Recent Updates

Saturday, October 16, 2010 - 15:00

According to Nationwide Insurance, automotive crashes cost society $230 Billion each year.

The No.1 source of driver inattention is use of a wireless device.  Driving while distracted is a factor in 25 percent of police reported crashes.  Driving while using a cell phone reduces the amount of brain activity associated with driving by 37 percent. [1]

How many times have your found yourself driving and suddenly remembered that you needed to do something?  What do you do?

Saturday, October 9, 2010 - 09:12

Throughout the novel the author uses subtle devices to help Alex reach cathartic moments to breakthrough seemingly insurmountable roadblocks.

Few books find an audience in their initial printing and even fewer get a first revision.  Dr. Eliyahu M. Goldratt’s novel “The Goal” is well into its 3rd revision and has sold over 2 million copies.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010 - 20:03

Running a business or organization is hard work.  It can sometimes seem like all we do is react to the next crisis and hope that we're making money and making a difference.

At the September Mill Creek Business Association (MCBA) meeting, we discussed the Five Steps to a Better Stronger Business.  We learned about a better way!  There's no magic wand that you wave, no silver bullet.  Running an organization takes passion, focus, diligence and faith.  And it takes a systematic approach in making sure that you're building a better stronger business.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010 - 11:11

The [Organizer] tool is a Microsoft Outlook add-in designed to help you achieve greater focus.  It shifts your attention from a message centric paradigm to one focused on achievement.  The add-in helps you get organized through the use of Projects and Focuses, aligning every Outlook object to your organizational strategy.

Sunday, September 19, 2010 - 16:34

This template provides a list of tasks to help plan and execute a Kaizen event using Ceptara's [Organizer] Outlook Add-in.  After downloading, 'Import the WBS' using the Project Explorer.

It provides a tree structure with tasks and sub-tasks focused on four main milestones:

Sunday, September 12, 2010 - 12:16

This template provides a list of tasks to help plan a wedding using Ceptara's [Organizer] Outlook Add-in.  After downloading, 'Import the WBS' using the Project Explorer.

It provides a tree structure with tasks and sub-tasks focused on six main milestones:

Wednesday, September 8, 2010 - 10:38

Quick View

Harley Davidson has lost its focus on quality as evidenced by our most recent bike trip and by dozens of others expressing their opinions about HD motorcycles.  That hasn't seemed to impact HD's business momentum in large part due to the success of their marketing strategy and brand image.  But will it be enough?  I know I won't ever own a Harley, at least not until they clean up their quality issues.

Monday, August 30, 2010 - 13:10

Show your boss, your customers, and most importantly yourself that you're serious about your career and are willing to make an independent investment in your ongoing knowledge and capabilities.

Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit. - Aristotle

Thursday, August 26, 2010 - 11:42

Enough!

I've had enough, I'm divorcing my e-mail notifications.  You get them from your computer, you get them on your phone, everytime I start my browser (and if you have your homepage set to one of those 'I can solve all of your problems just join my website' services), there it is, the notification staring at me, expecting me to do something about it.

Sunday, July 18, 2010 - 08:32

Summary

  • Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) improves the reliability of your system and helps avoid unexpected costs.
  • Can be performed anytime but ideally should be performed during initial design.
  • FMEA is a rigorous structured approach to identify potential system failures.