August 28, 2019

When I was Director of Operations of the Industrial Products division at Avery Label (now Avery Dennison Inc), my reports included four general managers (plant managers with P&Ls) and an HQ staff of Special Project MBAs (GMs in training). The plants were in Monrovia, C...

August 16, 2019


An “entitlement” means that I have a right to something. I should get what I’m entitled to. There isn’t anything that I need to do.

The problem here though, is that your customers don’t give you any entitlements. We have to earn it, “bring it,” make it h...

​Right now, your company likely has 21st-century Internet-enabled business processes, mid-20th century management processes, all built atop 19th-century management principles.

While no company would put up with a 1940’s-era phone system, or forgo the efficiency-enhancin...

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