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Good to Great: Increasing the Craftiness of Woodcraft
October 24, 2017

John Gledhill seemingly had a good problem on his hands. As VP of Continuous Improvement at Quanex, a leading supplier of window and door components, he was to increase EBITDA for its recent acquisition: Woodcraft, a top supplier of doors and components to Original Equipment Manufacturers (“OEMs”) in the kitchen and bathroom cabinet industry. An

How Al Landers is Integrating HBDI with Six Sigma
August 25, 2017

SBTI Vice President Al Landers was recently invited to interview for The Debrief, a newsletter for HBDI (Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument) Certified Practitioners. Herrmann helps organizations adapt to today’s technological advances and economic changes through Transformative Thinking. In the interview, Al Landers shares details about the executive presence programs SBTI offers to help professionals learn how to

SBTI Celebrates 20 Years of Successful Business Improvement
June 19, 2017

SBTI is proud to announce that on June 19, 2017, we celebrate our 20th anniversary, which translates to 20 years of successful client engagement, leadership development, and financial improvement. With over 400 client companies under our belt, SBTI continues to drive culture change in the world’s leading companies. In 1997, SBTI was founded with a

In Memoriam: Dr. Mikel J. Harry
May 12, 2017

Dr. Mikel Harry made his mark in business and had an impact on everyone he met. He was a force to be reckoned with, and I was fortunate to have known him and to have worked with him. That’s not to say, however, that we always agreed or got along. Like many trailblazers, Mikel’s personality

Beware the One-Trick Pony
January 11, 2017

Al Landers had just put his career on the line. As Director of R&D at Huber Engineered Woods, he was under constant pressure from top management to develop new and diverse products – the CEO often reminding him with equal parts advice and warning the pitfalls of becoming a one-trick pony. Al’s team was relatively

Comfortable With Your Performance?
November 21, 2016

“Comfortable is a word I would choose to describe an old sofa. Sadly, many people in business see it as a destination.” Published by: Mick Holly | SBTI VP of Strategy I decided I needed to improve my writing skills and joined a writing class. One of the exercises we were given was to write

Can Continuous Improvement Protect Your Economic Moat?
November 9, 2016

The term, “economic moat” was coined by Warren Buffett. Morningstar have taken this term and developed an economic moat assessment to help it rate companies. Their definition is: In a free-market economy, capital seeks the areas of highest return. Whenever a company develops a profitable product or service, it doesn’t take long before competitive forces

Enhancing Material Utilization
June 29, 2016

Background Our client is a North American rigid packaging manufacturer of plastic bottles and containers. Operational Excellence is a principle tenet of the executive leadership team specifically raw material utilization to drive improved bottom line net income.   The Challenge Balancing footprint consolidation with ongoing manufacturing efficiency efforts possessed significant challenges in resource allocations. Management

Improving Inbound Supplier Quality
June 20, 2016

CLIENT’S BACKGROUND Our client is a global power systems company. During a twenty-year period beginning in the 1990’s the company experienced 300% growth emerging as the sole independent producer of diesel power systems and components in the world. In addition to rapid expansion the company saw the complexity of its products increase in a totally