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Running an operation should be as easy as finding out what your customers want, then giving it to them. Nothing more or less.

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Operations Analysis

Exam Hall

What is Your Management Blindside?

An education is a wonderful thing Every year in the UK 16-year-olds study for their General Certificates of Education (G.C.S.E’s.).  And every year the the Government publishes the results.  This is how they have changed: I did my GCSE’s (or something similar) in 1984.  I am an old (and as you can extrapolate from the chart) […]

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Process Improvement

Hiding Problems

The Problem with Solutions

Clever management phrases When I was a graduate trainee I had a manager who loved to say: “Do not come to me with problems, come with solutions” He believed it was a clever and motivational sort of thing to say.  It would make me more creative, I would start to think ahead and develop my own solutions, and — […]

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Employee Engagement

Mechanic

A Management Fable

Frank and the Spanner In the Midlands there is a factory.  They make bits, which fit into other bits, which eventually find their way into washing machines and lawn mowers. It is a grimy old factory that bumps along the bottom of the industrial supply chain, just about making enough money to keep its doors […]

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