Insights

September 8, 2017

A brief history of The Toyota Way

An oldie but goodie, his 15min video highlights the history and development of the Toyota production system. It shows clearly the inventiveness of the Toyota family, and their active encouragement of innovation and teamwork amongst Toyota employees.…

July 25, 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…

June 18, 2017

“The future is not what it used to be!”

So said Gerard O’Neill at the recent IRDG annual Design Thinking conference at Kilmainham Hospital Dublin on 2nd June 2016. Gerard was one of a panel of many world class, informative and entertaining, speakers on…

May 6, 2017

Continuous Flow manufacturing – The Future of Pharmaceuticals? Definitely!

Yesterdays’  ISPE Ireland seminar on ‘Continuous Manufacturing-The Future of Pharmaceuticals?’ at Fota Island Resort in Cork gave some food for thought to the sold-out audience. A panel of eminent speakers from Ely Lilly, Pfizer and…

March 27, 2017

WHY COMPETITIVENESS MATTERS: NCC Bulletin 31 March 2016

And still the dance goes on, as we await white smoke from Dail Eireann. Despite the dithering of politicians, the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) continues its good work. The NCC was established by government in…

February 27, 2017

We try to focus on the customer more than on the competition

So says WalMart’s CEO Adi Ignatius, in a recent HBR interview. At $485.9 billion USD in 2016, WalMart is the world’s largest company by revenue. Adi, appointed as CEO in 2014, may just be worth listening…