be Coming Out of the Pandemic

For months I’ve been on the phone almost every day with business executives around the world in virtually every industry. It seems there are 3 business groups affected differently by the pandemic:   Those who have seen an increase in demand because their goods and services has increased due to the pandemic.  For example, anyone involved […]

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November 12, 2017
Interview with Joann Parrinder, APICS President: Innovating Ideas into Action with 5S

Ron Crabtree The concept of 5S, which is a methodology to reduce waste through a rigorous approach to workplace organization and cleanliness has five steps that loosely translate as Sort, Setup, Scrub, and Shine, Standardize and, finally, Sustain. Until recently, it never really occurred to me that the concept of 5S could be extended creatively […]

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November 12, 2017
Interview with MetaExpert™ Gary Wickett: Are You Seeing All the Waste?

Ron Crabtree We're going to touch on something near and dear to our hearts in any kind of a business setting. Specifically, identifying an illuminating the sources of business waste. It is my pleasure here to introduce to you in a moment another of the authors of the book, Driving Operational Excellence, Mr. Gary Wickett. […]

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July 10, 2017
Lean Six Sigma and Supply Chain Management – the Time Has Come to Converge

Supply Chain Management (SCM) and Lean Six Sigma (LSS) have operated pretty much independently of one another as each of the disciplines has evolved over the last 20 years.  What I have found interesting in my work with large and small organizations in the implementation of LSS in operations, and in sales and marketing, is […]

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July 10, 2017
Lean Six Sigma in K-12 Public Schools Near You?

We recently completed an organizational opportunity assessment for a K-12 public school system in my home state of Michigan.  Implementing Operational Excellence (OpEx) and Lean Six Sigma (LSS) in public school systems is not a totally new idea, but as a practical matter, my research shows less than 1% of school districts nationwide are seriously […]

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