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Four Pillars: People Are Good

For those who practice the Theory of Constraints (TOC), there are Four Pillars which represent a series of mindsets. Each pillar is representative of an attitude which helps individuals overcome challenges and reach breakthroughs. This is the final instalment to our four-part series, although each article provides its own value and can be read as

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Projects: Why They’re Not Being Delivered On Time…

‘You don’t deliver a project one task at a time’, claimed the leader who’s project was running late, and I was trying, hopelessly, to help. That’s an interesting claim isn’t it? Don’t we build houses one brick at a time, build a car one part at time, and write articles one word at time? Why then would

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Two Simple Ways to Make Your Business More Environmentally Sustainable

It is not new information to anyone that global warming is an incredibly important global issue. If businesses across the world continue along the same trajectory, scientists have predicted catastrophic effects at the extreme. The earth’s temperature will continue to rise. Material resources are likely to be scarce causing prices to rise as easily exploitable

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So, You Think You Know ‘The Goal’…

We’re sure you have come across the best-selling business novel ‘The Goal’ by Eli Goldratt and how its principles can be applied to production environments (if you haven’t you can request a free copy here). But don’t be fooled – Goldratt’s Five Focusing Steps can be applied anywhere in any organisation to improve flow and

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Supply Chain: Are Local Suppliers The Answer?

It is not news to anyone that global supply chains have taken several knocks as a result of the pandemic. With countries going in and out of lockdowns, manufacturers around the world have struggled to keep up with demand. With multiple countries closing their borders, the transportation of materials and components became near impossible. Here

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A Manager’s Dilemma: When is the Best Time to Focus on Business Improvement?

There are numerous pressures that come with managing a team of people. Ultimately, as a manager, you will have two major objectives you need to achieve. First, you need to be able to deal with today. This means that you need to ensure that you are delivering against toda­y’s performance requirements, whether that’s in production

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Sustainability: Improve Your Business’ Social Conscience

Today, many UK businesses are ensuring their development is economically and environmentally sustainable. Their experiences have largely shown that environmental and societal improvements go hand in hand with profit-making and improved competitiveness. Many small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) are yet to embrace these great opportunities. Given the current climate, they may be struggling with their

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Four Pillars: Everything Is Connected

For those who practice the Theory of Constraints (TOC), there are Four Pillars which represent a set of mindsets. Each pillar is representative of an attitude which helps individuals overcome challenges and reach breakthroughs. This is the third instalment of a four-part series, although each article provides its own value and can be read as

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3 Ways to Increase Your Sales

Growing your sales is always important, especially given the current climate. Over the past year many businesses will have been operating at significantly lower levels of sales. Now, as we emerge from the UK’s third – and with the vaccination programme underway, hopefully last – national lockdown, most businesses are looking to ramp up their sales quickly. Whether your

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