Sustainability and coaching

Business and sustainability Business has traditionally tended to treat environmental issues as an additional overhead to the production of quality products. Recently, a variety of businesses of different sizes in different industries have found that a more pro-active, creative approach can actually IMPROVE the bottom line. Done well, sustainability is PROFITABLE. Business coaching Business coaching is an emerging professional service …

Continuous improvement and Enterprise Resource Planning

The MRP production line When a manufacturing business installs a new production line, the installation doesn’t stop the day the line is turned on. Excellent performance isn’t expected on Day 1, in Week 1, and often isn’t achieved in Month 1. The performance achieved initially isn’t accepted as the best possible – for a big investment, you have an ongoing …

Building your sustainability vocabulary

When a new field emerges, a new language (or jargon) emerges with it. Knowing the language gives you access to opportunities you might otherwise miss. From time to time, we take a look at some of these words, giving you our interpretation of them. Sustainability Leaving the planet in a better condition than we found it – with its environment …

How do you keep score in the success game?

As a business, you can measure your performance against other companies in your industry through benchmarking. Standards are identified which are relevant to your industry, and you measure your current performance against them. These standards could be anything from phone response time to number of weeks of inventory coverage. In a game of football there are a range of statistics relevant to the game, not just the final …

We apologise for the break in transmission

Some of you may have noticed a long gap since our last publication (in fact, it’s a gap of 12 months). This has been due to my father’s losing battle with cancer. He died at the end of February, and now life has become more predictable, if sadder and a bit emptier than before. During this time, and particularly in the past three months, …