Cost Takeout has been heard at one time or another in every C-suite and boardroom. The primary objective of every leadership team is to improve profitability and while there are many ways to do that, every company should have cost takeout as a strategic imperative. Continuous Improvement concepts tell us that there are always ways to take out cost. With that in mind, how does a leadership team develop a cost takeout strategy? The first thing is to make sure everyone is clear on what a cost takeout strategy really is. Let’s start with what it isn’t.
It is not: …Read MoreThis entry was posted in Business Transformation, Cost Takeout, Information Technology, Strategy 5.0, Supply Chain Optimization, on March 2, 2022
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 MoreThis 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
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.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
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 MoreThis 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
The majority of our consulting work has been virtual and like everyone else we have adapted by developing a virtual strategic planning and strategic execution process. To us and our clients, this remote workforce thing has not been as bad as people feared. Many leaders believe that employees are more productive when working from home and several companies are reducing office space and headcount because of it – one part of their strategic plan. They all agree that executing strategy has presented more challenges because …Read MoreThis entry was posted in Business Transformation, Global Initiatives, M&A, Manufacturing and Distribution, Market Effectiveness, Organizational Development, Product Development, Strategy 5.0, Supply Chain Optimization, on September 30, 2020
The development of a global world class supply chain is a challenge in good times, but is really tested when a supply chain is significantly disrupted. During periods of supply and demand disruptions, like we are currently experiencing, the concept of world class is severely tested. As companies are attempting to understand the resiliency of their supply chain, …Read MoreThis entry was posted in Information Technology, Manufacturing and Distribution, Playbooks, Supply Chain Optimization, on July 13, 2020
Supply Chain Risk – Supply Chain Resiliency – Knowing Where You Are Vulnerable and Doing Something About it
Supply Chain Risk and Supply Chain Resiliency are very real threats to companies as they try to recover from the pandemic, or any other disruption. It’s a topic that most companies don’t spend a lot of time on. They expect their Tier 1 suppliers to manage this reliably deliver just in time with high quality and low cost. Over the last 50 years, supply chains have evolved into complex global networks that few companies understand beyond …Read MoreThis entry was posted in Re-Opening Your Business, Supply Chain Optimization, on June 5, 2020
- The Group50 team and I are very proud of working with Wrap Technologies (WRTC) to design and implement a world class manufacturing and supply chain infrastructure for their BolaWrap 100 restraint device which significantly reduces the force required to subdue suspects – taking the brutality out of apprehending suspects and making policing safer. In this project, we worked with the WRAP team to implement their technology backbone, create their supply chain operating and management systems and design their manufacturing facilities and production cells. Made in America from the ground up. Seldom do we get this type of opportunity and we are focused on implementing more manufacturing in America.This entry was posted in Business Transformation, Information Technology, Manufacturing and Distribution, Supply Chain Optimization, on June 3, 2020
In the next few weeks, companies with under 500 employees will start receiving payments from the Paycheck Protection Act and all companies will continue to make important decisions on how to structure themselves to deal with the current downturn and prepare themselves for the future (Here is one view of the future …Read MoreThis entry was posted in Business Transformation, Cost Takeout, Manufacturing and Distribution, Organizational Development, Strategy 5.0, Supply Chain Optimization, Value stream mapping, on April 13, 2020
Group50 sponsored this webinar which focuses on Recession Planning and Fine Tuning a company’s business plan in turbulent times. Subject matter experts in Finance, Leadership and Operations discussed best practices and the Do’s and Don’ts they learned during their corporate and consulting careers and multiple economic cycles with hundreds of companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies such as GE, Black & Decker, Deloitte, Underwriters Laboratories and …Read MoreThis entry was posted in Business Transformation, Cost Takeout, Manufacturing and Distribution, Strategy 5.0, Supply Chain Optimization, on March 26, 2020
- Video Explanation of the Business Hierarchy of Needs®
- Strategy 5.0™ – Defining the Appropriate Organization Design for a Digital Future
- Strategy 5.0™ – Where to Play, How To Win, Most Important Goal
- Cost Takeout as a Strategy
- What is the Business Hierarchy of Needs®?
- Five Things You Need To Do To Drive Continuous Improvement – Introduction
- Five Things You Need To Do To Drive Continuous improvement – Part IV – Best Practices
- What is a “ Brown Paper Exercise “ and What is its’ Value?
- Industry 5.0, People – Process – Technology – Cobotics
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