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January 20, 2020

The Joy of Life Long Learning

Entering the new decade is an opportunity to reflect on how we have arrived at where we are today. I’m not about to address any of the great political, social or environmental topics of the…

December 20, 2019

What’s Your Problem?

The problem statement The Collins dictionary describes a problem as ‘a situation that is unsatisfactory and causes difficulties for people.’ The problem definition, or problem statement if you like, is the cornerstone of any process improvement project. The problem statement enables…

October 19, 2019

Are you an effective project sponsor?

Why do projects need sponsoring? What are the do’s and do not’s of sponsoring? How can you be a bad sponsor? These are some of the questions that I regularly review with clients who are…

September 12, 2019

Lean Thinking – How enlightened are you?

Whether we are aware of it or not we live our lives, at work and at play, at different levels of consciousness. In the workplace, we graduate through 4 different levels of conscious lean management,…

July 1, 2019

70 years of IDA Support – A Reflection on Ireland’s Global Trade Success

My mother, Mary Rushe, was born in 1927, the year in which the state-owned Electricity Supply Board (ESB) was established. A farmer’s daughter, she witnessed technical and economic upheaval such as rural electrification and the…

May 14, 2019

Is your organisation living Lean Values?

For many years now we have been supplied with a rich volume of literature, much of it originating in the United States, on lean practices and principles as exemplified by the Toyota organisation. From ‘Lean…

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March 3, 2017

ISPE facility of the year (FOYA) 2017 – Abbott Longford

Congratulations to Abbott Longford, who were recently awarded ISPE facility of the year 2017. In 2012, the “Operational Excellence” project was initiated at Abbott, with the objective of creating a sustainable continuous improvement culture which…

February 15, 2017

Future in pharmaceuticals conference: 22nd February 2017 Croke Park (Dublin)

This year’s theme is energy efficiency in the Irish pharmaceutical, medical & chemical manufacturing sector. Attendees will include who are responsible for the energy efficiency, environmental policies and financial performance of their operation within Ireland.…

January 2, 2017

How to change a culture: Lessons from the Toyota/GM collaboration 

In 1983 Toyota hired John Shook to head up its joint venture with General Motors, to be based in California. GM wanted to wanted to put an idle plant and work force back on line. Toyota faced…