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October 13, 2014

John D’Agostino: Eliminate the waste from that business process!

JohnDAgostinoThis last interview I had the privilege of conducting at Definity University was a true capstone.  John D’Agostino, Managing Partner with Definity Partners wrapped up so many perspectives into a neat, understandable package.

The story about the financial services company alone is worth the listen!

SHOW NOTES:

  • A day in the life of Managing Partner
  • Run-Improve-Grow works with commercial builders, healthcare, non-profits and a host of industries in addition to manufacturing
  • How to kick off a Run-Improve-Grow project
  • The details underneath an engagement with a financial services company
  • Changing a culture from “I need more resources” to “I can do this with the team I have”
  • Get a scorecard in place first!  Then start to eliminate waste
  • Sustaining change – sometimes tougher than making the change to being with!
  • Breakthroughs are fun!

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October 11, 2014

The Fearless Frontline Leader

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RichCaryRich Cary, a Run Improve Grow Master Black Belt from Definity University shares the details of an inspirational story about leadership.  It’s not only inspiring, it has also morphed into a never-ending source of motivation to pursue excellence.  A MUST hear!

SHOW NOTES: 

  • Why this award is a labor of love
  • In memory of a great (and fearless!) frontline leader
  • The transition from doer to leader
  • The essentials of leadership
  • The power of being fearless
  • Transforming a tragedy into never-ending inspiration

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October 9, 2014

Upside Innovations: A team perspective on Run Improve Grow

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KevinSThe fact that teamwork is essential for a manufacturing operation is obvious.  This is especially true for a small, rapidly growing organization.  (…and by rapidly growing I mean in excess of 100% over the last year!)  So the team perspective in this conversation is particularly enlightening.

amygThis cross-section of players from Upside Innovations, a manufacturer of aluminum steps and ramps for handicapped accessibility based in Cincinnati, Ohio, are shining examples of doing it right.  Welcome to Amy Gogul, Operations Manager, Danny Cornish, Shop Floor Supervisor and Kevin Sharp, President of Upside.

DanyCSHOW NOTES:

  • Time:  why there’s never enough, and what to do about it.
  • Run Improve Grow:  The impact of the philosophy on shop floor operations
  • The “marathon manager”
  • The “how to” of actively looking to improve
  • How a 60% improvement can make a world of difference
  • Without the Run & Improve, the Grow can’t happen!
  • How to create and sustain culture change
  • The vital importance of change management
  • Serving the community (What a story!)

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October 7, 2014

Tara Amis: Pursuing excellence in industrial education

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taraamisSpeaking of passion for pursuing your vision… Tara Amis, Director of Learning and Development for Definity University provides an outstanding example.

SHOW NOTES:

  • Similarities and differences between elementary school and industrial adult education
  • What’s needed in an industrial learning facility
  • Partnering between a “fearless factory” and an industrial learning facility
  • The vision for a world class training center
  • Making the transition from high performer to first line leader
  • Sustaining improvement

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October 5, 2014

High standards and the pursuit of excellence in manufacturing

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annecappellFew in the manufacturing industry would argue the high value of a shared vision of excellence in leadership, skills training and education. Fewer still take the initiative to make it happen. Fortunately for all of us, there is a trio in Cincinnati who have taken up the reins.

RayAttiyahAnne Cappel, Executive Director at the European-American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cincinnati, Carolin McCaffrey, Chief Liason Officer, Festo Didactic and Ray Attiyah, Founder & Chief Innovation Officer of Definity Partners have joined forces to pursue achievement of that vision. They joined us recently for a roundtable discussion.

carolinmccaffreySHOW NOTES:

  • What are the synergies among your three organizations?
  • What can Americans learn from the European model of training and education?
  • Changing the culture; why and how?
  • What are the challenges associated with implementing this model?
  • How to become a “talent magnet”
  • What are the three strategic pillars of the European American Chamber of Commerce?
  • Why talent, business and economic development must be all tied together
  • Who can most benefit from this three-way collaboration?
  • How can I take advantage of what you’re doing?  How do I get started?

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October 3, 2014

Unlocking the secrets to high performance: A roundtable discussion

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RichCarySetting an objective of creating a high performance team is one thing.  Actually doing so is quite another.  The fortunate few who attended a recent HPWP Consulting  High Performance Leadership Workshop had the opportunity to hear from a panel of folks who are definitely “in the know!”

suebinghamThe panelists included Sue Bingham, Founder & Principal, HPWP Consulting, Ray Attiyah, Founder & Chief Innovation Officer, Definity Partners and Rich Cary from Definity University – he is a Run Improve Grow Master Black BeltRayAttiyah.

Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to eavesdrop on this high-powered roundtable!

SHOW NOTES:

  • What are the key elements of a high performing workplace?
  • What is the most challenging aspect of creating a high performance work environment in a traditional company?
  • What is the one thing I should do to start the process?
  • Why don’t companies just do these things that seem so simple and natural and easy?
  • How do I most effectively manage up?
  • How do I find out what motivates individual people?
  • How do I know when my attorney – while looking out for my best interests – is being overly cautious?
  • How do I go about creating a talent map?
  • What are the benefits of a hiring team?
  • How do I re-build trust after it’s been lost?

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October 1, 2014

Success Story: GA/Japan Business Collaboration

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The state of Georgia and Japan have a long time history of collaboration to grow commerce.  The story of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Americas is proof that the partnership is working.

Jim Williams, Executive Vice President for MHPSA and Tom Croteau, Deputy Commissioner for Global Commerce, Georgia Department of Economic Development recount the tale from the initial rejection of Savannah, GA as a option to expectation of creating a total of 500 new jobs.  Speaking of blueprints for cooperation…

SHOW NOTES:

  • The importance of Georgia’s Quick Start program
  • “Transaction Ready” vs. “Shovel Ready”
  • The MHPSA system in McDonough, GA
  • Georgia business in Japan
  • Future plans

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