The Gems Have Character

We recently interviewed a woman who interviewed very well. However, we never hire without research. Some research on her background showed that while she did work for the companies on her resume, everything else she said is not true. A Western company laid her off in the down turn in 2009.  She protested by bringing […]

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We Want Openness, How About You?

Openness is not often mentioned in talk of a good business. ERP might be talked of, but the purpose of ERP is to get the information opened up so everyone knows what everyone is doing.  ERP is about openness and cannot be very useful without it. Some businesses are more open with their customers than […]

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Decision Making for the Common Person and Great Leader

Leadership is not about being an expert accountant, purchaser, salesman, engineer or shoe shiner. It is a separate skill entirely from these and it takes time and effort to learn and do well. Leadership requires the ability to choose and build up great teams. Leadership requires helping each person on the team reach their potential […]

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Quality Leadership Creates Quality Products

I mean Quality Leadership means Excellent Leadership here. That is what we need.   I like initiatives like Lean and Six Sigma that seek to improve quality. Their tools and thinking have helped me at various points. I want to write today on what is of first importance in successful implementation by talking about a simple […]

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We Don’t Want ISO 9000 – Unless

We do not want ISO 9000 to be a game, and it usually is. Standards competing with ISO 9000, 14000, and 18000, are a growth industry. Most are roughly the same in their outlook and attitude. What they espouse is good stuff. However, I want to mention a few risks. Game playing is one. Naturally, […]

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Leadership is about Ends and not Means

Leaders like to direct action. They seek leadership, and they like leading. I will not say that is wrong, but it often leads to telling subordinates how to do their job. Let me tell a true story with some facts changed as always to protect identity. I know a factory where a good leader, let’s […]

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