The Insights of Others


Just wanted to steer you to a few interesting pieces written by some other folks that include some very interesting and valuable insights … plenty of foodfor thought to start out your day.

Dan Pontefract on Leadership

A guy named Dan Pontefract with the interesting job tile of Head of Learning and Collaboration at a Canadian based communications company called TELUS wrote an outstanding piece in the HBR blog called “Rethinking the Work of Leadership”.

Among his insights: “Perhaps the first step toward a better future for your organization is to acknowledge that you don't necessarily know the way there — and, just as important, to understand that by asking questions, you not only awaken and engage people, you stand to collect more valuable perspective and ideas than you would by starting from a position of authority.”

Smyth McKissick before the House Small Business Sub-Committee

Smyth McKissick is the CEO of Alice Manufacturing, a textiles manufacturer in South Carolina. He explained the environment he has found his company in over the least several years very well, especially the impact of trade agreements, and he does so in very real terms.

Well worth the read, and pay particular attention to his take on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. He has a lot of credibility as a result of his track record of accepting and developing strategies to make the most of agreements such as NAFTA, but this one concerns him. The potential unholy alliance between China and Vietnam – both non-market based, heavily subsidized currency manipulators and the access they will gain to US markets – concern him greatly … as it should all American manufacturers.

Brad Power on GE’s Lean Approach

A consultant by the name of Brad Power wrote about some of the particulars of GE’s decision to embrace lean and return some of the appliance manufacturing to Louisville. Interesting background on the decision, and pay particular attention to the integration of product and process design with supply chain concerns.

The water heater that resulted was a new design, with better performance: 20% fewer parts and 50% less labor. Inventory was reduced 60%, labor efficiency improved 30%, time-to-produce was reduced 68%, and space required for the line came down by 80%.”


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