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5 Steps to Getting Everyone On Board With Change

In almost every project, in every industry, I found that the management team, or the project team felt that change was necessary. However, talk is cheap when the rubber meets the road. Getting people to embrace change is very challenging.

In an attempt to help realize why change is sometimes necessary for a business to survive and thrive, here is my view on change, presented for your consideration:


C: Chaos
Loss of control, no clear definition of what is about to happen. How will things change? For what reason(s) do they need to change? Yes, for a period of time, you may feel like the ground beneath you isn’t solid.

H: Hostility- Will you have more work? Will you lose your job? You will be stressed, which may lead to anger?

A: AloneWhy is this happening to you? Why do you feel like you are the only one who isn’t embracing the change?

N: Nightmare - Most people are afraid of the unknown, and dread uncertainty. They go to great lengths to stay where they are to avoid going down a new path. A new path is scary.

G: GriefOpening the door to bad possibilities - change could lead to worse outcomes. This leads to feelings of negativity and sadness.

E: Evil – As in, “The End”. You believe that the change could result in complete failure. You think it is a very bad idea that reeks of impending doom.

Thursday, July 21, 2016/Author: Anthony Etzel/Number of views (3721)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0
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If ERP is plumbing for the Enterprise; How do we unplug it and keep it from making a huge mess?

I have been working with ERP in various roles for over 30 years, directly involved in over a hundred implementations, while my company has been involved with over 400 more. Of course, in many ways the systems we use today are completely different from what we used in the ‘80s – back then it was green screens, simple transaction entry forms, and cumbersome updates (at best) to link what one department did with all the other areas that needed access to that information. Then there were those planning programs that took all the information along with various parameters the users needed to set and told us what to do.

The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same

Thursday, June 09, 2016/Author: David Dickson/Number of views (3172)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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It’s NOT All About the Money, Money, Money… Motivating Employees in the New Year!


Have you ever thought about what really motivates your employees?

It’s not about the almighty dollar, you know. Ok, ok…..money doesn’t hurt, but money alone doesn’t keep most people in their jobs. You actually need to motivate your employees to keep them showing up, mentally and physically. Employees that don’t feel motivated are probably underperforming, and that means you’re losing money.

Ask yourself these questions about your employees:

    • Are they happy…..YES….HAPPY! Do they enjoy coming to work every day?
    • Do they feel challenged, or do they feel demeaned?
    • Are they sinking, or are they swimming?
    • Do they have the right tools in their arsenal to battle the giants?
    • Where’s the reward?

Happiness - I’ve worked with manufacturers for almost 20 years now...

Tuesday, January 05, 2016/Author: Kathy Barthelt/Number of views (3863)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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How Do You Measure Success in Your Business?

Business owners may measure success in different ways – some tangible, some intangible.

In order to establish how you should measure success for your business, you need to first examine how you measure your personal success. If you are a business owner, or a part of the management team of the company you work for, ask yourself these questions to see how you measure up:

Assess personal success.

1.    Am I happy in my job?

2.    Do I have passion for what I’m doing?

3.    Do I get the desired results based on the effort I’m putting in?

4.    Am I putting forth my best effort?

5.    Am I patient and allow for sufficient time to see results?

6.    Do I get respect from my co-workers?

7.    Do I have the endurance to hang in there when things get a bit rough?


Reflect on successes and failures.

After answering these questions, do you need to make any changes? Do you still have the same ambition and drive to achieve the goal? Are you content with your work, or have you come to the conclusion that you have not done your best?

To be successful...

Tuesday, May 26, 2015/Author: Anthony Etzel/Number of views (13441)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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10 Ways to Not Screw Up the OEE Project – It is More Important than You Think


Is there a mandate in your company to increase OEE and it has landed on your plate? Ah yes, the OEE approach. You remember what that is right? The Overall Equipment Effectiveness metric as developed in Japan during restoration made famous in crafting some serious efficiency. Well, someone in management has decided that THIS is the way to make his world better and now it’s up to you to make it happen.

But there are pitfalls along the way:

Wednesday, April 01, 2015/Author: Rich Grilli/Number of views (11454)/Comments (2)/ Article rating: 5.0
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Why Your Operation Doesn’t Stand a Chance in Hell of Going From Good to Great (and What to do About it)

You dream of building a manufacturing powerhouse.

An operation with loads of throughput, profit, and efficiency in every process to make your products the best quality you can make them.

You want to be as successful as the factories and companies they write about in books like Good to Great, changing your operation and even motivating and inspiring your teams to do so too.

But you know you haven’t got a chance in hell of seeing that kind of success unless you can truly change and make significant differences over the long haul.

Of course, the big question is How? 

Thursday, November 20, 2014/Author: David Dickson/Number of views (14052)/Comments (1)/ Article rating: 5.0
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New Definition of Insanity: Collect data the same old way

Just because you've always done it this way doesn't mean it's the best way. The old way of doing things may get the job done, but is the job being performed efficiently, accurately, and on a timely basis?

People resist change because there is an element of fear behind change and having to learn something new. Sometimes it’s just that you’re comfortable with how things are done, and you don’t see the need to make any changes. 


Are you stuck in manual?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014/Author: Anthony Etzel/Number of views (8876)/Comments (1)/ Article rating: 5.0

How to Survive Your “Go-To” Guy Getting Hit By a Bus

Have you ever wondered what you would do if that guy you depend upon – your “go-to”, your right-arm is suddenly gone?

Let’s call your franchise player “Steve”. He’s your shipping/receiving supervisor, or your warehouse guy, or your top engineer, or (gulp) the guy who works in the office who has been with you for 35 years and just knows EVERYTHING about EVERYTHING.

What happens when Steve gets hit by a bus, or decides that warm sandy beaches are calling his name, and he just doesn’t want to work anymore?

Are you prepared for his departure? Is your business prepared? For many manufacturing companies, that answer would be “NO”.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014/Author: Kathy Barthelt/Number of views (9816)/Comments (2)/ Article rating: 5.0
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