8:00 AM – A Time for Unity

  • June 14, 2019

I’ve had the recent privilege to work with the men and women from the Newport News Ship Building Company (NNS) on the USS Gerald Ford (CVN78) aircraft carrier. The challenges on the Ford have been well documented in the media…

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The Perils of Ignoring Data

  • May 29, 2019

This blog was inspired by the driver of a small commercial truck I passed on the highway today. It had one of those bumper stickers that says “How’s my driving. Call 555-5555”. As I passed, to my surprise, the driver…

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Invisible in Plain Sight

  • April 23, 2019

During my career I’ve had the opportunity to travel to many places around the world. Most of my time, however, was spent in Europe or the USA. And during my travels, I noticed something interesting; Europeans hold the fork in…

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The Culture Conflict

  • March 19, 2019

"Culture is something that I'm not going to believe because we have a good month, or a good two months, that the culture is back. I'm going to believe it when I see month after month for a long time…

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The Value of Analog in a Digital World

  • July 8, 2018

I’m certain that none of my kids have ever touched or have even seen a rotary phone (My oldest is 26 years old!) Aside from what that says about my age, it does speak to how quickly technology changes, especially…

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It’s That Time of Year!

  • June 1, 2018

Just like Halloween in the fall, Christmas in winter and Easter in the spring, you can mark your calendars for Shutdown in the summer. It’s that time of year when many manufacturing plants have large schedulded shutdowns to perform regular…

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Safety on the Dock of the Bay

  • May 11, 2018

Last weekend I was visiting family in Ponte Vedra Florida and we had the opportunity to visit a unique restaurant on a property that adjoins the intracoastal waterway. I had never been there before. It has a great family friendly atmosphere,…

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Realizing the value of gray hair/ no hair

  • April 22, 2018

I admit my bias upfront. I fit into this demographic. It’s always interesting to listen to the many different perspectives of management about the demographics of today’s workplace. The “baby boomers”, “generation X”, “the millennial” …there are plenty of labels…

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Can You Spare a Minute?

  • March 27, 2018

A true story. Last week I was in South Carolina doing work for a client and staying at the local Hilton Garden Inn. After finishing work and having dinner, I returned to the hotel and go t on the elevator…

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Is Your Team Ready to Beat Goliath?

Well, it happened.

Most of us non-hardcore basketball fans can even get excited about March Madness as much as those who track the entire season. And what is it about this college basketball tournament that is so compelling? I contend that unlike any other major college sport, the “little guy” gets a chance. That’s why we watch. Its David vs Goliath in the 21st century! And predictably, Goliath usually wins. Every now and then though, David pulls off an injury before falling in defeat. But last night he won!

In last night’s stunning 10 point win, “David” UMBC (University of Maryland Baltimore County..I had to look that up) beat “Goliath” University of Virginia. Not by a last second “hail Mary” three-point play but by a resounding 10 points!

How did David win you ask? Teamwork and leadership. The quote I’ve included here is from Nicole Auerbach of The Athletic.

The excerpt says it all.

New head coach Ryan Odom, who inherited the leadership role in 2016 saw a team used to mediocrity. The team performed to their expectations. It wasn’t until he raised those expectations did performance improve. What did he do?

Change the environment to reflect expectations

Establish a winning culture – “live” the expectations daily and walk the walk.

Set targeted improvement – “you’re going to get a little better each day”

Don’t expect miracles – “you’ll be good enough when you’re good enough”

    Celebrate Success – “..it came a little bit quicker than we expected”

Do you want to improve your operations or your business?  Take a play out of “David’s” book! Having the talented people with the right leadership and the focus to deliver will make as many improvements to your business as any six-sigma exercise can ever deliver. The solution to improvement is not always a digital one. There is still a place for analog!

I’ve seen this work. I’ve been part of it in industry. It’s a thrilling experience and rewarding emotionally as well as monetarily.

Ask yourself if your team is ready to beat Goliath??