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  • What do Strategic Thinking, Operational Excellence, Continuous Improvement, and Employee Engagement Have in Common?

    Strategic thinking, operational excellence, continuous improvement, and employee engagement have many things in common. They are all driven by a core set of inextricably linked operating principles. They: …Read More

    This entry was posted in Business Hierarchy of Needs®, Continuous Improvement, Strategy 5.0, Strategy Realized - The Business Hierarchy of Needs®, on January 21, 2023
  • What are the 5 Phases of Lean Deployment?

    Lean Deployment is the implementation of a prescribed set of Lean Principles throughout a business and the engagement of all stakeholders (employees, vendors, temps, contract workers, 3rd party providers and customers) in that deployment. Lean Principles are a set of guidelines and best practices for optimizing the efficiency and effectiveness of processes in business and manufacturing. …Read More

    This entry was posted in Continuous Improvement, Strategy 5.0, Supply Chain Optimization, Value stream mapping, on January 16, 2023
  • What is Kaizen? – An Overview

    Kaizen is a process improvement methodology where stakeholders (customers, suppliers, employees and contract workers) at every level work together to implement process improvements at the business level and on the shop floor.  These improvements may be …Read More

    This entry was posted in Continuous Improvement, Value stream mapping, on January 13, 2023
  • 3 Ways to Increase Service Revenue with Clients Utilizing The Business Hierarchy of Needs®

    As consultants and advisors our mission is to provide services to our clients that help them resolve issues in their business and positively impact their business performance. By taking a holistic view, we can increase the breadth of our services which will increase both short term and long-term revenues. Often, it isn’t obvious to us what the potential broader impact of our work is, or how our services can be broadened to have a greater impact. By considering the elements of the Business Hierarchy of Needs®, we can optimize our efforts, with laser sharp focus on fixing client issues, improving client performance and increasing the scope of our work. The Business Hierarchy of Needs®, shown below, …Read More

    This entry was posted in Business Hierarchy of Needs®, on December 23, 2022
  • Streamlining Operations in Preparation for 2023

    Question: Has your company streamlined the business processes and staffing that were changed over the last three years?

    First: We had the pandemic which caused every business to significantly change the way they work. Second: Coming out of the pandemic businesses had to ramp up operations like never before.

    In every business we have worked with over the last 3 years, …Read More

    This entry was posted in Cost Takeout, Manufacturing and Distribution, Organizational Development, Value stream mapping, on December 14, 2022
  • Application of the Business Hierarchy of Needs®

    This is a section from my book:  “Strategy Realized – The Business Hierarchy of Needs®” which was released on 1/9/2023 (Buy Now) and will be available as a hardcover on 2/9/2023. You may want to refresh your knowledge of the Business Hierarchy of Needs® before reading on or just take a moment to study the image below to better understand this framework that is designed to turn strategy into results by taking a close look at the image.

    …Read More

    This entry was posted in Business Hierarchy of Needs®, Strategy Realized - The Business Hierarchy of Needs®, on October 21, 2022
  • Lean Supply Chain Management – 2022 and Beyond – Supply Chain Hierarchy of Needs ™

    Lean Supply Chains, while still important are not robust enough to meet the needs of today’s global supply chain requirements. Jim Gitney, the CEO of Group50 Consulting, discusses new requirements and methods for Lean Supply Chain Management and introduces the Supply Chain Hierarchy of Needs ™ as a guide to implementing Lean and Agile supply chain …Read More

    This entry was posted in Business Hierarchy of Needs®, Business Transformation, Supply Chain Hierarchy of Needs, on August 25, 2022
  • Objectively Picking The Right Manufacturing Location

    Is picking the right manufacturing location purely an objective exercise or is it subjective as well? The answer is yes to both. The objective side clearly affects your P&L, while the subjective side effects the risk to your P&L. In choosing the right manufacturing location it is important to do the analysis with 4 key objectives in mind. They are as follows: …Read More

    This entry was posted in Manufacturing and Distribution, Mexico, Supply Chain Optimization, Total Cost of Ownership, Weekend Thought, on August 11, 2022
  • Using the Supply Chain Hierarchy of Needs ™ to Plan Next Steps

    The economy is troubling everyone again.  It is unclear how deep the recession is going to be, but it is obvious that demand is declining and many of our clients are continuing to see supply chain issues. I expect to see another lead and lag between demand and supply over the next 8-12 months, so here we go again.

    You and your team are probably trying …Read More

    This entry was posted in Business Hierarchy of Needs®, Business Transformation, Organizational Development, Strategy 5.0, Supply Chain Hierarchy of Needs, Supply Chain Optimization, on August 11, 2022
  • Supply Chain Hierarchy of Needs™

    Supply chains are the heart and arteries that drive a company’s strategic success.  From raw materials through the full life cycle of the product or service, lean supply chains have constantly changing requirements and have been significantly challenged with the frequency of massive disruptions.  The Supply Chain Hierarchy of Needs™ provides a framework for …Read More

    This entry was posted in Business Hierarchy of Needs®, Strategy 5.0, Supply Chain Hierarchy of Needs, Supply Chain Optimization, on August 9, 2022
  • Strategy Realized – The Business Hierarchy of Needs® – Talent Optimization

    These statistic from Boardview.io should cause pause to all senior leaders:

    80% of leaders feel their company is good at crafting strategy but only 44% at its implementation”

    To make matters worse, they also report:

    10% of organizations achieve at least two-thirds of their strategy objectives, with 36% achieving between 50%-67% and 54% achieving less than 50%

    I have no reason to doubt these statistics based on what we see in our consulting work. The primary reasons for this are: …Read More

    This entry was posted in Business Hierarchy of Needs®, Organizational Development, Strategic Planning 5.0, Strategy 5.0, Talent Management, on July 26, 2022
  • 8 Things You Need for Recession Planning – Making the Right Choices Now

    Whether we want to call this a recession or just unfortunate circumstances, I think that we can all agree that business is being disrupted yet again by external factors beyond management’s control.  Interest rates are up, sales are down and inflation is above 8%. Amazon, Tesla, Wells Fargo, Coinbase, Salesforce, Meta and Netflix are a few of the more well-known companies announcing layoffs.  Financial indicators …Read More

    This entry was posted in Cost Takeout, Global Initiatives, Strategic Planning 5.0, Supply Chain Optimization, on July 8, 2022
  • Video Explanation of the Business Hierarchy of Needs®

    90% of companies do a poor job executing their strategy 

    The Business Hierarchy of Needs® and and Strategy 5.0™ are part of Group50’s suite of strategic planning and execution tools.  In this 20 minute video, Jim Gitney, the Founder and CEO of Group50, summarizes how the Business Hierarchy of Needs®, a change management framework, can be used by Boards of Directors and senior leadership teams …Read More

    This entry was posted in Anti-Strategy, Business Hierarchy of Needs®, Strategic Execution 5.0 ™, Strategic Planning 5.0, Strategy 5.0, on April 18, 2022
  • Strategy 5.0™ – Defining the Appropriate Organization Design for a Digital Future

    “𝑰𝒕 𝒊𝒔 𝒕𝒊𝒎𝒆 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒂 𝒑𝒂𝒓𝒂𝒅𝒊𝒈𝒎 𝒔𝒉𝒊𝒇𝒕 𝒊𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒘𝒂𝒚 𝒘𝒆 𝒍𝒐𝒐𝒌 𝒂𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒐𝒓𝒈𝒂𝒏𝒊𝒛𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒔𝒕𝒓𝒖𝒄𝒕𝒖𝒓𝒆𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒘𝒊𝒍𝒍 𝒃𝒆 𝒓𝒆𝒒𝒖𝒊𝒓𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒐 𝒔𝒖𝒄𝒄𝒆𝒔𝒔𝒇𝒖𝒍𝒍𝒚 𝒍𝒆𝒂𝒅 𝒂 𝒄𝒐𝒎𝒑𝒂𝒏𝒚 𝒕𝒐 𝒂 𝒅𝒊𝒈𝒊𝒕𝒂𝒍 𝒇𝒖𝒕𝒖𝒓𝒆.”

    I just published an article on LinkedIn on the Appropriate Design for a Digital Future.  You can read it here.  For those of you who want a Schaum’s outline version, here we go.

    Today’s functional organization structure is no longer appropriate for serving the digital future.  Business processes are horizontal, not vertical.  So, as part of Group50’s approach to Strategy 5.0™, we are proposing that companies be organized in the following …Read More

    This entry was posted in Business Hierarchy of Needs®, Organizational Development, Strategy 5.0, on April 3, 2022
  • Strategy Framework – Where to Play, How to Win, Most Important Goal

    How many different strategic frameworks are there? Probably as many as there are consultants.  Most are difficult to explain to leadership, and they are impossible to explain to everyone else. While the development of a business strategy can be complex, the focus of the Group50® Where to Play and How to Win strategic planning framework provides a solution to this problem by keeping it simple: …Read More

    This entry was posted in Anti-Strategy, Business Hierarchy of Needs®, Strategic Execution 5.0 ™, Strategic Planning 5.0, Strategy 5.0, on March 27, 2022
  • Cost Takeout as a Strategy

    There is a significant difference between Cost Reduction and Cost Takeout. All companies should have cost reduction as part of their business strategies. It only makes good sense. At one time or another, just about every C-suite and boardroom has had the discussion regarding Cost Takeout as a Strategy.   Continuous Improvement and Lean Business concepts tell us that there are always ways to take out cost and those tools do a good job of reducing cost gradually.  Cost takeout as a strategy is a completely different approach. The first thing is to make sure that everyone is clear on what a cost takeout strategy really is.  Let’s start with what it isn’t.

    It is not: …Read More

    This entry was posted in Business Transformation, Cost Takeout, Information Technology, Strategy 5.0, Supply Chain Optimization, on March 2, 2022
  • What is the Business Hierarchy of Needs®?

    In Group50’s early days, we were working with the model shown in the picture to the left when we were doing strategic planning work.  It was simple, to the point and easy to talk about.  None of our clients were totally convinced that this image told the entire story.  It was missing a lot of information and only told the story of getting prepared to implement a company’s strategy.  This graphic didn’t include two key elements: …Read More

    This entry was posted in Business Hierarchy of Needs®, Manufacturing and Distribution, Strategy 5.0, on February 26, 2022
  • Five Things You Need To Do To Drive Continuous Improvement – Introduction

    Change happens. Every business environment requires continuously changing strategies, processes, tools and skills. Implementing a Continuous Improvement program is one way a company can harness their response to change and create competitive advantage. As companies launch Continuous Improvement programs, they need to have a plan. Effective programs require the following 5 elements leading to successful and sustainable …Read More

    This entry was posted in Business Hierarchy of Needs®, Business Transformation, Continuous Improvement, Driving Continuous Improvement Series, Global Initiatives, Manufacturing and Distribution, Organizational Development, Strategy 5.0, Supply Chain Optimization, Value stream mapping, on February 19, 2022
  • Five Things You Need To Do To Drive Continuous improvement – Part IV – Best Practices

    Focusing on one methodology for continuous improvement can limit progress, diminish innovation and restrain the organization’s ability to realize its full continuous improvement potential. In Part IV of this series, we talk about using the best practices and best tools for your Continuous Improvement program. Continuous improvement best practices include: …Read More

    This entry was posted in Business Hierarchy of Needs®, Continuous Improvement, Driving Continuous Improvement Series, on February 18, 2022
  • What is a “ Brown Paper Exercise “ and What is its’ Value?

    At Group50®, we have brought back to life an old form of Value Stream Mapping called the Brown Paper Exercise. Long before computers were invented, the only way to do Value Stream Mapping was on paper.  Utilizing paper allows you to be produce maps that are not limited to the size of a computer monitor or projection screen. It is interactive, fun and can be done via a hybrid model of in-person and virtual.

    Group50’s Brown Paper Exercise is an important tool that we use every day as part of our Value Stream Mapping process.  It provides an engaging, non threatening way for …Read More

    This entry was posted in Business Hierarchy of Needs®, Continuous Improvement, Healthcare, Manufacturing and Distribution, Organizational Development, Strategy 5.0, Supply Chain Optimization, Value stream mapping, on February 16, 2022
  • Industry 5.0, People – Process – Technology – Cobotics

    The implications of Industry 5.0 and the Internet of Everything ( IoE ) are not fully understood by leadership teams.  How to get there is a larger challenge.  It needs to be a strategic discussion in the board room and in the C-Suite.  Its impact, while seemingly obvious is not! Technology …Read More

    This entry was posted in Blockchain IoT, Business Transformation, Information Technology, Manufacturing and Distribution, on February 15, 2022
  • Industry 5.0 – IoT and Blockchain – An Application Case Study – Flight Safety Parts

    A lot has happened since the creation of blockchain in 2009, including the great hype of 2014-2017, when hundreds of books were written and blockchain was continuously in the news – At that point, more of a fantasy than a practical business reality.  Over the last few years, blockchain systems have matured and are going mainstream with companies now accepting cryptocurrencies for payments, issuing fungible tokens for digital assets, and notable companies such as Maersk, IBM, Walmart, and others having implemented blockchain in their supply chains.  Just as the internet was in its infancy in the late 90’s, …Read More

    This entry was posted in Blockchain IoT, Business Transformation, Case Studies, Information Technology, Manufacturing and Distribution, Strategic Execution 5.0 ™, Strategic Planning 5.0, Strategy 5.0, Supply Chain Optimization, on January 28, 2022
  • Digital Transformation Case Study – Inflection Point

    $6M in annual savings, $15M in future cost avoidance, $2+M working capital reduction, 900% ROI

    Situation:

    A $300M per year in annual sales CPG company is experiencing significant growth and has hit an Inflection Point, where people, process, and technology were struggling to support the size of the business. The entire company, every function was using “brute force” to make things work. The company wants to increase sales by 50% in five years, but …Read More

    This entry was posted in Business Transformation, Case Studies, Inflection Point, Manufacturing and Distribution, Market Effectiveness, Strategy 5.0, on October 17, 2021
  • Inflection Point and the Wealth Effect – 2 Strategies

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    I was recently having a conversation with Jim Gitney, the CEO of Group50 Consulting and he was talking about the Inflection Point of one of his clients. The company is a 2nd generation manufacturer, who is in a significant growth mode. Mom and Dad still own a majority of the company, with 2 of their 3 children running the day-to-day activities. This company has hit an inflection point with its growth plans though. Their systems, people and processes are strained …Read More

    This entry was posted in Exit Planning and Transition, Inflection Point, on October 3, 2021
  • Solemn Memorial Day

    I am not going to wish you “Happy Memorial Day”, I am going to wish all of us a “Solemn Memorial Day”.
     
    During this weekend, I have been touched by the thought of Freedom. Over the last 16 months, we have not been “totally” free. We have tasted what it is like to be restricted in our freedoms, reminded of what it must be like for billions of people around the world who can’t enjoy the freedoms we expect and mostly take for granted. The pandemic, like many other attempts to restrict our freedoms is behind us, but not for billions of people around the globe.

    …Read More

    This entry was posted in Weekend Thought, on May 31, 2021

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