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From Concept to Reality: How to Build Your Own Learning Academy

https://vimeo.com/sapartners/learningacademy?share=copy Join Megan and Mat for our 1-hour interactive webinar focused on developing your own Learning Academy.  Drawing from our extensive 30-year experience in assisting organizations in establishing successful academies, we will delve into the intricate process of crafting a learning academy that not only imparts technical expertise but also cultivates the essential leadership and […]

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PRESS RELEASE: S A Partners Announces Appointment of New CEO, Garry Corbet

13 June 2024 Global training and consultancy company S A Partners, is pleased to announce the appointment of Garry Corbet as its new Chief Executive Officer. Garry who is currently Head of the European Division will take over from current CEO Simon Grogan on 1 July 2024. Garry joined the Partnership over five years ago […]

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Enabling Digital Transformation: A Journey Towards Enterprise Excellence

In today’s fast-paced digital landscape, businesses face the imperative of transforming their operations to stay competitive and relevant. However, a staggering 70% of digital transformation initiatives fail. This blog post explores how S A Partners’ Digital Excellence Model can be used to improve your chances of success.     The Digital Transformation Challenge:  Despite the high […]

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Engaging your team in new technology

In the realm of digital transformation, it’s crucial to remember that organisations don’t change—people do. Effective change management hinges on ensuring that your employees are genuinely on board with the new technology you introduce. This requires a clear understanding of “What’s In It For Me?” (WIIFM) by your team members. While this concept isn’t new, […]

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From Chaos to Consistency

Join Ishan Sellahewa as he talks through ‘From Chaos to Consistency’ Contact Ishan with any questions: ishan.sellahewa@sapartners.com

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The Impact Psychological Safety has on Lean Transformation Initiatives and Team Learning

Join Bryan Cutliff as he talks through ‘the Impact Psychological Safety has on Lean Transformation Initiatives and Team Learning’ Contact Bryan with any questions: bryan.cutliff@sapartners.com

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Navigating The Symphony Of Voices

Jocelyn Fleet May 20th, 2024 Have you ever felt the frustration of an unproductive conversation? Let me share some of my own experiences of what not to do when you need effective communication. Example 1: The Meeting Maze In a previous role, my team gathered for a day to set yearly priorities. What ensued was […]

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Enabling Digital Transformation

Join Ishan Sellahewa as he talks through ‘Enabling Digital Transformation’ Contact Ishan with any questions: ishan.sellahewa@sapartners.com

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From Training Academy to Training Ecosystem

Ailsa Carson May 14th, 2024   I recently undertook ‘onboarding’ training with a software company. They provided access to numerous tutorials, video’s, live tutors, and live events. No doubt it saves them time and money in providing this level of resource. Software providers such as Salesforce, Nintex, Cvent and numerous others have led the way […]

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How you can improve your Kaizen activities

Alex Everitt May 6th, 2024   Kaizen activities are integral to fostering a culture of continuous improvement within organizations. Here’s how you can enhance your Kaizen practices to reap the benefits of efficiency, innovation, and long-term success. Understanding Kaizen Kaizen, a Japanese concept meaning continuous improvement, is essential for organizations aiming to thrive in dynamic […]

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Shingo Forum – Katie Anderson Full Recording
In our monthly networking group, we talk with Shingo Publication Award-winning author Katie Anderson about her book Learning to Lead, Leading to Learn. Hosted by Dr Keivan Zokaei First Name* Last Name* Work Email Company:* CAPTCHA Save and Continue Later
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Where Is Quality?

John Quirke  April 29th, 2024   Introduction: Dr. W. Edwards Deming, a pioneer in quality management, introduced a transformative philosophy that emphasized a holistic approach to quality improvement. His principles, commonly known as “Deming’s 14 Points,” have become fundamental to understanding and implementing effective quality management practices. However, despite the clarity and wisdom embedded in […]

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Process improvement in the service industry

Jack Worboys, April 22nd, 2024   In the realm of service-based work, identifying improvement opportunities and envisioning potential savings can be a daunting task. Unlike in manufacturing environments where processes are physically visible, service-based workflows often involve intangible elements like data manipulation, form submissions, and inbox management. This invisibility can obscure inefficiencies, making it challenging […]

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Clearing the Air: A Lesson in Process Mapping

Keivan Zokaei April 8th, 2024   In the midst of a fulfilling job, it’s disheartening to find oneself bogged down by negative comments and feedback from colleagues. Such was the case with one of my coachees who, despite enjoying their role, found themselves increasingly frustrated and hurt by after-hours criticisms via email or SMS from […]

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Creating a standard approach to problem solving

Rachel Doyle, 25th March, 2024   In the world of medical device manufacturing, efficient problem-solving methodologies are essential for ensuring product quality and regulatory compliance. This case study delves into the transformation of problem-solving practices within a medical device manufacturing facility, highlighting the challenges faced, strategies implemented, and the resulting benefits.   The Challenge: Operating […]

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Changemakers 2024: Rapid Mass Engagement Frank Devine
Frank Devine, author of Rapid Mass Engagement inspires the audience at Chanagemakers 2024 with insights from both hi book and decades of experience supporting companies on their journey to Excellence Changemakers 2024: Rapid Mass Engagement, Frank Devine First Name* Last Name* Work Email Company:* CAPTCHA Save and Continue Later
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Changemakers 2024: Deep Excellence, John Quirke, Juliette Packham
John Quirke & Juliette Packham presenting insights into their leadership book Deep Excellence: Seeing and hearing a culture of deep excellence. Changemakers 2024: Deep Excellence, John Quirke, Juliette Packham First Name* Last Name* Work Email Company:* CAPTCHA Save and Continue Later
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Behavioral change: Critical Behavioral Levers

Colin Scott, 18th March, 2024   Having assisted numerous clients in establishing their business systems as part of their overarching Business Operating System model, I’ve observed intriguing linkages between systems and behaviors. Through this journey, three critical attributes emerged, which I’ve dubbed the “Critical System Behavioral Levers”. Development #1: Unveiling the Levers In my experience, […]

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Aligning Problem Solving With Strategy

Nik Taylor, 11th March, 2024   In today’s fast-paced business landscape, aligning problem-solving activities with strategic objectives is paramount to unleashing the full potential of your organization. It’s not just about finding solutions; it’s about creating capacity, driving customer value, and fostering colleague engagement. However, many organizations fall into the trap of adopting problem-solving tools […]

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25 Years Of Enterprise Excellence Tips For Success

Jeff Williams, 4th March, 2024   After dedicating the last 25 years to supporting clients in implementing a culture of Enterprise Excellence across various sectors globally, it’s time to share some insights for success. Here are my key observations to consider: Purpose Simplicity is Key: Craft a concise one-page strategic direction statement spanning three years, […]

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My Top 5 Tips for Successful Engagement

Sonja Allen, 4th March, 2024   Who agrees that team engagement is one of the key drivers that will make or break an organisation’s success? I hazard a guess and I’ll say most of you.   Employee engagement is one of the most referenced topics in conversations with my clients. It’s on the agenda of […]

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The Journey of a Continuous Improvement (CI) Leader

Who Am I? I’m a seasoned Accelerate Automotive CI Leader with nearly three decades of experience. My journey began in 1997, and since then, I’ve embraced every challenge with enthusiasm. I thrive on the satisfaction of overcoming seemingly impossible tasks, and I believe in the power of hard work. For me, work isn’t just a […]

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Developing Leadership Agility

by Dr. Bryan Cutliff FACHE Leaders today engage in many diverse and complex activities and face a new set of challenges requiring agility. These could span from accepting new roles and responsibilities to taking organizations to new heights, to navigating tremendous internal and external pressures to adopt new ways of thinking around diversity, equity, and […]

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Factory of the Future or Factory for the Planet?

by John Quirke The “Factory for the Planet” concept represents a visionary approach to industrial operations that prioritizes environmental sustainability, social responsibility, and long-term business viability. As a business model it aligns with global efforts to address climate change, resource depletion, and evolving consumer expectations for ethical and eco-friendly products and services. I have seen, […]

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The Invaluable Power of Vulnerability In Leadership Teams

In the often stoic and authoritative realm of senior leadership, the notion of vulnerability might seem counterintuitive. However, a closer examination reveals that embracing vulnerability can be a powerful catalyst for positive change, fostering a culture of trust, collaboration, and innovation within senior leadership teams. As all leaders cast a shadow, this trait of vulnerability […]

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Digital Requirements

For those who have worked with me in the past, something that I’ve harped on about is the importance of ensuring that technology follows process, not the other way around.   I’ve said this from years of experience seeing organisations taking the approach of ‘our existing tools won’t change and we’re not going to get any […]

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Organic v. Planned Expansion

Process Management initiatives often start in a certain part of an organisation to solve a specific business problem. For example, we may find that our Customer Satisfaction Score is below target, so we prioritise our process management efforts to focus on our customer services processes. This may be the entire scope of our process management […]

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Are you struggling to automate? Try standardization instead.

Many of the clients with whom I work have identified that process Digitization and Automation are critical to their ability to survive, let alone grow. And as such they invest. They hire teams of automation experts. They train their teams to be citizen developers. They buy automation tools. And nothing happens.   The problem here is […]

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TPM as a system to support your long-term sustainability and cultural transformation goals

By John Quirke, Partner If you consider TPM (Total Productive Manufacturing) only as a tool in your continuous improvement toolbox you are missing a major opportunity.  TPM provides a core system and philosophy to transform the culture of your manufacturing operation and bring life to your aspirations of greater sustainable environmentally business performance. What is […]

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Bryan Cutliff earns top Healthcare Management Credential

Brighton, MI – 3 January 2024 Bryan Cutliff, PsyD, FACHE, Partner at S A Partners Inc. – strategy deployment consultants based in Michigan, recently became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the nation’s leading professional society for healthcare leaders. “The healthcare management field plays a vital role in providing high-quality care to […]

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Shingo & Lean Forum with Frank Devine Full Recording
The Shingo and Lean Forums exists to encourage the sharing of ideas on Best Practice, Continuous Improvement and lean through networking, visits and workshops. This edition we welcome Frank Devine as our guest speaker First Name* Last Name* Work Email Company:* CAPTCHA Save and Continue Later
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Shingo Executive Overview Webinar Recording
Embark on a transformative journey with our upcoming virtual workshop, where practical insights pave the way for your company’s success. Here’s what you can expect from the session: Cultural Insight: Delve into the profound impact of culture on transformation, gaining valuable insights for sustainable change. Strategic Vision: Compare your current state to the desired future, unlocking the [...]
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Unleashing Innovation: The Crucial Role of Creativity in Modern Business

By Conor Dawson, Head of Ireland Region In today’s fast-paced and ever-evolving business landscape, the ability to innovate has become a cornerstone of success. As organisations strive to stay ahead of the competition, adapt to technological advancements, meet looming legal ESG imperatives, and meet the changing needs of consumers, creativity emerges as a driving force […]

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Unlocking Digital Transformation: The Importance Of Standardization Webinar Recording
Most, if not all organizations, have embarked on a Process Management initiative at some point or other. The outcome of these initiatives is mixed. For some organizations, process management becomes part of their DNA, and they successfully develop a process-driven culture where everyone understands the importance of standardization and continuous improvement. Other organizations, however, struggle [...]
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Lean Fundamentals

This paper sets out to describe where the Early Equipment Management(EEM) principle embedded within the TPM philosophy can bring substantial improvements to a company’s existing new product development and introduction processes involving capital physical assets. EEM is driven by a belief that behind the plant and equipment used in any production process there are three […]

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What makes a great Deployment Leader?

by Simon Grogan Great deployment leaders possess a unique set of skills and qualities that enable them to lead their teams toward Enterprise Excellence. Do you have what it takes? Ask yourself these three questions… I know who I am, what I’m good at, how I speak, listen, and think, I know what brings me […]

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Beyond The Buzz

Join Ishan Sellahewa as he talks through ‘Beyond The Buzz: Building your Future through Digital Transformation’ Contact Ishan with any questions: ishan.sellahewa@sapartners.com

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5 Great Reasons to Undertake an Assessment

We all need to grow, innovate and compete. To do this we need to have a deep understanding of our organization’s current state – hence the need to build a regular benchmarking assessment into your strategic plan. We’ve identified 5 compelling reasons to kick start an assessment: Identifying Gaps One of the primary reasons to […]

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The Power of Benchmarking

By Ailsa Carson, Partner Benchmarking is defined as the act or practice of measuring something against a standard, or of testing in order to develop such a standard[i]. Most organizations that are invested in best practice or continuous improvement will use benchmarking either formally or informally to support their journey. It can take place within […]

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The Role of Leadership in Digital Transformation

By Jack Worboys, Consultant  Technology is changing the world in which we live faster and more exponentially than ever. Our use of technology pervades every aspect of our lives and it is therefore imperative that every organisation has a digital transformation that is aligned to their strategic objectives. It is however all too easy to get […]

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Managing Process Variations

  Join Ishan Sellahewa as he talks through ‘Managing Process Variations’

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Achieving Excellence: How To Leverage process optimisation & automation Webinars 1 & 2
Sessions 1 & 2 of our partnered workshop with Synergi all around process optimisation and automation Achieving Excellence: How To Leverage process optimisation & automation session 1 & 2 First Name* Last Name* Work Email Company:* CAPTCHA Save and Continue Later
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Case Study: Blenders Transformation Year 1 to Year 3

In 1989, the Simpson family founded Blenders and have been perfecting sauces for over 30 years. Today, the second generation, Harry and James, lead a dedicated and experienced team.   S A Partners were brought in for an initial benchmarking assessment and established the next steps to continue their journey to excellence. From lean awareness […]

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Shingo Journey Guide
Check out our latest guide to your Shingo Journey – an approach to truly sustainable Enterprise Excellence.
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Delivering Process Improvement

We all want to improve the way that we work. Process improvement (digital or otherwise) doesn’t just happen though, someone has to drive these projects. Whose responsibility should this be? Should we ask our divisions to improve their own processes or do we create a transformation team to do it for them.     To start, […]

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Creating A Sense Of Belonging

In the realm of organizational practices, a diverse range of research from esteemed thought leaders is often employed. These insights span strategy development, operations management, financial acumen, risk assessment, process refinement, and adept problem-solving. These conventional management domains are pivotal in crafting robust workflows that steer organizations toward their missions. Yet, within this landscape, there exists […]

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How to align, engage and improve using effective Tiered meetings Webinar Recording
Join Sonja Allen and Megan James for this bite size webinar where they will share how to improve the effectiveness of your tiered or cross-organisational meetings using the tried and tested AEI (Align, Engage, Improve) System. Discover the principles, features and key benefits of deploying an AEI system​.​ Download the recording here. How to align, engage [...]
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Speak To Lead: How To Embrace Your Challenge Voice Webinar Recording
Are you ready to revolutionize the way you communicate and lead? Doctor of Psychology Bryan Cutliff leads this webinar centred around the transformative concept of the “challenge voice”. Discover how this unique and dynamic vocal technique can reshape your interactions, amplify your influence, and supercharge your team’s productivity. Speak To Lead: How To Embrace Your [...]
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Why Curiosity is Essential for Gemba

In the world of effective leadership, one invaluable skill often goes overlooked—Gemba. While Gemba is often associated with process improvement, its true power lies in its ability to transform leadership communication. In this blog, we’ll explore the critical role of communication in Gemba and provide you with two essential tips to enhance your Gemba skills […]

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Explore / Control / Position: What’s the Difference and Why Should you Care?​

Effective communication is the lifeblood of any successful organization. It’s not merely a tool for interaction; it’s the very essence of how we navigate challenges, share ideas, and collaborate. Yet, there are pitfalls to be aware of when it comes to communication. The Pitfalls of Communication: Unconscious Communication: Often, we communicate without conscious thought, assuming […]

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