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A Little Push Is All We Need Sometimes
May 20, 2016

Relatively speaking, it was a good problem for Naveen to have – as of fall 2014, customer demand had skyrocketed at this leading global maker of suspension systems for semi-trailers. And as Manufacturing Engineering Manager, a key responsibility was to address this gap.   The Current Situation Internally, no unrelenting pressure from the C-suite or

With Common Language All Shall Flow…
May 5, 2016

Fred Stone’s grimace told it all. He was straight-shooting, no-nonsense plant manager at a leading automation company in the American Midwest, where poor third quarter numbers had worsened his already bad mood — the disappointing year was continuing… The Company Story It had become abundantly clear to him in-house measures were not solving problems of

Real World Experience Makes A Human Difference
April 7, 2016

At the corporate level, this consolidation process meant the purchase and merger of a handful of companies under one umbrella, with Jay’s facility itself being a $70 million business pumping out 18,000 bumpers a day for some of the largest automakers in the world. More specifically, Jay’s facility provided bumpers to a sequencing facility which

Why do most improvement initiatives turn into cost reduction?
November 25, 2015

  So you have been to the “transformation roadshow” or launched the “insert your own catchy title initiative” or “lean enterprise”, and six months in the results are not being seen in the ultimate scorecard –the financial statements.  The quarterly numbers need to be met so we know the quickest route to moving the dial

Why leaders should go and smell the cheese
October 15, 2015

Yes, the French take their cheese very seriously. Many years ago a local company in Normandy was famous for its Camembert creations. Reputedly this company had learned the art of making this venerable fromage from a priest who came from Brie in the 18th century. His secret had been passed down though a family of