Profit from the core

Profit From The Core (2001) is mandatory reading for any senior-level executive. Its ideas and concepts are timeless. The book was updated in 2010—give it a read… Here are some helpful hints to get you thinking/started: To identify your core business, first identify the five following assets: Your most profitable, franchise customers Your most differentiated and

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“Now what?”—when you’re in charge… An Axis work product example

This 8 Point Plan was written (2011) for an incoming President on behalf of a €500mil./$647mil. Italian packaging company that was planning to enter the U.S. market in the prime and very competitive industrial goods and services sector [Forest Products, Paper & Packaging]. The plan’s template is based on the Spencer Stuart 8 Point Plan for

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“Nothing endures but change.” Heraclitus, 5th Century BC. [from his universal flux doctrine] Variant translations: There is nothing permanent except change. Nothing is permanent except change. The only constant is change. Change is the only constant. Change alone is unchanging. Q: Somebody asked: After eight years of boom-to-bust whiplash…euphoria to despondency…what is normal? A: Change

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The seven basic tools of quality control

Further to my comment on the Crosby Quality College in the last post, here are the basic quality tools any manager should be aware of (regardless of your function): The cause-and-effect (a.k.a., “fishbone” or Ishikawa diagram) The check sheet The control chart The histogram The Pareto chart The scatter diagram Stratification (alternately, flow chart or run chart) To this day, axis still uses the “fishbone” diagram

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