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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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  • Measuring Organizational Progress

    August 12th, 2021

    Are we making Progress? Using the Baldrige questionnaire ( Baldrige Website ) and survey results can provide volumes of information about how well your organization is progressing in its journey toward success. The following graphs were derived from the 2011 survey on the Baldrige Board of...

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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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  • Supply Chain Plan

    June 8th, 2020

    There are many businesses that have just tried to keep their head above water for the past few months with their supply chain plan.  Now is the time to get back in the game and reignite the growth engines.  What needs to be communicated, and agreed to, with your partners – up and down the...

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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 #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 #1: Integrate the Management Systems

    October 10th, 2018

    Summary There is a big difference between Unified Systems like an EHS system, and an Integrated System like an OEMS Unified Systems tend to work independently from standard business processes, and thus pull the organization in different directions Companies that operate in an Operationally...

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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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  • Oil and Gas Challenges: Is It Time to Change?

    July 29th, 2018

    Facing oil and gas challenges requires innovation, technologies and new collaborative approaches.

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  • Life Extension for Offshore Floating Assets, Part 2

    July 13th, 2018

    Developing a Life Extension Plan The benefits and challenges of safely and effectively extending the operating life of an asset is well described in Part 1 of this discussion on life extension (LE). In this second part, logical and step-wise approach to developing LE plan that meets the interests...

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  • Life Extension for Offshore Floating Assets, Part 1

    July 6th, 2018

    Safely & Effectively Getting the Most Out of Facilities WHAT IS LIFE EXTENSION? At its core, a life extension (LE) plan is a management system that provides assurance to the duty holder, regulators, investors, and other stake-holders that an aging asset can continue to safely operate beyond...

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  • Lean Six Sigma: Where does it fit within Operational Excellence?

    July 3rd, 2018

    LSS vs OE: Same Tools, Different Names? There seems to be a lot of noise and general misconceptions about Lean Six Sigma (LSS) and Operational Excellence (OE). Are they different terms for the same thing? Are they just different approaches to the same end goal? If they are different, which one is...

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  • People Are The Most Important Asset Asset, Part 3 - Walking the Talk

    June 22nd, 2018

    People Are The Most Important Asset Part 3 - Walking the Talk I have spent my entire career working in the upstream oilfield environment and have found people to be a critical success factor in every company in which I have come in contact. In my last two posts on the value of employees to a...

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  • People Are The Most Important Asset, Part 2 - Employee Expectations

    June 15th, 2018

    People Are The Most Important Asset Part 2 - Employee Expectations I have spent my entire career working in the upstream oilfield environment and have found people to be a critical success factor in every segment in which I have worked. In Part 1, I commented on the reasons why people are the...

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  • People Are The Most Important Asset, Part 1 - Reasons

    June 8th, 2018

    People Are The Most Important Asset Part 1 - Reasons It is common to hear companies talk about how people are the most important asset. It is just as common to hear workers talk about being frustrated in their jobs and mistreated by the companies that employ them. Every company needs assets,...

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  • Remote Operations Provide a New Approach to Offshore Development

    June 6th, 2018

    Premier Oil Sea Lion Project Can operators afford not to seize the opportunity to capture the value of the digital transformation, and simultaneously turn the changing demographics in the workforce into a net gain now, rather than a looming struggle for the days (and years ahead)? Larry Forster...

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