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Strategy Consulting Discounted Service Offers

Strategy Consulting: Is your company using consultants? Are they just too expensive? WGA Consulting is offering exclusive limited time discount offers

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Customer Centricity, be passionate and truly put the customer comes first, commit to building relationships and be a brand that analyzes and plans.

Customer Centricity – Driving repeat business through customer loyalty

Customer Centricity, be passionate and truly put the customer comes first, commit to building relationships and be a brand that analyzes and plans.

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Corporate Reorganization often causes fear and uncertainty Here are some ways to communicate and handle all the challenges of the reorganization.

Corporate Reorganization – The Essentials

Corporate Reorganization often causes fear and uncertainty. Here are some ways to communicate and handle all the challenges of the reorganization.

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Big Data Analytics Automating Data Driven Decisions

Big Data Analytics: Automating Data Driven Decisions

Big Data analytics represent the next big wave of new innovations and technologies. The potential to transform how organizations create value.

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Workforce Planning 2017 Trends: Adapt, retain talent & forecast to avoid surpluses shortages in your company

Workforce Planning Process

Workforce planning is a systematic analysis process that proactively plans ahead to avoid surpluses and shortages of what your organization will need

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2017 Business Trends to Watch 2017 Business Trends, CXO survey shows that Business Expansion, Employment Engagement, Cyber Security and IT Technologies are the 2017 trends to watch.

2017 Business Trends to Watch

2017 Business Trends, CXO survey shows that Business Expansion, Employment Engagement, Cyber Security and IT Technologies are the 2017 trends to watch.

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Sustainability

Sustainability: Growing pressure is forcing Supply Chains to make Sustainability priority #1

Sustainability, once thought to be a luxury by many companies, has now become a business objective and competitive advantage. Going beyond social responsibility.

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WGA Consulting works with pharmaceutical, biotech and medical product manufacturers to deliver high impact results. Reduce costs, strategy, supply chain.

Big Data Remains an Opportunity and a Challenge for Pharma

Big Data innovations in the pharmaceutical industry have the potential to revolutionize new life-saving drug development and patient outcomes.

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Continuous Biomanufacturing

Continuous Biomanufacturing: Pharmaceutical Industry

Executives predict that it will take the biotech industry a decade before it achieves end-to-end continuous biomanufacturing. Learn how WGA can help today.

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Supply Chain Disruption – Reducing the impact and cost of supply chain disruption

#Supplychain disruption: Natural disasters, wars, cyber-attacks. The majority of executives recognize the risk but only few do something about it.

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Life Saving Drugs: New Drugs, Price Hikes and Patient’s Access

Drugs: New Drugs, Price Hikes and Patient’s Access

A number of pharmaceutical companies are snapping up older drugs from competitors and raising prices. What can Healthcare Providers and Pharmacies do?

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Internet of Things

Internet of Things, Security and the Automotive Industry

77% of executive business leaders agree that preventing vehicle cyber-attacks is critical. What are the dangers of a Internet of Things cyber attack? What should Internet of Things manufacturers do?

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Business Process Reengineering in 2016

Business Process Re-engineering 2016 – The failure of IT investments, business processes and value realization management

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Former McKinsey and Co. Boss, Rajat Gupta, Guilty of Insider Trading

Ethics in the Consulting Industry: Reality or Illusion?

#Fraud, #corruption, #insidertrading, it’s time for an #ethics revolution in the consulting industry.

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Organizational Agility remains a hot business management trend, but companies must avoid the pitfalls and failures of organizational agility.

Organizational Agility: The Dark Side of Organizational Agility

Organizational Agility remains a hot business management trend, but companies must avoid the pitfalls and failures of organizational agility.

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Patient Centric and the Pharmaceutical Industry: What’s best for the brand may not be the best for the patient.

Patient Centric in Pharma: Best for the brand and the Patient

Patient Centric and the Pharmaceutical Industry. What’s best for the brand may not be the best for the patient. Improving Patient outcomes.

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Business Management and Operations Trends 2016. Research identifies management is focus on growth strategy, customer service and employee engagement.

Business Management and Operations Trends 2016

Business Management and Operations Trends 2016. Research identifies management is focus on growth strategy, customer service and employee engagement.

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Get the latest business news, insights and trends shaping global companies today – Subscribe to the WGA Quarterly Review

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Talent Wars: The Future of Businesses and How to Survive

To win the war on talent, a company will need to create an engaging workplace environment and maintain a solid reputation as a good employer

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A World-Class Innovation System includes a strategy to create growth and value, 2) a supporting set of processes and 3) systems, tools & capabilities

Rethinking your Innovation System

A World-Class Innovation System includes a strategy to create growth and value, 2) a supporting set of processes and 3) systems, tools & capabilities

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Leaders: Do Nice Guys Finish Last?

All great leaders pursue a purpose with genuine passion, are able to realize ambitions and excite others to join them and have genuine talent & persistence

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Employee Segmentation to Bring out the Best in Your Workforce

Employee Segmentation can help your company increase performance by 70 percent and reduce unit costs by 30 percent.

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Operational Performance Improvement in Industrial Companies

Industrial companies do not apply and manage lean production systematically. Operational performance is key, adopting all aspects of lean production can reduce costs 5%-15%

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Lean on me: Achieving Lean Sustainment through Culture Change

Lean on me: Achieving Lean Sustainment through Culture Change

Culture Change is needed to achieve Lean. It is the alignment of culture which enables Lean to be internalized and successfully sustained by the organization

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Transformation | Value Creation Strategy

A transformation value creation strategy depends on a clear portfolio strategy and active portfolio management.

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The FDA Regulatory Risks of Shifting to Foreign Suppliers

The FDA stays focused on the largest sourcing countries for drug ingredients are China and India which make up the majority of imports

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Standards: Standard work is a key element of high-performing, consistent, and predictable operations. Focus on the critical few, those in greatest need of improvement

Standards: Unlock standards and implement change that matters

Standards: Standard work is a key element of high-performing, consistent, and predictable operations. Focus on the critical few, those in greatest need of improvement

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By applying an approach called Simplify for Excellence companies have reduced costs by 25% while increasing productivity by 62%.

Simplify for Excellence: Creating Value through Simplifying Support Functions

By applying an approach called Simplify for Excellence companies have reduced costs by 25% while increasing productivity by 62%.

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Competitive Myopia: A Nearsighted View of the Competition

Competitive Myopia: A Nearsighted View of the Competition

Companies suffer from competitive myopia when they define their competition too narrowly and acknowledge only direct and immediate competitors

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Companies must ensure that their culture enables teams to get along well with each other

Culture: Conflicts and Turf Wars

As companies grow they organize into “functions” and “silos”. Companies must ensure that their culture enables teams to get along well with each other.

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The curse of core compentency. When a competitor causes disruption, companies often limit decision-makers' vision and which blinds them to other opportunities

Disruption: The curse of Competency Dependency

The curse of core compentency. When a competitor causes disruption, companies often limit decision-makers’ vision and which blinds them to other opportunities

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Complacency is the sense of security and comfort that derives from the belief that the business success that’s taken place in the past will continue indefinitely.

Complacency – Success Breeds Failure | Business Culture

Complacency is the sense of security and comfort that derives from the belief that the business success that’s taken place in the past will continue indefinitely.

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Management Consulting Firms – It’s time to switch

WGA is currently offering new clients an outstanding offer, good thru November 30, 2015. 15%-30% off competitors’ pricing for new and existing projects.

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When companies rise to excellence, they often unwittingly develop arrogance, an offensive display of superiority or self-importance

Arrogance – Pride before the fall | Business Culture

When companies rise to excellence, they often unwittingly develop self-destructive habits that eventually undermine their success. Just as with people, such habits are learned and not innate parts of their business culture. Sometimes they get worse over time, and thus become addictions; however, they can be broken and overcome

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Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE): The perils of pervasive poor performance. Developing an impactful and enduring manufacturing operations recovery strategy through OEE Segmentation

OEE: The perils of pervasive poor performance

OEE Overall Equipment Effectiveness. Developing an impactful and enduring manufacturing operations recovery strategy through OEE Segmentation.

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People > Profits| Chipotle Workers Quit

A Chipotle location was forced to temporarily close today after workers walked off the job, announcing their departure with a provocative sign in the window

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Is the White House’s Open Data Strategy Working for Energy?

Is the #Whitehouse open data Energy strategy working?

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Outsourcing Vs. Insourcing: You Need Both

#Reshored IT services are on the rise, but your company might be best served by #rightsourcing

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Salesforce.com Launches New Salesforce1

Run your Business From your Phone. #Salesforce Launches new #Mobile app.

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SAP Simplifies and Unifies the Mobile Enterprise

#SAP to simplify mobile enterprise

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Volkswagen Group Receives World Environment Center’s 30th Anniversary Gold Medal Award for Sustainable Development in 2014

#Volkswagen Group earns #Sustainable Gold Medal Award

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Internet Of Things: What’s Holding Us Back

The Internet of Things: Turning hype into reality

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Simplifying Complexity: The Increasing Complexity Of Supply Chains

Supply chain #complexity and #disruptions

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strategy

What is Strategy?

What is #Strategy? Compelling lecture from Michael Porter

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United States a crude export nation?

Crude Oil exports from the US. The risk premium for #Ukraine and #China

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British Airways Buys $500 Million Of Garbage-Turned-Gas

British Airways could start putting trash to good use, Garbage-Turned-Gas

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Raytheon Uses Augmented Reality To Speed Missile Design

Raytheon using #CAVES to collaborate between engineers and customers

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shingo prize

Shingo Prize: Abbott Facility Receives Top International Award for Operational Excellence

#Abbott receives #Shingo Prize for Ireland plant

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Job Training Shifts to ‘Middle Skills’ to Put Millennials Back to Work

Jobs skills for #Millennials, it’s Worse Than You Think.

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Information Technology: Target CEO Out After Data Breach

Target’s CEO resigned in wake of a massive data breach targeting as many as 40 million customers.

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Leadership: The paradox about decision making is that, more often than not, what is right or wrong can only be judged in hindsight

Leadership is most badly needed but in acutely short supply

#Leadership is badly need but in short supply, #news, #ethics

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Pharmaceuticals: Global deal fever

Global #pharma deal fever

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Oil Sands: Cenovus production climbs 20% in first quarter

CVE moves forward with Grand Rapids oil sands project in northern Alberta

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Leadership Development: HCI and University of North Carolina Explore Strategies to Enhance Leadership Development

#LeadershipDevelopment, New Research on Top-Performing Organizations

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Johnson & Johnson and American College of Sports Medicine Form Global Alliance to Advance Human Health and Performance

#JNJ and ACSM, advance Human Health and Performance

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Pharmaceutical packaging and plastic bottles innovative technology

#Pharma packaging and plastic bottles in high demand

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Cornstalk Biofuels Can Generate More Greenhouse Gases Than Gasoline

#Biofuels can generate higher levels of greenhouse gases than gasoline, according to new research from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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The IPCC and ExxonMobil Have Very Different Thoughts About Our Future

Earlier this month, shareholders were attempting to push ExxonMobil to recognize the importance of and to take into account the risks of climate chang

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tesla,electric plane

Tesla: Electric Plane and Airbus

Disruptive game changer: Tesla & Airbus Electric plane

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Real-time Asset Management: Life Cycle Engineering Partners with OSIsoft to Offer Visibility for Oil and Gas Executives

Oil & Gas: OSIsoft to develop real-time asset health monitoring to reduce rig downtime and increase safety

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Strategy Consulting

Strategy Consulting: WGA is a client focused alternative to the traditional “Big Name/High Cost/No Value” business consulting firms

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Change Fatigue often represents the single greatest risk for businesses to successfully adopt change. WGA’s Business Transformation 4Rs methodology

Change Fatigue: Failures and Business Changes

Change Fatigue often represents the single greatest risk for businesses to successfully adopt change. WGA’s Business Transformation 4Rs methodology

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Quality by Design: A Thriving Life Science Sector in Eastern NC

Quality by Design: Eastern NC beset by problems resulting from the failures of textiles, apparel and tobacco, now life sciences companies are blooming

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At Consumer Electronics Show, ‘smartphone revolution’ spreads from car to closet

The Internet is moving beyond computers and phones. From your toaster to your car to your socks, almost everything you touch can be wired for connectivity.

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Custom ERP Systems Fast Moving To Legacy Status: Gartner

By 2016, heavily customized ERP implementations will be routinely referred to as “legacy ERP,” according to Gartner, Inc. Gartner said that as alternatives to monolithic, on-premises ERP and enterprise applications continue to mature, CIOs and application…

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crude oil

Crude oil stays stubbornly strong

By Phil Flynn April 24, 2014 • Reprints Modern Day Record! U.S. oil supplies hit the highest level since the Department of Energy has been keeping the highest level records or the highest level in 83 years. Copper hits the highest level since March…

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Ecopetrol reports on decisions involving STAR project

Ecopetrol Logo. (PRNewsFoto/Ecopetrol S.A.) BOGOTA, Colombia, April 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Ecopetrol S.A. (BVC: ECOPETROL; NYSE: EC; TSX: ECP) reports that members of the Business Committee of the Board of Directors of Ecopetrol and executives of…

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Can Crowdsourcing Beat Dr. House?

Startup CrowdMed uses a mix of prediction market software, crowdsourcing, and gamification to help patients gain insight from hundreds of medical detectives. Watching his sister visit doctor after doctor, in fruitless pursuit of a diagnosis and treatment…

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Client Testimonials

See what our clients say about our services » After failed attempts by two other big name consulting firms, I was under pressure from our executive leadership to make our supply chain optimization happen. We needed assistance from a firm that had global reach, could deploy immediately and were experts at identifying improvements and executing […]

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Kaizen: Thousands have this priceless gift – most never discover it

A few years ago I remember walking across a stage to shake the hand of a Dean I had never met, who belonged to a faculty I didn’t belong to.  It was my university commencement, full of symbolic pomp and circumstance, complete with handshake and ceremonial…

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Industrial Production: US industrial output growth modest in March 2014

US industrial production grew a modest 0.7 percent in March after a February that was much stronger than originally reported. The Federal Reserve said Wednesday its output index for last month rose to 103.2, an increase of 3.8 percent from the year-…

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Cosmetic Products Market and Beauty Industry Distribution Channel 2019 Forecasts

DALLAS, April 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — ReportsnReports.com offers Cosmetic Products Market by Type (Skin, Hair, Sun, Oral, Fragrance, Color, Soap, Bath, Shower, Personal Hygiene), Distribution Channel (Supermarket, Pharmacy, Departmental, Specialty,…

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Automotive: Carmakers in China eager to sell – and resell

China’s car market is just gearing up as the world’s largest, yet automakers are already eyeing the next big thing — the market for reselling them. Their eagerness to attract buyers in the world’s largest car market is on full display at the Beijing…

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Culture change: A roadmap for cultural change

Glassdoor, the online career community which lets users anonymously rate and review their employers, publishes an annual list of the 50 best companies to work for. But the importance of being a great employer goes far beyond being able to attract top…

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A Concise History Of Six Sigma

Many companies will use the Six Sigma framework in order to ensure their processes are running as efficiently as possible and producing high quality of goods. However, many employees will have no idea what Six Sigma actually is and why so many companies…

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Global Manufacturing IT Spending Market Report

Download image Research and Markets Logo. DUBLIN, Ireland, April 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/gh5zr2/global) has announced the addition of the “Global Manufacturing IT Spending Market Report…

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Global Automotive Catalyst Market 2014-2018

Download image Research and Markets Logo. DUBLIN, April 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Dublin – Research and Markets (www.researchandmarkets.com/research/328lg9/global_automotive) has announced the addition of the “Global Automotive Catalyst Market…

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Managing changes through financial engineering and flexibility

Patrick Yeung Kai-cheung, chairman and founder of Asia Capital Holdings, believes that success in the business world all boils down to people, specifically their integrity and abilities. The accountant-turned-corporate doctor, whose record includes…

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employee engagement

How companies can effectively engage employees

#Employee engagement creates business value, learn how

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How Companies Are Shifting from an Alpha to a Beta Paradigm

Lynn Serafinn interviews corporate anthropologist Dana Ardi about how leadership in the workplace is changing, and about her new book, The Fall of the Alphas. When we take a moment to look, we can see that the world around us is changing. The ‘new…

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Supply Chain Visibility 2.0: A New Framework for Outsourced Manufacturing

Gone are the days when outsourced manufacturing was a supplement to your business. Today, it is your business. Building quality products quickly, while remaining nimble to address market feedback or unexpected manufacturing snafus, can be the difference…

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Talent Management: A best-in-class Selection Strategy

Talent Management: A “best-in-class” Selection Strategy One of the key issues organizations face is the ability to attract, motivate and retain their employees. Those that focus on attracting and managing talent are able to maintain and enhance…

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DevOps: A Culture Shift, Not A Technology

DevOps is not a new technology or a product, contends Andi Mann, VP of strategic solutions at CA Technologies. Although his company offers a list of DevOps products, Mann advises, “if someone tells you, ‘I’ll sell you DevOps,’ get up and leave the meeting…

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Oracle Support Costs: 2 Savings Strategies

Oracle software maintenance costs have customers turning to growing ranks of licensing consultants and third-party support providers. Here’s the skinny. “Support is the Holy Grail for Oracle; it’s 90% margin and how Larry [Ellison] gets an island in…

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SAP Changes the Data Warehousing Landscape With SAP HANA®

SAP Unveils New In-Memory Data Fabric With Latest Version of SAP® Business Warehouse powered by SAP HANA® SAP Logo. (PRNewsFoto/SAP AG) ORLANDO, Fla., March 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — To further deliver on SAP® Cloud powered by SAP HANA®, SAP AG…

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Everything You Need To Know To Improve Your Leadership Skills

Leadership is an art that not many people have been able to master. Read on for suggestions that can help you from a leader instead of merely a follower. Do whatever it takes to make work more simple while you’re a leader. Focus on the really important…

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How to avoid critical leadership errors

According to Harvard Business Review, two out of five new CEOs fail within their first 18 months on the job and much of this is due to poor management techniques and misguided leadership styles. While everyone can learn from their own mistakes, learning…

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Wine and Milk vs. Oil and Gas: Existing Industries Go Up Against Fossil Fuel Job Promises

Tue, 2014-04-15 12:34Justin Mikulka Ken Stanton’s 400-cow dairy farm lies in the path of the proposed Constitution Pipeline, which would carry fracked natural gas from Pennsylvania to New York. Three generations of Stanton’s family spoke in opposition…

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Why The Oil & Gas Industry Makes Such A Big Deal Of The Shale (Retirement) Party

Originally posted on EnergyPost and Oilprice.com. By James Stafford Photo Credit: Cseeman How much faith can we put in our ability to decipher all the numbers out there telling us the US will soon be cornering the global oil market? There’s another…

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New Survey Says Alignment of Supply Chain and Business Strategies Is Critical to Success

Integration Leads to Reduced Costs & Improved Customer Service, According to Tompkins Supply Chain Consortium The greatest take-away from this report is that the importance of an integrated strategy cannot be ignored. RALEIGH, NC (PRWEB) April 15, 2014

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Change: Best Intentions, Bad Results

After all our good intentions, why do projects fail? Often it is the result of the simple, and not the complex. Paying attention to the basics..

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WGA's strategy consulting services span business management geographies and industries. Global, Local, Regional, Scenario Planning, SWOT, M&A, Turnaround

Strategy Scenarios: Business Turnaround

Strategy Consulting: Strategy scenarios allow organizations to easily respond to changes and transition between necessary actions during the business turnaround execution

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Lean

Lean – The Fragility of Kaizen

Lean | The pitfalls of Kaizen, a culture seeking “constant improvement” at all costs results in fragility and unintended consequences

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Knowledge

As business cycles accelerate, now more than ever, “knowledge is power.” Businesses know they must capture and cultivate the wisdom and insights.

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innovation

Case Study: Maintenance Cost Reduction with RCP

Dramatic and sustainable pharmaceutical plant maintenance annual cost reductions with WGA’s Recommended Current Practices RCP Benchmark service.

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maintenance excellence

Case Study: Pharmaceutical Maintenance Excellence with RCP

Unnecessary supply disruptions caused by maintenance and spare part management failures resolved with Pharmaceutical Maintenance Excellence with WGA’s RCP

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organizational development

Organizational Development Trends 2014

Organizational development trends in 2014. Research indicates a number of common themes in 2014 as organizations quickly respond to vertical growth.

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WGA’s proprietary Recommended Current Practices (RCP™) pharmaceutical manufacturing standard is a collaboratively developed industry benchmark. RCP™ combines current pharmaceutical industry practices with maturity models to score, rank and compare a broad array of specific manufacturing capabilities (e.g. leadership, manufacturing, planning, maintenance, equipment, engineering, facilities and cleaning).

Case Study: Pharmaceutical Maintenance – WGA’s RCP benchmark

FDA regulatory maintenance findings threatens $2.3 Billion/year in pharmaceutical trade revenue. WGA’s RCP Pharmaceutical Maintenance benchmark case study

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Strategic Execution: The New Imperative

For many businesses today, generally only two things are certain: greater uncertainty and an accelerated pace of change. Competition is growing due to globalization in most industries, hastening the pace of business.

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Case Study: Business Project Governance

Instant growth often results in a deluge of concurrent business projects. For most of us in operations, been there, done that. However, if your organization is lacking robust business project governance, precious capital could be wasted, resources tied up and far worse, the business value of those business projects may not be achieved to enable or sustain the current growth.

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#Automotive: The industry is struggling, fundamental changes are occurring, and global economic conditions are requiring executives to rethink strategy.

Case Study: Automotive Supply Chain Optimization

In response to an economic downturn, WGA’s client, a global automotive manufacturer, had to switch gears fast to optimize their supply chain. They needed to make immediate and aggressive changes to offset anticipated multiple year double-digit sales declines.

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Case Study: Skin Care FDA Regulatory Changes

DA regulatory change requires fast response for a $3 Billion+/year skin care business.

The FDA issued regulatory changes to the skin care industry in June of 2011 regarding the terms, “sunblock”, “waterproof” and “sweatproof” requiring the removal of such claims from product labeling and packaging. These changes were initially required to be completed by June of 2012

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Case Study: Making Sales and Operations Planning a reality

After chronic Sales and Operation Planning (S&OP) failures in forecast accuracy, WGA improves a Consumer Product company’s global product portfolio forecasting accuracy by +42% while reducing expedited orders by (14%).

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Unified Business Process Re-engineering in 2016

Sustaining Unified Business Process Adoption

WGA successfully completes Global Unified Business Process consolidation project for Global Pharmaceutical Industry Client reduces annual costs by $427M.

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Oil Gas Chemicals

Operational Excellence: Lessons from the field

WGA enables Global Oil & Gas client achieve and sustain operational cost reduction of -13% or $312M/year through Operational Excellence

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Case Study: Is Sustainable Change an oxymoron?

Is Sustainable Change an oxymoron? Would it be change if it was ‘sustained’ and didn’t change? Obviously change is a disciple. Change is a culture.

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Brand: It’s More Important to Be Kind than Clever

Brands: It’s More Important to Be Kind than Clever One of the more heart-warming stories to zoom around the Internet lately involves a young man, his dying grandmother, and a bowl of clam chowder from Panera Bread. It’s a little story that offers big lessons about service, brands, and the human side of business — […]

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innovation

Innovation: Why Failure Is the Foundation

Innovation: Celebrate your mistakes and foster a culture that dissects mistakes. Mistakes create insights and stimulate innovation.

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Office bullies thrive in climate of bad management

ROTTEN behaviour and office bullying will only flourish in a climate of bad management. While bullies and their henchmen should always be punished for their actions, there are three types of managers that help create a toxic work environment. And they’re not all as evil as you think. Psychologist and bullying expert Dr Moira Jenkins […]

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Disciplining Bad Managers and Keeping Employees

Learning how to disciplining bad managers is a critical to retaining key employees and fostering a high-performance culture. So what are your choices: a) yell and scream b) ignore them, maybe they will change. c) shake your finger in their face and tell them you will “write them up”. Answer: None of the above. Disciplining […]

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Operational Excellence

Operational Excellence: Unlocking the benefits

Operational Excellence is often an overlooked way to gaining competitive advantage. Learn more about WGA’s Operational Excellence Services

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Case Study: Learning to Fail, Innovation and a Culture of Learning

For many companies, reaching a high level of innovation and success does not come immediately. Many of them need a “come from behind” strategy in order to be market leaders. Others need to hit the depths of failure before they can rise up Phoenix-like and reach new heights of success.

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Your Employees Are Not Mind Readers

As a leader, what do you want to accomplish? Do your employees know what needs to be done to reach that objective?

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Big Data

Case Study: Big Data Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Gartner is forecasting that the big data market will generate $34 billion in IT spending this year. Most of that investment are upgrades to traditional systems to better gather and analyze data coming from Website traffic, social networks, sensors and customer interactions.

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mastering leadership, leadership by design, decision making, misunderstandings, errors, leadership failures, value by design

Mastering Leadership, by Design

Amazon lists 89,461 books on Leadership, of which, 413 of them are for “Dummies”. After completing several leadership development workshops with various Fortune 200 clients recently, I realized that many companies are lacking a simple and clear understanding of what makes a good leader.

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Overcoming Business Change Failures

Overcoming Business Change Failures. When change is mismanaged…Over 54% of projects and up to 87% of business transformation initiatives fail

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Supply Chain Optimization

Supply Chain Reliability 10.0

Innovative companies have used supply chain reliability to support new business development, resulting in more market share and revenues, increased profitability, improved customer service and loyalty.

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Innovate or Die: Wisdom from Apple, Google and Toyota

Complacency kills creativity. In his new book, Unrelenting Innovation, University of Southern California business school professor Gerard Tellis explains why seemingly invincible market leaders stumble when upstart rivals introduce breakthrough innovations.

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Arrogance,Business Failures,Leadership Failures

Arrogance: A Formula for Business Failure

Arrogance has run amok lately. The news and business periodicals are peppered with stories of executives flying in private jets to ask for government handouts, taking large bonuses from employers who took billions in bailout money, and instigating organization-wide pay cuts and benefit rollbacks while keeping themselves immune from such changes. Indeed, it has been said that we are currently in an “age of arrogance” (Gibbs, 2009).

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Insight: The Rise of Lean And Why It Matters

Understanding the business value of lean and how world-class organizations are unlocking the benefits of lean and why it matters.

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Beware the apologists – Consistent Performance

Beware the apologists – Consistent Performance The most common complaint that I hear these days from big-company executives is that their organizations although their companies have frameworks for everything from strategy and planning, to operations and program management, to capital investment, they cannot consistently perform at a high level.  My first response to them?  “Beware […]

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The Radical Beauty of Three Simple Management Practices

Research shows, more than 8,000 companies in 20 countries, 79% of organizations reported their management practices were above average.

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business leaders

Business Leaders: Luck and knowing when to audible

Business Leaders: Luck and knowing when to audible This weekend I was watching the end of the USC-Stanford game and as it became clear that Stanford

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enterprise systems

How to Develop a High-Performance Enterprise Architecture

“If you don’t know where you are going, any road will take you there,” said the Cheshire cat to Alice. While Lewis Carroll certainly didn’t have enterprise architecture (EA) professionals in mind when he penned these words in 1865, it bears to mind the difficulties faced by many of today’s EA teams as they strive […]

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You can’t analyze your way to continuous top-line growth

The biggest issue isn’t the absence of top-line growth opportunities but rather the lack of belief that they exist. And that is driven by the dominance of analysis over appreciation. The biggest enemy of top-line growth is analysis and its best friend is appreciation. Sure, in a small minority of companies and industries, like the […]

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organizational development

How to Build and Lead High Performance Teams

An important leadership competency for any size organization, the ability to build and lead high performing teams is especially critical in small-to-midsize businesses. Here, people must work closely together, wear many hats and work effectively across the organization to get tasks accomplished quickly enough to remain competitive. In order to understand the competencies needed to […]

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Leadership failures

Leadership: 5 Things Failure Teaches You

Leadership: Failure ultimately shapes you. Failure is the most powerful source for know-how and teaches you about survival, renewal and reinvention.

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Courageous Leaders

Courageous Leaders Don’t Make Excuses…They Apologize

Courageous Leaders Don’t Make Excuses, They Apologize. Apologizing freely requires a good deal of courage, no one is comfortable admitting to an error.

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create value

Create value, don’t erode it

Create value – While earnings are important, focusing on short term earnings rather than what actually drives success erodes the value of the company.

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High Performance Culture

High Performance Culture represents talented, committed and engaged leaders, managers and individuals that embrace customer focus, excellence and innovation

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agile operations

Agile Operations and the Olympics

Agile Operations | As global competition heats up in the marketplace, executives must get better information to deal with an increasing number of challenges.

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leading

Leading with your strengths

Leading with your strengths, it takes knowledge, talent, self-awareness, and vulnerability. Don’t focus on our weaknesses, accept them and address them.

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Focus on Manufacturing Resource Productivity to Protect Profits

Manufacturing |production costs is a hot topic in business today. Prices for raw materials, energy, and water have seen sharp increases.

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