State of Readiness; Manuel Ugarte; US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDC)

State of Readiness; Manuel Ugarte; US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDC)

Joseph Paris welcomes to “State of Readiness” Manuel “Manny” Ugarte, Director and Strategic Accounts Manager of the United States Army’s Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDC).  The US Army’s CCDC mission is to provide the research, engineering, and analytical expertise to deliver capabilities that enable the Army to deter and, when necessary, decisively defeat any adversary…

Operational Excellence – A Personal Case Study

Operational Excellence – A Personal Case Study

I write often about Operational Excellence.  How we live in a world of Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity (VUCA).  How time is the enemy of the 21st century company and that the organization that knows and trusts its capabilities (and also where they are lacking) is better prepared to synthesize decisions from imperfect data – operating…

Artificial Intelligence; The Next “Undiscovered Country”

Artificial Intelligence; The Next “Undiscovered Country”

In William Shakespeare’s “The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark” (usually referred to simply as “Hamlet”), the main character, Hamlet, uses the phrase “undiscovered country” to refer to what lies beyond the grave – the afterlife – and our lack of knowledge of it, and our fear of it.  As it is with death, so…

Reading is fundamental, but comprehension is important too

Reading is fundamental, but comprehension is important too

The art of debate has devolved.  No longer is it used as a tool of discovery, understanding, reconciliation, and progress.  Today, it is a tool used to beat one another into submission – with the wholesale surrender of the beliefs and values held by one party over the other being the goal. What’s worse, the…

State of Readiness; Michael Rabbitt, Head of Business Transformation at Argonne National Laboratory

State of Readiness; Michael Rabbitt, Head of Business Transformation at Argonne National Laboratory

In this episode, I welcome Michael Rabbitt, Head of Business Transformation, Argonne National Laboratory, a world-class research laboratory.  Having a BA in Operations Management and Information Systems and earning his MBA in Human Resource Management, Michael will share his journey; how his interests evolved over time, the experiences he gained in change management, and his…