Operational Excellence by Design eNewsletter – March 2023

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Operational Excellence
By DesignSM
2023 March
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Founder’s Corner – Joseph Paris
The subject of “culture change” has been a topic at many conferences on Operational Excellence over the past several years.
But the conversation always seems to gravitate towards the “how” whenever the subject comes up, with little attention given to the “why” or the “what”.
In this article, we will explore the “why”, the “what” and the “how”.
As founder of the Operational Excellence Society, Joseph Paris has contributed well over 100 articles spanning a decade and across a wide range of business topics.
Click here to browse all of his articles. There will surely be one of relevance and interest to you.

We live in a Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous (VUCA) world. And the competitive advantage will go to the company that is ready to face the challenges; see further beyond the horizon, recognize opportunities and threats sooner, and be able to device and deploy decisive responses faster.

My book, “State of Readiness” has been endorsed by senior leaders at some of the most respected and well-known companies in the world today. With Foreword by Andrew Lambert, FEIT; VP of Production and Supply Chain at SpaceX.
If you are not quite ready to buy a copy of “State of Readiness” for yourself (or a colleague) just yet but are interested in learning more?
Connect with Joseph Paris
Operational Excellence Program Design and Deployment
Operational Excellence Program Design and Deployment
They say that “up to 70% of Operational Excellence and Continuous improvement programs fail.”  
Don’t be one of them. Be the exception, not the rule.
“Fail to plan, plan to fail.” To help you, your program, and your company to be successful, XONITEK has created a Program Architecting Whitepaper where you will find the best practices for the planning stage of an OpEx/CI program.
If you follow our prescriptive approach, the roll-out of your program will almost be anti-climactic.
Even if you already have a program, you can use it as a benchmark to see how your efforts compare.
Click below to receive a copy of our 20+ page Best-Practices Program Architecting Whitepaper.
Featured Article
My goal has been to help companies pursue operational excellence. At the same time, as a small business owner, I pursue it myself. My work studies and experiences with over 100 top performers, some up close, have taught me how these workplaces somehow manage to sustain what so many cannot.
Learning Opportunities
Would YOU like to share your passions with others and lead a roundtable discussion? Share your thoughts with your peers from around the world? Now’s your chance to do just that.
The the Operational Excellence Society help you.
Featured Books
Operational Excellence Enterprise Readiness System
Operational Excellence Enterprise Readiness System
You can’t become a high-performance organization without having the capacity and capability to deliver – and this is especially true when it comes to your most important assets – your team.
The Readiness Institute’s education and training system is world-class and is accredited for continuing education credits. It’s integrated learning approach will maximize the retention of the knowledge and, if our prescriptive approach is followed, will never be a cost to your organization.
Click below to receive your free copy of the Operational Excellence Enterprise Readiness System (OpEx-ERS) white-paper and module guide.
State of Readiness is a podcast set as a fireside chat between Joseph Paris and a select industry leader.
In it, we discuss the guest’s journey and lessons learned so that the listener might not have to pay as much tuition to the “University of Life” as we have.
In this conversation, Alan shares his life’s journey as a pilot. From earning his pilot’s license before most people earn their driver’s license all the way to becoming a research pilot for NASA and it’s SOFIA program.
a podcast that delves into the complexity of modern supply chains and logistics.
And a website that delivers the latest news and trends for the Supply Chain and Logistics professional.
Given the increase in trade reliance, U.S. labor markets have been highly exposed to global supply chain disruptions and analysis suggests global disruptions to the supply chain will continue.
What do high-performing supply chain organizations do differently?
According to Gartner research, they are strategic advisors to their C-suite and are reinventing their approach to customer enablement, sustainability, real-time execution and human-centric work design
The Outliers Inn; a podcast where we examine and discuss the more odd goings-on in life, in business, and in the world, with your hosts; JP and Mule.
In this episode, we talk about the need to reset attitudes and be a little less like Karen and Ken, how people get promoted to a level of incompetence, golf, and a great deal more.
Building Awareness of Your OpEx/CI Offerings
The Operational Excellence Society is the center of gravity for the discipline and its reach is almost 1,000,000 people.
Our audience:
 – 80% have budgetary and P/L authority; 
 – 55% work at companies with greater than 1,000 employees and 
 – 30% working at companies with greater than 10,000 employees.
We offer a variety of services including; marketing strategy development, content creation, podcast production, social media campaigns and outreach, and much, much, more.
Contact us if you would like to share your ambitions and discuss how we can partner to get your offering in front of people who are interested in how you can drive value to them.
Featured Sponsor: eschbach
A serial contributor to the Operational Excellence Society, Andreas Eschbach, President of eschbach GmbH, is a thought leader who shares his insights on the future of OEE in a collection of articles.
Thought Food
Interim Talent
Get the Help You Need…
Sometimes we get caught because of an unplanned separation of an employee who was performing a key role in the company or project. Sometimes we have a short-term need for an experienced specialist to help push through a deliverable.
But time is the enemy. This is not a situation where you can take the time to recruit. The need is now, and help is available.
Featured Article
Many business leaders are focused on what we need to break down to achieve success and innovation — breaking the invisible chains that constrain us, busting through glass ceilings, shattering limiting beliefs, eliminating waste, and shortening lead time – yet better performance doesn’t just mean all the things that we need to break or eliminate.
The OpEx Vault
Did you ever look at a video clip, or a sound bite, or a picture and it made you uneasy; but you couldn’t quite put your finger on it? Chances are that it made you uneasy because it wasn’t real. Rather, it was intended to make you believe it was real; to fool you. These images and sounds were created by technological advances including Artificial Intelligence (AI).
Coming SOON!
There is something pretty exciting brewing at the Operational Excellence Society and a few of its partners.
We can’t say exactly what it is yet, but stay tuned and don’t touch that dial! We will be right back (hint, hint).
Trust Me… I’m an Engineer
Sponsors and Professional Organizations
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Your Education and Training Center
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Corporate Growth
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