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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.
Corporate Reorganization often causes fear and uncertainty. Here are some ways to communicate and handle all the challenges of the reorganization.
Big Data analytics represent the next big wave of new innovations and technologies. The potential to transform how organizations create value.
Workforce planning is a systematic analysis process that proactively plans ahead to avoid surpluses and shortages of what your organization will need
2017 Business Trends, CXO survey shows that Business Expansion, Employment Engagement, Cyber Security and IT Technologies are the 2017 trends to watch.
Sustainability, once thought to be a luxury by many companies, has now become a business objective and competitive advantage. Going beyond social responsibility.
Big Data innovations in the pharmaceutical industry have the potential to revolutionize new life-saving drug development and patient outcomes.
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.
#Supplychain disruption: Natural disasters, wars, cyber-attacks. The majority of executives recognize the risk but only few do something about it.
A number of pharmaceutical companies are snapping up older drugs from competitors and raising prices. What can Healthcare Providers and Pharmacies do?
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?
Business Process Re-engineering 2016 – The failure of IT investments, business processes and value realization management
#Fraud, #corruption, #insidertrading, it’s time for an #ethics revolution in the consulting industry.
Organizational Agility remains a hot business management trend, but companies must avoid the pitfalls and failures of organizational agility.
Patient Centric and the Pharmaceutical Industry. What’s best for the brand may not be the best for the patient. Improving Patient outcomes.
Business Management and Operations Trends 2016. Research identifies management is focus on growth strategy, customer service and employee engagement.
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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
A World-Class Innovation System includes a strategy to create growth and value, 2) a supporting set of processes and 3) systems, tools & capabilities
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
Employee Segmentation can help your company increase performance by 70 percent and reduce unit costs by 30 percent.
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%
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
The fact that today’s market is in a constant state of metastasis is nothing new. Globalization is quickly amplifying, the digitalization of various industries is becoming more apparent, and customer needs are continually evolving. It is because of factors like these that companies are having to continually transform their business models, down to their very […]
A transformation value creation strategy depends on a clear portfolio strategy and active portfolio management.
The FDA stays focused on the largest sourcing countries for drug ingredients are China and India which make up the majority of imports
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
By applying an approach called Simplify for Excellence companies have reduced costs by 25% while increasing productivity by 62%.
Companies suffer from competitive myopia when they define their competition too narrowly and acknowledge only direct and immediate competitors
As companies grow they organize into “functions” and “silos”. Companies must ensure that their culture enables teams to get along well with each other.
The curse of core compentency. When a competitor causes disruption, companies often limit decision-makers’ vision and which blinds them to other opportunities
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.
WGA is currently offering new clients an outstanding offer, good thru November 30, 2015. 15%-30% off competitors’ pricing for new and existing projects.
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
OEE Overall Equipment Effectiveness. Developing an impactful and enduring manufacturing operations recovery strategy through OEE Segmentation.
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
Is the #Whitehouse open data Energy strategy working?
#Reshored IT services are on the rise, but your company might be best served by #rightsourcing
Run your Business From your Phone. #Salesforce Launches new #Mobile app.
Volkswagen Group Receives World Environment Center’s 30th Anniversary Gold Medal Award for Sustainable Development in 2014
#Volkswagen Group earns #Sustainable Gold Medal Award
The Internet of Things: Turning hype into reality
Supply chain #complexity and #disruptions
Crude Oil exports from the US. The risk premium for #Ukraine and #China
British Airways could start putting trash to good use, Garbage-Turned-Gas
Raytheon using #CAVES to collaborate between engineers and customers
#Abbott receives #Shingo Prize for Ireland plant
Jobs skills for #Millennials, it’s Worse Than You Think.
Target’s CEO resigned in wake of a massive data breach targeting as many as 40 million customers.
#Leadership is badly need but in short supply, #news, #ethics
CVE moves forward with Grand Rapids oil sands project in northern Alberta
Leadership Development: HCI and University of North Carolina Explore Strategies to Enhance Leadership Development
#LeadershipDevelopment, New Research on Top-Performing Organizations
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
#Pharma packaging and plastic bottles in high demand
#Biofuels can generate higher levels of greenhouse gases than gasoline, according to new research from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Earlier this month, shareholders were attempting to push ExxonMobil to recognize the importance of and to take into account the risks of climate chang
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
Strategy Consulting: WGA is a client focused alternative to the traditional “Big Name/High Cost/No Value” business consulting firms
Change Fatigue often represents the single greatest risk for businesses to successfully adopt change. WGA’s Business Transformation 4Rs methodology
Quality by Design: Eastern NC beset by problems resulting from the failures of textiles, apparel and tobacco, now life sciences companies are blooming
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.
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…
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…
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…
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…
See what our clients say about our services » After making over 400 safety related improvements in our global operations, we determined that many of our leaders weren’t convinced about the urgency of these changes. WGA put together a culture change strategy to immediately achieve adoption. WGA helped us deploy a number of initiatives, including […]
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…
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-…
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,…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
#Employee engagement creates business value, learn how
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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
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..
Strategy scenarios allow organizations to easily respond to changes and transition between necessary actions during the business turnaround execution
Lean | The pitfalls of Kaizen, a culture seeking “constant improvement” at all costs results in fragility and unintended consequences
As business cycles accelerate, now more than ever, “knowledge is power.” Businesses know they must capture and cultivate the wisdom and insights.
Dramatic and sustainable pharmaceutical plant maintenance annual cost reductions with WGA’s Recommended Current Practices RCP Benchmark service.
Unnecessary supply disruptions caused by maintenance and spare part management failures resolved with Pharmaceutical Maintenance Excellence with WGA’s RCP
Organizational development trends in 2014. Research indicates a number of common themes in 2014 as organizations quickly respond to vertical growth.
FDA regulatory maintenance findings threatens $2.3 Billion/year in pharmaceutical trade revenue. WGA’s RCP Pharmaceutical Maintenance benchmark case study
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.
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.
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.
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
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%).
WGA successfully completes Global Unified Business Process consolidation project for Global Pharmaceutical Industry Client reduces annual costs by $427M.
WGA enables Global Oil & Gas client achieve and sustain operational cost reduction of -13% or $312M/year through Operational Excellence
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.
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 — […]
Innovation: Celebrate your mistakes and foster a culture that dissects mistakes. Mistakes create insights and stimulate innovation.
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 […]
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 […]
Operational Excellence is often an overlooked way to gaining competitive advantage. Learn more about WGA’s Operational Excellence Services
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.
As a leader, what do you want to accomplish? Do your employees know what needs to be done to reach that objective?
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.
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.
Overcoming Business Change Failures. When change is mismanaged…Over 54% of projects and up to 87% of business transformation initiatives fail
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.
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.
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).
Understanding the business value of lean and how world-class organizations are unlocking the benefits of lean and why it matters.
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 […]
Research shows, more than 8,000 companies in 20 countries, 79% of organizations reported their management practices were above average.
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
“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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Leadership: Failure ultimately shapes you. Failure is the most powerful source for know-how and teaches you about survival, renewal and reinvention.
Courageous Leaders Don’t Make Excuses, They Apologize. Apologizing freely requires a good deal of courage, no one is comfortable admitting to an error.
Create value – While earnings are important, focusing on short term earnings rather than what actually drives success erodes the value of the company.
High Performance Culture represents talented, committed and engaged leaders, managers and individuals that embrace customer focus, excellence and innovation
Agile Operations | As global competition heats up in the marketplace, executives must get better information to deal with an increasing number of challenges.
Leading with your strengths, it takes knowledge, talent, self-awareness, and vulnerability. Don’t focus on our weaknesses, accept them and address them.
Manufacturing |production costs is a hot topic in business today. Prices for raw materials, energy, and water have seen sharp increases.
- Create value, don’t erode it
- Leadership: 5 Things Failure Teaches You
- Courageous Leaders Don’t Make Excuses…They Apologize
- Brand: It’s More Important to Be Kind than Clever
- Sustaining Unified Business Process Adoption
- Innovation: Why Failure Is the Foundation
- Case Study: Making Sales and Operations Planning a reality
- Operational Excellence: Unlocking the benefits
- How to Build and Lead High Performance Teams