Welcome to this episode of the State of Readiness Podcast with James Considine – on the topic of Operational Excellence and Agile
In this episode, we will have a conversation with James Considine; the Chief of Staff and Head of Business Programs for the Aging and Caregiving business at Philips, where he oversee the enterprise PMO, Continuous Improvement, and Enterprise Reporting & Analytics.
Over the last several years, James has held a variety of operational/operational excellence roles building on his training in continuous improvement. From 2008 to 2012, James held various positions at GE, ultimately holding the role of Chief of Staff and Global Operations leader. It is here where he was trained in the disciplines of Lean Six Sigma – training that has served as his professional lighthouse since. It was in 2012 that James made the change from GE to Philips. His diverse career has enabled him to deliver transformational results in a variety of contexts; from manufacturing operations, to sales and marketing, to business development, and joint venturing.
James’ “Superpower” is bringing order and clarity to chaos, creating structures that remove wasteful variation, while enabling people and organizations to deliver their best. He attributes his skills to his studies of philosophy and understanding people from their perspective; what motivates them, what fears they might have. In doing so, he is able to establish and maintain an alignment and commitment of people and their efforts to the company objectives and ensure the company is committed to supporting the people.
Although originally from Downstate New York, he went earned his undergraduate and MBA at the State University of New York in Albany – and it is in this beautiful part of the world – Upstate New York – where he has lived ever since. His main passion outside of family, friends, serving his community, and his golden retrievers is cycling up and down the hills around his home – He also gets most of his best ideas on the bike, so it’s also quite productive professionally.