The two featured speakers at the Center for Operational Excellence’s upcoming quarterly seminar might be from two wildly different industries, but they’re both bringing stories that illustrate a stark truth about the world today: The rules of the game are changing, and standing still isn’t an option. COE on Friday, Feb. 13, is hosting from | Read more…



“Bullet-proof” and lean: Is it possible? In managing the business relationships that flow downstream to the customer, companies are honing their risk management practices to reduce vulnerability and bolster continuity. Battling risk, however, often leads to built-in redundancies and other measures that run counter to lean principles. How, then, can an organization with a legacy | Read more…



Looking back at a storied history that stretches back more than a century, Ryan Arbogast remembers Nov. 1, 2013, as a low point for the company his great-grandfather founded in 1907. Arbogast, fourth-generation president at prosthetic product manufacturer WillowWood, sat anxiously in a Florida courtroom and listened to a judge deliver the most devastating blow | Read more…



Coming off two recent conferences that repeatedly emphasized the importance of “people over process,” I’m reminded again of some words shared by Helen Turnbull, one of the keynote speakers at COE’s spring Leading Through Excellence summit. Turnbull reminded us that “we’re all looking at the world through the eyes of our expertise, but the problem | Read more…



Time and money are in short supply these days for companies seeking to build a long-term problem-solving culture and keep up with a frenzied short-term workload, but sometimes it’s necessary to hit “pause” before launching forward. The Center for Operational Excellence once again is offering a low-cost, high-value opportunity for companies around the country to | Read more…



Connecting far-flung employees – across an office or across the globe – is becoming an increasingly common challenge for companies of any size. A number of organizations have turned to technological solutions for town halls, top leadership updates and team meetings – but how can they ensure communication leads to results and isn’t lost along | Read more…



The Center for Operational Excellence is closing out its year of programming with behind-the-hood looks at two of the biggest brands on the planet – and a fitting conclusion to the day. Joining COE for its Friday, Dec. 5, seminar is Kevin Nolan, VP of technology for GE Appliances. An ever-consolidating appliance market has turned | Read more…



Since the 2008 recession, organizations are pushing their research and development departments to the brink, seeking the same, or greater, levels of innovation at the same, or lower, amounts of funding. At the same time, an unprecedented level of connection across the global supply chain has brought competition to a frenzied peak, pushing companies to | Read more…



A retired U.S. Navy captain with a fascinating turnaround story and a leading researcher in organizational change are set to headline the Center for Operational Excellence’s third-annual Leading Through Excellence summit in April 2015. COE Executive Director Peg Pennington announced on Sept. 26 that the following speakers are booked to present at the three-day event, | Read more…



For two methodologies that can drive efficiency and change inside an organization’s information technology ecosystem, Lean and Agile seem to raise a lot of questions as well. Is it an either-or proposition? (No.) Are they one and the same? (No.) Is there a way to leverage both to improve IT effectiveness? (Absolutely.) The Center for | Read more…