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American Biomanufacturing Summit Gathers Executives to Discuss the Right Tools, Mindset and Culture Needed to Drive Productivity and Ingenuity

In biomanufacturing, biotechnology, business, Generis, healthcare technology, Life sciences, pharmaceutical by Jennifer BrowneLeave a Comment

From June 18-19, biopharmaceutical executives and cutting-edge technology providers are meeting in San Fransisco to discuss industry challenges and opportunities, quality as a culture, supply chain management, and new technologies.

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Opening the Garage Door

In automotive, business, Lean Implementation, Lean manufacturing by Alicia CheungLeave a Comment

Digital technologies have upended the automotive industry. Formerly based solely on a business model of car ownership, the industry is fundamentally redefining itself into a multifaceted digital ecosystem. In a recent study from the IBM Institute for Business Value, 80% of executives said “comprehensive connected vehicle services” will be a key differentiator for consumers. Today’s car manufacturers and suppliers face intense competition from startups and internet companies with new business models, agile processes and rapid releases. To innovate and scale, industry leaders will need to combine the creative skills of a startup with the traditional strengths of an industrial enterprise.

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An Executive’s Guide to Implementing Pragmatic Decision-Making with BI

In business, workforce by Alicia CheungLeave a Comment

Business intelligence (BI) has become a critical component of success in managing effective organizations. According to OQSIE, the data produced by BI allows us to look backwards at the performance in order to course-correct and make decisions that lead to improvements in the future. In short, BI clarifies where we have been and informs us about where we are going. This is a powerful motivator for companies in a competitive marketplace.

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5 Rules of Engagement for Breakout Performance

In business, corporate culture, leadership, medical device, pharmaceutical, professional development, talent, workforce by Alicia CheungLeave a Comment

Whether you work at a small tech startup or a large, established manufacturer, there is an implicit understanding that business success can be easily quantified. Whether you are a CEO or a sales representative, the common wisdom is that there are identifiable numbers that can objectively determine if you are a success or a failure. In a world full of endless layers of nuance and opinion, tangible metrics of business performance are irresistibly attractive. However, there are serious limitations to taking such a binary approach to measuring success. This black and white approach to measuring business success is actually counterproductive, particularly if the goal is to achieve transformative performance improvement.

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Leadership Spotlight: Randy Kesterson, SVP, Operations & Supply Chain, Cobham

In business, interview, leadership, operational excellence, supply chain by Cressida MurrayLeave a Comment

We are thrilled to have Randy Kesterson join us at the American Supply Chain Summit, on April 9-10 in Dallas, TX. He will be delivering a plenary session on “How to Change an Organization: Addressing Failures and the Key to Lead Real Change,” in which he will explore why most supply chain transformations fail and what you can do about it, using examples from both failures and successes in his own career.

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Teams 2.0 – Rebooting Team Engagement and Execution

In business, Continuous Improvement, corporate culture, culture, Generis, manufacturing, Q&A by GenerisLeave a Comment

In many organizations today, team functionality is actually working against overall business success and efficiency. Organizations have become a slave to team models that are inefficient, unproductive, and bureaucratic. This Q&A with Competitive Solutions, Inc. answers the following questions about Rebooting Team Engagement and Execution: What are the main issues you see businesses experiencing in team engagement in execution? Why does team functionality work against overall business success and efficiency? What are non-negotiable systems, and how can organizational leaders use these systems to transform the business? When are continuous improvement tools no longer effective? In your experience, what has the outcome been like when team engagement and execution are rebooted?

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4 Types of Supply Chain Risk and How to Address Them

In business, logistics, risk management, supply chain by Cressida Murray1 Comment

As a Corporate Sourcing & Logistics Executive at NBCUniversal, Mark Pierson is responsible for the strategic sourcing of suppliers and the implementation and management of contracts and processes to ensure that NBCUniversal uses efficient and effective logistics and compliance procedures in all of their global operations. These include home entertainment, television and theatrical production and distribution, NBC News, Sports, Olympics, and theme park divisions.  Evidently, NBCUniversal has a tremendously complicated supply chain and one that sources from manufacturing, retail, food services, and more. Risk is inherent in any business, but in a global company with such varied business units, the number of risks to plan for are limitless. Pierson scans the news each morning and uses the VUCA method to classify types of risk and what response they warrant.  This method asks two questions: How much do you know about the situation? How well can you predict the results of your actions? When Pierson came to the American Supply Chain Summit last year, he shared some of his experience and the supply chain and logistical risks he was facing that week alone in his talk on “Seeing the Big Picture: Gaining Visibility Across your Supply Chain”.

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New Year’s Resolutions: Create Successful Teams and a Sound Strategy

In business, corporate culture, culture, skills gap, talent, workforce by Cressida MurrayLeave a Comment

Dan Key, SVP, Operations & Supply Chain at Axalta Coating Systems spends a lot of time analyzing successful teams and how they win. He has found that many of them have similar characteristics. They have a system, they hire people that fit that system, and they develop that system over time. They mix A+ players with a lot of B players that know their role in the organization. They’re not afraid to let people go (not even the A+ talent), but rather see it as an opportunity to change and improve. They define a sound strategy that everyone on the team can understand. As we make our New Year’s resolutions to improve our organizations in 2018, consider some of Key’s tips to creating successful teams and a sound strategy.

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Best Business Books: Recommendations from Generis Thought Leaders

In business, corporate culture, innovation, operational excellence, professional development by Cressida MurrayLeave a Comment

From time to time, our thought leaders will mention books that stuck with them for some reason or another and have influenced the way they approach their organization and their own careers. If you are looking for a great gift for a business-minded person, try one of these titles!

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