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The Price Tag of Loyalty Lost

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September 25, 2009

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September 2009 Twenty-six technical people gathered in a room last week with me to discuss how they would seize market opportunities from their competitors. Even in this economy, they knew they have motivated customers with both the funding and legal incentive to bid projects. The meeting was focused, informative, motivational, […]

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Individuals Make a Difference

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July 21, 2009

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August 31, 2009 INDIVIDUALS MAKE A DIFFERENCE 23 years ago to the month, I led a labor-management group to a major American motorcycle company to see first-hand collaborative labor relations and just-in-time manufacturing. They were the place to go to see how to fight off foreign competition and be re-made […]

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Inside the Circle but Not at the Table

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June 21, 2009

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21 June 2009 Inside the Circle but Not at the Table The challenges of managing Government Cleared work Power hides in many places throughout an organization. In the April edition, the power of personal bias in regulatory experts was explored along with the associated risk to the business. Power also […]

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The Failure of Common Objectives in Multi-Party Work Solutions

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May 27, 2009

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27 May 2009 “Results” become non-negotiable for today’s managers. Using the ValueTree™ as our reference point (http://www.myvaluetree.com/TheValueTree.pdf) we see why managers are pushed to drive up earnings while simultaneously driving down invested capital. This leads people to make decisions that optimize their immediate situation while increasing risk to the total […]

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When the Shareholder Becomes the Customer

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April 25, 2009

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When the Shareholder Becomes the Customer “Our job is to maximize shareholder return,” I am told at a recent management meeting. This message has been gaining in prominence and momentum within internal corporate communications since the mid-90s. Have you noticed how these words have become management’s manta in the corporate […]

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Personal Bias and Regulations can be a Costly Combination

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April 16, 2009

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16 April 2009 Regulations give baseline guidance on how we conduct our affairs. Regulations level the playing field by defining the minimum requirements for everyone involved. Regulations can be the motivating force behind many of our daily behaviors. Reference The ValueTree™ and let’s examine how regulations overlay it. For many […]

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Destroy Value with Ineffective Interpersonal Relations

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March 25, 2009

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ISSUE#5 Ineffective interpersonal relations create drag on The ValueTree ™. Two weeks ago I was with a group of executives accountable for a complex, highly engineered product. They are from different countries, different companies and have little interest in interpersonal relations. The boss operated with the assumption that they were […]

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What a Mess…Debt

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February 26, 2009

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26 February 2009 The ValueTree™ is a great way to decode current headlines. CBS880 radio out of New York City recently reported that the transit authority predicts that future fare increases will be consumed with rising interest expenses on long-term debt. Let’s reference the ValueTree™ (http://www.myvaluetree.com/TheValueTree.pdf) to understand the situation. […]

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Pondering = Loss

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February 25, 2009

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ISSUE#4 Cycle-time is the topic of our attention. During 4th Q last year, we focused on the first of five components that make-up cycle-time. Let’s review… Cycle Time is an essence-level concept within which are buried ValueTree™ improvements. Cycle-time. To best understand this concept, picture an assembly line; one where […]

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Hunt Time harms Value

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January 25, 2009

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ISSUE#3 Cycle Time is an essence-level concept within which are buried ValueTree™ improvements. Cycle-time. To best understand this concept, picture an assembly line; one where product is flowing, one after another. A technician starts one unit, works it along until the end of the station and then goes back to […]

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