Tours & the Value of Observation

March 26, 2018 In this past week, I have attended a fascinating tour and presentation of Bay Cities, the premier designers and manufacturers of packaging and displays, and went on a tour of Gordon Biersch, the brewing company (see pictures below). One of the best ways to keep [...]

Can You See What Others Cannot?

Much of our success in consulting comes from seeing what others cannot. For example, assisting clients by helping them create better plans (that follow the quickest, most effective path to success), avoid costly and delay-ridden pitfalls that few realize exist, and successfully navigate through stormy waters......all quite important in [...]

2023-09-19T22:10:48-07:00August 18, 2016|Categories: Business & the Economy|Tags: , , |

Forget About Cost Savings: Look for Process Opportunities

Have you ever thought about how easy it is to uncover process opportunities?  Most executives tell me 'no' as it seems much harder than it is most of the time yet they are very interested in these opportunities to improve their business. As interested as they are in these [...]

2023-09-16T17:07:05-07:00July 13, 2016|Categories: Manufacturing, Process Improvement|Tags: , , |

Our Competition is Complacency

I attended a conference for ProVisors (premier organization of senior-level trusted advisers) group leaders earlier today.  It was energizing to spend the day with top notch trusted advisers and leaders.  One of the speakers was talking about the power of collaboration vs. competition.  I've found this to be true [...]

2023-09-17T14:30:58-07:00May 5, 2016|Categories: Business & the Economy, I've Been Thinking|Tags: , |

Lessons Learned from a Genius Businessman

Harry used uncommon common sense to spot opportunities to turn around companies. His wisdom, integrity and generosity will be missed. My best friend's dad was as close to a business genius as I've stood. He made his employers rich beyond their wildest dreams yet he was happy with this [...]


Make a conscious effort every day to stop what you’re doing and look around your workplace and beyond. By becoming observant you’ll soon spot people and areas that need your attention. It is worth it to take a step back on a daily basis, if not more frequently, to [...]

2023-09-18T17:25:53-07:00February 4, 2016|Categories: Business & the Economy|Tags: , , , |

Observe to Rule the Roost

Sometimes the productive road to performance improvement is to just observe and ask questions. From observation, ideas emerge, issues pop out and you can take directed action to make positive change. It is interesting how effective the powers of observation can be! Take a step back and observe what [...]

2023-09-18T16:55:42-07:00December 17, 2015|Categories: Business & the Economy|Tags: , , , , , , |

Keeping an Eye Out for Opportunities

All supply chain events, trends, and issues – good or bad – can lead to new opportunities if you’re vigilant. One of the most successful strategies for success for executives follows the Occam’s Razor concept of simplicity – keep an eye out for opportunities. It is amazing how often [...]

2023-09-16T08:47:05-07:00May 8, 2015|Categories: Business & the Economy|Tags: , , , |

The Importance of What is NOT Happening

Quality must be an assumption. The problem with assumptions such as service and quality is that people lose focus because there is little conversation about the topics when "all is well". People are typically not rewarded for things that don't happen. For example, if there is a crisis, people [...]

The Hidden Benefit of Observation

It's amazing how much can be learned from the most unusual or obscure situations yet 80% of the time, we miss it! We are not trained to keep our eyes open for examples and trends in everyday life. Trust me, you would not be alone; however, if you can [...]

2023-09-15T14:43:26-07:00June 12, 2013|Categories: Business & the Economy|Tags: , |
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