PROJECTS – Is this why your projects never hit their targets?

  Project: An individual or collaborative enterprise that is carefully planned to achieve a particular aim. (Ref: www.oxforddictionaries.com )      Projects are part of every day life in a business and are not only limited to large discrete initiatives. What I mean by this is that many associate projects with what a company produces. For […]

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#INNOVATION – Is this something which everyone can do?

I am going to start with a some of questions in relation to innovation and how many perceive innovation. Q. Why does it seem that innovation is restricted mainly to the large corporates? Q. Why do many fear away from the idea of innovation? Q. How can we be innovative? It is too expensive! Q. […]

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NPD: New Product Development. THE Top 5 challenges to implement it. But WHAT is REALLY HOLDNG YOU BACK?

There are many views on the challenges associated with developing a new product, but here (in this article) I would like to explore the challenges which can be faced within an organisation when implementing a process to develop a new product.  I have stated it before, that in my opinion, any business which provides a […]

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NEW PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT (NPD). The 3 Key deliverables of NPD

I am going to start off with three simple questions. Q. How do you take your idea to market?  Q. How do you ensure that you have validated that your idea is robust and meets the legal requirements? Q. How do you know that your idea is what your customer wants or needs and how […]

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LEAN: It is important but it won’t grow your business.

I see a lot of emphasis these days on LEAN and productivity activities pitched as what is needed for business and industry to grow their markets and opportunities. LEAN and the associated activities are important and relevant methodologies which almost  every business can benefit from and can be applied in every part of a business. […]

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ADVANCED MANUFACTURING – Is this our future?

Australia has enjoyed a rich history of manufacturing over the past 60 years and over this time,  included the following sectors: white goods automotive vehicles  prams and strollers and carseats furniture making electrical and electronics agricultural machinery automotive components clothing chemicals food processing pharmaceuticals construction materials aviation The total spectrum of manufacturing sectors expanded beyond […]

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INNOVATION: HOW IS IT APPROACHED AND DOES YOUR COMPANY EMBRACE IT?

  I explored innovation and what it is in my recent post “Innovation: Why is it misunderstood and feared by organisations?” and defined innovation as any “activity which adds value”.   If you missed my other post, the definition of innovation is derived from the term innovate, meaning “make change in something established, especially by […]

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Innovation: Why is it misunderstood and feared by organisations?

  Innovation, derived from Innovate, meaning “make change in something established, especially by introducing new methods, ideas, or products” (Ref: Oxford Dictionary)         AG Lafley describes innovation at Proctor & Gamble (P&G) in the following way “So for us innovation is the brand in addition to the product. It’s the design of […]

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Why do organisations strive for Mediocrity instead of Excellence?

Mediocrity: derived from Mediocre, meaning “of only ordinary or moderate quality; neither good nor bad; barely adequate” (Ref:Dictionary.com) Excellence: derived from Excel, meaning “to surpass others or be superior in some respect or area; do extremely well” (Ref: Dictionary.com) Based on definition alone, it is inconceivable why any business leader would settle for mediocrity over […]

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It’s not the X-Factor, it’s the Success Factor.

Success is defined as "the accomplishment of an aim or purpose" (oxforddictionaries.com) but how can this be achieved buy an individual, a team or a company. What are the typical challenges that will be faced in order to taste success?  I believe the following four factors are key (but not limited to) to achieving success […]

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