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Saturday, September 05, 2020

 

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Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.https://www.fulcrumcwi.comGrow Profitability by Leveraging Operational ExcellenceWed, 02 Sep 2020 10:10:00 +0000en-UShourly1https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.14Grow Profitability by Leveraging Operational ExcellenceFulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.Grow Profitability by Leveraging Operational ExcellenceFulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpghttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/blog/Making Good Decisionshttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/making-good-decisions/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/making-good-decisions/#respondWed, 02 Sep 2020 10:10:00 +0000https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=15350]]>Leaders are supposed to make the tough decisions. And the important ones. But everyone else should be capable of making good decisions as well, the decisions appropriate to their role in the organization. Here’s how to develop solid thinking when making decisions throughout your organization.]]>https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/making-good-decisions/feed/0Leaders are supposed to make the tough decisions. And the important ones. But everyone else should be capable of making good decisions as well, the …Leaders are supposed to make the tough decisions. And the important ones. But everyone else should be capable of making good decisions as well, the …Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.clean3:24Evolving Business Modelshttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/evolving-business-models/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/evolving-business-models/#respondWed, 26 Aug 2020 10:15:21 +0000https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=15345]]>It is very likely that your business model will have to change within a few short years. Here I share 3 quick examples to help you see what to look for. And little of it is internal to your business.]]>https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/evolving-business-models/feed/0Only the dead stay stillIt is very likely that your business model will have to change within a few short years. Here I share 3 quick examples to help you see what to look for. And then I offer you help.Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.Evolving Business Modelsfullclean5:24Lead With Speedhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/lead-with-speed/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/lead-with-speed/#respondWed, 19 Aug 2020 10:19:19 +0000https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=15317]]>I am writing a book under contract with Taylor & Francis. In doing so I am leveraging several of Alan Willett’s Lead With Speed insights — or Immutable Laws of Speed as he calls them. Learn why and how.]]>https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/lead-with-speed/feed/0I am writing a book under contract with Taylor & Francis. In doing so I am leveraging several of Alan Willett’s Lead With Speed insights …I am writing a book under contract with Taylor & Francis. In doing so I am leveraging several of Alan Willett’s Lead With Speed insights …Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.3:53Decide. It Will Hurt Much Less.https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/decide-it-will-hurt-much-less/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/decide-it-will-hurt-much-less/#respondWed, 12 Aug 2020 10:15:15 +0000https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=15301]]>Managers who delay necessary actions often do so out of a distaste for conflict. I’ll bet you can think of 2 or 3 decisions you should be making right now, but you’re hesitant to do so. Examine the reason why you delay the action you know you should take. Lack of confidence? Fear of handling it incorrectly? Being 2nd guessed by your boss?]]>https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/decide-it-will-hurt-much-less/feed/0Managers who delay necessary actions often do so out of a distaste for conflict. I’ll bet you can think of 2 or 3 decisions you …Managers who delay necessary actions often do so out of a distaste for conflict. I’ll bet you can think of 2 or 3 decisions you …Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.3:01Why Finish Strong®?https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/why-finish-strong/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/why-finish-strong/#respondWed, 05 Aug 2020 10:26:03 +0000https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=15298]]>Your business will be most successful when you consider it a culmination of a series of races, some run simultaneously, and each one that you and your team must finish strong. Sometimes finishing may mean pulling up lame and preparing for the next race, sometimes it may mean making a significant course correction, sometimes it may mean changing your relay partners.

But you, and your business, can only win the race to your vision when in each effort you repeatedly Finish Strong.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/why-finish-strong/feed/0Your business will be most successful when you consider it a culmination of a series of races, some run simultaneously, and each one that you …Your business will be most successful when you consider it a culmination of a series of races, some run simultaneously, and each one that you …Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.3:58
Opportunities for Manufacturers From This Crisishttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/opportunities-for-manufacturers-from-this-crisis/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/opportunities-for-manufacturers-from-this-crisis/#respondWed, 29 Jul 2020 10:57:29 +0000https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=15295]]>Business strategy, supply chain and operations strategy, mission, vision and core values are inextricably linked. If you didn’t realize that before you should now. This podcast explains the one big lesson you should take from this crisis and what to do next.]]>https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/opportunities-for-manufacturers-from-this-crisis/feed/0Business strategy, supply chain and operations strategy, mission, vision and core values are inextricably linked. If you didn’t realize that before you should now. This …Business strategy, supply chain and operations strategy, mission, vision and core values are inextricably linked. If you didn’t realize that before you should now. This …Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.3:56Stop Wasting Time!https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/stop-wasting-time/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/stop-wasting-time/#respondWed, 22 Jul 2020 13:00:05 +0000https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=15293]]>Most of us are sick and tired of Zoom meetings. The quick move from office to work-from-home changed the way we communicate and develop relationships. Sadly, we are using a valuable tool (Zoom for most of us) to replace meetings, instead of vastly improve them.

Ask yourself, what other technology advances are we using to copy our previous methods rather than actually improve our business? That describes many ERP implementations, and many other “software solutions.”

Technology is not a solution.  It is an enabler.  People still have to think.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/stop-wasting-time/feed/0Most of us are sick and tired of Zoom meetings. The quick move from office to work-from-home changed the way we communicate and develop relationships. …Most of us are sick and tired of Zoom meetings. The quick move from office to work-from-home changed the way we communicate and develop relationships. …Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.3:53
Is Globalization Dead?https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/is-globalization-dead/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/is-globalization-dead/#respondWed, 15 Jul 2020 10:16:15 +0000https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=15290]]>Globalization is one of those Pandora’s Boxes that once opened, cannot be closed.  And like Pandora’s Box, hope remains despite the current experiences of pain and sorrow.

To understand why globalization will continue to change, but is certainly not dead, one must only consider why it occurred in the first place.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/is-globalization-dead/feed/0Globalization is one of those Pandora’s Boxes that once opened, cannot be closed.  And like Pandora’s Box, hope remains despite the current experiences of pain …Globalization is one of those Pandora’s Boxes that once opened, cannot be closed.  And like Pandora’s Box, hope remains despite the current experiences of pain …Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.3:33
Changing the Systemhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/changing-the-system/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/changing-the-system/#respondWed, 08 Jul 2020 10:17:21 +0000https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=15284]]>As we find ourselves fighting COVID, an economic crisis, limited travel, and protests on the street, The Boston Globe has announced a new hiring plan for 2021 interns.

The actual document says “reframe our summer internship and training program to a diversity internship and training program in which all participants will be students or recent graduates of color.”

A company committed to being the best, to being operationally and financially excellent, cannot afford to exclude any viable candidates.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/changing-the-system/feed/0As we find ourselves fighting COVID, an economic crisis, limited travel, and protests on the street, The Boston Globe has announced a new hiring plan …As we find ourselves fighting COVID, an economic crisis, limited travel, and protests on the street, The Boston Globe has announced a new hiring plan …Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.3:46
I Decided to Flyhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/i-decided-to-fly/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/i-decided-to-fly/#respondWed, 01 Jul 2020 10:00:18 +0000https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=15280]]>My 89-year-old mother lives a 2-day drive away, and asked that I visit her. During COVID, the standard risk assessment had picked up another key variable.

As with most decisions, there are options, variables, and the probabilities of occurrence and severity of any specific risk coming to fruition. In business and in life, it is rare that “throw caution to the wind” is a valid path forward. But also in both, “do nothing” is rarely a valid path forward.

I decided to fly.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/i-decided-to-fly/feed/0My 89-year-old mother lives a 2-day drive away, and asked that I visit her. During COVID, the standard risk assessment had picked up another key …My 89-year-old mother lives a 2-day drive away, and asked that I visit her. During COVID, the standard risk assessment had picked up another key …Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.3:18
Your Dreams Were Just An Illusionhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/your-dreams-were-just-an-illusion/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/your-dreams-were-just-an-illusion/#respondWed, 24 Jun 2020 10:00:28 +0000https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=15269]]>The aftermath of COVID-19 and the associated socioeconomic impacts have thrown ice water on the dreams of most manufacturers. Markets are gone; competitors are arising from the most unexpected places; agility is a requirement. People will always eat food, yet the family farm is largely gone. Nothing lasts forever. So what steps are critical to escaping the quicksand of despair and creating a new future?  Invest under 5 minutes here.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/your-dreams-were-just-an-illusion/feed/0The aftermath of COVID-19 and the associated socioeconomic impacts have thrown ice water on the dreams of most manufacturers. Markets are gone; competitors are arising …The aftermath of COVID-19 and the associated socioeconomic impacts have thrown ice water on the dreams of most manufacturers. Markets are gone; competitors are arising …Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.4:13
Should You Defund Innovation?https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/should-you-defund-innovation/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/should-you-defund-innovation/#respondWed, 17 Jun 2020 10:00:01 +0000https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=15262]]>To ingrain a new culture, and for many companies that is a culture of innovation, we know we must quit doing what we’ve always done or we’ll get what we’ve always gotten. But that’s a really scary thought. Isn’t there another way?

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/should-you-defund-innovation/feed/0To ingrain a new culture, and for many companies that is a culture of innovation, we know we must quit doing what we’ve always done …To ingrain a new culture, and for many companies that is a culture of innovation, we know we must quit doing what we’ve always done …Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.4:41
Is Your Supply Chain Broken?https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/is-your-supply-chain-broken/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/is-your-supply-chain-broken/#respondWed, 10 Jun 2020 12:10:02 +0000https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=15257]]>The front pages are shouting about broken supply chains as the world fights COVID-19. But are they broken?  I suggest they are not; they are performing as designed. Strategy, risk assessment and financial analysis led us to this point. Few manufacturers carry extra everything on the small chance that their market will triple overnight. That decision means that when a tripling happens, the supply chain will not meet demand. The risk was deemed acceptable in the trade-off with financial investments.  Be sure to understand the problem before rushing to solution.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/is-your-supply-chain-broken/feed/0The front pages are shouting about broken supply chains as the world fights COVID-19. But are they broken?  I suggest they are not; they are …The front pages are shouting about broken supply chains as the world fights COVID-19. But are they broken?  I suggest they are not; they are …Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.4:13
Don’t Forget Your Customers!https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/dont-forget-your-customers/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/dont-forget-your-customers/#respondWed, 03 Jun 2020 10:11:23 +0000https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=15247]]>During COVID-19 (now in the Spring of 2020) executives of mid-size manufacturers said they are focusing on 3 important things:  (1) maintaining staff productivity (46%), (2) adjusting to a new remote operating model (43%), and (3) managing overall cash flow (42%).

But they didn’t list employees, suppliers or customers!  What does that mean for them, and for you?

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/dont-forget-your-customers/feed/0During COVID-19 (now in the Spring of 2020) executives of mid-size manufacturers said they are focusing on 3 important things:  (1) maintaining staff productivity (46%), …During COVID-19 (now in the Spring of 2020) executives of mid-size manufacturers said they are focusing on 3 important things:  (1) maintaining staff productivity (46%), …Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.2:38
Podcast Trailer:Finish Strong®https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/podcast-trailer-finish-strong/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/podcast-trailer-finish-strong/#respondSat, 30 May 2020 21:23:29 +0000https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=15250]]>This brief trailer explains to the potential subscriber what value they can expect to receive, at what frequency and length, if they choose to join me on this journey with leaders of mid-size manufacturing companies.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/podcast-trailer-finish-strong/feed/0This brief trailer explains to the potential subscriber what value they can expect to receive, at what frequency and length, if they choose to join …This brief trailer explains to the potential subscriber what value they can expect to receive, at what frequency and length, if they choose to join …Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.trailerclean1:49
Does Your Tagline Exist in Reality?https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/does-your-tagline-exist-in-reality/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/does-your-tagline-exist-in-reality/#respondWed, 10 Jul 2019 10:00:04 +0000https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=15158]]>Success manifests itself when your tagline and brand promise exist in reality. When they are in fact what the customer experiences. Here I describe four organizational situations which impact the answer to that question, and what actions to take in each one.

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Are Your Relationships Worth It?https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/are-your-relationships-worth-it/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/are-your-relationships-worth-it/#respondWed, 12 Jun 2019 10:00:43 +0000https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=15150]]>We’ve all met thousands of people over the years. Some stay in our lives, others leave. Does your “inner onion” reflect net value to you, and result from conscious decisions? We all have limited supplies of time and energy. Don’t waste either of those valuable resources.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/are-your-relationships-worth-it/feed/0We’ve all met thousands of people over the years. Some stay in our lives, others leave. Does your “inner onion” reflect net value to you, …We’ve all met thousands of people over the years. Some stay in our lives, others leave. Does your “inner onion” reflect net value to you, …Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.2:30
The Power of Cross Training Matriceshttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-power-of-cross-training-matrices/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-power-of-cross-training-matrices/#respondWed, 05 Jun 2019 10:00:58 +0000https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=15147]]>Organizations that want to be agile must have, among other things, agile employees. Cross training is well known, but few consider it strategically, as it should be. Consider this an aspect of demand and supply management. Consider these insights in increasing the agility of your workforce.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-power-of-cross-training-matrices/feed/0Organizations that want to be agile must have, among other things, agile employees. Cross training is well known, but few consider it strategically, as it …Organizations that want to be agile must have, among other things, agile employees. Cross training is well known, but few consider it strategically, as it …Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.3:07
Decisions can be made quicklyhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/decisions-can-be-made-quickly/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/decisions-can-be-made-quickly/#respondWed, 15 May 2019 10:00:58 +0000https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=15138]]>We all agree that speed is important to business success. Yet, when it comes to making decisions we seem to take forever. Why is that? We want everyone who could conceivably be impacted to be in the discussions, and we act like decisions are permanent. The reality is most decisions can be modified as we gain more knowledge, and that people want to be heard but don’t have to be heard all the time on everything.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/decisions-can-be-made-quickly/feed/0We all agree that speed is important to business success. Yet, when it comes to making decisions we seem to take forever. Why is that? …We all agree that speed is important to business success. Yet, when it comes to making decisions we seem to take forever. Why is that? …Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.2:17
It’s time to understand Paretohttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/its-time-to-understand-pareto/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/its-time-to-understand-pareto/#respondWed, 08 May 2019 10:00:19 +0000https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=15130]]>The Pareto Principle is well known but our changing world now requires us to truly understand what is behind it. In many cases what was 80/20 is now becoming 90/10 and 95/5. It’s never been wise to try to be all things to all people, but the future of your organization now depends on how well you truly understand your niche. Correlation and cause-and-effect are very different, and that difference is now too important to casually ignore.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/its-time-to-understand-pareto/feed/0The Pareto Principle is well known but our changing world now requires us to truly understand what is behind it. In many cases what was …The Pareto Principle is well known but our changing world now requires us to truly understand what is behind it. In many cases what was …Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.2:14
Will Technology Kill the Small Manufacturer?https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/will-technology-kill-the-small-manufacturer/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/will-technology-kill-the-small-manufacturer/#respondWed, 24 Apr 2019 13:19:19 +0000https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=15109]]>In August of 1981 a massive assault on the music business model began when MTV went on air for the first time. It’s inaugural video: Video Killed the Radio Star. And indeed, it did.

Now the speed of technology advances, collectively referred to as Industry 4.0, is drowning many in the manufacturing industry. While large manufacturers are studying, testing and implementing numerous new capabilities, many small manufacturers continue to struggle with their ERP system. Will technology kill the small manufacturer?

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/will-technology-kill-the-small-manufacturer/feed/0In August of 1981 a massive assault on the music business model began when MTV went on air for the first time. It’s inaugural video: …In August of 1981 a massive assault on the music business model began when MTV went on air for the first time. It’s inaugural video: …Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.2:18
What Have You Done For Me Lately?https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/what-have-you-done-for-me-lately/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/what-have-you-done-for-me-lately/#respondWed, 17 Apr 2019 13:18:21 +0000https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=15106]]>Being constantly good is not good enough. Expectations rise. The common question is ‘what have you done for me lately?’ What have you done for your customers lately?

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/what-have-you-done-for-me-lately/feed/0Being constantly good is not good enough. Expectations rise. The common question is ‘what have you done for me lately?’ What have you done for …Being constantly good is not good enough. Expectations rise. The common question is ‘what have you done for me lately?’ What have you done for …Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.2:18
Complacencyhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/complacency/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/complacency/#respondWed, 10 Apr 2019 10:00:45 +0000https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=15101]]>The variety of challenges you face today can easily be overwhelming. Tariffs. Low labor rate countries. China. Shortage of skilled people. But none of those is the most important for you, the leader, to address right now. That one is complacency. It can easily become insidious as small fires consume your time and energy.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/complacency/feed/0The variety of challenges you face today can easily be overwhelming. Tariffs. Low labor rate countries. China. Shortage of skilled people. But none of those …The variety of challenges you face today can easily be overwhelming. Tariffs. Low labor rate countries. China. Shortage of skilled people. But none of those …Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.3:44
A Rose Is a Rose; A Skunk Cabbage Is Not a Rosehttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/a-rose-is-a-rose-a-skunk-cabbage-is-not-a-rose/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/a-rose-is-a-rose-a-skunk-cabbage-is-not-a-rose/#respondWed, 03 Apr 2019 10:00:48 +0000https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=15097]]>By changing what we call something, we don’t make it any more valuable. Yet in many companies today we use popular words like transformation and innovative when that’s not at all an accurate description of what we are doing. A rose by any other name smells just as sweet, but calling a skunk cabbage a rose has no effect on its smell.

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How To Learn From a Plant Visithttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/how-to-learn-from-a-plant-visit/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/how-to-learn-from-a-plant-visit/#respondWed, 13 Mar 2019 10:00:02 +0000https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=15084]]>I’ve yet to visit an operation where I couldn’t learn something. It’s all about preparation, focus, and expectations. Consider these ideas on how to maximize the use of your resources in gaining information that meets the needs of your organization.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/how-to-learn-from-a-plant-visit/feed/0I’ve yet to visit an operation where I couldn’t learn something. It’s all about preparation, focus, and expectations. Consider these ideas on how to maximize …I’ve yet to visit an operation where I couldn’t learn something. It’s all about preparation, focus, and expectations. Consider these ideas on how to maximize …Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.3:00
Quality and Education Are Freehttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/quality-and-education-are-free/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/quality-and-education-are-free/#respondWed, 06 Mar 2019 11:00:23 +0000https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=15082]]>Phillip Crosby stunned many when in 1980 he published the book Quality is Free. In manufacturing we believed there was a choice between quality and quantity. He proved us wrong and now few challenge the experience that both come together. Now some executives are afraid to invest in employees because they might leave. Another false choice.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/quality-and-education-are-free/feed/0Phillip Crosby stunned many when in 1980 he published the book Quality is Free. In manufacturing we believed there was a choice between quality and …Phillip Crosby stunned many when in 1980 he published the book Quality is Free. In manufacturing we believed there was a choice between quality and …Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.2:21
When Bad Things Happen To Good Companieshttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/when-bad-things-happen-to-good-companies/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/when-bad-things-happen-to-good-companies/#respondWed, 27 Feb 2019 11:00:03 +0000https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=15078]]>Life isn’t fair. Neither is business. It’s important to be ready when bad things happen. The Boy Scouts said “be prepared.” It’s hard to argue with that simple logic.

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What Is Winning?https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/what-is-winning/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/what-is-winning/#respondWed, 20 Feb 2019 11:00:51 +0000https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=15076]]>Without understanding the game and our role in it; without a scoreboard that reflects our impact on success – how do we know if we’re winning and how we contributed to that? Help your entire team every single day to answer those questions for themselves.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/what-is-winning/feed/0Without understanding the game and our role in it; without a scoreboard that reflects our impact on success – how do we know if we’re …Without understanding the game and our role in it; without a scoreboard that reflects our impact on success – how do we know if we’re …Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.3:13
Complacent Competencyhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/complacent-competency/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/complacent-competency/#respondWed, 13 Feb 2019 11:00:39 +0000https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=15065]]>When a company has made significant gains in operational efficiency and believes it has an ingrained improvement mentality, it can be tempting to let the foot off of the brake. I call that complacent competency. It can begin to sneak in slowly, and before you know it employees are no longer challenged and customers no longer thrilled. Leadership can never become complacent.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/complacent-competency/feed/0When a company has made significant gains in operational efficiency and believes it has an ingrained improvement mentality, it can be tempting to let the …When a company has made significant gains in operational efficiency and believes it has an ingrained improvement mentality, it can be tempting to let the …Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.5:43
Avatars Much More Important Than A Moviehttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/avatars-much-more-important-than-a-movie/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/avatars-much-more-important-than-a-movie/#respondFri, 08 Feb 2019 18:02:38 +0000https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=15054]]>We can all learn from anyone if we want to. But it is especially important to have avatars – people who embody the traits or skills most important to us individually. Learn more, and who my avatars are and why.

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Patrick Daly of Interlinks Interviews Rebecca Morganhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/patrick-daly-of-interlinks-interviews-rebecca-morgan/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/patrick-daly-of-interlinks-interviews-rebecca-morgan/#respondFri, 30 Nov 2018 15:18:31 +0000https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=15021]]>“Interlinks with Patrick Daly”. On today’s show Patrick is joined by Rebecca Morgan from Fulcrum ConsultingWorks, Inc.

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Are breakthrough products driven by sociology or technologyhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/are-breakthrough-products-driven-by-sociology-or-technology/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/are-breakthrough-products-driven-by-sociology-or-technology/#respondWed, 26 Sep 2018 10:00:04 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14958]]>A great product or service can be provided before its time, or after, or exactly right. Sociology is as important to that timing as technology is. Are people ready? Are they interested? Do they care? Product life cycle is impacted by competition, alternatives, and evolution in both sociology and technology.

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Building the culture that you want to work inhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/building-the-culture-that-you-want-to-work-in/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/building-the-culture-that-you-want-to-work-in/#respondWed, 19 Sep 2018 10:00:27 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14956]]>An unpleasant culture will not attract the best. Not the best customers, suppliers, employers or investors. Whether you want a culture of collaboration, of innovation, or of improvement, consider this step-by-step process to help you create the culture that you want to work in.

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Is your Infrastructure a Lamborghinihttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/is-your-infrastructure-a-lamborghini/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/is-your-infrastructure-a-lamborghini/#respondWed, 12 Sep 2018 10:00:03 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14954]]>Why don’t we treat the important physical assets of our manufacturing companies with the love and attention we would give a Lamborghini? Infrastructure may not be glamorous, but it is vital to your success. Depreciation is for accountants, not for operations.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/is-your-infrastructure-a-lamborghini/feed/0Why don’t we treat the important physical assets of our manufacturing companies with the love and attention we would give a Lamborghini? Infrastructure may not …Why don’t we treat the important physical assets of our manufacturing companies with the love and attention we would give a Lamborghini? Infrastructure may not …Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.3:49
Why Effective Leaders Prioritize Time to Thinkhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/why-effective-leaders-prioritize-time-to-think/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/why-effective-leaders-prioritize-time-to-think/#respondWed, 05 Sep 2018 10:00:41 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14952]]>The fire chief in town is not consumed by fighting fires. Why would a good leader be? Time to think and learn is the most important part of a leader’s job. Do you schedule in time to think and learn? Here is why the best leaders do.

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Three Problem Elimination Essentialshttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/three-problem-elimination-essentials/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/three-problem-elimination-essentials/#respondWed, 29 Aug 2018 10:00:53 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14950]]>If you want to improve efficiencies, eliminate unwanted turnover, or better serve your customers, eliminate problems. If your organization struggles to wipe problems out forever, consider these 3 essentials.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/three-problem-elimination-essentials/feed/0If you want to improve efficiencies, eliminate unwanted turnover, or better serve your customers, eliminate problems. If your organization struggles to wipe problems out forever, …If you want to improve efficiencies, eliminate unwanted turnover, or better serve your customers, eliminate problems. If your organization struggles to wipe problems out forever, …Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.3:49
What do demographics mean for your manufacturing businesshttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/what-do-demographics-mean-for-your-manufacturing-business/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/what-do-demographics-mean-for-your-manufacturing-business/#respondWed, 22 Aug 2018 10:00:40 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14919]]>Demographics change who is buying and creates new demands by the customer. Demographics predictably change your workforce and leadership of every constituency your business has. Do you have specific plans in place to address those changes? Give some thoughts to these key points.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/what-do-demographics-mean-for-your-manufacturing-business/feed/0Demographics change who is buying and creates new demands by the customer. Demographics predictably change your workforce and leadership of every constituency your business has. …Demographics change who is buying and creates new demands by the customer. Demographics predictably change your workforce and leadership of every constituency your business has. …Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.5:23
Keeping up with changing expectationshttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/keeping-up-with-changing-expectations/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/keeping-up-with-changing-expectations/#respondWed, 15 Aug 2018 10:00:05 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14917]]>Customers, suppliers, employees, investors, the community – none of them are satisfied with the status quo. How do successful manufacturers stay on top of all those changing expectations? The reality is you cannot neglect any of them. It’s a lot to juggle, but it can be done.

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Manufacturing and the gig economyhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/manufacturing-and-the-gig-economy/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/manufacturing-and-the-gig-economy/#respondWed, 08 Aug 2018 10:00:30 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14915]]>If people want to be part of the gig economy, and more and more do every day, we manufacturers must integrate that option into our all-too-often stale staffing policies. Temps, employees, gig workers, consultants – they are 4 distinctly different type of working relationship. Know when to use which, and how to attract the best, for mutual satisfaction.

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Should your product be a servicehttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/should-your-product-be-a-service/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/should-your-product-be-a-service/#respondWed, 01 Aug 2018 10:00:41 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14913]]>New business models are sprouting for manufacturers. One of them is product-as-a-service. All major changes are uncomfortable, and exciting – including this one. Is it right for you and your market? Here’s how to tell.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/should-your-product-be-a-service/feed/0New business models are sprouting for manufacturers. One of them is product-as-a-service. All major changes are uncomfortable, and exciting – including this one. Is it …New business models are sprouting for manufacturers. One of them is product-as-a-service. All major changes are uncomfortable, and exciting – including this one. Is it …Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.6:09
Success with IoT in your manufacturing businesshttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/success-with-iot-in-your-manufacturing-business/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/success-with-iot-in-your-manufacturing-business/#respondWed, 18 Jul 2018 10:00:52 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14868]]>A process for implementing IoT in your manufacturing business is important. Don’t just start putting in sensors, but rather follow the steps outlined in the visual next to this on my website. This podcast walks you through a common and simple example to help you succeed with IoT.

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The number one impediment to transformationhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-number-one-impediment-to-transformation/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-number-one-impediment-to-transformation/#respondWed, 11 Jul 2018 10:00:43 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14866]]>Transformation is a buzzword in common usage, but the word itself has real meaning. It is so much more than change. If you truly see the need to transform, the baby steps of improvement won’t get you there. Organizational mission (why) and vision (what) must reflect the future you are trying to create. Mission and vision are your True North. Strategy evolves, whether you are looking to transform or simply get better. Based on that, do you need to transform?

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It is not about the technologyhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/it-is-not-about-the-technology/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/it-is-not-about-the-technology/#respondWed, 27 Jun 2018 10:00:20 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14864]]>Yes, technology is a common thread to the disruption of many industries. But technology is the great enabler, not the focus. Socioeconomic factors, as in the first industrial revolution centuries ago, are the driver. Profitable manufacturing will require leveraging of emerging technology soon. You—the leader—must concentrate on solving important problems that needn’t exist, and only then consider the role of technology in eliminating them.

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You can learn from Napster todayhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/you-can-learn-from-napster-today/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/you-can-learn-from-napster-today/#respondWed, 20 Jun 2018 10:00:08 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14859]]>When someone enters your space using new technology, you can fight to protect your space the way you always have. But no one can stop time. To thrive in the next decade, you must identify, understand, prioritize and leverage new technologies AND business models that create and deliver value in new and profound ways.

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Why manufacturing leaders must be technologically literate nowhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/why-manufacturing-leaders-must-be-technologically-literate-now/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/why-manufacturing-leaders-must-be-technologically-literate-now/#respondWed, 06 Jun 2018 10:00:31 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14822]]>Business strategy relies on wise technology choices. There is a need for at least summary understanding of rapidly advancing technology options. Here’s why you can’t simply rely on your IT department to make the choices for you.

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Can I ignore smart manufacturinghttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/can-i-ignore-smart-manufacturing/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/can-i-ignore-smart-manufacturing/#respondWed, 30 May 2018 10:00:15 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14820]]>No. You cannot ignore smart manufacturing. But you don’t have to do it all right now either. Consider these suggestions for how to evaluate smart manufacturing for your business.

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Are you practicing delusional improvementhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/are-you-practicing-delusional-improvement/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/are-you-practicing-delusional-improvement/#respondWed, 23 May 2018 10:00:27 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14817If all five of your constituencies are not feeling the benefit from your improvement efforts, your improvements are likely delusional. You need steak, not sizzle.

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When should your company take a standhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/when-should-your-company-take-a-stand/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/when-should-your-company-take-a-stand/#respondWed, 16 May 2018 10:00:43 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14815]]>Political and religious arguments are front page news. Some businesses have chosen to take a stand; some very visibly, others under the radar. Here is how to think about the choice your manufacturing company can make on taking a stand on hot topic issues.

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Does industry 4.0 replace leanhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/does-industry-4-0-replace-lean/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/does-industry-4-0-replace-lean/#respondWed, 09 May 2018 10:00:17 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14813]]>ERP, Lean, Industry 4.0; does a manufacturer need to do all of these? How do you know where to utilize the power of any of them? Data management and data-based decisions are important in each case, with purpose determining what capabilities to engender.

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The First Priority of the New Operations Executivehttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-first-priority-of-the-new-operations-executive/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-first-priority-of-the-new-operations-executive/#respondThu, 03 May 2018 12:46:29 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14805]]>How should the new operations leader set her initial priorities? There are both known and unknown challenges that will arise. Here are the steps you need to take to sort out the many issues and answer that question for your company.

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The problem with price shoppinghttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-problem-with-price-shopping/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-problem-with-price-shopping/#respondWed, 25 Apr 2018 12:00:10 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14759]]>Why price shopping expert consultants is not in your best interest: There is always someone cheaper, and always someone more expensive. But that refers to stated price. Great consultants don’t charge by the day, and don’t accept on the surface what you say you need. They constantly ask “why?” Good ones focus on ROI to you and improving the client condition as quickly as possible.

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It’s the little thingshttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/its-the-little-things/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/its-the-little-things/#respondWed, 18 Apr 2018 12:00:36 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14757]]>Customer satisfaction depends as much on your ability to simply do the little things well as on very specialized requirements they may have. These fundamentals may seem boring, but they are in fact critical. Consider these examples in evaluating your own reliable, dependable, and repeatable delivery of the little things.

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Why operations should segment customers toohttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/why-operations-should-segment-customers-too/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/why-operations-should-segment-customers-too/#respondWed, 11 Apr 2018 12:00:03 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14755]]>Marketing commonly segments customers and markets, but operations rarely does beyond shipping requirements. You can deliver so much more value to your customers by operations defining segments as well. Those can be based on usage environment or other aspects of the customers operations. Segment customers by their operations to improve your own.

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Anywhere but automotivehttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/anywhere-but-automotive/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/anywhere-but-automotive/#respondWed, 04 Apr 2018 12:00:30 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14753]]>Do you want to compete in commodity markets? Even when a market starts out specialized, they can devolve into regular rebid situations. The big volumes in both quantity and dollars can be alluring but may not be consistent with your vision and strategy. Do all your customer-facing people know which markets, which customers and which orders are consistent with where you are taking the company?

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The important aspect of legacyhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-important-aspect-of-legacy/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-important-aspect-of-legacy/#respondWed, 28 Mar 2018 12:00:39 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14750]]>Your legacy is not yet defined. Consider these suggestions to ensure it’s one that truly matters. It’s never too late to reassess your priorities and adjust your behaviors accordingly. Live out your legacy.

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Is lean just another silo?https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/is-lean-just-another-silo/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/is-lean-just-another-silo/#respondWed, 21 Mar 2018 12:00:52 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14721How should lean expertise be integrated into your organization? Consider these pros and cons of options and ask yourself the most important question of all.

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The problem with punch listshttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-problem-with-punch-lists/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-problem-with-punch-lists/#respondWed, 14 Mar 2018 12:00:35 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14719]]>Many of us in manufacturing are familiar with the concept of punch lists. It’s a common ending of a kaizen event. This construction industry concept is NOT a best practice and shouldn’t be picked up by others. Here is why you should consider instead the carpenter’s “measure twice, cut once.”

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Testing the value of your operations strategyhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/testing-the-value-of-your-operations-strategy/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/testing-the-value-of-your-operations-strategy/#respondWed, 07 Mar 2018 13:00:26 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14717]]>Not every manufacturer has an operations strategy, but none are better off without it. Consider these six questions to assess and improve the value of your operations strategy.

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Waste isn’t defined by customershttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/waste-isnt-defined-by-customers/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/waste-isnt-defined-by-customers/#respondWed, 28 Feb 2018 13:00:01 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14715]]>What if customers cannot be trusted to define value? Are some entire industries waste? Who should define true value? What brings net positive value to your world? Consider these questions and more in this podcast.

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Envisioning a drastically different futurehttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/envisioning-a-drastically-different-future/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/envisioning-a-drastically-different-future/#respondTue, 20 Feb 2018 13:00:22 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14713]]>To change the world, we need to envision a changed world; that’s much easier said than done. The pace of life altering change is accelerating. We have to look beyond our current world to create or prepare to respond to a drastically different future. Consider these questions.

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Cultures of motivation and accountabilityhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/cultures-of-motivation-and-accountability/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/cultures-of-motivation-and-accountability/#respondFri, 09 Feb 2018 13:00:32 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14711]]>It’s easier than it seems, and more difficult. Easy because it’s all about you; difficult because it’s all about you. Consider these specific examples of how you, and only you, can create a culture that demands motivated and accountable members. You can’t change others.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/cultures-of-motivation-and-accountability/feed/0It’s easier than it seems, and more difficult. Easy because it’s all about you; difficult because it’s all about you. Consider these specific examples of …It’s easier than it seems, and more difficult. Easy because it’s all about you; difficult because it’s all about you. Consider these specific examples of …Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.6:00
The danger of “all-in”https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-danger-of-all-in/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-danger-of-all-in/#respondThu, 01 Feb 2018 13:00:52 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14709]]>None of us is right all the time. Where is the line between the strong belief that requires “all-in” and confidence supported by risk management? How can you allow the possibility of being wrong and yet expect people to follow you?

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Nudging Your Employeeshttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/nudging-your-employees/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/nudging-your-employees/#respondWed, 03 Jan 2018 13:00:38 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14623]]>Do you wish your employees would make better decisions more often? “Nudge” is a concept that encourages paternalism and choice architecture to improve decision-making. Take a listen to learn how now.

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But Will it Work in My Business?https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/but-will-it-work-in-my-business/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/but-will-it-work-in-my-business/#respondWed, 20 Dec 2017 13:00:14 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14621]]>You work hard in your business, and are intimately familiar with all the distinctions that make your company special. But you’re really not all that unique. The business processes for most manufacturers are very similar and you can learn from others no matter how dissimilar they appear to be on the surface. Here’s what you need to walk away from ideas you don’t need and leverage those you do.

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Beyond Best Practiceshttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/beyond-best-practices/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/beyond-best-practices/#respondWed, 13 Dec 2017 13:00:16 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14619]]>We’re all surrounded by “best practices” in our own businesses, in our industry, and across manufacturing. The reality is that best practices are the low hanging fruit that everyone talks about. You certainly want to pick that up, but long-term success requires much more. Here’s how:

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/beyond-best-practices/feed/0We’re all surrounded by “best practices” in our own businesses, in our industry, and across manufacturing. The reality is that best practices are the low …We’re all surrounded by “best practices” in our own businesses, in our industry, and across manufacturing. The reality is that best practices are the low …Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.2:58
Strategic Relevancehttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/strategic-relevance/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/strategic-relevance/#respondThu, 07 Dec 2017 13:00:09 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14576]]>It might seem that competitive advantage is a good thing, a key to success. But not all are created equal. In fact, a competitive advantage can undermine your vision. Consider these ideas to determine if your strategic relevance position. You may be wandering, dreaming, irrelevant, or in the optimal “innovate” quadrant. Learn how to tell, and consider specific examples of businesses in each circumstance.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/strategic-relevance/feed/0It might seem that competitive advantage is a good thing, a key to success. But not all are created equal. In fact, a competitive advantage …It might seem that competitive advantage is a good thing, a key to success. But not all are created equal. In fact, a competitive advantage …Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.4:17
Creating Profitable Innovationhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/creating-profitable-innovation/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/creating-profitable-innovation/#respondWed, 29 Nov 2017 13:00:42 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14572]]>Consider these 6 building blocks to successful innovation. It’s not starting from a blank sheet of paper, nor waiting for lightening to strike. It’s a process that you create and improve, learning from what others have done and being clear on what you need. Consider these specific recommendations. And check out my friend and colleague Norbert Majerus’ book on lean innovation at Goodyear – a journey to world class profitable innovation.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/creating-profitable-innovation/feed/0Consider these 6 building blocks to successful innovation. It’s not starting from a blank sheet of paper, nor waiting for lightening to strike. It’s a …Consider these 6 building blocks to successful innovation. It’s not starting from a blank sheet of paper, nor waiting for lightening to strike. It’s a …Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.7:19
Dangerous Assumptionshttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/dangerous-assumptions/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/dangerous-assumptions/#respondTue, 14 Nov 2017 13:00:08 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14569]]>Executives make dangerous assumptions. Too often, in a hurry to move along to the next thing, they assume a decision made is a decision implemented, and an order given is an order executed. Most of the time, neither is true. This propensity to keep going without confirmation is why so many manufacturers struggle becoming good, much less great. Finish Strong™ is the process I developed to solve that problem. Invest 2 minutes in considering if you are making dangerous assumptions.

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It sounded good at the timehttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/it-sounded-good-at-the-time/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/it-sounded-good-at-the-time/#respondThu, 09 Nov 2017 13:00:01 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14565]]>Short-term, biased, egotistical decisions can be very expensive for any organization. Political leadership has led to the US Military, the best in the world, losing wars and killing millions of people. In 2017 military leadership enabled expensive deadly decisions by the Pacific Fleet. None of those choices were made expecting the massive costs that resulted. But those painful losses weren’t given sufficient credence when making the decisions. While politics can influence your business decisions, who really owns them at the end?

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Culture: A Critical Success Factor in Mergers and Acquisitionshttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/culture-a-critical-success-factor-in-mergers-and-acquisitions/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/culture-a-critical-success-factor-in-mergers-and-acquisitions/#respondWed, 01 Nov 2017 12:00:50 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14556]]>Have you ever wondered why some cultures morph into their surroundings, while others do not? Failure to sufficiently consider differing cultures during a merger and acquisition contributes to the breakdown of operational integration that plagues many deals. My earlier podcast series on successful integration of operations provided a strategic look at integration of cultures. In this podcast, I supplement those with tactical steps to create a culture that enables every employee of the joined operations to reach their full potential.

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Profitable innovation while executing a mergerhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/profitable-innovation-while-executing-a-merger/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/profitable-innovation-while-executing-a-merger/#respondWed, 25 Oct 2017 12:00:54 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14551]]>How do merging operations balance the need for speed, throughput and quality of their multiple innovation processes during the difficult first 18 months? Innovation was one of the 8 key factors I addressed in my earlier series on successful integration of operations in a merger or acquisition. Here I answer the questions I received from executives on those recommendations, specifically on why the innovation processes should NOT be immediately integrated.

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Rationalization: Successful Integration of Operations Requires Ithttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/rationalization-successful-integration-of-operations-requires-it/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/rationalization-successful-integration-of-operations-requires-it/#respondWed, 18 Oct 2017 12:00:30 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14547]]>M&A deals rarely accomplish the great financial success outlined in the agreements. Failures in integrating operations dominate those unsatisfactory transactions. About 2 years ago I developed a series of podcasts suggesting how to succeed in merging 8 key operational categories. This podcast helps you prepare for rationalization considerations described in one of those earlier podcasts before the ink is dry. Parts, customers and suppliers are just a few of the arenas to examine.

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Knowledge and technology optimization in Mergers & Acquisitionshttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/knowledge-and-technology-optimization-in-mergers-acquisitions/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/knowledge-and-technology-optimization-in-mergers-acquisitions/#respondWed, 11 Oct 2017 12:00:12 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14543]]>Sharing of knowledge and technology while merging operations will not happen automatically or well without a defined plan. This is true within an organization, and certainly when combining operations in an M&A deal. My earlier podcast on fully leveraging knowledge and technology in this series discussing effective operations integration recommended 4 steps to execute. In this podcast I expand those recommendations to include pre-merger activities, including when M&A is not on your radar.

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Supply Chain Management in Mergers & Acquisitionshttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/supply-chain-management-in-mergers-acquisitions/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/supply-chain-management-in-mergers-acquisitions/#respondThu, 05 Oct 2017 13:03:02 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14540]]>Success of any merger or acquisition depends on the effective integration of operations. My earlier series on that operations integration addressed 8 key factors, one of which is Supply Chain Management. Now I expand on my earlier podcast detailing 4 aspects of successful integration of SCM. The 2 additional factors addressed here are essential to actualization of intended benefits.

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Follow This Process for Successful Integration of Manufacturing Operationshttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-process-for-successful-integration-of-manufacturing-operations/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-process-for-successful-integration-of-manufacturing-operations/#respondWed, 27 Sep 2017 12:00:10 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14519]]>Why do so many Mergers and Acquisitions fail to find promised success? These next several podcast expand on an earlier series in which I addressed that question. Follow this methodical process for understanding where the real potential lies, and then take advantage of it. Listen to the earlier podcast expanded on below.

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The Private Equity Game has Changed for Manufacturershttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-private-equity-game-has-changed-for-manufactures/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-private-equity-game-has-changed-for-manufactures/#respondWed, 20 Sep 2017 12:00:35 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14516]]>While your experience working for a PE firm-owned manufacturer may have been miserable and driven by short term views, that world is changing significantly. More and more are investing in true operational expertise that will thrive over time.

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Design for Reuse Continues to Evolvehttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/design-for-reuse-continues-to-evolve/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/design-for-reuse-continues-to-evolve/#respondWed, 13 Sep 2017 12:00:55 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14512]]>If you’re not designing for re-use, your operations are making a serious mistake. You may not believe in Global Warming, but maximizing market share and profitability while serving customers for the long haul is fundamental these days. Make recycling and re-use simple and effective.

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Strategy Lessons from Italian Manufacturer Piaggiohttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/strategy-lessons-from-italian-manufacturer-piaggio/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/strategy-lessons-from-italian-manufacturer-piaggio/#respondWed, 06 Sep 2017 12:00:02 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14504]]>Do you know what your true competitive advantage is? Learn from the folks at Piaggio, who design and produce some of the best transportation available in confined spaces. Create new markets leveraging your advantage.

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The Only Manufacturing Skills Shortage That Mattershttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-only-manufacturing-skills-shortage-that-matters/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-only-manufacturing-skills-shortage-that-matters/#respondWed, 23 Aug 2017 12:00:08 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14441]]>You don’t need CNC operators or machinists nearly as much as you need the one skill that truly matters long term to successful manufacturing companies. Technology is changing so rapidly that current skills have a short life span. Hire the one that lasts forever.

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Succeeding With Average Peoplehttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/succeeding-with-average-people/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/succeeding-with-average-people/#respondWed, 16 Aug 2017 12:00:47 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14439]]>On average, manufacturing companies must succeed with average people. Here is advice on how to do just that in your manufacturing operations.

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Clarity And Ambiguity To Attain Your Visionhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/clarity-and-ambiguity-to-attain-your-vision/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/clarity-and-ambiguity-to-attain-your-vision/#respondWed, 09 Aug 2017 12:00:51 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14437]]>There are certainties within the ambiguity of radical change in manufacturing companies. And achieving your vision likely requires change far beyond continuous improvement. Consider these insights on known aspects of the journey, and what to do if you’re not committed to what is required.

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Continuous Learning Outperforms Continuous Improvementhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/continuous-learning-outperforms-continuous-improvement/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/continuous-learning-outperforms-continuous-improvement/#respondWed, 02 Aug 2017 12:00:56 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14435]]>Why is CI insufficient for long term success, and what can you do about it? Here is advice for all manufacturing leaders to create operations that move you in front of those relying on CI.

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Are You Ready To Make A Big Turn?https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/are-you-ready-to-make-a-big-turn/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/are-you-ready-to-make-a-big-turn/#respondWed, 26 Jul 2017 12:00:02 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14433]]>Every manufacturing business is being disrupted, soon if not right now. These examples of how to recognize disruption and think about your required “big turn” are helpful, regardless of your industry.

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Creativity Is Not A Random Eventhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/creativity-is-not-a-random-event/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/creativity-is-not-a-random-event/#respondWed, 19 Jul 2017 12:00:57 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14431]]>Waiting for genius to strike doesn’t work in New Product Development (NPD) in manufacturing. You have a business to run, and serendipity is not a healthy strategy. Here’s a few quick steps to both speeding time-to-market and increasing profitability of your new products.

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Trust is the Ultimate Lubricanthttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/trust-is-the-ultimate-lubricant/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/trust-is-the-ultimate-lubricant/#respondThu, 13 Jul 2017 13:00:02 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14412]]>Rebecca explains why lack of trust infiltrating your organization is a significant source of friction that slows transactions and relationships, and what you can do about it. Technology is only part of the answer.

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Why You Should Care About Appshttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/why-you-should-care-about-apps/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/why-you-should-care-about-apps/#respondThu, 06 Jul 2017 13:00:46 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14410]]>It’s not about the app; it never will be. Like most technology, it’s about what it can do for your business. Fast effective onboarding is a common problem that can be slashed via this simple technology. There are others.

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Make Your Product Indispensablehttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/make-your-product-indispensable/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/make-your-product-indispensable/#respondWed, 28 Jun 2017 13:00:16 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14408]]>Your product becomes indispensable when others build it into their business model. Cell phones are only one example of that. What are the options to your product, and what can your product enhance? Morgan suggests two questions you should answer.

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Life Preservers in A Sea of Datahttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/life-preservers-in-a-sea-of-data/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/life-preservers-in-a-sea-of-data/#respondThu, 22 Jun 2017 13:00:17 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14406]]>What are the fundamental questions you must answer to help each of your 5 constituencies become more successful because of their relationship with you? Not the “nice to know,” but the “have to know.” These become the life preservers.

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Sagrada Familia: A Journey of Excellencehttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/sagrada-familia-a-journey-of-excellence/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/sagrada-familia-a-journey-of-excellence/#respondMon, 05 Jun 2017 16:52:41 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14374]]>Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi is best known for the art of his construction. It is unlike any others you will see.  As is true for many with vision ahead of their time, his initial buildings were subject to ridicule, though not by his benefactors. Several of his edifices are now UNESCO heritage sites.

His most famous, Sagrada Familia, is not yet complete.  Gaudi died in 1926, over 40 years after taking over this huge religious project in 1883. When asked repeatedly why construction was taking so long, Gaudi famously replied “my client is not in a hurry.” At his death, it was less than 25% complete.

Numerous world-famous architects and stone masons have become involved in the project, some investing the vast majority of their careers. Now, still about a decade from completion, millions of visitors come to see the outside and the inside as construction continues. No one leaves disappointed.

Gaudi’s vision has been respected but slightly altered by subsequent chief architects. That is to be expected. Antoni Gaudi did everything in his power to make this religious building fulfill his vision for it. But models were destroyed by war and burnt by fire, and funding inadequate at times. Others have taken the mantle, literally, and intertwined their insights. That makes the building no less valid, but in fact more representative of evolving thinking.

Now consider your business’s journey of excellence.  Are you frustrated that it’s taking so long?  Are you concerned that someone may alter the plans when you leave?  Is every change to your vision a negative?

I hope not. Your vision and your understanding of what is possible evolve. Momentum can ebb and flow. What you once thought sacrosanct you may now realize can have many flavors.  I have certainly gained that understanding over time. My own journey is accelerating. My critical and analytical thinking skills, vision, and application creativity all continue to develop, so my journey too is not a straight line. Nor should it be.

Let’s all learn from Gaudi that patience in creating our vision, and trusting the good intentions of others, may be never ending.  But a journey well worth the time and energy required. The important aspect is a beautiful vision worth realizing.

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Design In Safety and Effectiveness: Lessons From Barcelonahttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/build-safety-and-effectiveness-in-lessons-from-barcelona/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/build-safety-and-effectiveness-in-lessons-from-barcelona/#respondFri, 02 Jun 2017 12:33:46 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14367]]>As I write this, I sit in a rental flat in the beautiful city of Barcelona.  I have walked about 5 miles each day so far.  In addition to the people, architecture and food, one of the most impressive things about this great city is its transportation design.

Most streets are one way, with only very large ones bidirectional.  The large streets have one lane side-roads on each side.  These are used by taxis, delivery trucks, scooters and bikes, and on rare occasion cars preparing to turn on an approaching intersection. They also have broad walkways between the access and major road.  There people walk, sit on benches, enjoy the greenery, and peacefully share with the well marked bicycle paths.

Choreography is king. Choreography supported by obvious visual systems is amazingly effective.

And for you manufacturers?  Those monument pieces of equipment are difficult and expensive to move once put in place.  Plan carefully. Smaller ones can and should be located where they best support product quality and flow. Parts delivery and presentation and people and product movement can all be improved.  This city provides ideas to those who can envision free flowing product where the system makes everything obvious.

Could those who can’t dance see and follow the choreography you have designed? You can save time and money and improve safety when the answer is a solid yes.

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Fast, Effective Onboardinghttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/fast-effective-onboarding/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/fast-effective-onboarding/#respondThu, 25 May 2017 13:20:13 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14281]]>Rebecca shares several ideas for making your new hire productive from day one.

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The Success Mindsethttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-success-mindset/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-success-mindset/#respondMon, 22 May 2017 13:00:22 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14301Many people believe that technical expertise is required for manufacturing success. Here Becky explains 6 elements of mindset that you will need.

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Converting General Trends To Specific Actionshttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/converting-general-trends-to-specific-actions/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/converting-general-trends-to-specific-actions/#respondWed, 17 May 2017 13:00:41 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14278]]>How can a manufacturing operations leader stay abreast of evolving trends, decide which to prioritize and move forward without making the big mistake?

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So Much Risk, So Little Moneyhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/so-much-risk-so-little-money/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/so-much-risk-so-little-money/#respondTue, 09 May 2017 13:00:22 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14267]]>Rebecca shares some inexpensive and simple methods to be manage your business risks, from customers, suppliers, employees, product, and evil intent.

Executive Summary:  We can’t prepare for every eventuality and we shouldn’t.  But there are inexpensive and simple methods to be reasonably prepared.  First, consider these normal sources of business risk: Customers,Suppliers,Employees,Product and materials, Competitors,Evil intent of others, Bad luck, and of course, Lousy Leadership. In most of these categories, you can identify the likely risk categories quickly.  As a minimum, you can set simple metrics or processes to assess status. A bank that’s not prepared to handle a robbery is incompetent. Manufacturers can prioritize risks based on likelihood and define prevention, recognition and mitigation plans. These quick risk management steps are inexpensive and simple to execute. It’s unethical and lousy leadership that escorts a company totally unprepared for likely risks.

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Business Lessons From Edhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/business-lessons-from-ed/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/business-lessons-from-ed/#respondWed, 03 May 2017 13:00:18 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14284]]>Not everything is learned in Kindergarten – Rebecca explains key lessons she learned from her mentor Ed along her journey of lifelong learning. These simple lessons will help you too.

Executive Summary: Do you have very simple tests for distinguishing those you want to work with from those more trouble than they’re worth? Next, ignorance is not a bad thing, unless we try to hide it. I don’t need to pretend I know everything. Neither do you. False omniscience is expensive.  ..who makes the most isn’t a big deal.  What is a big deal is who brings the most value. The biggest lesson running through all these examples is that simplicity is more effective than complexity.  Each of these examples demonstrate a straight forward approach. No effort to complicate.

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Creating A Valuable Supplier Conferencehttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/creating-a-valuable-supplier-conference/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/creating-a-valuable-supplier-conference/#respondWed, 26 Apr 2017 13:00:27 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14275]]>Rebecca explains how to plan a supplier conference so that everyone benefits.

Executive Summary:  A well-planned supplier conference can strengthen the supply chain, prevent significant problems, and reduce time-to-market for more than one participant.  The first step in planning an effective supplier conference is a clear statement of its purpose.Next, the host should invite those suppliers most impacted by the primary topic, or with the greatest ability to impact it.  You may be surprised to learn that there’s no need to invite all suppliers for the entire conference.  For those suppliers integral to accomplishing the purpose, invite their employees best able to contribute during the meeting, not those who can convey messages later. Please share your experiences with effective supplier conferences so we can all learn

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How To Keep Your Best Employeeshttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/how-to-keep-your-best-employees/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/how-to-keep-your-best-employees/#respondWed, 19 Apr 2017 13:00:38 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14060]]>Here’s how to keep your best employees, even when you don’t have a lot of promotion opportunities.

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You Can’t Not Buy From Ushttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/you-cant-not-buy-from-us/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/you-cant-not-buy-from-us/#respondWed, 12 Apr 2017 13:00:39 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14064]]>Rebecca discusses how to make your organization so enticing that potential customers can’t say no to you.Rebecca_iTunes-blog]]>https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/you-cant-not-buy-from-us/feed/0Rebecca discusses how to make your organization so enticing that potential customers can’t say no to you.Rebecca discusses how to make your organization so enticing that potential customers can’t say no to you.Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.3:18Three Measures Of Effective Metricshttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/three-measures-of-effective-metrics/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/three-measures-of-effective-metrics/#respondThu, 06 Apr 2017 13:00:30 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14067]]>Making your organizational metrics worth the cost, and your KPI’s truly KEY.

Executive Summary:  First, it’s easy to resort to the obligatory metrics. Don’t waste money reporting metrics just because the company down the street uses it, even if it sounds good in a conference room. Next, we all too often waste time and money collecting data that is too untimely or inaccurate to improve decision-making.  Lastly, we often track metrics that do not provide clear interpretation.Here are 3 ways to measure the effectiveness of your metrics, and ensure the ones you end up with help you run your business better: (1) You can list one or more decision that you will make, based on the value or direction of the metric. (2) You won’t make a related decision without reviewing it first. (3) The value of improved decision-making outweighs the costs of reporting the metric.

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Making Risk Management Worthwhilehttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/making-risk-management-worthwhile/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/making-risk-management-worthwhile/#respondWed, 29 Mar 2017 13:00:24 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14071]]>There is no such thing as no risk.  This podcast describes how to ensure risk management balances overall and portfolio risks compatible with organizational goals while not slowing down the process.

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To Fear Or Not To Fearhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/to-fear-or-not-to-fear/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/to-fear-or-not-to-fear/#respondFri, 24 Mar 2017 13:00:41 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14049]]>An environment of fear prevents successful growth. Sometimes the fear is rational, but more often it is not. Responsible leadership communicates proactively, and speaks honestly and boldly at all times.

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Batching Is Bad Businesshttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/batching-is-bad-business/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/batching-is-bad-business/#respondMon, 20 Mar 2017 13:00:13 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14046]]>Most of us know that “one piece flow” is generally preferable to large batches in production. Yet we continue to volunteer for large costly batches in our office processes. Stop it!

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The Upside Of Declining Productivityhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-upside-of-declining-productivity/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-upside-of-declining-productivity/#respondTue, 14 Mar 2017 13:00:46 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14040]]>Rebecca shares insights on how key metrics can lead to short-sighted decisions, even widely accepted metrics like productivity.

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Dipping Your Toe Into IoThttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/dipping-your-toe-into-iot/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/dipping-your-toe-into-iot/#respondThu, 09 Mar 2017 14:00:37 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14037]]>Rebecca discusses the Internet of Things and how we can gain experience at a reasonable cost. Then you’ll know the questions integral to development of your IoT strategy.

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Recognizing Those Who Create The Futurehttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/recognizing-those-who-create-the-future/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/recognizing-those-who-create-the-future/#respondWed, 01 Mar 2017 14:00:29 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14031]]>Rebecca shares how to idenitfy people who can create a future that we can’t even predict, and succeed there.

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Escaping Our Manufacturing Bubbleshttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/escaping-our-manufacturing-bubbles/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/escaping-our-manufacturing-bubbles/#respondWed, 22 Feb 2017 14:00:47 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14043]]>Rebecca creates awareness of our manufacturing bubbles, and why success requires escaping them.

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Lessons From J. Forresterhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/lessons-from-j-forrester/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/lessons-from-j-forrester/#respondWed, 15 Feb 2017 14:00:50 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14005]]>Rebecca shares her insights from J. Forrester and her own personal experiences.

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Is Your Culture Too Nicehttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/is-your-culture-too-nice/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/is-your-culture-too-nice/#respondWed, 08 Feb 2017 14:00:10 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14002]]>In this podcast Rebecca shares why safe, professional disagreement is necessary for your company to thrive long-term.
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Providing Distinctive Service Is Easier Than You Thinkhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/providing-distinctive-service-is-easier-than-you-think/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/providing-distinctive-service-is-easier-than-you-think/#respondTue, 31 Jan 2017 14:00:51 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14008]]>Rebecca explains how nurturing your relationship with customers is just as important as any other personal relationship.

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The Dysfunction Of Deadlineshttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-dysfunction-of-deadlines/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-dysfunction-of-deadlines/#respondThu, 26 Jan 2017 15:42:57 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=14011]]>Rebecca describes how clear prioritization will accomplish important  projects when needed better than will deadlines.

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The Passion Ingredient In Your Operation’s Successhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-passion-ingredient-in-your-operations-success/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-passion-ingredient-in-your-operations-success/#respondWed, 11 Jan 2017 14:00:12 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=13953]]>Passion means people care, but it can also be divisive. Rebecca discusses four keys to ensuring all your stakeholders are passionate about organizational decisions, and not divisive.

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Here’s How Social Media Can Improve Your Manufacturing Operationhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/heres-how-social-media-can-improve-your-manufacturing-operation/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/heres-how-social-media-can-improve-your-manufacturing-operation/#respondWed, 04 Jan 2017 14:00:12 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=13938]]>In this podcast Rebecca shares a three-step process for operations-based analysis of social media as a contributor to your profitability.

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Statistics Don’t Lie: Statisticians Dohttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/statistics-dont-lie-statisticians-do/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/statistics-dont-lie-statisticians-do/#commentsWed, 28 Dec 2016 14:00:53 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=13956]]>Does your data tell the truth?  The data can be true, but wrong.  The analysis can be valid, but misleading. With the expanding importance of data to manufacturing operations, it’s important to have both quantitative and business acumen.

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Stretching Your Comfort Zonehttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/stretching-your-comfort-zone/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/stretching-your-comfort-zone/#respondWed, 21 Dec 2016 14:00:40 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=13950]]>Rebecca describes how to assess and stretch company and employee comfort zones to ensure that the company thrives.

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Solving The Skills Shortage In Your Operationhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/solving-the-skills-shortage-in-your-operation/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/solving-the-skills-shortage-in-your-operation/#respondWed, 14 Dec 2016 14:00:09 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=13943Rebecca explains how hiring company practices contribute to failure to attract and hire good employees, with 3 specific actions you can take to change that.

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Why Seeking Action Oriented Employees Is A Bad Ideahttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/why-seeking-action-oriented-employees-is-a-bad-idea/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/why-seeking-action-oriented-employees-is-a-bad-idea/#respondThu, 08 Dec 2016 14:00:54 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=13947]]>Are you looking for action oriented, or results oriented leaders? Rebecca explains why either alone is a bad idea and how to blend the two for meaningful progress.

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Transforming Operations.Transforming Business™.Components – Are You Ready?https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/transforming-operations-transforming-business-are-you-ready/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/transforming-operations-transforming-business-are-you-ready/#respondWed, 30 Nov 2016 14:00:32 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=13901]]>Rebecca discusses how the components of the previous podcasts fit together and prevent the obstacles your transformational efforts will face if they are not firmly embedded within your team.

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Transforming Operations.Transforming Business™.Vision.https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/transforming-operations-transforming-business-vision/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/transforming-operations-transforming-business-vision/#respondTue, 22 Nov 2016 14:00:25 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=13897]]>Rebecca demonstrates the three aspects of leadership vision that a successful business metamorphosis requires.

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Transforming Operations. Transforming Business™. Behaviors.https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/transforming-operations-transforming-business-behaviors/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/transforming-operations-transforming-business-behaviors/#respondTue, 15 Nov 2016 14:00:09 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=13894]]>Rebecca describes the three leadership behaviors imperative to successful transformation of your operations and your business.

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Should Business Transformation Be In Your Future?https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/should-business-transformation-be-in-your-future/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/should-business-transformation-be-in-your-future/#respondWed, 09 Nov 2016 14:00:49 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=13887]]>Do you want to lead, follow, or slip into oblivion? Rebecca shares why transforming operations is a prerequisite to transforming your business.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/should-business-transformation-be-in-your-future/feed/0Do you want to lead, follow, or slip into oblivion? Rebecca shares why transforming operations is a prerequisite to transforming your business.Do you want to lead, follow, or slip into oblivion? Rebecca shares why transforming operations is a prerequisite to transforming your business.Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.5:05
The First Five Steps In Creating Your IoT Strategyhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-first-five-steps-in-creating-your-iot-strategy/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-first-five-steps-in-creating-your-iot-strategy/#respondWed, 02 Nov 2016 13:00:48 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=13872]]>In this podcast Rebecca explains how to ensure the Internet of Things brings value to your organization rather than wasted spending.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-first-five-steps-in-creating-your-iot-strategy/feed/0In this podcast Rebecca explains how to ensure the Internet of Things brings value to your organization rather than wasted spending.In this podcast Rebecca explains how to ensure the Internet of Things brings value to your organization rather than wasted spending.Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.4:32
Five Reasons Manufacturers Need Parts Rationalizationhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/five-reasons-manufacturers-need-parts-rationalization/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/five-reasons-manufacturers-need-parts-rationalization/#respondWed, 19 Oct 2016 13:00:37 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=13646]]>Rebecca discusses parts rationalization as one step in reducing the complexity of your operations.

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Is A Postponement Strategy Right For Your Operations?https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/is-a-postponement-strategy-right-for-your-operations/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/is-a-postponement-strategy-right-for-your-operations/#respondThu, 13 Oct 2016 13:00:28 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=13643]]>Rebecca explains postponement strategy and discusses whether or not it’s right for you.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/is-a-postponement-strategy-right-for-your-operations/feed/0Rebecca explains postponement strategy and discusses whether or not it’s right for you.Rebecca explains postponement strategy and discusses whether or not it’s right for you.Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.3:46
Five Preventable Inventory Management Blundershttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/five-preventable-inventory-management-blunders/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/five-preventable-inventory-management-blunders/#respondWed, 05 Oct 2016 13:00:21 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=13640]]>Rebecca discusses examples of strategic, process and tactical inventory management blunders that many make, but you can avoid.

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Is The Direct vs. Indirect Labor Distinction Important?https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/is-the-direct-vs-indirect-labor-distinction-important/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/is-the-direct-vs-indirect-labor-distinction-important/#respondWed, 28 Sep 2016 13:00:03 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=13637]]>Rebecca explains why the direct vs. indirect ratio isn’t as important as accounting would have us believe.

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I’d Hope Sohttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/id-hope-so/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/id-hope-so/#respondWed, 21 Sep 2016 13:00:50 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=13634]]>Rebecca shares an easy way to honestly assess if your products, service and relationships are competitive, distinct or breakthrough, and why each must continually evolve to achieve prosperity.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/id-hope-so/feed/0Rebecca shares an easy way to honestly assess if your products, service and relationships are competitive, distinct or breakthrough, and why each must continually evolve to achieve prosperity.Rebecca shares an easy way to honestly assess if your products, service and relationships are competitive, distinct or breakthrough, and why each must continually evolve to achieve prosperity.Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.3:51
Problem Solve The Futurehttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/problem-solve-the-future/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/problem-solve-the-future/#respondWed, 14 Sep 2016 13:00:23 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=13631]]>Is it time to problem solve the future?  Rebecca explains why no business can enjoy continued success by focusing on the past, and how to use well known tools to create the future.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/problem-solve-the-future/feed/0Is it time to problem solve the future? Rebecca explains why no business can enjoy continued success by focusing on the past, and how to use well known tools to create the future.Is it time to problem solve the future? Rebecca explains why no business can enjoy continued success by focusing on the past, and how to use well known tools to create the future.Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.2:57
Are Any Of Us Really Self-Made?https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/are-any-of-us-really-self-made/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/are-any-of-us-really-self-made/#respondThu, 08 Sep 2016 13:00:23 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=13627]]>In this podcast Rebecca explains why it matters that we realize none of us are really self-made.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/are-any-of-us-really-self-made/feed/0In this podcast Rebecca explains why it matters that we realize none of us are really self-made.In this podcast Rebecca explains why it matters that we realize none of us are really self-made.Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.3:39
The Manufacturing Sharing Economy – How – Part 3 of 3https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-manufacturing-sharing-economy-how-part-3-of-3/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-manufacturing-sharing-economy-how-part-3-of-3/#respondWed, 31 Aug 2016 13:00:40 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=13618]]>In the final segment of the three part series, Rebecca discusses how to use the sharing economy model effectively.

Supply Chain Management & Profitable Growth

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-manufacturing-sharing-economy-how-part-3-of-3/feed/0In the final segment of the three part series, Rebecca discusses how to use the sharing economy model effectively.In the final segment of the three part series, Rebecca discusses how to use the sharing economy model effectively.Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.3:13
The Manufacturing Sharing Economy – What – Part 2 of 3https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-manufacturing-sharing-economy-what-part-2-of-3/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-manufacturing-sharing-economy-what-part-2-of-3/#respondWed, 24 Aug 2016 13:00:18 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=13614]]>In the second part of this three part series Rebecca shares multiple examples of what manufacturing needs can be met by the sharing economy model.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-manufacturing-sharing-economy-what-part-2-of-3/feed/0In the second part of this three part series Rebecca shares multiple examples of what manufacturing needs can be met by the sharing economy model.In the second part of this three part series Rebecca shares multiple examples of what manufacturing needs can be met by the sharing economy model.Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.2:53
The Manufacturing Sharing Economy – Why – Part 1 of 3https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-manufacturing-sharing-economy-why-part-1-of-3/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-manufacturing-sharing-economy-why-part-1-of-3/#respondWed, 17 Aug 2016 13:00:41 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=13610]]>In this first of a three part series, Rebecca shares five reasons that manufacturing will soon incorporate the sharing economy model.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-manufacturing-sharing-economy-why-part-1-of-3/feed/0In this first of a three part series, Rebecca shares five reasons that manufacturing will soon incorporate the sharing economy model.In this first of a three part series, Rebecca shares five reasons that manufacturing will soon incorporate the sharing economy model.Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.4:08
Six Major Challenges Every Manufacturer Faceshttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/six-major-challenges-every-manufacturer-faces/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/six-major-challenges-every-manufacturer-faces/#respondThu, 11 Aug 2016 13:00:44 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=13603]]>Leverage this diagnostic tool to plan and improve the future of your company.

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Manufacturing Strategies – Eliminate Traditional Buyershttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/manufacturing-strategies-eliminate-traditional-buyers/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/manufacturing-strategies-eliminate-traditional-buyers/#respondFri, 05 Aug 2016 13:00:14 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=13595]]>Are traditional buyers becoming obsolete? Rebecca explains what supply chain expertise is needed, and what is not.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/manufacturing-strategies-eliminate-traditional-buyers/feed/0Are traditional buyers becoming obsolete? Rebecca explains what supply chain expertise is needed, and what is not.Are traditional buyers becoming obsolete? Rebecca explains what supply chain expertise is needed, and what is not.Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.3:16
Manufacturing Strategy Execution: The Challenge Of Challenginghttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/manufacturing-strategy-execution-the-challenge-of-challenging/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/manufacturing-strategy-execution-the-challenge-of-challenging/#respondWed, 03 Aug 2016 13:00:08 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=13560]]>Resist the urge to simply accept what you’re told. These three tips will help you challenge with respect and quickly get the quality information you need.

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The Practical Difference Between Coaching And Managinghttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-practical-difference-between-coaching-and-managing/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-practical-difference-between-coaching-and-managing/#respondWed, 27 Jul 2016 13:00:55 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=13570]]>Rebecca shares a specific example of how coaching is different from managing, along with three routine avenues to take in speeding your transition.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-practical-difference-between-coaching-and-managing/feed/0Rebecca shares a specific example of how coaching is different from managing, along with three routine avenues to take in speeding your transition.Rebecca shares a specific example of how coaching is different from managing, along with three routine avenues to take in speeding your transition.Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.4:00
Depreciation Is Only An Accounting Concepthttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/depreciation-is-only-an-accounting-concept/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/depreciation-is-only-an-accounting-concept/#respondWed, 20 Jul 2016 13:00:25 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=13567]]>Rebecca explains how to properly maintain equipment for years to come, making Accounting’s depreciation schedule even more irrelevant to operations.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/depreciation-is-only-an-accounting-concept/feed/0Rebecca explains how to properly maintain equipment for years to come, making Accounting’s depreciation schedule even more irrelevant to operations.Rebecca explains how to properly maintain equipment for years to come, making Accounting’s depreciation schedule even more irrelevant to operations.Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.3:53
Are You Using These Three Popular But Dangerous MBA Tools?https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/are-you-using-these-three-popular-but-dangerous-mba-tools/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/are-you-using-these-three-popular-but-dangerous-mba-tools/#respondThu, 14 Jul 2016 13:00:58 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=13564]]>Today Rebecca shows how popular tools taught in most MBA schools, including SWOT and MBOs, easily become destructive.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/are-you-using-these-three-popular-but-dangerous-mba-tools/feed/0Today Rebecca shows how popular tools taught in most MBA schools, including SWOT and MBOs, easily become destructive.Today Rebecca shows how popular tools taught in most MBA schools, including SWOT and MBOs, easily become destructive.Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.3:54
The Fog Of Familiarityhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-fog-of-familiarity/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-fog-of-familiarity/#respondWed, 06 Jul 2016 13:00:15 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=13532]]>Is decision-making in your organization degraded by the Fog of Familiarity? Listen to these three tactics to clear the fog in your organization.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-fog-of-familiarity/feed/0Is decision-making in your organization degraded by the Fog of Familiarity? Listen to these three tactics to clear the fog in your organization.Is decision-making in your organization degraded by the Fog of Familiarity? Listen to these three tactics to clear the fog in your organization.Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.2:45
How To Leverage The Internet Of Thingshttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/how-to-leverage-the-internet-of-things/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/how-to-leverage-the-internet-of-things/#respondTue, 28 Jun 2016 13:00:17 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=13529]]>Many “you have to do this” technology-driven capabilities cripple companies for years before becoming an asset. Here’s how to ensure IOT is a positive for your company right away.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/how-to-leverage-the-internet-of-things/feed/0Many “you have to do this” technology-driven capabilities cripple companies for years before becoming an asset. Here’s how to ensure IOT is a positive for your company right away.Many “you have to do this” technology-driven capabilities cripple companies for years before becoming an asset. Here’s how to ensure IOT is a positive for your company right away.Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.3:51
Are These Speed Bumps Slowing You Down?https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/are-these-speed-bumps-slowing-you-down/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/are-these-speed-bumps-slowing-you-down/#respondTue, 21 Jun 2016 13:00:10 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=13526]]>What is preventing your organization from achieving desired speed? Consider these three common speed bumps faced by manufacturers.

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Is Your Organization Distracted?https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/is-your-organization-distracted/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/is-your-organization-distracted/#respondTue, 14 Jun 2016 13:00:37 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=13521]]>Distracted leadership can have horrifying impacts. Consider these three ways to know if your business has become distracted and three ways to refocus to important issues.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/is-your-organization-distracted/feed/0Distracted leadership can have horrifying impacts. Consider these three ways to know if your business has become distracted and three ways to refocus to important issues.Distracted leadership can have horrifying impacts. Consider these three ways to know if your business has become distracted and three ways to refocus to important issues.Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.3:15
Push Or Pullhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/push-or-pull/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/push-or-pull/#respondWed, 25 May 2016 13:00:55 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=13117]]>Rebecca explains differences between push and pull systems, two alternatives in manufacturing scheduling and inventory control.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/push-or-pull/feed/0Rebecca explains differences between push and pull systems, two alternatives in manufacturing scheduling and inventory control.Rebecca explains differences between push and pull systems, two alternatives in manufacturing scheduling and inventory control.Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.2:45
Put Me In Coach!https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/put-me-in-coach/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/put-me-in-coach/#respondWed, 18 May 2016 13:00:50 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=13114]]>The best of the best work with coaches – Rebecca shares why she does, and why you should consider it too.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/put-me-in-coach/feed/0The best of the best work with coaches - Rebecca shares why she does, and why you should consider it too.The best of the best work with coaches - Rebecca shares why she does, and why you should consider it too.Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.3:30
Meeting Your Customer’s Expectationshttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/meeting-your-customers-expectations/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/meeting-your-customers-expectations/#respondTue, 10 May 2016 13:00:51 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=13111]]>Who’s defining the expectations of your market?  Rebecca explains why today’s buyers expect great performance in every facet of their lives, and what to do about it.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/meeting-your-customers-expectations/feed/0Who’s defining the expectations of your market? Rebecca explains why today’s buyers expect great performance in every facet of their lives, and what to do about it.Who’s defining the expectations of your market? Rebecca explains why today’s buyers expect great performance in every facet of their lives, and what to do about it.Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.2:59
Why Lean Fails So Oftenhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/why-lean-fails-so-often/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/why-lean-fails-so-often/#commentsTue, 03 May 2016 12:00:32 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=13381]]>When something fails over 90% of the time, it’s usually tossed to the curb. Lean implementations fail at least that often. Why do they fail so often, and why do companies keep trying?

The keep trying part is easy: stories of great results and desperation to try almost anything to become more competitive. It’s the “almost” part that causes the collapse.

Let’s start with the most visible causes of failure. The technical ones. Lean is a thinking system that includes tools, not a system of tools. When leadership doesn’t understand this basic fact, there’s a low ceiling on improvement.

Slapping tools on a factory without specific just-in-time purpose that matters to employees, and on top of whatever is already in place, won’t work. Yet, it’s a common form of “lean implementation.” That effort is typically led by someone who fails to realize that Toyota designed tools to meet its needs, not anyone else’s, and that tools are a means to an end and not an end. Copy-paste isn’t a good approach, especially when you don’t understand what you’re copying.

A second cause of lean disintegration is managerial. Lean is unlikely to fit well into current management systems, yet management rarely thinks its processes need to change. When conversation is about “who” and a culture of blame instead of on process, lean is absent. Additionally, problem solving can require new skills and time to get to root cause. The same managers that fail to provide that support are the ones expressing frustration at repeat problems. Band-Aids make a simple system complex and do not drive problems from the business.

The third source of lean failures is philosophical. When people are viewed as an expense, there will be trouble. When the numbers are more important than learning, there will be trouble. When leadership says “we want to do lean” instead of “we want to become lean” it rarely understands the pervasive nature of organizational change required.

While I have seen all these causes of lean failures, one of the most common factors limiting success is the philosophical wall of “the company is the owner’s asset.” While legally true, that perception limits the commitment of every other stakeholder. This usually appears as lean is at risk when management changes.

So why does lean fail so often?

Because it’s not nearly as simple as it seems. Successful lean implementations require significant and pervasive change throughout most organizations with constant reinforcement of the behavioral adjustments. It is not a silver bullet, nor is it quick. Like weight control and smoking cessation, people start with good intentions. Some make immediate and noticeable changes. But its much more difficult to make the changes stick for life.

I encourage you to look at every slippage in your conversion to becoming lean as an opportunity to learn and grow. Slow progress is still progress. It’s only failure if you quit learning and return to what you were comfortable with before all this started.

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Race To The Middlehttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/race-to-the-middle/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/race-to-the-middle/#respondThu, 28 Apr 2016 13:00:38 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=13108]]>Rebecca discusses how underserved markets can be highly profitable with the right strategy.

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Don’t Just Collect Data – Leverage Ithttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/dont-just-collect-data-leverage-it/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/dont-just-collect-data-leverage-it/#respondThu, 21 Apr 2016 13:00:21 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=13105]]>In today’s podcast Rebecca describes paying attention to customer data and leveraging it to improve manufacturing operations.

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The Problem With Profitshttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-problem-with-profits/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-problem-with-profits/#respondFri, 15 Apr 2016 13:00:02 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=13102]]>Today Rebecca reminds us that profits can hide poor decision-making – decsions manufacturings would never make in tighter times.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-problem-with-profits/feed/0Today Rebecca reminds us that profits can hide poor decision-making – decsions manufacturings would never make in tighter times.Today Rebecca reminds us that profits can hide poor decision-making – decsions manufacturings would never make in tighter times.Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.2:38
What Is Your Camel?https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/what-is-your-camel/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/what-is-your-camel/#respondMon, 11 Apr 2016 13:00:49 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=13097]]>What business opportunities are we missing just because we haven’t given it enough new thought?  Rebecca explains thinking differently to bring more value to the market.

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Don’t Miss These Three Trends Impacting Your Industryhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/dont-miss-these-three-trends-impacting-your-industry/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/dont-miss-these-three-trends-impacting-your-industry/#respondThu, 31 Mar 2016 13:00:17 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=13086]]>In today’s podcast Rebecca asks if you have blinder mentality and shares three trends that could impact your future.

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The Most Expensive ERP Mistakes Manufacturers Makehttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-most-expensive-erp-mistakes-manufacturers-make/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-most-expensive-erp-mistakes-manufacturers-make/#respondThu, 24 Mar 2016 13:00:37 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=13053]]>Rebecca shares ways to avoid ERP nightmares in your company.

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What Everyone Should Know About Big Customershttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/what-everyone-should-know-about-big-customers/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/what-everyone-should-know-about-big-customers/#respondThu, 17 Mar 2016 13:00:47 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=13050]]>Rebecca discusses three factors to effectively manage the risk of big customers, whether a big name or current customers that are growing rapidly.

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Three Quick Ways To Turn Inventory Into Cashhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/three-quick-ways-to-turn-inventory-into-cash/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/three-quick-ways-to-turn-inventory-into-cash/#respondThu, 10 Mar 2016 14:00:23 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=13047]]>Inventory can turn from asset into wasted space and money very quickly.  Rebecca shares three ways to keep this from happening to you.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/three-quick-ways-to-turn-inventory-into-cash/feed/0Inventory can turn from asset into wasted space and money very quickly. Rebecca shares three ways to keep this from happening to you.Inventory can turn from asset into wasted space and money very quickly. Rebecca shares three ways to keep this from happening to you.Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.3:04
Becoming Michelangelo Reagan – History’s Best Leaderhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/becoming-michelangelo-reagan-historys-best-leader/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/becoming-michelangelo-reagan-historys-best-leader/#respondThu, 03 Mar 2016 14:00:20 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=13044]]>Today Rebecca discusses role models and describes learning vision and communication from the best.

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Manufacturing Mashup: 3-D Printing And The Sharing Economyhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/manufacturing-mashup-3-d-printing-and-the-sharing-economy/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/manufacturing-mashup-3-d-printing-and-the-sharing-economy/#respondThu, 25 Feb 2016 14:00:43 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=13041]]>Rebecca_iTunes-blogIn this podcast Rebecca explains why 3-D printing and the sharing economy are meant for each other.]]>https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/manufacturing-mashup-3-d-printing-and-the-sharing-economy/feed/0In this podcast Rebecca explains why 3-D printing and the sharing economy are meant for each other.In this podcast Rebecca explains why 3-D printing and the sharing economy are meant for each other.Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.3:19Why Does It Seem Everything Is A Double-Edge Swordhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/why-does-it-seem-everything-is-a-double-edge-sword/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/why-does-it-seem-everything-is-a-double-edge-sword/#respondThu, 11 Feb 2016 14:00:36 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12963]]>Today Rebecca discusses 3D printing and the resultant increase in counterfeit parts.

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What Customer Experience Does Your Operations Provide?https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/what-customer-experience-does-your-operations-provide/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/what-customer-experience-does-your-operations-provide/#respondThu, 04 Feb 2016 14:00:22 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12960]]>In today’s podcast Rebecca asks – is it easy and fun to do business with your company?

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/what-customer-experience-does-your-operations-provide/feed/0In today’s podcast Rebecca asks – is it easy and fun to do business with your company?In today’s podcast Rebecca asks – is it easy and fun to do business with your company?Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.2:46
Management Mistakes To Avoidhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/management-mistakes-to-avoid/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/management-mistakes-to-avoid/#respondThu, 28 Jan 2016 14:00:18 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12957]]>Rebecca shares common management mistakes you can avoid.

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Builders and Maintainershttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/builders-and-maintainers/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/builders-and-maintainers/#respondWed, 20 Jan 2016 14:00:05 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12954]]>Rebecca explains the differences between those that like to build versus maintain process and growth.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/builders-and-maintainers/feed/0Rebecca explains the differences between those that like to build versus maintain process and growth.Rebecca explains the differences between those that like to build versus maintain process and growth.Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.3:57
Manufacturing Lessons From Johnny Footballhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/manufacturing-lessons-from-johnny-football/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/manufacturing-lessons-from-johnny-football/#respondThu, 14 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12950]]>Rebecca warns of falling in love with a resume and ignoring red flags during the evaluation process.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/manufacturing-lessons-from-johnny-football/feed/0Rebecca warns of falling in love with a resume and ignoring red flags during the evaluation process.Rebecca warns of falling in love with a resume and ignoring red flags during the evaluation process.Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.3:07
Successful Integration Of Manufacturing Operations – Culturehttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/successful-integration-of-manufacturing-operations-culture/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/successful-integration-of-manufacturing-operations-culture/#respondThu, 07 Jan 2016 14:00:39 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12946]]>In the final podcast of the series Rebecca explains how to integrate cultures when combining manufacturing operations.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/successful-integration-of-manufacturing-operations-culture/feed/0In the final podcast of the series Rebecca explains how to integrate cultures when combining manufacturing operations.In the final podcast of the series Rebecca explains how to integrate cultures when combining manufacturing operations.Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.4:39
Successful Integration of Manufacturing Operations – Innovationhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/innovation/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/innovation/#respondTue, 29 Dec 2015 14:00:41 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12911]]>In part seven of the Successful Integration of Manufacturing Operations series, Rebecca explains how to increase innovative capabilities during the difficult first 18 months of a business merger.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/innovation/feed/0In part seven of the Successful Integration of Manufacturing Operations series, Rebecca explains how to increase innovative capabilities during the difficult first 18 months of a business merger.In part seven of the Successful Integration of Manufacturing Operations series, Rebecca explains how to increase innovative capabilities during the difficult first 18 months of a business merger.Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.2:47
Stinking Strategic Thinkinghttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/stinking-strategic-thinking/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/stinking-strategic-thinking/#respondTue, 22 Dec 2015 14:00:01 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12914]]>What’s that smell?  Rebecca provides examples of stinking strategic thinking that she has seen all too often.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/stinking-strategic-thinking/feed/0What’s that smell? Rebecca provides examples of stinking strategic thinking that she has seen all too often.What’s that smell? Rebecca provides examples of stinking strategic thinking that she has seen all too often.Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.1:54
Successful Integration of Manufacturing Operations – Rationalizationhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/rationalization/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/rationalization/#respondTue, 15 Dec 2015 14:00:53 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12908]]>Today Rebecca continues her Successful Integration of Manufacturing Operations series by discussing rationalization processes.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/rationalization/feed/0Today Rebecca continues her Successful Integration of Manufacturing Operations series by discussing rationalization processes.Today Rebecca continues her Successful Integration of Manufacturing Operations series by discussing rationalization processes.Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.3:13
Successful Integration of Manufacturing Operations – Knowledge And Technologyhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/knowledge-and-technology/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/knowledge-and-technology/#respondThu, 10 Dec 2015 14:00:39 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12904]]>In part five of her eight-part series Successful Integration of Manufacturing Operations, Rebecca explains how to optimize sharing of knowledge and technology.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/knowledge-and-technology/feed/0In part five of her eight-part series Successful Integration of Manufacturing Operations, Rebecca explains how to optimize sharing of knowledge and technology.In part five of her eight-part series Successful Integration of Manufacturing Operations, Rebecca explains how to optimize sharing of knowledge and technology.Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.3:34
Transforming Operations.Transforming Business.™Competencieshttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/transform-your-business/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/transform-your-business/#respondTue, 01 Dec 2015 14:00:29 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12882]]>In today’s podcast Rebecca shares why transforming operations is the only way to transform your business, and the 3 competencies required.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/transform-your-business/feed/0In today’s podcast Rebecca shares why transforming operations is the only way to transform your business, and the 3 competencies required.In today’s podcast Rebecca shares why transforming operations is the only way to transform your business, and the 3 competencies required.Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.4:49
Making The Deal Successfulhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/making-the-deal-successful/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/making-the-deal-successful/#respondMon, 16 Nov 2015 14:00:04 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12817]]>Rebecca explains how strategic adjustment of Supply Chain Management can contribute to successful integration of operations in Merger & Acquisitions.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/making-the-deal-successful/feed/0Rebecca explains how strategic adjustment of Supply Chain Management can contribute to successful integration of operations in Merger & Acquisitions.Rebecca explains how strategic adjustment of Supply Chain Management can contribute to successful integration of operations in Merger & Acquisitions.Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.5:19
Why Aren’t Employees Engagedhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/why-arent-employees-engaged/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/why-arent-employees-engaged/#respondWed, 11 Nov 2015 14:00:37 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12790]]>Are your employees engaged? Do you know? Understand what that is, and what it is not, and how to achieve it in your organization.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/why-arent-employees-engaged/feed/0Are your employees engaged? Do you know? Understand what that is, and what it is not, and how to achieve it in your organization.Are your employees engaged? Do you know? Understand what that is, and what it is not, and how to achieve it in your organization.Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.3:27
The Hardest Part of Leanhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-hardest-part-of-lean/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-hardest-part-of-lean/#respondFri, 06 Nov 2015 14:00:33 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12775]]>In this last podcast of a three-part series, Rebecca shares five commonly held beliefs that prevent an organization from being in the 1% that continuously improve every single day.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-hardest-part-of-lean/feed/0In this last podcast of a three-part series, Rebecca shares five commonly held beliefs that prevent an organization from being in the 1% that continuously improve every single day.In this last podcast of a three-part series, Rebecca shares five commonly held beliefs that prevent an organization from being in the 1% that continuously improve every single day.Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.3:42
Management Of The Lean Transformationhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/management-of-the-lean-transformation/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/management-of-the-lean-transformation/#respondWed, 28 Oct 2015 13:00:50 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12779]]>In this second podcast of a three-part series, Rebecca examines why a tools-only approach to lean fails, and which management behaviors have to change to support continuous improvement.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/management-of-the-lean-transformation/feed/0In this second podcast of a three-part series, Rebecca examines why a tools-only approach to lean fails, and which management behaviors have to change to support continuous improvement.In this second podcast of a three-part series, Rebecca examines why a tools-only approach to lean fails, and which management behaviors have to change to support continuous improvement.Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.4:17
Overcoming Technical Limitations To Lean Successhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/overcoming-technical-limitations-to-lean-success/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/overcoming-technical-limitations-to-lean-success/#respondThu, 22 Oct 2015 13:00:13 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12782]]>In the first of a three-part series, Rebecca describes how to get over the hump of lean failure due to poor tool understanding and application.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/overcoming-technical-limitations-to-lean-success/feed/0In the first of a three-part series, Rebecca describes how to get over the hump of lean failure due to poor tool understanding and application.In the first of a three-part series, Rebecca describes how to get over the hump of lean failure due to poor tool understanding and application.Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.4:21
Lessons From The European Unionhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/lessons-from-the-european-union/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/lessons-from-the-european-union/#respondMon, 19 Oct 2015 13:00:42 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12768]]>Partnerships are important to long term success, but not every partnership can survive tough times. Consider the most telling characteristics of resilient partnerships.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/lessons-from-the-european-union/feed/0Partnerships are important to long term success, but not every partnership can survive tough times. Consider the most telling characteristics of resilient partnerships.Partnerships are important to long term success, but not every partnership can survive tough times. Consider the most telling characteristics of resilient partnerships.Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.3:49
Use Maslow’s Hierarchy to Reduce Turnoverhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/use-maslows-hierarchy-to-reduce-turnover/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/use-maslows-hierarchy-to-reduce-turnover/#respondTue, 13 Oct 2015 13:00:43 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12765]]>Employee turnover is expensive. Rebecca explains how leveraging what we’ve long known can prevent unwanted turnover.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/use-maslows-hierarchy-to-reduce-turnover/feed/0Employee turnover is expensive. Rebecca explains how leveraging what we’ve long known can prevent unwanted turnover.Employee turnover is expensive. Rebecca explains how leveraging what we’ve long known can prevent unwanted turnover.Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.4:30
New Requirements Of Product Developmenthttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/new-requirements-of-product-development/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/new-requirements-of-product-development/#respondThu, 08 Oct 2015 13:00:49 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12762]]>Rebecca explains why adding defensive thinking to your product design and testing processes is becoming a requirement.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/new-requirements-of-product-development/feed/0Rebecca explains why adding defensive thinking to your product design and testing processes is becoming a requirement.Rebecca explains why adding defensive thinking to your product design and testing processes is becoming a requirement.Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.3:33
Target, Chase, Ashley Madison and Youhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/target-chase-ashley-madison-and-you/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/target-chase-ashley-madison-and-you/#respondThu, 01 Oct 2015 13:00:03 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12757]]>Are you adequately protecting the data most likely to be stolen? Industrial espionage is one thing; employee and supply chain financial information is in much greater demand.Rebecca_iTunes-blog]]>https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/target-chase-ashley-madison-and-you/feed/0Are you adequately protecting the data most likely to be stolen? Industrial espionage is one thing; employee and supply chain financial information is in much greater demand.Are you adequately protecting the data most likely to be stolen? Industrial espionage is one thing; employee and supply chain financial information is in much greater demand.Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.3:29The Answer Is Blowing In The Windhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-answer-is-blowing-in-the-wind/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-answer-is-blowing-in-the-wind/#respondThu, 24 Sep 2015 13:00:37 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12751]]>Rebecca_iTunes-blogAre those breezes, or the beginning of a major storm? Great leadership can tell the difference. Can your company adapt to the ever changing business environment?]]>https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-answer-is-blowing-in-the-wind/feed/0Are those breezes, or the beginning of a major storm? Great leadership can tell the difference. Can your company adapt to the ever changing business environment?Are those breezes, or the beginning of a major storm? Great leadership can tell the difference. Can your company adapt to the ever changing business environment?Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.3:51The Glass Is Leakinghttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-glass-is-leaking/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-glass-is-leaking/#respondWed, 16 Sep 2015 13:00:56 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12728]]>It can happen to you. Once you accept that, preventing fraud and emergencies becomes much easier. These ideas will help you catch any leaks.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-glass-is-leaking/feed/0It can happen to you. Once you accept that, preventing fraud and emergencies becomes much easier. These ideas will help you catch any leaks.It can happen to you. Once you accept that, preventing fraud and emergencies becomes much easier. These ideas will help you catch any leaks.Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.3:19
The Graduate – Revisitedhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-graduate-revisited/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-graduate-revisited/#respondThu, 03 Sep 2015 13:00:12 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12723]]>Information that can change the future of your business is available. Scan reliable sources – like this podcast series – to improve your operations, support your company goals or change your market. Plastics? No. Fungus.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-graduate-revisited/feed/0Information that can change the future of your business is available. Scan reliable sources – like this podcast series – to improve your operations, support your company goals or change your market. Plastics? No. Fungus.Information that can change the future of your business is available. Scan reliable sources – like this podcast series – to improve your operations, support your company goals or change your market. Plastics? No. Fungus.Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.3:02
Does Excellence Matterhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/does-excellence-matter/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/does-excellence-matter/#respondWed, 26 Aug 2015 13:00:18 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12690]]>Not every General Manager understands why excellence matters or what it takes. In this podcast, Rebecca explains how much settling for mediocrity can cost.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/does-excellence-matter/feed/0Not every General Manager understands why excellence matters or what it takes. In this podcast, Rebecca explains how much settling for mediocrity can cost.Not every General Manager understands why excellence matters or what it takes. In this podcast, Rebecca explains how much settling for mediocrity can cost.Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.4:24
You Can Create Free Timehttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/you-can-create-free-time/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/you-can-create-free-time/#respondWed, 19 Aug 2015 13:00:17 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12687]]>Rebecca shares very simple rules to create free time for you and your coworkers.

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Where Do We Begin?https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/where-do-we-begin/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/where-do-we-begin/#respondWed, 12 Aug 2015 13:00:55 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12684]]>You know your operations have to improve. Rebecca provides three questions to consider when contemplating what to change first.

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Casablancahttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/casablanca/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/casablanca/#respondFri, 07 Aug 2015 13:00:30 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12681]]>Do you know what “make it easy to do the job right” really means? Today Rebecca explains what that looks like in execution, and how Management creates that organizational culture.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/casablanca/feed/0Do you know what “make it easy to do the job right” really means? Today Rebecca explains what that looks like in execution, and how Management creates that organizational culture.Do you know what “make it easy to do the job right” really means? Today Rebecca explains what that looks like in execution, and how Management creates that organizational culture.Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.3:17
Seeing Past The Horizonhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/seeing-past-the-horizon/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/seeing-past-the-horizon/#respondWed, 29 Jul 2015 13:00:13 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12674]]>The next great opportunity could either be to succeed, or to fail. In today’s podcast, Rebecca describes how she and one client prepared for the next upturn, and the next downturn.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/seeing-past-the-horizon/feed/0The next great opportunity could either be to succeed, or to fail. In today’s podcast, Rebecca describes how she and one client prepared for the next upturn, and the next downturn.The next great opportunity could either be to succeed, or to fail. In today’s podcast, Rebecca describes how she and one client prepared for the next upturn, and the next downturn.Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.3:37
Manufacturing And The Internet Of Thingshttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/manufacturing-and-the-internet-of-things/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/manufacturing-and-the-internet-of-things/#respondFri, 24 Jul 2015 13:00:33 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12652]]>Rebecca says that if you’re not in the communication business today, you soon will be. Hear why in today’s podcast.

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Intellectual Property: It’s Not Really Yourshttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/intellectual-property-its-not-really-yours/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/intellectual-property-its-not-really-yours/#respondMon, 20 Jul 2015 13:00:45 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12649]]>In this podcast, Rebecca shares why no intellectual property is leading edge for very long.Rebecca_iTunes-blog]]>https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/intellectual-property-its-not-really-yours/feed/0In this podcast, Rebecca shares why no intellectual property is leading edge for very long.In this podcast, Rebecca shares why no intellectual property is leading edge for very long.Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.3:19Create Havoc For Your Competitionhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/create-havoc-for-your-competition/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/create-havoc-for-your-competition/#respondWed, 15 Jul 2015 13:00:17 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12646]]>Rebecca explains how to integrate industry internal and external intelligence gathering and operational capability analysis into decision-making that puts you ahead in defining market trends.

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Evolving Trends And Breakthrough Performanceshttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/evolving-trends-and-breakthrough-performances/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/evolving-trends-and-breakthrough-performances/#respondFri, 10 Jul 2015 13:00:38 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12642]]>Rebecca shares how to observe outside forces that are likely to impact your industry, and what to do with the information.

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Determining When Your Current Capabilities Are Not Enoughhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/determining-when-your-current-capabilities-are-not-enough/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/determining-when-your-current-capabilities-are-not-enough/#respondTue, 07 Jul 2015 13:00:10 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12639]]>Today Rebecca discusses the how to assess current capabilities versus market needs.

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Strategic Conversationshttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/strategic-conversations/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/strategic-conversations/#respondFri, 26 Jun 2015 13:00:30 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12631]]>In today’s podcast, Rebecca examines in depth the first of three executive actions critical to preparation for major market shifts.
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It’s All About Youhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/its-all-about-you/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/its-all-about-you/#respondSat, 20 Jun 2015 22:15:13 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12626]]>Have you expressed the sentiment “It’s all about you” to a supplier recently?  If not, perhaps you should have.

I recently said those words, with a touch of humor and a heavy dose of sincerity, to Chad Barr, founder of Cleveland’s Chad Barr Group.  About a year ago Chad and I agreed to work together to create and leverage my digital empire.  His team has helped me create videos, podcasts, process visuals, and present a website that facilitates a visitor’s search of my site to find whatever information they may want. Chad is exceptionally good at pulling coherent thinking from the jumble of ideas circulating in my brain when I’ve been unable to do it myself.

In a recent conversation, we were discussing how to move forward on a few key issues.  My response to Chad was “Of course.  After all, it’s all about you.”  We shared a laugh and moved on.

Sometimes it is all about your supply chain partner.  Sometimes it is all about you. If it’s always about one or the other, the relationship will not work over time.  When a supplier tells you they will be late with an order, unless it truly is the end of the world, don’t act like it is.  Work together to develop a solution, or if the delay doesn’t harm you, thank the supplier for the advance notice.

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Inventory: Everything in Moderationhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/inventory-everything-in-moderation/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/inventory-everything-in-moderation/#respondMon, 15 Jun 2015 16:15:17 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12619]]>Much of the midwest and western United States has suffered severe drought conditions over the past few years.

Yet in 2015, the rains have fallen.  In one month the great state of Texas received enough rain to cover the entire state with 8 inches of water.  Unfortunately, it didn’t fall quite that evenly.  Floods have killed people and washed away valuable top soil in some parts, while others continue to look to the skies, hoping for clouds.

Increasing inventories in response to an outage has that same unproductive result.  In fact, is there a problem?  Did you target 100% on-time/complete?  No, you didn’t.  Even a 99% target service level means a few shortages will occur, and few companies aim that high.

Raising inventories costs money, takes space, and increases chances for errors and obsolescence.  It rarely does anything to improve service levels.  Yes, a strategic review of demand and supply patterns and resultant adjustments to inventory can be valuable.  Just like seeing a dry patch of dirt and pouring water on it doesn’t make lasting improvements, increasing inventory in response to a shortage is knee-jerk.

Like this year’s rains, it seems like a good idea at the time, but it destroys as much as it saves.

Everything in moderation.  And with analysis and strategy.

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If You’re That Important There’s A Serious Problemhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/if-youre-that-important-theres-a-serious-problem/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/if-youre-that-important-theres-a-serious-problem/#respondFri, 05 Jun 2015 13:00:36 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12583]]>Rebecca explains three steps to take to create an organization in which work-life balance exists.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/if-youre-that-important-theres-a-serious-problem/feed/0Rebecca explains three steps to take to create an organization in which work-life balance exists.Rebecca explains three steps to take to create an organization in which work-life balance exists.Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.4:43
A Tale Of Two Companieshttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/a-tale-of-two-companies/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/a-tale-of-two-companies/#respondTue, 02 Jun 2015 13:00:46 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12577]]>Rebecca encourages leaders to learn from the mistake of others with two client examples.

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Ethical Behavior Is Highly Overratedhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/ethical-behavior-is-highly-overrated/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/ethical-behavior-is-highly-overrated/#respondWed, 27 May 2015 13:00:44 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12589]]>Business is not a zero sum game. Rebecca offers four suggestions to help your business flourish in today’s world.

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Re-Shoring Is Not The Answerhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/re-shoring-is-not-the-answer/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/re-shoring-is-not-the-answer/#respondThu, 21 May 2015 13:00:15 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12586]]>Re-shoring is in all the headlines. Is it the answer? Rebecca says no and today discusses what is.

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Creating A Learning Environmenthttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/creating-a-learning-environment/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/creating-a-learning-environment/#respondMon, 18 May 2015 13:00:24 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12580]]>Rebecca shares three questions one should ask every time when being told a problem is fixed.

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Your Largest Market May Be Movinghttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/your-largest-market-may-be-moving/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/your-largest-market-may-be-moving/#respondTue, 12 May 2015 13:00:54 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12574]]>In today’s podcast, Rebecca shares three executive actions critical to preparation for major market shifts.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/your-largest-market-may-be-moving/feed/0In today’s podcast, Rebecca shares three executive actions critical to preparation for major market shifts.In today’s podcast, Rebecca shares three executive actions critical to preparation for major market shifts.Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.3:35
Learning With Datahttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/learning-with-data/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/learning-with-data/#respondThu, 07 May 2015 13:00:26 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12490]]>Rebecca shares how to successfully learn from data, whether it’s Big or Small.

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Boredom Is A Very Bad Signhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/boredom-is-a-very-bad-sign/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/boredom-is-a-very-bad-sign/#respondThu, 30 Apr 2015 13:00:59 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12481]]>In today’s podcast, Rebecca discusses how to keep your best employees from leaving.

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Just Because They Call It Lean Does Not Mean That It Ishttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/just-because-they-call-it-lean-does-not-mean-that-it-is/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/just-because-they-call-it-lean-does-not-mean-that-it-is/#respondMon, 27 Apr 2015 13:00:25 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12487]]>Rebecca examines the system behind the tools, which is what Lean Manufacturing really means.

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What Are Suppliers Doing With Your Datahttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/what-are-suppliers-doing-with-your-data/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/what-are-suppliers-doing-with-your-data/#respondWed, 22 Apr 2015 13:00:30 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12499]]>Rebecca explains why supplier use of your data can hurt supply chain performance, and what to do about it.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/what-are-suppliers-doing-with-your-data/feed/0Rebecca explains why supplier use of your data can hurt supply chain performance, and what to do about it.Rebecca explains why supplier use of your data can hurt supply chain performance, and what to do about it.Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.3:02
Murphy’s Law Is Law After Allhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/murphys-law-is-law-after-all/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/murphys-law-is-law-after-all/#respondThu, 16 Apr 2015 13:00:15 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12493]]>Rebecca shares the role of Operation Strategy in risk management, minimizing the negative impact of disasters and business interruptions, supported with 5 steps you should take to get started.

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Continuous Improvement Is Rarely Continuoushttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/continuous-improvement-is-rarely-continuous/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/continuous-improvement-is-rarely-continuous/#respondMon, 13 Apr 2015 13:00:21 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12496]]>Is your business better today than it was yesterday? Rebecca explains moving from “when we have time” to “when we get time” to “all the time.”

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Is Your Replacement Ready?https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/is-your-replacement-ready/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/is-your-replacement-ready/#respondThu, 09 Apr 2015 13:00:09 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12484]]>Rebecca shares ten aspects of leadership development she sees in companies with effective succession plans.

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Do You Want To Win A Blue Ribbonhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/do-you-want-to-win-a-blue-ribbon/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/do-you-want-to-win-a-blue-ribbon/#respondFri, 03 Apr 2015 13:00:26 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12431]]>In this podcast Rebecca shares three observations that distinguish manufacturing excellence award recipients from applicants that are not, and provides value to any manufacturer.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/do-you-want-to-win-a-blue-ribbon/feed/0In this podcast Rebecca shares three observations that distinguish manufacturing excellence award recipients from applicants that are not, and provides value to any manufacturer.In this podcast Rebecca shares three observations that distinguish manufacturing excellence award recipients from applicants that are not, and provides value to any manufacturer.Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.5:37
An Ostrich Makes A Lousy Leaderhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/an-ostrich-makes-a-lousy-leader/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/an-ostrich-makes-a-lousy-leader/#respondTue, 31 Mar 2015 13:00:05 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12428]]>In today’s podcast Rebecca delivers three questions leaders can use to create effective and safe data-based problem solving.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/an-ostrich-makes-a-lousy-leader/feed/0In today’s podcast Rebecca delivers three questions leaders can use to create effective and safe data-based problem solving.In today’s podcast Rebecca delivers three questions leaders can use to create effective and safe data-based problem solving.Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.4:23
Alignment Is Not Enoughhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/alignment-is-not-enough/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/alignment-is-not-enough/#respondThu, 26 Mar 2015 13:00:40 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12420]]>Rebecca discusses why apparent alignment may not lead to success, and how the business owner can ensure true organizational alignment to a path.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/alignment-is-not-enough/feed/0Rebecca discusses why apparent alignment may not lead to success, and how the business owner can ensure true organizational alignment to a path.Rebecca discusses why apparent alignment may not lead to success, and how the business owner can ensure true organizational alignment to a path.Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.3:32
Are Profits Limiting Your Successhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/are-profits-limiting-your-success/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/are-profits-limiting-your-success/#respondMon, 23 Mar 2015 13:00:15 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12414]]>What’s the difference between regular profits and strategic profits? Today Rebecca explains that, and why the distinction is very important to business owners.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/are-profits-limiting-your-success/feed/0What’s the difference between regular profits and strategic profits? Today Rebecca explains that, and why the distinction is very important to business owners.What’s the difference between regular profits and strategic profits? Today Rebecca explains that, and why the distinction is very important to business owners.Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.4:32
You Sit Alone In Your Officehttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/you-sit-alone-in-your-office/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/you-sit-alone-in-your-office/#respondWed, 18 Mar 2015 13:00:57 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12346]]>Rebecca shares three concepts to subdue your toughest issue.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/imagine-a-day/feed/0Are you constantly dealing with emergencies? Rebecca shares ideas on how to transform your organization and professional life and avoid the fires.Are you constantly dealing with emergencies? Rebecca shares ideas on how to transform your organization and professional life and avoid the fires.Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.4:15
The Silliness Of Long Range Planninghttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-silliness-of-long-range-planning/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-silliness-of-long-range-planning/#respondThu, 05 Mar 2015 14:00:06 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12356]]>Are you still creating a five year strategic plan? Three year? Today Rebecca explains how a 25 year vision provides the foundation for meaningful short term plans.

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The Next Step In Supplier Partnershipshttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-next-step-in-supplier-partnerships/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-next-step-in-supplier-partnerships/#respondMon, 02 Mar 2015 14:00:13 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12359]]>Rebecca discusses why customer/supplier partnerships must advance to increased sharing of the additional risks now faced by small suppliers.

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Before Moving To Big Datahttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/before-moving-to-big-data/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/before-moving-to-big-data/#respondThu, 26 Feb 2015 14:00:43 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12362]]>In today’s podcast Rebecca explains why big data is unlikely to help a company that isn’t already effectively using the small data that they have.Rebecca_iTunes-blog]]>https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/before-moving-to-big-data/feed/0In today’s podcast Rebecca explains why big data is unlikely to help a company that isn’t already effectively using the small data that they have.In today’s podcast Rebecca explains why big data is unlikely to help a company that isn’t already effectively using the small data that they have.Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.3:59The #1 Cure For Complexityhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-1-cure-for-complexity/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-1-cure-for-complexity/#respondTue, 24 Feb 2015 14:00:46 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12340]]>In today’s podcast Rebecca describes seven key reasons why environments of needless complexity exist and what you can do to eliminate them.Rebecca_iTunes-blog]]>https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-1-cure-for-complexity/feed/0In today’s podcast Rebecca describes seven key reasons why environments of needless complexity exist and what you can do to eliminate them.In today’s podcast Rebecca describes seven key reasons why environments of needless complexity exist and what you can do to eliminate them.Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.3:21Winners Never Play The Victim Cardhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/winners-never-play-the-victim-card/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/winners-never-play-the-victim-card/#respondFri, 20 Feb 2015 14:00:45 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12332]]>Rebecca_iTunes-blogToday Rebecca shares two challenges that each of her best clients have prioritized and what they are doing to resolve them.]]>https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/winners-never-play-the-victim-card/feed/0Today Rebecca shares two challenges that each of her best clients have prioritized and what they are doing to resolve them.Today Rebecca shares two challenges that each of her best clients have prioritized and what they are doing to resolve them.Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.3:21It’s Time For Design For Re-Usehttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/its-time-for-design-for-re-use/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/its-time-for-design-for-re-use/#respondTue, 17 Feb 2015 14:00:48 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12337]]>Rebecca_iTunes-blog
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The Infrastructure Decision – Considering Both Demand & Supplyhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-infrastructure-decision-considering-both-demand-supply/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-infrastructure-decision-considering-both-demand-supply/#respondThu, 12 Feb 2015 14:00:03 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12289]]>Rebecca_iTunes-blog
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Look Laterally For The Real Storyhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/look-laterally-for-the-real-story/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/look-laterally-for-the-real-story/#respondMon, 09 Feb 2015 14:00:17 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12295]]>Rebecca shares two exercises to determine the level of teamwork in your company.Rebecca_iTunes-blog]]>https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/look-laterally-for-the-real-story/feed/0Rebecca shares two exercises to determine the level of teamwork in your company.Rebecca shares two exercises to determine the level of teamwork in your company.Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.3:31The Three Essentials To Long-Term Business Successhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-three-essentials-to-long-term-business-success/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-three-essentials-to-long-term-business-success/#respondThu, 05 Feb 2015 14:00:40 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12292]]>Will your company be thriving in the year 2100? Rebecca shares three corporate behaviors that are necessary to long-term success.Rebecca_iTunes-blog]]>https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-three-essentials-to-long-term-business-success/feed/0Will your company be thriving in the year 2100? Rebecca shares three corporate behaviors that are necessary to long-term success.Will your company be thriving in the year 2100? Rebecca shares three corporate behaviors that are necessary to long-term success.Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.3:10When A Supplier Takes You For Grantedhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/when-a-supplier-takes-you-for-granted/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/when-a-supplier-takes-you-for-granted/#respondMon, 02 Feb 2015 14:00:47 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12268]]>Rebecca explains why the old business model of win-lose doesn’t work today and how to replace a supplier that doesn’t see that.

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Is S & OP Working For Youhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/is-s-op-working-for-you/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/is-s-op-working-for-you/#respondThu, 29 Jan 2015 14:00:49 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12265]]>Rebecca discusses why executive education may not be the answer to an underperforming S&OP process.

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Vaccinations and Excellencehttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/vaccinations-and-excellence/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/vaccinations-and-excellence/#respondWed, 28 Jan 2015 19:26:13 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12298]]>As the measles outbreak that began in Disneyland spreads to multiple states, Public Health experts (including John Swartzburg from UC-Berkeley) voice frustration and concern.  Entirely too many people have concluded that diseases they haven’t seen in over a decade are eradicated and vaccinating is no longer required.  WRONG!

Just because things seem to be running smoothly doesn’t mean we can take our foot off the pedal.  The belief that vaccinations are no longer needed represents the same faulty thinking as operations managers who think it’s okay to shift attention away from daily management of excellence.

Measles was eliminated from the United States because children were vaccinated.  It was not eradicated from the world. Similarly, daily improvement happens in operations because management focuses on it every day.

An adult can quickly see if a child has contracted measles, but then it’s too late to prevent it.  An operations manager may not notice the slide away from daily management until very hard work to re-institute that culture is required.

Keep vaccinations current so the greater population isn’t threatened.  Keep daily management of operational excellence in place out of respect for the people who want to be great.

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Why 75% Of Companies Fail At Lean Transformationhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/why-75-of-companies-fail-at-lean-transformation/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/why-75-of-companies-fail-at-lean-transformation/#respondTue, 27 Jan 2015 14:00:52 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12260]]>Rebecca shares how to become one of the few who succeed at realizing the potential of lean.

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Should Low Oil Prices Impact Your Operational Strategy?https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/should-low-oil-prices-impact-your-operational-strategy/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/should-low-oil-prices-impact-your-operational-strategy/#respondThu, 22 Jan 2015 14:00:33 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12282]]>It depends. Does your current operational strategy have triggers for major changes in key cost drivers? Rebecca explains in today’s podcast.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/should-low-oil-prices-impact-your-operational-strategy/feed/0It depends. Does your current operational strategy have triggers for major changes in key cost drivers? Rebecca explains in today’s podcast.It depends. Does your current operational strategy have triggers for major changes in key cost drivers? Rebecca explains in today’s podcast.Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.3:58
Hackedhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/hacked/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/hacked/#respondTue, 20 Jan 2015 14:00:03 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12271]]>Rebecca shares three steps to reduce the risk of losing your company to hackers.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/hacked/feed/0Rebecca shares three steps to reduce the risk of losing your company to hackers.Rebecca shares three steps to reduce the risk of losing your company to hackers.Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.2:40
Do Board Members Need To Hear From Operations?https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/do-board-members-need-to-hear-from-operations/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/do-board-members-need-to-hear-from-operations/#respondFri, 16 Jan 2015 14:00:50 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12232]]>Rebecca explains the effective integration of operations into board conversations.

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Is S & OP Still Relevanthttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/is-s-op-still-relevant/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/is-s-op-still-relevant/#respondTue, 13 Jan 2015 14:00:40 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12229]]>Rebecca explains why the value of S & OP is as significant as ever, despite declining lead times.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/is-s-op-still-relevant/feed/0Rebecca explains why the value of S & OP is as significant as ever, despite declining lead times.Rebecca explains why the value of S & OP is as significant as ever, despite declining lead times.Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.3:53
Left Field Competitionhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/left-field-competition/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/left-field-competition/#respondFri, 09 Jan 2015 14:00:43 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12224]]>Rebecca discusses six common sources of competition that can feel like they came out of left field.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/left-field-competition/feed/0Rebecca discusses six common sources of competition that can feel like they came out of left field.Rebecca discusses six common sources of competition that can feel like they came out of left field.Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.5:02
Maximizing Supply Chain’s Impact On Profitable Growthhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/maximizing-supply-chains-impact-on-profitable-growth/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/maximizing-supply-chains-impact-on-profitable-growth/#respondWed, 07 Jan 2015 14:00:48 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12220]]>Rebecca shares how world-class supply chain teams balance focus on cost and risk management with enabling growth.

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Why Carry Any Inventory?https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/why-carry-any-inventory/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/why-carry-any-inventory/#respondFri, 02 Jan 2015 14:00:47 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12197]]>Rebecca explains the root cause of the need to carry inventory, and what to do about it.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/why-carry-any-inventory/feed/0Rebecca explains the root cause of the need to carry inventory, and what to do about it.Rebecca explains the root cause of the need to carry inventory, and what to do about it.Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.4:35
A Catch 22https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/a-catch-22/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/a-catch-22/#respondTue, 30 Dec 2014 14:00:53 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12194]]>In today’s podcast Rebecca discusses the catch 22 of knowing what long term success requires but not having the people, money, or time to do it.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/a-catch-22/feed/0In today’s podcast Rebecca discusses the catch 22 of knowing what long term success requires but not having the people, money, or time to do it.In today’s podcast Rebecca discusses the catch 22 of knowing what long term success requires but not having the people, money, or time to do it.Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.3:52
Is Your Message Shtick?https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/how-long-will-your-shtick-work/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/how-long-will-your-shtick-work/#respondMon, 29 Dec 2014 22:05:50 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12206]]>Jim Harbaugh coached the San Francisco NFL 49’ers to at least the NFC Championship game in each of his first 3 years with the team.  This, his 4th year, ended with a disappointing 8-8 record and no playoff appearance.

Did he suddenly become a bad coach?  Did the other teams suddenly have better coaching?

As Harbaugh now chooses to move back to the college ranks, one sports commentator said “his shtick works better with young guys who are gone after three or four years.”

That may or may not be true, but sometimes players (employees) need to hear a new voice.  What causes that?  Not every coach (executive) has to leave after a few short years because their players (employees) would no longer listen.  But some do.

Most of us know someone who reminds us of the cartoon talk bubble of Charlie Brown’s mother or teacher:  “blah, blah, blah….”  We hear, but don’t listen.

Leaders work to avoid that.  They want people to truly listen and act accordingly.

Some in leadership positions, Jim Harbaugh as one example, simply say the same thing over and over and lose the attention of the audience.

Is your team actually listening to you?

Shtick gets a short term reaction.  Repeated enough, it gets boring.

True vision communicated in a way that interests the audience is not shtick, but leadership.

The consistency of message never gets boring. It’s not motivational, but purposeful.  It is useful in providing guidance.

Your employees need clear vision and priorities, not motivation or entertainment, from you.  If your leadership message is shtick, I encourage you to consciously change that today.  If you notice eyes starting to glaze over, it’s shtick — regardless of how much you think it’s not.

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What Makes Them The Besthttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/what-makes-them-the-best/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/what-makes-them-the-best/#respondFri, 26 Dec 2014 14:00:55 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12191]]>Rebecca stresses the importance of asking some very specific questions regarding suppliers.

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Will You Chastise Bureaucracy in Your Company?https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/will-you-chastise-bureaucracy-in-your-company/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/will-you-chastise-bureaucracy-in-your-company/#respondTue, 23 Dec 2014 21:29:13 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12204]]>In one of his Christmas speeches, the Pope lectured Vatican leadership on the wasteful bureaucracy it fosters.  Feeling indispensable, the pathology of power and excessive planning are just a few of the scathing observations made public.

Pope Francis also said “”a church that doesn’t try to improve is like a sick body.”

Replace “church” with “organization” and the frustration remains accurate for businesses.  And for not-for-profits.  And for government agencies.

Look at leadership behaviors in your organization.  Could you make the same observations about yours as did the Pope about his?

I love leadership in action.  So do followers. If you want your company to succeed, be willing to admit to weaknesses and do something about addressing them.

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Resolving The Skills Shortagehttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/resolving-the-skills-shortage/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/resolving-the-skills-shortage/#respondTue, 23 Dec 2014 14:00:46 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12186]]>Rebecca shares how to create a strategic approach to finding employees with the needed skill sets.

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Five Actions To Incorporate Gen-Y and Gen-i Into Your Operations Nowhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/five-actions-to-incorporate-gen-y-and-gen-i-into-your-operations-now/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/five-actions-to-incorporate-gen-y-and-gen-i-into-your-operations-now/#respondFri, 19 Dec 2014 14:00:20 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12017]]>Rebecca describes 5 changes that operations led by Baby Boomers must start making now to attract and keep Gen-Y and Gen-i employees. These are not your father’s employees.

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Integrating Manufacturing Operations Successfullyhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/integrating-manufacturing-operations-successfully/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/integrating-manufacturing-operations-successfully/#respondTue, 16 Dec 2014 14:00:51 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12014]]>In today’s podcast Rebecca discusses 3 of the 8 keys to integrating manufacturing operations successfully.

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Don’t Throw Away Your ERP System Yethttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/dont-throw-away-your-erp-system-yet/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/dont-throw-away-your-erp-system-yet/#respondFri, 12 Dec 2014 14:00:26 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12012]]>You don’t have to throw out your ERP system to leverage Lean and TOC thinking. Rebecca explains what you changes you do need to make to how you use it.

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Innovation: The Big Bang Theoryhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/innovation-the-big-bang-theory/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/innovation-the-big-bang-theory/#respondWed, 10 Dec 2014 14:00:37 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=11998]]>Rebecca discusses how innovation doesn’t have to be life altering, but can be creating small improvements for big impact.

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Learning From The Mistakes Of Othershttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/learning-from-the-mistakes-of-others/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/learning-from-the-mistakes-of-others/#respondFri, 05 Dec 2014 14:00:18 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12010]]>Rebecca shares three examples of how easy it can be to observe others and apply what you see to your own, seemingly unrelated, business.

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Outsource Tasks, Not Responsibilitieshttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/outsource-tasks-not-responsibilities/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/outsource-tasks-not-responsibilities/#respondTue, 02 Dec 2014 14:00:44 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12004]]>Outsourcing can be a valid business strategy, but retaining accountability is critical. Rebecca explains four behaviors that, when displayed to your customers, will strengthen confidence in you.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/outsource-tasks-not-responsibilities/feed/0Outsourcing can be a valid business strategy, but retaining accountability is critical. Rebecca explains four behaviors that, when displayed to your customers, will strengthen confidence in you.Outsourcing can be a valid business strategy, but retaining accountability is critical. Rebecca explains four behaviors that, when displayed to your customers, will strengthen confidence in you.Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.3:57
Would Your Company Fire Ray Rice?https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/would-your-company-fire-ray-rice/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/would-your-company-fire-ray-rice/#respondTue, 02 Dec 2014 01:39:28 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12144]]>National Football League (NFL) player Ray Rice was recently suspended from his career as a professional, released by his Ravens team, and publicly shamed for punching his then-fiance in an elevator. Videos seem to show a solid uppercut, and she was clearly unconscious on the floor as he dragged her to the hallway.

The judicial system has since declared Rice immediately eligible to return to professional football, but teams are expected to shy away from the public relations nightmare that signing him would entail.

Not one of us would condone knocking another person unconscious without “just cause.” Most are offended because such a physically fit man hit a woman so hard, and would be less upset had Rice hit a man.

While righteous indignation in this public case is easy, does your company have a termination policy if an employee is charged with hitting someone outside of work? Are you concerned about the image of your company should an employee commit a similar crime?

In Ohio people convicted of a DUI (driving under the influence) are given bright yellow license plates with red numbers that must be affixed to their cars while they have limited driving privileges. While I am amazed by how many of those plates I see on the road, I am equally amazed with how many sit in the parking lots of manufacturing companies.  Apparently the off-work poor decision-making of those employees is not enough to get them fired, much less enough to prevent them from working in their profession ever again.

While there are many arguments for second chances and the hiring of felons that have “paid their debt to society,” becoming aware of extremely poor decision-making by employees seems to require some kind of evaluation process by the employer.

Ray Rice not only gave a black eye to his now-wife; he gave one to the entire NFL. Strangely, that same league employees a significant number of convicted criminals without all the fanfare.

Does your company have a consistent policy that applies to all equally, or do you even want one?  Maybe “does it make the front page?” defines the split between forgivable and fired.  That seems to be the case in the NFL.

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You Should Have Had A V8https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/you-should-have-had-a-v8/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/you-should-have-had-a-v8/#respondTue, 25 Nov 2014 14:00:12 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=11996]]>Management concerns of high importance and year-after-year existence cannot be treated like they are brand new, nor the same way you treated them last year. Rebecca suggests a V8 approach.

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Outsource, Offshore, Insource, Reshorehttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/outsource-offshore-insource-reshore/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/outsource-offshore-insource-reshore/#respondFri, 21 Nov 2014 14:00:11 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=11994]]>In today’s podcast Rebecca clarifies some buzzwords that are really important strategic decisions for manufacturers everywhere.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/outsource-offshore-insource-reshore/feed/0In today’s podcast Rebecca clarifies some buzzwords that are really important strategic decisions for manufacturers everywhere.In today’s podcast Rebecca clarifies some buzzwords that are really important strategic decisions for manufacturers everywhere.Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.3:07
Private vs. Public Knowledgehttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/private-vs-public-knowledge/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/private-vs-public-knowledge/#respondTue, 18 Nov 2014 14:00:53 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12006]]>Rebecca shares why employees sharing their “tricks of the trade” and converting that private knowledge into public knowledge is best for the team and the individual.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/private-vs-public-knowledge/feed/0Rebecca shares why employees sharing their “tricks of the trade” and converting that private knowledge into public knowledge is best for the team and the individual.Rebecca shares why employees sharing their “tricks of the trade” and converting that private knowledge into public knowledge is best for the team and the individual.Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.4:16
AME Lean Conference: All About Leadershiphttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/ame-lean-conference-all-about-leadership/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/ame-lean-conference-all-about-leadership/#respondMon, 17 Nov 2014 23:24:19 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12078]]>I just invested 5 days at the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) international conference in Jacksonville, FL.  Over the years, the content of the conference has made a dramatic shift from tools to leadership and leadership processes as the needs of manufacturers have shifted.  That’s why most of my postings and newsletter articles are about leadership, and not about tools.

By now, most manufacturers are aware of the tools of Lean and if not, can get introductory training from junior colleges, adult education courses, online, or from entry-level consultants/trainers.  Truly understanding the when and why and how of lean tools is a different story, requiring an in-depth understanding of the concepts.  See my September 11, 2014 blog posting 5S:  A Process for Your Business for an example.

The focus of the vast majority of the 1700+ conference attendees was on developing Lean Leaders, the Leader Standard Work component of a Lean Management System, Manage for Daily Improvement and creating lean culture from the top.  See my October 6, 2014 posting Lean Management System for a great visual as well as solid information on that process.

If you are interested in seeing the conference presentations, download the conference app; the presentation PPTs are attached to the Value Stream presentation descriptions.  If you are interested in understanding the concepts well, reach out to someone who does.

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Five Ways To Increase Profitshttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/five-ways-to-increase-profits/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/five-ways-to-increase-profits/#respondFri, 14 Nov 2014 14:00:56 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=11957]]>Rebecca reveals five aspects of ‘Finish Strong®’ and how they will favorably impact your profits.

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Developing An Inventory Strategyhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/developing-an-inventory-strategy/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/developing-an-inventory-strategy/#respondTue, 11 Nov 2014 14:00:41 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12002]]>Rebecca shares an example to explain what an inventory strategy really is, and how to develop it.

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Embrace Your Competitionhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/embrace-your-competition/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/embrace-your-competition/#respondThu, 06 Nov 2014 14:00:09 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12000]]>Rebecca shares why you should consider your business a track star running against your best competitors – and how it will make you better and faster.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/embrace-your-competition/feed/0Rebecca shares why you should consider your business a track star running against your best competitors – and how it will make you better and faster.Rebecca shares why you should consider your business a track star running against your best competitors – and how it will make you better and faster.Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.3:07
Culture: Necessary But Not Sufficienthttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/culture-necessary-but-not-sufficient/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/culture-necessary-but-not-sufficient/#respondMon, 03 Nov 2014 14:31:04 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12008]]>In today’s podcast we hear Becky’s five transformational tips to leverage a positive culture.

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Layout of a Greenfield Operationhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/layout-of-a-greenfield-operation/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/layout-of-a-greenfield-operation/#respondSun, 02 Nov 2014 22:56:22 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=12037]]>A manufacturer has a rare opportunity to reduce costs significantly when it moves operations to a new building.   Determining the optimal layout that minimizes internal movement and supports maximum productivity of people and equipment is critical.

Unfortunately, a small manufacturer planning such a move is likely running low on cash.  Moving expenses, preparing inventory to support customers during a multi-day shutdown of production, and purchase or lease costs add up in a hurry.  Hiring an engineering firm with software to test various layouts and the resultant people and material flow challenges may be out of reach.

If it is, all is not lost.  I have helped more than one client company evaluate alternative layouts using what I call “paper doll cutouts.”  By that, I mean use grid paper for proportion and floor scheme.  Be sure to note supporting posts, I-beams and any other “unusable floor space.” Also note access to electrical, water, and other utilities that are important to your process. Then cut out scale paper representations of each piece of equipment (with access area for maintenance noted) and each required inventory location.  Be sure to label every piece of paper clearly.

Now you can try various layouts.  Place the equipment and inventory “dolls” where you think they should be.  Then discuss with your team people and inventory flow, enough space to move comfortably but not so much that time and money are wasted.  Three feet might sound like a wide aisle, but especially if surrounded by tall equipment, it is not. Walking 10 feet from one machine to another doesn’t sound like much, unless you are asking someone to do it 100 times per day.

Once you think you’ve got it, and presuming the new building is empty before you move in, it is time to create large cardboard cutouts of equipment and inventory storage areas.  Referring to your small grid plan, put these in place on the floor.  Invariably something  looks different that expected.

Once you have finalized your new layout, mark the floor to clearly indicate exactly where equipment goes and which direction it is facing.  The move can be completed much more quickly with this clarity.

While fancy software can evaluate more options more quickly and with more detail, even it is likely to overlook something that you won’t see until the move is complete. While “paper doll cutouts” may not sound very manufacturing-like, the process is easily understood, flexible, and effective.

Don’t miss this chance to favorably impact costs for years to come.

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Innovation And Problem Solving Toolshttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/innovation-and-problem-solving-tools/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/innovation-and-problem-solving-tools/#respondThu, 30 Oct 2014 09:00:30 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=11990]]>In today’s podcast Rebecca explains why using problem-solving tools can create the future you seek, and why creative innovation processes contribute to problem solving.

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Problem Solving Practiceshttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/problem-solving-practices/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/problem-solving-practices/#respondMon, 27 Oct 2014 09:00:33 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=11963]]>Becky explains why defining a clear, unbiased and data-supported problem statement is the most important step in problem solving.

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Making The Complex Simplehttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/making-the-complex-simple/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/making-the-complex-simple/#respondFri, 24 Oct 2014 09:00:50 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=11951]]>Rebecca explains three ways to simplify how you look at your business and the problems within.

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Are You The Next Takata?https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/are-you-the-next-takata/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/are-you-the-next-takata/#respondThu, 23 Oct 2014 01:13:23 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=11943]]>The urgent recall of over 5 million passenger cars manufactured in multiple countries is the result of Japanese air bag manufacturer Takata’s catastrophic product failures.  “Only” 2 people have been killed by the defective airbags, but the identified flaw warrants exigency.

The fatal failures appear most probable in high humidity environments, although can occur anywhere.  What does that tell us about the Takata product testing component of the company’s New Product Development (NPD) process?

With no inside information, the facts suggest insufficient environmental testing.  Given that passenger vehicles are used from the icy temps of Greenland and Alaska to the heat of Texas and Okinawa, effective NPD testing should obviously include extreme temperatures for extended periods.

Given that a majority of the world’s population lives along coastlines, it seems intuitive that extensive humidity testing is equally required.  If that was done by Takata it was unreliable.

With the known advantages of getting to market first, imagine the pressure on product testing engineers.  No one wants to test for 10,000 elapsed hours (over 400 days) so how to best verify assertions of product durability with extensive use?  The engineers are expected to generate simulations that are fast and sufficient to verify claims.

Clearly the Takata process was insufficient.  Global airbag competitors smell blood (figuratively) and are moving quickly to replace Takata at the six major car manufacturers impacted.  This problem could be the death knell for Takata.

Are you certain that the product testing component of your New Product Development process is sufficiently robust?  Is that a fact, or merely a hope?  Speed to market is exceptionally important, but not at the cost of speed to destruction.

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Employee Involvementhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/employee-involvement/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/employee-involvement/#respondTue, 21 Oct 2014 09:00:07 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=11948]]>In this podcast Rebecca explains the process for and the importance of involving all employees throughout the organization in achieving operational excellence.

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What Is The Concept of Finish Strong?®https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/what-is-the-concept-of-finish-strong/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/what-is-the-concept-of-finish-strong/#respondThu, 16 Oct 2014 09:00:51 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=11929]]>In today’s podcast Rebecca explains her branded concept of Finish Strong® and how it contributes to client success.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/what-is-the-concept-of-finish-strong/feed/0In today’s podcast Rebecca explains her branded concept of Finish Strong® and how it contributes to client success.In today’s podcast Rebecca explains her branded concept of Finish Strong® and how it contributes to client success.Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.3:52
Client Case Studyhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/client-case-study/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/client-case-study/#respondMon, 13 Oct 2014 09:00:02 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=11925]]>In today’s podcast Rebecca shares two of her favorite client case studies to showcase what she can bring to your organization.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/client-case-study/feed/0In today’s podcast Rebecca shares two of her favorite client case studies to showcase what she can bring to your organization.In today’s podcast Rebecca shares two of her favorite client case studies to showcase what she can bring to your organization.Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.4:22
What Does Executive Support Look Likehttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/what-does-executive-support-look-like/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/what-does-executive-support-look-like/#respondThu, 09 Oct 2014 09:00:13 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=11880]]>Rebecca_iTunes-blog

Executives have limited time, but they are expected to support every effort. Rebecca explains five elements of effective executive support.

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Lean Management Systemhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/lean-management-system/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/lean-management-system/#commentsMon, 06 Oct 2014 09:00:03 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=11873]]>In today’s podcast Rebecca shares the three components of an effective Lean Management System.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/lean-management-system/feed/1In today’s podcast Rebecca shares the three components of an effective Lean Management System.In today’s podcast Rebecca shares the three components of an effective Lean Management System.Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.3:47
Do Your Goals Mean Anythinghttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/do-your-goals-mean-anything/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/do-your-goals-mean-anything/#respondThu, 02 Oct 2014 09:00:12 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=11854]]>In today’s podcast Becky suggests specific tests to verify that your goals contribute something very important to the success of your business.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/do-your-goals-mean-anything/feed/0In today’s podcast Becky suggests specific tests to verify that your goals contribute something very important to the success of your business.In today’s podcast Becky suggests specific tests to verify that your goals contribute something very important to the success of your business.Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.4:28
Competition is a Lot Like New York Cityhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/competition-is-a-lot-like-new-york-city/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/competition-is-a-lot-like-new-york-city/#respondMon, 29 Sep 2014 21:08:53 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=11859]]>As I look through  my hotel window at the New York traffic, I am reminded that this is indeed the city that never sleeps.  The sun is setting, but activity remains high.  That won’t change when I close the curtains and slide into bed.

The same is true of the worldwide competition that manufacturers face.  It never sleeps.  Whether your competitors are simply in additional time zones, or are large companies that operate 24/7/365, when you go home they are still working to unseat you from your best customers.

Terror, fear, and anxiety may be logical under the circumstances but are hardly useful.  But the realization that what used to be good enough is no longer, and understanding that current performance will underwhelm in the near future are both important to getting a good night’s sleep.

The best companies, and those that survived the last major downturn certainly are doing something right, are truly committed to “every one, every day” as they focus on increasing value to the market.  They know strong leadership that shows the way forward with consistency and fortitude will stay ahead of the lesser competitors nibbling at their heels.

If you are one of those lesser competitors, you must learn to survive on the crumbs left by others.  If you are one with strong leadership and effective never-ending commitment to excellence, rest well.

The competition may never sleep, but you can.  And rested, tomorrow you will lead your team to even greater accomplishments.

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It’s All About Safetyhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/its-all-about-safety/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/its-all-about-safety/#respondMon, 29 Sep 2014 09:00:51 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=11850]]>Rebecca stresses the importance of developing a safety culture in your organization and describes the steps to do it.

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Market Ebbs And Flowshttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/market-ebbs-and-flows/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/market-ebbs-and-flows/#commentsThu, 25 Sep 2014 09:00:14 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=11846]]>Rebecca warns that market patterns do change – you must learn to recognize them and be ready to adjust your supply chain accordingly.

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Why Strategies Failhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/why-strategies-fail/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/why-strategies-fail/#respondTue, 23 Sep 2014 09:00:31 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=11842]]>Rebecca reveals three things you can do to increase the success of your strategy.

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Metrics Matterhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/metrics-matter/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/metrics-matter/#respondFri, 19 Sep 2014 09:00:46 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=11838]]>In this podcast Rebecca explains the seven aspects of effective metrics.

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Struggling to Get Product Out the Door?https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/struggling-to-get-product-out-the-door/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/struggling-to-get-product-out-the-door/#respondTue, 16 Sep 2014 09:00:00 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=11834]]>Rebecca shares three approaches to overcome this common challenge in manufacturing companies.

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5S: A Process For Your Businesshttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/5s-a-process-for-your-business/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/5s-a-process-for-your-business/#respondThu, 11 Sep 2014 09:00:35 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=11823]]>5S is not just for the shop floor. In this podcast Rebecca shares how 5S thinking can improve your business.

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Manufacturing Lessons From Current Eventshttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/manufacturing-lessons-from-current-events/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/manufacturing-lessons-from-current-events/#respondMon, 08 Sep 2014 09:00:38 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=11820]]>Rebecca discusses how the intensity of current events can provide important lessons for your businesses. Rebecca_iTunes-blog]]>https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/manufacturing-lessons-from-current-events/feed/0Rebecca discusses how the intensity of current events can provide important lessons for your businesses.Rebecca discusses how the intensity of current events can provide important lessons for your businesses.Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.4:53Standard Cost Accounting: The Root Of All Evilhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/standard-cost-accounting-the-root-of-all-evil/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/standard-cost-accounting-the-root-of-all-evil/#respondFri, 05 Sep 2014 09:00:17 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=11800]]>Rebecca explains why Lean Accounting is the better way to understand your business and improve decision-making.

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Why Rely On Outside Consultants Like Rebecca?https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/why-rely-on-outside-consultants-like-rebecca/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/why-rely-on-outside-consultants-like-rebecca/#respondTue, 02 Sep 2014 09:00:58 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=11795]]>Rebecca discusses why all of us can benefit from an external perspective in reaching our potential.

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Business Ethics – An Oxymoron?https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/business-ethics-an-oxymoron/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/business-ethics-an-oxymoron/#respondFri, 29 Aug 2014 09:00:20 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=11772]]>Business scandals that contradict espoused core values are all too common. Becky highlights a few reasons why that happens, and asks each of us to look in the mirror.

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https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/business-ethics-an-oxymoron/feed/0Business scandals that contradict espoused core values are all too common. Becky highlights a few reasons why that happens, and asks each of us to look in the mirror.Business scandals that contradict espoused core values are all too common. Becky highlights a few reasons why that happens, and asks each of us to look in the mirror.Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.3:49
Manufacturing IS a Desirable Career Pathhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/manufacturing-is-a-desirable-career-path/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/manufacturing-is-a-desirable-career-path/#respondWed, 27 Aug 2014 21:11:50 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=11780]]>Manufacturing suffers from a horrible Public Relations (PR) problem.  Over the past 20 years rumors of its demise have been greatly exaggerated, its checkered history of dirt and death-defying work environments treated as current fact, and its alleged move to China already proven limited.

Most manufacturing is very safe (sure a handful of exceptions exist, because some owners are irresponsible. That’s true in every industry).  People continue to want “things” and “things” must be made.  It’s a question of where and how.  Companies are realizing that chasing cheap labor is foolish.

Most importantly, young people should know that the vast majority of manufacturing roles require intelligence, math and computer skills, and are very rewarding.  Like playing video games?  Try running a million dollar piece of equipment.  Think coding is cool?  Try writing programs to make precision parts on a 6-axis machine. Want some control over your work?  Good companies expect employees to suggest how to improve the work, and then participate in implementing those ideas.  Want to leave your brain at the door?  Manufacturing is NOT for you.

Think it’s a male environment?  This female has invested her entire career in it.  There’s room for anyone with good critical thinking skills.

If you have interest in learning more, October 3, 2014 is Manufacturing Day in the United States, and is being celebrated through the end of October.  Some companies are hosting open houses, others have posted videos.  See what manufacturing means now!

To host or attend an event, check out www.mfgday.com.  Make your future!

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Lean Is Not About Cost Reductionhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/lean-is-not-about-cost-reduction/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/lean-is-not-about-cost-reduction/#respondTue, 26 Aug 2014 09:00:16 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=11769]]>Rebecca_iTunes-blogIn this podcast Becky explains that you can’t cut your way to the top – cost reduction is best achieved as a result of improving other factors. Lean manufacturing can help you do that.]]>https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/lean-is-not-about-cost-reduction/feed/0In this podcast Becky explains that you can’t cut your way to the top - cost reduction is best achieved as a result of improving other factors. Lean manufacturing can help you do that.In this podcast Becky explains that you can’t cut your way to the top - cost reduction is best achieved as a result of improving other factors. Lean manufacturing can help you do that.Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc.3:08Lessons for Manufacturers From Open Carry Lawshttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/lessons-for-manufacturers-from-open-carry-laws/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/lessons-for-manufacturers-from-open-carry-laws/#respondMon, 25 Aug 2014 01:34:47 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=11760]]>It is legal to openly carry a loaded weapon without a license in much of the United States.  Unfortunately, that makes discerning the good guys from the bad guys confusing.

John Crawford was recently killed by police in a WalMart store as he carried a toy gun sold by the store!  Why someone called police is a topic of conjecture, but suffice it to say that even had he been carrying a fully loaded AK-47 Crawford would not have been violating the law.  There was no problem that needed to be solved.

The definition of a problem is when “what should be happening” (WSBH) is not equal to “what is happening” (WIH). Apparently someone thought Mr. Crawford should not have been carrying what could be mistaken for a real gun, believed there was a problem and asked police to solve it.  Unfortunately the perceived problem was based on opinion rather than data and the corrective action was deadly and wrong.

Open carry complicates the assessment of “WSBH” in public.  Regrettably a majority of manufacturers internally house equally confusing visual systems.  In some manufacturers death can result.  In most, it’s just bad decisions.

Are your visual systems indubitable?  If inside knowledge is required to properly interpret them, or they are subject to opinion, they are insufficient for their purpose.

Prevent critical decisions in your business from going horribly awry.  Ensure WSBH and WIH are simple, obvious, and observable.  Clarity is essential to success.  And in some cases, to life.

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Get Out Of Your Officehttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/get-out-of-your-office/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/get-out-of-your-office/#respondFri, 22 Aug 2014 09:00:09 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=11748]]>In today’s podcast Rebecca shares five key questions to ask while you walk operations, and explains why it is so important to take that walk.

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The Role Of Automation And Technology In Manufacturinghttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-role-of-automation-and-technology-in-manufacturing/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-role-of-automation-and-technology-in-manufacturing/#respondTue, 19 Aug 2014 09:00:50 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=11744]]>Rebecca discusses three things to consider before signing the capital expenditure request.

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Is It A People Problem?https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/is-it-a-people-problem/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/is-it-a-people-problem/#respondThu, 14 Aug 2014 08:00:55 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=11735]]>Rebecca_iTunes-blog

Rebecca explains that processes don’t always work the way they should. Blaming the people might be the last thing you should do.

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Do Your Metrics Drive Behavior?https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/do-your-metrics-drive-behavior/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/do-your-metrics-drive-behavior/#respondMon, 11 Aug 2014 00:59:54 +0000http://www.fulcrumcwi.com/?p=11718]]>We’ve all heard the phrase “tell me how you will measure me and I will tell you how I will behave.”

That’s partially true, but inherent in the statement are several important assumptions. For your key metrics, ask these questions:

1)        Does the employee being measured believe he can in fact directly impact the metric as much or more than can others who are measured by something else?

  • The example of insisting Distribution minimize shipping costs while Supply Chain minimizes inventory costs is but one that can create conflict among departmental leaders

2)        Is the metric defined sufficiently well to consistently respond to the behaviors you want?

  • If product mix, or seasonality, or other similar factors are acceptable explanations for the metric going in the wrong direction, then it’s not a good metric. You’re saying it’s okay to behave in a way that makes the metric deteriorate, which means it is not driving behavior and you don’t want it to!

3)        And perhaps most importantly, does top management focus constantly on understanding the values and movement of key metrics?

  • No matter what leaders say, it’s what leaders do that actually drives behaviors of others in the organization.
  • If “key metrics” are mentioned at the beginning of the year and then again at performance review time and not in the interim, the metrics are useless in running the business.

Metrics come in two kinds.

1) Those that drive the behaviors you believe are critical to your organizations success, and

2) Those that are perhaps interesting, but irrelevant.

Eliminate all of those in category 2 and focus on a mere handful of those in category 1. Your business will benefit.

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How Do You Help Clients Achieve Great Results?https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/how-do-you-help-clients-achieve-great-results/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/how-do-you-help-clients-achieve-great-results/#respondMon, 14 Jul 2014 13:48:19 +0000http://64.65.44.250/?p=11398]]>Rebecca_iTunes-blog2
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How NOT to managehttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/how-not-to-manage/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/how-not-to-manage/#respondWed, 25 Jun 2014 16:11:17 +0000http://fulcrumcwiblog.com/blog/?p=10806]]>Each of us is either bored or truly irritated by the IRS failure to find emails in electronic storage at the request of Congress. This is the same regulatory body that requires we keep boxes of records for 7 or more years, just in case they decide to come after us for some alleged tax offense. Admittedly Congress can be persnickety, but emails from the last few years is not an insane request.

In testimony the IRS has admitted that they keep data backups for limited periods and that individual email storage is under 500 mg. Also known as one YouTube cat video.

Now think about what you expect from your employees and how your individual behavior supports or denigrates those expectations.

Just as our internal management reporting systems should not be focused on the needs of the IRS, our management style should not emulate the IRS.

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Making Your Commodity Stand Outhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/making-your-commodity-stand-out-2/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/making-your-commodity-stand-out-2/#respondMon, 12 May 2014 02:47:41 +0000http://fulcrumcwiblog.com/blog/?p=10803]]>A commodity offering, by definition, means undifferentiated. A consumer has no reason to choose other than the cheapest.

But by small changes to materials, processing, or marketing, a commodity can become distinct and earn a higher price.

Example: today I wanted to buy low sodium tomato sauce. There were 3 brands and 2 container types that all said ‘no salt added’ on the front. Had I not read the labels carefully I would have purchased either the cheapest or the brand I know best.

But the details showed that the actual quantity of sodium per comparable serving varied widely. I bought the one with the lowest sodium content. But only because I took the time to figure out there was a real difference.

Clearly consumers of this ‘no salt added’ product care about sodium content, but may not suspect distinctions among them.

A label noting the extremely and relatively low salt level could increase sales simply by making it easier to know. Perhaps minor process or ingredient changes could reduce sodium levels to the point of ‘no sodium’ labeling, which could further differentiate.

Know where your offering can be easily differentiated in ways the customer cares about. If it can pay for itself, make the change.

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The Price and Costs of Capacity Decisionshttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-price-and-costs-of-capacity-decisions-2/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-price-and-costs-of-capacity-decisions-2/#respondFri, 31 Jan 2014 02:50:29 +0000http://fulcrumcwiblog.com/blog/?p=10797]]>The recent frozen traffic jam that shut down Atlanta and stranded hundreds of people for hours was frustrating to those caught in it. The complaints of “how could they let that happen!” rang loudly in social media posts by people stuck in the midst of the nightmare. Those cries sounded amazingly similar to those of folks that lose power during a summer heatwave.

Do the citizens of Greater Atlanta want to pay for snow removal equipment and manpower for the 2-3 years they are not needed so that they are available for the few hours they could be helpful? I doubt it. Just as people who complain about utility prices don’t want to pay for excess capacity the 360 days per year that it is not needed to keep them cool.

Some flights are over booked; others fly with empty seats. Some hotels are overbooked; others have unused rooms. If a storm threatens, grocery stores run out of milk and bread; more often, a percentage of perishable products go unsold as they reach the “best by” date.

We are logical people. We want what we want when we want it at a price we want to pay. Unfortunately, few forms of capacity are inexpensively variable. So we get stranded, we get hot and food spoils, we fear starvation from a storm. Our logic all too often fails to see the inescapable logic of this cycle.

I feel badly for children and the elderly stranded in Atlanta, as their health and safety were at risk. But for the rest of you, consider it an adventure that saved you money the rest of the year and get on with your lives.

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In Search of the Holy Grailhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/in-search-of-the-holy-grail/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/in-search-of-the-holy-grail/#respondSun, 22 Dec 2013 14:16:48 +0000http://fulcrumcwiblog.com/blog/?p=10794]]>The rush to the south, away from labor unions, was followed by the rush to China for its cheap labor. And now that China labor rates have risen (still WAY below US and European rates), the rush to Vietnam, India and Mexico is underway. And reflecting an increased understanding of Total Costs, some are rushing back to the US.

In some products, labor is a major portion of costs. It seems much easier to move operations to a country with labor rates that are 50% lower than to double productivity where you are. But that Silver Bullet quick fix brings its own set of problems with it. The one least recognized is that the impetus to improve productivity is reduced, and with it, the commitment to operational excellence.

In other products, labor is a minor portion of costs. It doesn’t make sense to locate those operations based on labor rates, yet some companies try anyway.

If you look at a Profit & Loss (P&L) statement, you will find many items under the expense category in addition to labor. The challenge is that labor seems to be the easiest to impact. Just get rid of some people or pay them less. Voila! Labor costs are down.

But good leadership understands that low labor rates are not the Holy Grail. There’s no need to move all over the world chasing one line item on the P&L. Good leadership understands customer service, delivery lead times, total costs of ownership, and other items not specifically listed on the P&L but that are crucial to the one number that matters: The bottom one.

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Unintended Consequenceshttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/unintended-consequences/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/unintended-consequences/#respondThu, 05 Dec 2013 19:05:04 +0000http://fulcrumcwiblog.com/blog/?p=10790]]>The ubiquitous cell phone has created an interesting collection of employer policies.

In many businesses, the cell phone is a valid tool for doing one’s job. Those companies generally don’t have a policy limiting personal cell phone use, as it would be impossible to enforce.

In others, particularly in service industries interacting with the public, the cell phone is a customer service nightmare. Certainly a chunk of those have “allowed only during official breaks” rules, and another chunk forbids them entirely. I certainly don’t know the answer, but I know one unintended consequence I wish businesses would consider.

The ladies room. A limited number of stalls, even in larger businesses. In my experience, which I readily admit is NOT a statistical sample, an incredible percentage of the time at least one stall is taken by an employee sneaking in a phone call and some social media. Their visits aren’t short and the appropriate etiquette for others in the room isn’t clearly defined. I almost feel guilty flushing due to the noise it creates for the rogue employee!

Please service industry leaders! Add more stalls or provide a different place for your employees to handle their personal business while at work!

Every manage in every business should think about the unintended consequences of policies before implementation.

PS: I will rely on the caring and experience of a man to inform you whether or not the problem impacts the mens room.

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I Didn’t Think It Would Happen To Ushttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/i-didnt-think-it-would-happen-to-us/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/i-didnt-think-it-would-happen-to-us/#respondMon, 18 Nov 2013 23:00:01 +0000http://fulcrumcwiblog.com/blog/?p=10783]]>As twisters hit the Midwest and a typhoon hit the Philippines, innocent people and companies were hurt, losing material possessions and in some cases, lives. Peeking in on the incessant television coverage, I am struck by how many victims say “I didn’t think it would happen to me.” None of us do. Who wants that cloud hanging over us day in and day out?

But almost 75% of large companies interviewed earlier this year said they HAD BEEN IMPACTED BY A SUPPLY CHAIN DISRUPTION SO SIGNIFICANT IT REQUIRED TOP LEVEL MANAGEMENT INVOLVEMENT. I hate all caps as much as the next guy, but I want to get your attention.

IT CAN HAPPEN TO YOU!

Your suppliers, power source, roads, operations, servers and other key resources CAN be interrupted no matter how well you plan. The questions, as with most things, is how you respond.

Have you tested your IT off-site backup and recovery systems to ensure you can be back up and operating electronically within an hour? Have you verified your backup plans for every key supplier becoming incapacitated on short notice? Can your access to credit immediately provide what is required to get you going again? Can you reach all employees, suppliers and customers to let them know what is happening and how to react?

If you have verified backup plans, there’s no need for a doomsday cloud hanging overhead. At least you are prepared for the worst. But if you don’t have verified plans, your should know it can happen to you. After all, it’s happened to 75% of large companies, and you’re likely no luckier than they.

Download the findings of the AQPC survey referenced here: http://blogs.hbr.org/2013/07/research-why-companies-get-blindsided/

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Outsourcing Your Customers’ Safety?https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/outsourcing-your-customers-safety/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/outsourcing-your-customers-safety/#commentsWed, 18 Sep 2013 07:27:13 +0000http://fulcrumcwiblog.com/blog/?p=8995]]>I’ve become accustomed to doing the order entry activities that suppliers used to do. I’ve even become fairly good at it, other than the occasional failure to notice I reserved a hotel room in Abu Dhabi rather than Dubai. Mistakes happen….

But two aspects of “outsourcing” that common travel-related vendors have accomplished really unnerve me. First, and this one is just a pet peeve, is that hotel cleaning staffs seem unable, unwilling, or untrained to make sure all the light bulbs works in a room before considering their job done.

The second, and this one jeopardizes our safety, is that car rental companies fill your return with gas, run it through the wash and consider it ready to hit the road again. No verification of tire pressures, fuel levels, or that the spare is actually in the trunk. And heaven forbid that they clean the inside of the windshield or change the wiper blades! It’s been months since a car I’ve rented (regardless of agency) has been fully functional.

When I responded to the rote question “was every thing alright with the car?” with “no, there was no windshield wiper fluid” or some other observation, only on one occasion did some obvious action occur. A car rental employee marked something on the drivers window in what appeared to be chalk. I’m hoping that was a message about the problem, and not an inside joke about whining customers.

I don’t mind that most of my suppliers have outsourced much of our administrative relationship to me but I am concerned that the auto rental agencies have outsourced my safety to the customer just before me. I’m sure he’s a nice guy, but what if he’s given up reporting problems the same way I have? Or what if he reported a problem but the car was simply filled with fuel, washed, and given to me?

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Oil, Oil Everywhere But Not A Drop To Sharehttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/oil-oil-everywhere-but-not-a-drop-to-share/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/oil-oil-everywhere-but-not-a-drop-to-share/#respondFri, 13 Sep 2013 21:35:07 +0000http://fulcrumcwiblog.com/blog/?p=8922]]>In Ohio and Pennsylvania there is great excitement and economic investment in shale oil. The discoveries there have fed debate of ‘a solution to energy dependence’ and ‘environmental impact,’ repeating the off-shore (see BP) and arctic sources arguments.

The recent discovery of massive shale oil supplies in Australia adds an interesting twist. Australia is our friend. Surely they wouldn’t mind sharing with the US at favorable prices. And, heck, there’s hardly anyone in that huge country so environmental impact shouldn’t even enter the conversation, right?

In Ireland and Scotland we are paying the equivalent of $9/gallon while in the US we complain mightily about $3.50 plus. In Europe hotels the room card is used to activate power to the room, with everything automatically turned off when you take your card and leave the room.

In the US we seem to think the answer to energy dependence is ever-increasing supplies. Demand reduction or control is a ‘tree hugger’ wacko idea.

Looking through history every country (including the Holy See) that has been the undisputed dominant society has lost that role because of excess and unwarranted belief in everlasting success. They’ve each been wrong.

There are plenty of energy-producing materials (including the sun) to last a long time. But since we’re not so willing to share it with future generations, what makes us think Australia will share a drop with us? And why should they? We behave totally uninterested in managing our demand, simply arguing about the best ways to increase supply.

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The Irish Liehttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-irish-lie/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-irish-lie/#respondMon, 09 Sep 2013 11:41:06 +0000http://fulcrumcwiblog.com/blog/?p=8901]]>The stereotypical Irish are drunkards. In the past 6 days driving Dublin – Galway – Dingle – Belfast I’ve experienced nothing but exceptionally kind and helpful, intelligent, multilingual, and funny Irish. Haven’t experienced a single drunk, although I’m sure there’s one here somewhere. Certainly there is no shortage of pubs, but that is true in my home town as well.

Travel is educational, even for the educated and well-traveled among us. Who knew that driving South to North in Ireland would involve currency and language changes? I should have, but didn’t. The change in measurement systems is most critical when reading speed limit signs! Love the country, but the people even more.

Ireland played a key role in the Industrial Revolution. Despite the recent world-wide recession that hit Ireland as hard as the rest of us, the country continues to add strength in manufacturing operations.

Leave your comfort zone and get out to see how others do it. There’s certainly a few that do it better than you. The belief that “we do it well enough” is just as wrong as “Irish are drunkards” and just as limiting.

Don’t let false rumors get in the way of wonderfully successful visits, introductions to brilliant folks who may do it a bit differently than you, and to your own successful future.

A stereotype is just that, and a lie is just that. The truth is yours to discover.

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Grow and Deliverhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/grow-and-deliver/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/grow-and-deliver/#respondMon, 02 Sep 2013 19:38:12 +0000http://fulcrumcwiblog.com/blog/?p=8739]]>Seems almost like a movie title, doesn’t it? But really the phrase “grow and deliver” is a statement of what most companies want to do, and what it takes to do that. To grow, a company really needs a recognized performance of meeting market and customer needs at a price and profit margin that makes sense for both.

Not all growth is good. Profitable growth compatible with the business strategy for long term success is one thing; growth resulting from price-cutting, serendipity, and desperation is another. Similarly, not all delivery is good. Heroic effort of expediting is hardly the right way to serve customers on a regular basis.

Avis(R) used to claim “we try harder.” They would have had faster more profitable growth if they could have simply anticipated customer needs and had processes in place to effectively deliver them.

If your organization depends on heroes, you’re in trouble. If your growth is haphazard, you’re in trouble.

Grow and Deliver, but do both smartly.

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Common Sense Since Charge Commencementhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/common-sense-since-charge-commencement/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/common-sense-since-charge-commencement/#respondTue, 06 Aug 2013 23:57:26 +0000http://fulcrumcwiblog.com/blog/?p=8110]]>Have you noticed how people boarding a plane now stow their carry-ons in the front most open overhead? This of course forces subsequent boarders with seats towards the front to stow their carry-ons rows behind their seats. The processes of boarding and unboarding the plane are both slower as a result. Maybe people were always void of common sense, but this myopic behavior seems common since airlines started charging fees to check luggage.

The behavior is really about risk aversion. People in the rear of the plane are concerned that they will not find open space near their seats so they (logically to the risk averse) place their luggage above seats in front. Of course this decision doesn’t impact how much luggage will fit on the plane; only where it is stored, and how much is stored inconveniently.

If we are so clueless in public, are we equally void of common sense when making decisions at work? Do we worry only about our own selfish and short-sighted interest without considering the impact on the “team?” Do we avoid imagined risks?

What policies akin to baggage fees has management implemented that impact decision-making that leads to less optimal results?

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Fit For Duty? That’s Just Crazy.https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/fit-for-duty-thats-just-crazy/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/fit-for-duty-thats-just-crazy/#respondMon, 08 Jul 2013 23:33:45 +0000http://fulcrumcwiblog.com/blog/?p=7575]]>The Cuyahoga County (OH) sheriff recently began requiring successful candidates for promotion pass a physical fitness test. The theory is simple: the job requires the ability to chase down and contain criminals — actual and suspected — so pass a basic test of strength and running before attaining the higher position.

This seems a logical requirement for all law enforcement officers, but sadly, that’s not the case. Fear of union complaints from the non-supervisory level apparently outweighs fear of suspects and criminals escaping. No fitness test required there. Ergo, the donut stereotype continues with plenty of evidence to support it.

Why do manufacturers often promote their best engineer into supervision without providing some “fit for duty” test of supervisory skills? Or perhaps some supervisory training prior to a test? By losing a good engineer to the role of poor supervisor, the company and the engineer both lose twice.

Cuyahoga County sheriff officers can eat donuts by the dozen without career repercussions, unless they want promoted. You can ensure that your engineers are led by people who are fit for duty by helping them prepare and then verifying the appropriate skill set exists. And the same for your accountants, your supply chain professionals and all your other teams.

While requiring that the county sheriff officers are fit for duty may be just crazy, there’s no reason why all of us can’t work to ensure that leadership is qualified.

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Counteroffers Are Counterproductivehttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/counteroffers-are-counterproductive/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/counteroffers-are-counterproductive/#respondMon, 10 Jun 2013 00:45:16 +0000http://fulcrumcwiblog.com/blog/?p=7405]]>When I turned in my resignation to my last employer in 1990, they immediately offered an increase in salary and vacation if I would consider staying. Now, that really ticked me off! If I were worth the money after turning in my resignation, why wasn’t I worth it the day prior? I thanked them, but moved along to bigger and better things.

We all know about the shortage of key manufacturing skills in the US. That scarceness extends beyond manufacturing as well. The same companies that removed tens of thousands from their payrolls just a few short years ago are now making counteroffers to key people who choose to resign. That “supply and demand” thing is amazing!

A good company ensures its employees are treated well with respect, pay, benefits, responsibilities and all the other components of what makes a job a good one or a bad one. If your employee will leave today for more money, he will do so tomorrow as well. Matching or beating a competing offer only delays the inevitable with that employee and speaks volumes to those who didn’t resign.

Provide an environment that attracts and retains good people. If a good person chooses to leave, wish them well. And make sure you’re treating fairly all those that didn’t leave.

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Lemings Die, But You Don’t Have Tohttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/lemings-die-but-you-dont-have-to/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/lemings-die-but-you-dont-have-to/#respondMon, 03 Jun 2013 23:04:49 +0000http://fulcrumcwiblog.com/blog/?p=7374]]>Like lemmings, in the past 20 years many manufacturers outsourced their high-labor-content production to Asia, outsourced tooling to Asia, and focused on sourcing in “Low Cost Countries (LCC).”

Like lemmings, many manufacturers are now rushing from off-shoring to near-shore and re-shore, only to find much of domestic capacity gone.

Those who outsourced to LCCs frequently discovered that such a decision based on labor content overlooked the numerous costs of inventory and lead-time that irregular or low demand for those items entailed. They have also discovered that many decisions, once made, are difficult to unmake.

As additive manufacturing processes change the options for your supply chain, as advances in material sciences increase alternatives exponentially, as a garage-based innovator brings his genius to market, whatever formula you are using today is incomplete. Just as the formula that emphasized labor costs was wrong. Just as high school counselors telling students that manufacturing is dead was short-sighted.

PLEASE think strategically!

As we were all told as kids, just because everyone else does it doesn’t mean it’s the right thing for you to do. That doesn’t mean jumping off a building isn’t fun; just make sure there’s a trampoline or a nice mattress below, not a pile of dead lemmings.

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The Coming Labor Shortagehttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-coming-labor-shortage/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-coming-labor-shortage/#respondWed, 15 May 2013 01:27:16 +0000http://fulcrumcwiblog.com/blog/?p=7349]]>As Chinese labor rates rise, Chinese pollution thickens, market demands for speed increase, and US energy independence becomes more likely, many companies are bringing work back to American shores. Just as was off-shoring, re-shoring is a function of money.

Unfortunately, over the past 20 years, manufacturing in the US experienced plummeting employment and experience leaving the industry for work elsewhere. Finding the kinds of experienced and skilled labor we need now is difficult.

You better get good at hiring for character and learning ability and fast, effective training.

If you aren’t aware of it, check out TWI (Training Within Industry) as a means to support the training and development side. Become familiar with Coaching Kata and Improvement Kata if you want constant improvement.

Your company will need to be as good at learning as it must be at attracting, selecting, and developing good people.

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Consumer Confidence — Should You Care?https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/consumer-confidence-should-you-care/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/consumer-confidence-should-you-care/#respondWed, 01 May 2013 02:34:59 +0000http://fulcrumcwiblog.com/blog/?p=7335]]>I was quoted in a recent Society for the Advancement of Consulting Press Release on the topic of consumer confidence:

“Watch what consumers do and where they do it more than what they say” advises degreed economist and manufacturing operations strategist Rebecca Morgan, President of Fulcrum ConsultingWorks, Inc. in Cleveland Ohio. “Recent surveys report that consumer confidence is weak yet spending patterns demonstrate the opposite. “

Morgan continues, “The important question is how and when does consumer confidence impact your business? Evidence suggests that consumers are now freely spending on what they see as non-luxuries, and those with good credit are dipping a toe in luxury (to them) purchases as well. But those baby steps don’t mean 40-foot boat sales are about to skyrocket. Those “financing-based luxury providers” should watch credit ratios and availability more than consumer confidence in the months ahead.”

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Breaking Brand Promisehttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/breaking-brand-promise/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/breaking-brand-promise/#respondWed, 24 Apr 2013 11:47:40 +0000http://fulcrumcwiblog.com/blog/?p=7332]]>For a recent trip to NYC I stayed at The Pierre Hotel at the SE corner of Central Park. I rarely choose to stay at such self-declared high end hotels because of a history of disappointments over the years. The Pierre reminded me just how wise I’ve been.

The doormen that help rotate the revolving door, the white-gloved dark-skinned female elevator operators that save guests the trouble of pushing the floor button, the handsome young men in tails at the registration desk are all part of the ambience.

Unfortunately, so is the concierge recommended sports bar that is really a French bistro, the dirty plate of half-eaten fruit left in my room, the bar servers incapable of splitting a check 50/50 between a credit card and a room charge, and the housekeeper ringing the doorbell of my room at 10:30 the first night and 9:30 the second to see if I wanted ice.

Operations can quickly waste all the money invested in marketing an image.

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What a Difference Death Makeshttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/what-a-difference-death-makes/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/what-a-difference-death-makes/#respondSun, 03 Mar 2013 20:59:44 +0000http://fulcrumcwiblog.com/blog/?p=7325]]>We are on our first cruise since the Costa cruise ship sunk off the coast of Italy, killing several passengers. At the mandatory 1st day ‘muster station safety training’ on this trip passengers listened. That’s almost as revolutionary as travelers giving their full undivided attention to the flight attendants as they discuss seat belts, air masks, and flotation devices.

Manufacturers don’t want to kill someone to entice employees and visitors to take safety seriously, but it seems something has to be done to garner and maintain attention.

I’ve met many machinists missing parts or all of fingers. Typically they are the most experienced, who believe they can reach in and back out before the equipment takes action. These are ‘the frequent flyers’ of their industries. The other ‘injury-prone’ subgroup I see are the young tough guys who believe in their own immortality.

High schools often stage badly wrecked vehicles on the lawn to dissuade wreckless and drunken driving at Prom or graduation.

Maybe manufacturers should put the lost appendages of injured employers in a glass jar of formaldehyde by the time clock.

Sounds gross but tell that to those who died off the coast of Italy. Bad things that hurt us are not always created by us. Others can do stupid things too. Awareness is half the battle.

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Not So Strange BedFellowshttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/not-so-strange-bedfellows/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/not-so-strange-bedfellows/#respondTue, 11 Dec 2012 12:46:05 +0000http://fulcrumcwiblog.com/blog/?p=7315]]>Recently Toyota announced that it is partnering with Mazda to produce subcompact cars in Mexico to serve the North American market. There’s been much speculation as to why Toyota would do that, from Mazda has a better cost structure to a united Japanese effort to create various model cars from a common base of parts.

It’s really as simple as partnering with someone when both can benefit. Most companies would never consider partnering with a competitor, benefit be damned! But that’s a tad short-sighted, don’t you think?

Toyota already has a production facility in Mexico, but it makes trucks. Sure, they could build a plant from the ground up, but Mazda already has a facility and a workforce that is underutilized. By working together, both companies profit.

Toyota worked with GM many years ago in the NUMMI plant in California. That hardly gave GM a competitive advantage, although if they had listened they could have avoided many subsequent problems.

Toyota is successful because it is not afraid to partner with others, even ones that appear on the outside to be strange bedfellows.

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A Change Gonna’ Comehttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/a-change-gonna-come/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/a-change-gonna-come/#respondSun, 07 Oct 2012 21:18:58 +0000http://fulcrumcwiblog.com/blog/?p=4949]]>The economics of the music industry have changed drastically in the past 15 years. Of the several reasons two stand out: digitization, and a large contingent of music listeners that grew up with electronics see no moral or ethical problem with file sharing all music for free.

The economics of the newspaper industry have changed drastically in the past 10 years. Of the several reasons two stand out: wide access to the internet, and an expectation of instant news better met by other providers.

The economics of the television industry have changed drastically in the past 15 years. Of the several reasons two stand out: the digitization of signal and the alternate distribution models of satellites and cable.

The economics of retail have changed drastically over the past 10 years. Of the several reasons two stand out: new expectations for choice, availability, price, information and fast delivery created by the internet, especially Amazon, and the uninformed service providers in many brick & mortar stores.

The economics of the manufacturing industry are changing right now. China may represent the best known example of differing ethics (aka, respect for copyright and or patents) affecting manufacturers. Digitization is everywhere, which enables the 3D printer to increasingly meet the “I want it and I want it now” aspect of demand. New distribution channels are evolving, impacted by the need for cost reduction and the expectation of immediate supply.

If you assume your industry is immune from these shifts you are wrong. Whether B2B or B2C, your world is morphing into something you haven’t faced before. But there are plenty of examples from which we can learn.

Sam Cooke may not have talking about the economics of the music industry, or of the manufacturing industry, but don’t stick your head in the sand believing “we’re different.” You’re not. As Sam wrote, “this is a mean old world to try and live in…”

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The One Truthhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-one-truth/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/the-one-truth/#respondTue, 21 Aug 2012 20:19:39 +0000http://fulcrumcwiblog.com/blog/?p=4947]]>At the Philadelphia airport waiting to catch my United flight back home. My United iPhone app says the flight leaves from gate D5. So does the computer screen at D5. However, just to keep things interesting, the electronic boards along the walkways all say it will leave from D9.

One would think this information is in one place within the United database, updated there when things change. So how can such differing information be presented to the customers within 15 feet of each other? Apparently they choose to keep information in multiple places.

Why do I suspect there are more than 2 locations for that information within the United database? Because I’ve received text alerts that differ from either directive described above.

Just exactly from how many gates can one flight on one day at one time leave?

If there’s only One Truth, why do they spread so many false clues?

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Curious About Chicken?https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/curious-about-chicken/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/curious-about-chicken/#respondTue, 07 Aug 2012 03:37:46 +0000http://fulcrumcwiblog.com/blog/?p=4796]]>During the last week thousands boycotted Chic-fil-A, others have stood in line for hours to get food from Chic-fil-A, oh, and Curiosity landed on Mars exactly as planned. Chalk one up for science. I really don’t care what the owner of Chic-fil-A, or any other business owner, thinks marriage really means. I certainly won’t plan meals around it. But I did stay up to see Curiosity touch down.

Texas Republicans actually put language in their platform to PREVENT TEACHING CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS IN SCHOOL! They are concerned that critical thinking skills are what allows young people to not accept everything their parents tell them as absolute fact.

I would much rather support the education that enables landing safely on Mars than the one that convinces people to stand in line (to get food or with boycott signs) over one man’s opinion of the definition of marriage.

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Rip Van Winkle and General Motorshttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/rip-van-winkle-and-general-motors/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/rip-van-winkle-and-general-motors/#respondMon, 09 Jan 2012 03:11:15 +0000http://fulcrumcwiblog.com/blog/?p=118]]>Rip slept for 20 years, including through the American Revolutionary War.
General Motors slept for about the same duration, but much more recently.

Rip woke, wishing to maintain his pre-nap idleness, but knowing things had changed.
GM woke, wishing to maintain its pre-nap strategic and management approaches, but knowing things had changed.

Neither had the commitment to actually make changes in themselves.

Rip’s laziness had no real impact on the surrounding citizens.
Not so lucky, the citizens surrounding GM.

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That School Up Northhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/that-school-up-north/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/that-school-up-north/#respondWed, 04 Jan 2012 04:35:35 +0000http://fulcrumcwiblog.com/blog/?p=110]]>As a 30 year resident of Ohio, I have become aware of the vast limitations of that school up north. But strangely, observations of the recent relative resurgence of their football team offer lessons for business leaders.

Following the sleepy eyes of Lloyd Carr and the fire and brimstone of Rich Rodriguez, Brady Hoke has players performing. How?

Safety Jordan Kovacs attributes it to Brady’s (1) understanding of the program’s tradition, (2) passion for the program, (3) tone of mutual respect, and (4) re-establishment of a foundation of toughness, accountability, and pride in the program.  Mostly the same players as last year, but with significantly improved results.

If Hoke can apply those simple principles to successfully get a bunch of 19 year old boys to perform at increasing levels of success, perhaps they would help you do the same with your employees.  If Big Blue can do it, surely you can too.

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Haleiwa HI medical center: Lean Manufacturing and The 200 Dayshttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/haleiwa-hi-medical-center-lean-manufacturing-and-the-200-days/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/haleiwa-hi-medical-center-lean-manufacturing-and-the-200-days/#respondSun, 27 Feb 2011 21:33:22 +0000http://fulcrumcwiblog.com/blog/?p=106]]>Last week I fell on a lava coral rock while enjoying the beauty of Haleiwa HI; my right shin was shredded so off to the local medical center I went.  I appreciate that they took me in (it was not an urgent care or emergency center), cleaned the wounds, and put in 12 stitches to reconnect the skin. (good insurance may have helped my case) 

It was interesting to watch the doctors and assistants look for basic supplies as I sat in the “minor surgery” room.  Couldn’t find the right size or right material “thread” for stitching; couldn’t find the right antiseptic; and on it went.  While the medical care I received seems good (will know more when stitches removed later this week), they could work much more effectively with simple visual systems to organize and re-order inventory.

They had a very nice sign on the wall of one of the rooms that said something to the effect: “there is no idle time; organize and clean for the 200 days that are crazy busy.” We discussed that, and they all understood and supported that message.  They simply have no training in how to organize effectively.  Cabinet were labeled with generic description of what was behind; syringe; suture; urology.  But behind those doors was a stacked conglomeration of materials.  Pull out a box, read it, put it back and pull out another.  The process was repeated until they found what they needed or gave up and said they were out. There was no “sharp medical products” disposal container in the surgical room, and a regular trash can was used for all wastes, bloody and otherwise.

A two hour training class summarizing 5S and Mistake Proofing concepts would save this group of hard working medical professionals (and their patients) a lot of time, and likely provide better quality care.

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Squeezing Productivity?https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/squeezing-productivity/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/squeezing-productivity/#respondMon, 06 Dec 2010 15:06:46 +0000http://fulcrumcwiblog.com/blog/?p=99]]>As the recovery slowly begins, I’ve read entirely too many articles that refer to companies “squeezing more productivity” out of their workers as the reason why hiring hasn’t picked up yet.

That sounds so painful…

When will journalists and economic pundits figure out that hiring is always a lagging indicator?  And what about all the productivity improvements that smart companies have made during the last 2 years?  They aren’t driven by whips and chains, but by problem solving and better processes.

Increasing productivity is the way that countries become richer, but somehow it’s made to seem like a bad thing.  Don’t be fooled.  Growth without increasing productivity is not the goal.

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Stay Domestic Over Profits?https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/stay-domestic-over-profits/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/stay-domestic-over-profits/#respondSun, 03 Oct 2010 14:46:29 +0000http://fulcrumcwiblog.com/blog/?p=95]]>MacNeil Automotive Products Limited has a two page ad in AutoWeek magazine touting their “made in America” commitment.  Most of their supplies are from US or Canadian suppliers, as is most of their equipment.  The last sentence is: “Life is simple:  be good to your fellow man, be kind to animals and the environment, and place building a quality product, supporting your country and your fellow American worker before profit.”

I applaud the sentement and claimed commitment.  It’s important for companies to stand for something in addition to profits.  But how far should that commitment go?  That company can apparently still make an acceptable profit following its espoused commitment.  But what about the company that cannot? 

Is an EBITDA of 10% too little to justify offshoring?  How about 20%?  At what point is it greed?

I would guess that decision is a function of shareholders understanding of and interest in long term impacts.  On the one extreme, let’s say all US manufacturers offshore 100%.  Clearly that would devastate our economy and also any US sales they were hoping to get.  What if US manufacturers offshore nothing.  If the materials don’t exist here or we can’t make it using domestic resources, then a foreign company will have to export it to the US if we are to have access.  Not as obviously, but without the energy we import, that becomes almost the same as the other extreme.

Until we focus on energy independence, can we really complain about other types of offshoring?

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My, How Time Flieshttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/my-how-time-flies/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/my-how-time-flies/#respondTue, 08 Jun 2010 23:34:44 +0000http://fulcrumcwiblog.com/blog/?p=93]]>Following 14 years in a wide variety of roles in a wide variety of industries, I entered the worlds of entrepreneurship and consulting 20 years ago. Experience and many of you have taught me a lot over those years.

My Dad, who hated his job but couldn’t leave it with 4 hungry kids to support, taught me to never be in the position he was in. Live in a way where you always maintain freedom of choice on everything important to you. With that knowledge, I left the “safety” of traditional employment for the “uncertainty” of running my own business, and have never looked back. For each of us, real security is in our skills, knowledge, work ethic, and respect for others. It is not in the hands of anyone else.

My first clients taught me that I didn’t have to know everything; I only had to be honest with myself about what I did and did not know, and willing to learn about the latter. They helped me understand that client and consultant are a team working for common purpose in a mutually beneficial alliance. Any other relationship between client and consultant is simply wrong. I will never forget that.

Professional associates along the way taught me new ways to think, to interact, and to learn. They’ve helped round out my skill set in ways that continue to benefit both me and my clients. I am a much better person and professional today than I would have been without them.

Every client helped, every plant visited, every workshop and conference attended, every “you ought to know him/her” meeting, and every volunteer role accepted has further developed my vision, awareness, empathy, and listening skills.

Twenty years into this adventure, I thank each of you, while eagerly moving toward the experiences yet to come. I hope your ride is as enjoyable.

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John Wooden, Lead By Teachinghttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/john-wooden-lead-by-teaching/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/john-wooden-lead-by-teaching/#respondTue, 08 Jun 2010 23:32:54 +0000http://fulcrumcwiblog.com/blog/?p=91]]>Sports just lost one of its greatest leaders when John Wooden passed away on June 4, 2010. Widely considered the best college basketball coach ever, Wooden was given the moniker, much to his chagrin, “The Wizard of Westwood,” referring to his amazingly successful UCLA coaching career.

Even if you hate sports, take the time to become familiar with the life and thinking of John Wooden. It takes more than luck to achieve all that he did. It takes great leadership.

Just a few elements from his famous “Pyramid of Success” illustrating 12 lessons in leadership:

  • Good Values Attract Good People
  • Call Yourself a Teacher
  • Little Things Make Big Things Happen
  • Make Greatness Attainable By All
  • Don’t Look At The Scoreboard

If you are familiar with Deming, Shingo, and Ohno, these sound very familiar. The concepts aren’t complex; living them sometimes is. But we can all at least try.

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It’s Not My Fault!https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/its-not-my-fault/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/its-not-my-fault/#respondTue, 01 Jun 2010 20:46:14 +0000http://fulcrumcwiblog.com/blog/?p=86]]>When you get something other than what you specifically requested at a restaurant, who’s to blame?  The waitron?  The chef? Right!  You don’t care whose fault it is; you just want what you ordered.  Seems reasonable, yet we often hear “it’s not my fault” or “I told him, but I guess he didn’t listen.”

If your company delivers exactly what the customer ordered, when it was wanted, and the invoicing / payment is as promised, you’ve succeeded. Anything else, and you’ve failed.  The customer doesn’t care about your new computer system or who’s out of the office today or any other excuses.

If you can’t get it right every time, then at least build your organization to replace “it’s not my fault” with “I will get it fixed immediately” and then do it!

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EPA: Energizing Green Where it Can; Enforcing Where it Musthttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/epa-energizing-green-where-it-can-enforcing-where-it-must/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/epa-energizing-green-where-it-can-enforcing-where-it-must/#respondSun, 30 May 2010 22:39:23 +0000http://fulcrumcwiblog.com/blog/?p=84]]>The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has long been considered the agency with the big hammer if a company creates environmental contamination, whether by intent or by accident.  Over the past several years the agency has become active in spreading information about Lean Manufactuirng concepts every chance it gets.  They know that the “elimination of waste” that is a focus of Lean is good for the environment as well as good for business.  Why not help spread the word?

The EPA has been an exhibitor at the last several AME annual conferences, and distributes “lean” articles and interviews with increasing frequency.  They are proactively helping companies understand opportunities to reduce waste, especially those that involve energy, water. hazardous, or landfill materials.  They can stimulate industry through these efforts.

We tell children that the police are here to help us, yet most adults consider police as consumed with catching someone doing something wrong as with  helping children or ittle old ladies.  The EPA has been similarly considered “big brother” trying to catch us doing something wrong, with no offsetting kind message for kids.  But this is changing.

I’d love to see all government agencies discover ways to help business succeed while serving their mission.  That “government for the people” is a great idea!

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Why Did My Vespa Dealer Disappear?https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/why-did-my-vespa-dealer-disappear/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/why-did-my-vespa-dealer-disappear/#respondMon, 24 May 2010 00:06:43 +0000http://fulcrumcwiblog.com/blog/?p=79]]>A few short years ago, I bought a new 2007 Vespa from a very nice looking, but new, dealership in the Greater Cleveland area.  I took my bike went there for the initial maintenance, and for the subsequent oil change and “spring check-up.”  This year, the dealership is simply gone.  No call, no connection to a different dealership, no notice in the window, no nothing.

I can take my bike to the one remaining Vespa dealership in this area, but doesn’t it seem that if Vespa were truly interested in customer service, I would have found out about this change other than by getting a call from a friend reporting an empty building?  While the folks at the dealership seemed passionate, nice, and interested in service, they couldn’t make it.

Maybe they didn’t understand service after all, and why would anyone spend thousands of dollars with a company that doesn’t understand service?  I did, but I’ll be very hesitant to buy a Vespa again.  Even if the dealership doesn’t understand service, the manufacturer should.

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Manufacturing Will Not Diehttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/manufacturing-will-not-die/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/manufacturing-will-not-die/#respondTue, 04 May 2010 14:50:42 +0000http://fulcrumcwiblog.com/blog/?p=77]]>It can’t. People want things and until things are created via spontaneous combustion, nuclear reaction, or other scientific “cloning” methods, someone will continue to manufacture them.

It’s not a question of “if” but of “where.” Manufacturing locations are based on a few considerations, which more and more countries can meet. Water and energy are basic. The technical ability to meet requirements is another fundamental question.  Then strategic choices can be made.

Close to raw materials or to customers is another decision point. Sometimes we get both. Then there’s costs. Labor is a small portion of overall cost in most manufacturing industries, with materials and overhead contributing the rest. Overhead includes government regulations and related external factors as well as company specific issues.

High labor content manufacturing is likely to continue moving to every-evolving low cost countries.  For those industries, cheap labor may be the holy grail.  But for most, cheap labor is not the critical strategic issue.

Any country with sound infrastructure can become competitive.  If the US wants to continue as a major player in manufacturing, it must focus on technology, speed, and reduced overhead and competitive raw material pricing. 

Reducing overhead is not the same as reducing labor, but is equally possible and more productive in the long term.

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Will Energy Prices Rise Because of the Leak?https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/will-energy-prices-rise-because-of-the-leak/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/will-energy-prices-rise-because-of-the-leak/#respondMon, 03 May 2010 22:10:35 +0000http://fulcrumcwiblog.com/blog/?p=73]]>Fear of additional regulations. Backtrack on government consideration of additional deep water drilling. Uncertainty about other wells.  Massive loss of oil. Uncertainty of Iraqi elections and impact on oil production / sabotage / pricing.

Commodity prices never like uncertainity and they don’t like bad news either. Get prepared!

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BP’s Blowouthttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/bps-blowout/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/bps-blowout/#respondMon, 03 May 2010 21:57:59 +0000http://fulcrumcwiblog.com/blog/?p=72]]>An environmental and economic tragedy is spreading in the Gulf Coast as BP’s underwater well continues to pour oil into Gulf waters. Accidents happen, but shouldn’t there be a plan for an accident as serious (and really not all that surprising) as this one?]]>https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/bps-blowout/feed/0Hobby, Serious Hobby, or Profession?https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/hobby-serious-hobby-or-profession/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/hobby-serious-hobby-or-profession/#respondTue, 06 Apr 2010 22:01:09 +0000http://fulcrumcwiblog.com/blog/?p=70]]>Many of you golf. Some do it for fun and simply keep score because that’s part of the game. Others are more serious, competing with themselves. Did I get around the course in fewer shots than last time? Continuous improvement is important to these folks.

And then there are the pros. They not only are committed to continuous improvement of their own game; they continually benchmark themselves against the very best. They know who can drive best, who can putt best, and they know the best at every other aspect of the game. That’s called benchmarking.

Businesses are the same way.

Some figure as long as they keep their nose to the grindstone and turn a reasonable profit, they’re okay. Sounds like a hobby.

Some focus on continuous improvement, making sure they are better today than they were yesterday. Absolutely going the right direction, but with no concept of how they compare to the competition. Sounds like a serious hobby.

And then there are the companies that work to get better than the competition every day. They know the weaknesses that cost them the most, the strengths that help them overcome poor performance in other areas. They can distinguish a “hail mary” success from a repeatable one. They know how they stack up against the competition, and against the very best, piece by piece as well as in total. Sounds like a profession.

Whether you golf, ski, bike, run or garden for fun outside the office, make sure that inside it you run your business like a pro.

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Well Prepared for a NonEventhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/well-prepared-for-a-nonevent/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/well-prepared-for-a-nonevent/#respondMon, 01 Mar 2010 23:13:22 +0000http://fulcrumcwiblog.com/blog/?p=67]]>Awoken by the tsunami alarms on Oahu early last Saturday morning, we turned on the TV to find out what was going on.  We learned to look in the phone book for “inundation” maps, that we had plenty of time to get groceries and water, that we should fill the tub with water so we could flush should the power go out, and that our 30th floor hotel room was just the right place to be.

Oahu safety forces had areas filled with tourists well prepared and the processes to eliminate loss of life and minimize property damage were executed without a flaw (ignoring the idiot on the surfboard who thought it would be “cool”).

Few organizations have such a well planned and communicated safety plan in case of emergency.  Perhaps they should.  Is your organization well prepared?

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What Is Operational Excellence?https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/what-is-operational-excellence/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/what-is-operational-excellence/#commentsThu, 04 Feb 2010 18:19:16 +0000http://fulcrumcwiblog.com/blog/?p=65]]>Quality on-time delivery indicates something working well in operations, but does it mean an organization can accurately claim operational excellence?  What characteristics would you expect to be able to see when visiting an operationally excellent company?

Just as quality used to be a competitive advantage but has long been expected performance, on-time delivery is fundamental, not indicative of excellence.

Do you have a repeatable reliable process for staying in tune with the voice of the customer?  Does that system then test that voice against your mission and values?  Do you work with the entire supply chain, both directions, to minimize cost and time while maximizing ability to meet and exceed market needs? Do your suppliers love working with you?  Your customers? Your employees?  Do you effectively capture the knowledge gained through problem solving to leverage it now and in the future?

Any “no’s” to those questions means operational excellence is still a goal for you, not a current reality.  Keep working!

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5 Ways to Improve Cash Flowhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/5-ways-to-improve-cash-flow/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/5-ways-to-improve-cash-flow/#commentsSat, 23 Jan 2010 21:31:43 +0000http://fulcrumcwiblog.com/blog/?p=60]]>Cash has always been King, but the recent and current cash crunch has served as an abrupt reminder to many business owners.  So how do you reduce your need for cash?

1) Buy inventory and supplies just as you need them, not earlier.  A volume price break sounds good, but takes more cash up front.

2) Use of a credit card to pay regular bills gives you an extra 20 (or so) days before actual cash is required.

3) Taking advantage of discounts for early payment may make financial sense, but hurt cash flow.  Take another look at how and when you decide to pay early to take advantage of discounts.

4) Look at your Accounts Receivable early payment discount policies.  2% Net 20 may make less cash sense than 3% net 5.

5) In a custom products environment, requiring deposits from the customer in advance of purchasing dedicated materials or supplies can help both of you.  Your customers need you to be solvent!

All of these recommendations should be reconsidered whenever the relative near term criticality of cash flow and over all costs changes signficantly.

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Ask, Don’t Tellhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/ask-dont-tell/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/ask-dont-tell/#respondSun, 10 Jan 2010 22:37:29 +0000http://fulcrumcwiblog.com/blog/?p=57]]>When someone describes a problem to you, is your first reaction to offer your thoughts and a possible solution, or to ask questions to better understand the issue?  If you want to really solve a problem, forever, you  must  first  understand it.  Bandaids only cover something that will heal itself.  They don’t fix anything.  Ask, Don’t Tell.]]>https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/ask-dont-tell/feed/0Keeping It Realhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/keeping-it-real/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/keeping-it-real/#respondWed, 04 Nov 2009 02:48:32 +0000http://fulcrumcwiblog.com/blog/?p=44]]> 

Buy low, sell high. Supply and demand. Economics 101 explained those simple, but somehow still poorly understood concepts.  The recent (and in many ways still current) worldwide economic crisis is but another example.

Supply and demand.  It is often said that the value of something is whatever someone is willing to pay for it. Not true. That is only the value if it is an amount that the buyer is actually paying for it.  Credit mechanisms have changed “actually paying for it” to “stated willingness to pay for it.”  That distinction creates separation of price and value.  The bigger that gap, the more at risk the market or economy.

We don’t want a barter economy because it is inefficient.  We want an efficient market, so we have created financial instruments to reduce transactional friction.  Speed and acceleration we’re good at.  But we’ve not yet mastered the concepts of brakes, and certainly not of when and how hard to apply them.  Why?  Because individuals benefit from the reduced friction, but it is the public good that requires the brakes.

During the “dot-com” years of late 1990’s and early 2000’s, there was talk of a “new business model” that somehow held that profits weren’t necessary to substantiate value.  Value and price became separated, and boom/bust occurred.  The recent worldwide economic crisis is the same issue on a different scale fueled by a similar thoughts but different tools. 

Think SPC (statistical process control). An economy “in control” will keep the divergence of price and value within a “reasonable” band. The big question is:  how wide should that band be?  Individual self interest encourages a wide band, but public interest requires a tighter band.

A current WSJ article describes the insufficiencies of current economic theories in preventing a recurrance of the recent credit crisis and associated slide along the edge of economic doom. It argues that reliance on econometric models overruled critical thinking.  As they say in health care, treat the patient – not the test result, yet central bankers treated the test results instead of the obviously overheated economy. The difference between price and value was huge; we all knew it.  But when we’re each making money from that gap, it’s hard to create public will to narrow it.

Let’s keep it real. As funding institutions, be they banks, hedge funds, or those offering fancier financial instruments, loosened requirements for purchase (read “financing”), the resultant and intended increase in potential buyers increased demand and led to higher prices. As those same funding sources tighten requirements, they reduce the number of potential buyers, thereby reducing demand and prices.  Housing is just one obvious example of the boom/bust.  But it was price that skyrocketed and plummeted, not value.

The tallest fastest roller coaster is exciting, but don’t complain about the highs and the lows if you choose to ride it.  And don’t forget that you end up right where you started.

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When Purpose is Forgotten..https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/when-purpose-is-forgotten/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/when-purpose-is-forgotten/#respondSat, 17 Oct 2009 00:57:20 +0000http://fulcrumcwiblog.com/blog/?p=26]]>Decades ago, the concept of protecting people’s incomes from the ravages of inflation by indexing to a measure of inflation was born.  Social security, many union contracts, and many commercial contracts currently automatically adjust to changes in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) in an attempt to provide that protection.

In this economy, the CPI is down, reflecting that overall price levels are down.  As a result, contracts tied to the CPI will not enjoy an “inflation adjustment” increase in 2010.  And the uproar about how this harms retirees and workers has already begun.

Huh?

The CPI adjustments were to protect against inflation, not to guarantee rising incomes.  To the degree the CPI is a correct index for protection from inflation, how can anyone claim harm because there will be no automatic raise in 2010?  If prices have not risen, there is no need to protect from inflation.  Expectations have changed from the original purpose.

Whenever purpose is forgotten, expectations stray.  

Reinforce purpose constantly.  Monitor stakeholder expectations.  Otherwise, the predictable drift will cost a fortune in damage control, inefficiencies, and corrective actions.  And possibly in finding a way to meet the expectations that have been allowed to grow.

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Economies of Flowhttps://www.fulcrumcwi.com/18/https://www.fulcrumcwi.com/18/#commentsWed, 14 Oct 2009 14:41:34 +0000http://fulcrumcwiblog.com/blog/?p=18]]>

 

Anyone with more than 6 months in manufacturing has heard of “economies of scale.” That concept is the basis of large lot sizes, as well as many equipment recommendations and costing decisions.

Not a manufacturer? The concept, perhaps under a different name, likely permeates your business nonetheless. Is work processed through stations / people in batches, or one-at-a-time? If in batches, economies of scale thinking is intertwined with your processes.

The “economies of scale” concept says we will reduce costs by processing large batches to spread out high fixed costs to a larger number of units. But the unrecognized costs of economy of scale thinking can be more significant than any alleged savings. Instead, consider economies of flow.

Any time product (whether in the form of physical product or in paperwork or computer information) sits waiting, lead time is being lengthened and costs are being increased. Faster lead times on existing products/services and reduced time-to-market with new products/services improve cash flow, profits, customer satisfaction and market share. The quality advantages are equally significant.

Ask yourself, why do we process in quantities greater than one?

Your answers give you the list of problems you need to solve to move from economies of scale to economies of flow.

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