Lean versus Buffered

Lean versus Buffered

Consumer and medical goods shortages during the global pandemic have inspired some media backlash against Lean Manufacturing practices; the Wall Street Journal even published an article saying we should “blame lean manufacturing” for paper towel shortages.  Yet most...

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Manufacturers in Business Ecosystems:  Who Drank My Milkshake?

Manufacturers in Business Ecosystems: Who Drank My Milkshake?

In the 2007 movie There Will Be Blood, a character explains how directional drilling can drain the oil reservoir under someone else’s land.  “I drink your milkshake!” he proclaims, to the dismay of the character whose oil profits have vanished.  With similar dismay,...

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Don’t Be a Sitting Duck!

Don’t Be a Sitting Duck!

  The industry in which you compete may not emerge from this pandemic the way it entered. Some industries may undergo structural change (e.g., healthcare: telemedicine and long term care, travel, tourism, etc.) while in others the required adaptations will be less...

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Hitting RESTART After the Pandemic

Hitting RESTART After the Pandemic

While companies around the globe are thinking about how to restart normal operations, the initial focus will undoubtedly be tactical. Forward-looking leadership teams will realize that now is the time to re-think their company’s business strategy to maximize...

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