Is everyone on the same page?

In the last Opportunity we talked about the need for organizational alignment and that there were three sub-components. In this article we will focus on the first component, clarity of direction (organizational Read More

How to straighten out alignment

Over the years we have become increasingly fond of the term “alignment” even though it sounds a little like one of those typical buzz words. It’s a very good concise word for

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Finding opportunities in IT

The IT world can be something of a black box for many people. There is a general recognition of its importance but often a lack of understanding of how it really operates,

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Finding opportunities in logistics

Logistics sometimes means different things to different companies, which we once made the mistake of pointing out at a trucking convention (see Lessons Learned # 2 – Don’t put down your audience).

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Finding opportunities in quality

Quality has gone through many evolutions over the last twenty years driven by the popularity of gurus like Juran, Deming, and to a lesser degree, Crosby. Different concepts have caught on like

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Finding opportunities in maintenance

As technology has advanced and organizations have become more and more reliant on smoothly running equipment, viewing maintenance as a critical function to support throughput, rather than as a cost center to

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Finding opportunities in production

In production, management’s task is to effectively schedule the multitude of component processes that run in series or in parallel. In operations that are process-oriented, management must schedule resources and output around

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Finding opportunities in procurement

Procurement is a function that has gained in prominence over the years and has become an increasingly important strategic link for many organizations. The general stages of purchasing sophistication are: 1. basic

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Finding opportunities in finance areas

If you look at some of the activities performed by finance personnel with a critical external eye, you can often find people doing things for reasons that may no longer be valid.

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