It’s that time of year again – golf season. I play golf, I don’t work golf. There is nothing more satisfying than hitting the ball well. I know, because it happens so infrequently for me that each is memorable. In fact, I call my clubs “weapons of grass reduction.” The Germans require you to obtain a golf license in order to go on the course. You have to memorize the rules. And you are tested on your knowledge and must demonstrate their use on the course with the pro to earn your license. Talk about salt in the wound.
– Joseph Paris
Being Clear and Concise
by Joseph Paris
The date is November 19th, 1863. A crisp autumn day in the fields of southern Pennsylvania in a little farm-town called Gettysburg. Just four months earlier, the fierce battle of Gettysburg raged there as the Union and Confederate forces clashed in what mark the decisive high-water mark of the Confederate efforts to separate from the United States and become their own country.
The webinar hosted a pretty interesting discussion and worth a watch for those interested in the building agile/nimble organisations. However, for me the discussion posed a lot of questions as to how you achieve nimbleness and not a lot of solutions.
Agile neither fears nor worships failure. For some time, I’ve been noticing a trend. At conferences, in business schools, in business books and “business cartoons”: a trend that trivializes failure. The alarming equation I see set forth everywhere is: Failure = Success.
This newfound glorification of failure triggers the same mixture of alarm and sadness from another earlier extreme, before ‘failing forward’ rose to aspirational heights. In earlier times, the equation was: Failure = More Failure = Utter Failure
Two extremes. This previous obsession with failure avoidance produced a generation of steadfast fighters for the preservation of status quo surrounded by a dense layer of opacity around problems (aka opportunities). Under this umbrella grew a culture infinitely more willing to embrace ‘the devil you know’ than reckon with the one you don’t. Fear of the unknown + fear of failure bred a loathing of organizational risk or exposure, at any price.
It’s a small world, but I wouldn’t want to hoover it. What can improve and performing comedy tell us about learning and collaboration? After discovering several contacts in common, JP and Benjamin are joined by the Public Service Transformation Academy’s
Paul Conneely to talk insights from his past forays into improv and comedy and their applicability to the developing collaborate and innovate teams…
In this episode, I interview Peter Evans, Continuous Improvement Director for Lego Group. I have known Peter for a couple of years. And we seem to keep running into one another at Operational Excellence conferences – which are the circumstances of our first meeting. I have always found Peter to be an affable gentleman and have always appreciated his insights and the experiences he shared.
I grew up with Legos. Loved playing with them. My sons loved playing with them. It seems children all over the world love playing with them. So, if you’re like me, you must wonder; “Is Lego the coolest company in the world to work for?” According to Peter, the answer is “Yes.”
It’s March – finally. The Winter darkness has noticeably given way to longer hours of daylight. The cold and the snows are abating. The crocuses and early spring flowers are in bloom. It’s a pleasure to waken to the birds chirping. And a person can feel that Spring is just around the corner.
That is, except in Upstate New York, where March doesn’t come until May (especially this year).
And while my wife is thinking of “Spring Cleaning”, I am thinking of Fishing and Golf.
is a very peculiar place in many regards. But probably the most striking peculiarity is their absolute insistence on ” ordnung muss sein”
(roughly translated to “there must be order”
). In Germany, there is a process and a procedure for everything – and everything has a place and you better be certain to ensure it is in that place at all times.
This is a question that I recently felt compelled to flat-out ask a COO of a publicly traded Fortune 500 company in response to a series of comments he made to me during an engagement interview. His shocked response was, “Of course not…!” There was obviously a disconnect someplace. To be sure, we are living…
As Operational Excellence professionals, we are all dedicated to eliminating waste from the processes we aim at improving. Yet, are we eliminating 100% of our own wastes? Are we leveraging the full benefits of what we are doing? Are we, ourselves, guilty of the 8thwaste (I mean waste of opportunity) as we are not always…
XONITEK eNewsletter November 2009 Operational Excellence by Design – A cross-disciplinary approach in the pursuit of perfection. PRESIDENT’S PERSPECTIVES When “Information” Becomes “Noise” By Joseph F Paris Jr It seems that every day brings with…
In 2010, Engro Fertilizers commissioned the world’s largest single-train ammonia-urea complex capable of producing 3835 tpd prilled urea. This Plant is equipped with aMDEA Based CO2 Removal System to make the process more clean and energy efficient. This paper presents operating experience of BASF aMDEA in a CO2 removal system of this new Ammonia Plant….
Issue: 2017-03 March 2017 Founder’s Corner CEO’s and their Sausages – Learn to Love them Like They Do Joseph F Paris Jr It’s been another week, much like the many other weeks for me. In addition to running a couple of companies, working on a few projects and pitching others, and the…
At the end of the day, we are all sales people in one form or another. Whether it’s a child pleading their case for just a little more time to stay up watching TV in return for their best behavior, or a grown man/woman shopping at their local farmer’s market attempting to negotiate the best deal…