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  • The Momentum of Integration - A Fully Interconnected Unit

    August 30th, 2021

    Integration within the Organization encourages your organization to be a fully-interconnected unit. Learn to bring everything together using Journey Management to move toward organizational success.

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  • Help your Workforce Contribute to Success

    August 18th, 2021

    Integration within the Organization helps your workforce contribute to the organization’s success. Learn how to use a simple integration approach to provide leadership and communicate your guiding principles.

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  • See the Whole Organization on a Single Page

    August 9th, 2021

    Key Themes and Integration [i] Definitions and notes: KEY . Major or most important elements that are critical to achieving your intended outcome The Criteria (available for purchase, Baldrige Website ) refer to key challenges, plans, work processes, and measures – those most important to...

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  • Building Organizational Maturity

    July 29th, 2021

    Integration within the Organization allows you to judge your organization and build strength. Scoring Guidelines can be used to refine processes, make the most of measures, and strive for excellence.

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  • Capture your Organization’s True Character

    July 21st, 2021

    Integration within the Organization captures an organization’s true character. Discover your organization’s character by comparing it to an ideal organization, with merit and worth.

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  • Understanding Purpose is Pivotal to Success

    July 14th, 2021

    Purpose, begins with the End in Mind How do you define Success?  We know organizational success is based on many variables.  Why are some organizations more successful than others?  The answer is simple. Defining the organization’s “purpose” is pivotal to its success.  In recent years,...

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  • Discover the Power of Integration!

    July 8th, 2021

    To set the stage for this discussion on integration we need definitions [i] regarding the topic. Integration The harmonization of plans, processes, information, resource decisions, workforce capability, and capacity, actions, results, and analyses to support key organization-wide goals. Effective...

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  • Downstream Industry - Optimize Key Parts of the Value Chain

    October 3rd, 2019

    The change in downstream market conditions is an opportunity for the downstream sector to move even further toward operational efficiency and effectiveness by capitalizing on ways to optimize key parts of the value chain.

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  • Creating a Truly Integrated Management System

    October 12th, 2018

    The average NFL team is run by 2-3 front-office personnel and about 15 coaches. That’s about 18 individuals charged with ensuring they win. Yet not one of them has the specific title of ensuring they don’t lose. They do not have a Coach of Penalty Avoidance, a VP of Injury Prevention or a...

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  • Fundamentals of OE #10: Big Picture

    October 12th, 2018

    Fundamentals of OE #10: Staying Focused on the big picture Summary: Don’t lose sight of the objective of your OE efforts Many OE programs get launched and, years later, after hundreds of changes, little has really improved At the end of the day, the shortest path to Operational Excellence is...

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  • Fundamentals of OE #9: Culture

    October 12th, 2018

    Fundamentals of OE #9: Getting the Culture Right Summary Culture can be one of the greatest competitive advantages for any company, helping it stay ahead even if product, process or talent-based advantages diminish Operationally Excellent companies treat culture as an ongoing effort to be...

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  • Fundamentals of OE #8: Governance

    October 12th, 2018

    Fundamentals of OE #8: Establish Governance that Improves Decisions Summary: Governance is a critical aspect of a functioning, continuously improving organization Many companies take a one-size-fits-all approach to governance, which over-burdens some decisions and turns it into a check-the-box...

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  • Fundamentals of OE #7: Establish Clear Lines of Ownership & Accountability

    October 12th, 2018

    Summary: Ownership and accountability are critical to operational excellence, primarily to your ability to continuously improve A lack of accountability can set you into a spiral of continuous change, create redundant controls, add cost to your improvement efforts and hold back innovation To...

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  • Fundamentals of OE #6: Take an Adaptive Approach to Technology

    October 12th, 2018

    Summary: Technology can help achieve operational excellence, but it isn’t dependent on advanced your technology is Operational Excellence requires a holistic approach to technology where the objective is adapting to tech rather than simply adopting it This approach expands the focus from...

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  • Fundamentals of OE #5: Keep It Simple

    October 12th, 2018

    Summary: Management Systems naturally grow more complex over time A key objective of a management system is to simplify how the organization works together, which means the system itself must be simple Keep in mind what the system is intended for, and who it is supposed to help, and build in...

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  • Fundamentals of OE #4: Use a Process-Based Decision Making Framework

    October 12th, 2018

    Fundamentals of OE #4: Use a Process-Based Framework for Key Decisions Summary Your system should be made up of a set of processes necessary to manage the risks within scope A process-based system has less built-in complexity, can have embedded continuous improvement, and is easier to manage...

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  • Fundamentals of OE #3: Design it to Work for You

    October 12th, 2018

    Fundamentals of OE #3: Design your OE Program to Work for You Summary A common approach is to adopt a system from a leading company as the basis for your company’s system The problem is that the things you cannot see are what make a Management System effective and compatible with your...

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  • Fundamentals of OE #2: Enable Agility Through Organizational Muscle Memory

    October 12th, 2018

    “The right decision is the wrong decision if it’s made too late”. Lee Iacocca   Summary The pace of change in every industry requires rapid and constant strategy adjustments, so consistent execution requires agility Traditional methods for ensuring consistent execution make the system...

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  • First Things First - Where to Begin the Journey to Operational Excellence

    October 10th, 2018

    Without a clear idea of where you’re headed, how can you know how to get there?   Most executives will agree that Operational Excellence is good. Many will argue that it’s a crucial factor for success. But what is it? Despite the widespread positive perception, there isn’t a lot of...

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  • Fundamentals of Operational Excellence - 10 Things To Get Right

    October 10th, 2018

    Fundamentals of Operational Excellence     The 10 Things to Get Right if You Want to Beat the Odds Operational Excellence continues to gain popularity. A recent worldwide survey by the Business Transformation & Operational Excellence World Summit found that over half of respondents...

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