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Top Links of the Week for Pursuing Excellence

It is the desire of the entire RCI Team to join with you in your pursuit of excellence, organizationally and personally.

Every week we will compile a list of articles that we have found to be particularly helpful relating to Leadership, Human Resources, Operational Excellence, Data Analytics, Quality, and Supply Chain Management.

Senior level managers and c-suite executives play a vital role in the health and growth of an organization, but it is often difficult for smaller companies and startups to fill these positions who possess the experience needed to meet the goals of the organization. This is where Fractional Management is a viable solution.

Machine learning shows tremendous potential for increasing process efficiency. But generating real, lasting value requires more than just the best algorithms.

A quick perusal on the websites of any of the biggest names in Food & Beverage and Life Sciences companies and we inadvertently stumble upon the corporate commitment to sustainability. The goals are similar: the decoupling of growth from the environmental footprint, and increasing social impact. Promoting ethical behaviour is good for a brand and ultimately helps to boost sales. Business growth is great for employees and shareholders alike but should not be at the expense of the planet.

It seems “situation” is the simplest and most direct way of saying what we intend to grasp when initiating problem-solving activity. A situation includes all people, processes, and things within it. A condition is more specific to an individual or group of things, and may be appropriate when the status of a focus process, post-experiment. When trying to understand reality, we should start with a wider lens before zooming in. Grasp the situation before the condition.

Nowhere is anyone escaping the issue. As Martin Luther King said, “Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.”

Now, builders, developers, manufacturers, architects, and contractors are dealing with that reality and trying to reimagine a more successful path forward, while all trying to serve themselves and their own bottom lines. It’s a messy paradigm.

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