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Shingo Forum – Katie Anderson April 2024

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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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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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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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Shingo & Lean Forum with Frank Devine

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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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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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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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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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Pocket Guide to Digital Transformation

Why Should you Digitally Transform?  Every organisation wants to do more with less while simultaneously increasing the level of service that they deliver to their customers. Given this, seemingly impossible task, winning and losing will almost certainly be determined by an organisation’s ability to leverage technology to improve the way that they work.  Digital Transformation […]

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Align, Engage, Improve with Effective Tiered Meetings

By Sonja Allen Have you ever considered… How many meetings you have a week? How many of these meetings could be an email? How many of these meetings have few or no results? How many rabbit holes do your meeting conversations go down? How regularly do you talk about what really matters, in a focused […]

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Your IT department might be unknowingly undermining your culture

We all know humans are inherently lazy – we tend to take the path of least resistance. This makes sense; both mental and physical activity takes a lot of energy, something that was scarce at the time when we had to hunt and gather for our next meal. For a more recent example, if you […]

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Process Management and Risk

Speaking with Risk Managers, I find that risk management is often performed in Excel. There’ll be a ‘Risk Register’ file, where (generally) the Risk team document an exhaustive list of risks in one column, and in another column treatments/ controls for those risks. This Excel file typically lives in a SharePoint folder, is maintained by […]

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DEEP EXCELLENCE: A call to action for a new style of leadership

This book will challenge your thinking about how you lead; and how you can add value to those around you.  You will discover and explore ways in which you can bring meaning to your work and how you can engage the heads; hands and hearts to create a culture of Deep Excellence in your organization.   […]

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Understanding Lean Leadership

By MEGAN JAMES, European Business Development Manager I previously shared the S A Partners implementation model for Enterprise Excellence and how to use this to build effective training programmes. In case you missed it, you can find it HERE. I received some great queries specifically about the design of the Leadership element so I wanted […]

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Case Study: Launching a multi-site Lean Programme in the Utilities Sector

Over the last five years, we have been supporting one of Europe’s largest utility companies to implement a multi-site/organisation-wide Lean programme. This paper shares how this organisation built both Leadership and Lean Capability throughout their organisation, as well as how the transformation programme has continued to deliver a return on investment.

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S A Partners Launches Online Learning Capability

Well, ok we may be a bit slow starting but I promise you that we have caught up fast. Over the past three years with the impact of COVID19 we have seen a significant shift in the way we all learn, we have become more comfortable with the use of technology in how we develop […]

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Why I’m uneasy with the term ‘True North’ by John Quirke

I came in for a bit of teasing by a work colleague recently over my uneasiness with the term True North.   We were working with a leadership community in a large automotive business, and he used the term True North, which brought about an obvious and over exaggerated wince from me which raised a few […]

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S A Partners Named a Winner in 2022 Nintex Partner Awards
London, UK—September 28, 2022— S A Partners is pleased to announce it has been recognized as a Regional Spotlight Award winner of the 2022 Nintex Partner Awards. S A Partners was recognized for its proven ability to help organizations accelerate digital transformation and drive business outcomes with the powerful and easy-to-use capabilities of the Nintex Process Platform. [...]
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The Insights Podcast – Continuous Improvement in Utilities with Megan James
Megan James speaks to SA Partners Mat Jackson on his experience of deploying and sustaining operational excellence within the utilities sector. Understand why continuous improvement is needed now more than ever today within the sector, and how the approach can and should be adapted to fit the unique needs of the sector. For more information [...]
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LEADER STANDARD WORK & GEMBA WALKS
Gemba walks and Leader Standard Work (LSW) have the power to transform organizational culture. Done well, they ensure a presence and engagement with managers and leaders at every tier of the organization. We support organisations on their journey to enterprise excellence and sustainable business results. Our belief is that true enterprise excellence can only be [...]
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Reimagine & Refocus Conference
This Reimagine & Refocus conference looked at the following: Sustaining EBIT Approach with Robin Jaques, SA Partners & J Frank Holmes, Gambit Corporate Finance Management Motivation & Remuneration Structures with Steve Berry, Acuity Law Growth/Succession Planning with J Frank Holmes, Gambit Corporate Finance Panel Discussion & Questions Conclusion To view this conference, please fill out [...]
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Moving from Operational to Enterprise Excellence

Why Enterprise Excellence not Operational Excellence? At S A Partners, we believe that Lean and the philosophy of continuous improvement can and should be applied to all parts of the business, not just operations or manufacturing. In the same way, we also believe the approach is equally applicable to service and transactional processes. Operational Excellence […]

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Webinar: Future of CI in a Changing World: Panel Discussion with Dr Keivan Zokaei & Guests
Join Keivan Zokaei and his guests from the world of Lean & CI for a panel discussion on the future of Continuous Improvement. We have seen remarkable changes happen within the last few months, with companies drastically changing how they operate. Our panel will consider what this means for Continuous Improvement & Lean deployment both [...]
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Webinar: Creating a Roadmap with Virtual Teams
Creating an assessment that can be rolled out and managed virtually will support your organisation to measure and drive improvement and change. Join Gary Griffiths to hear how we can now leverage technology to improve how and when we undertake benchmarks and assessments and how we can deploy the roadmap successfully in a virtual world. [...]
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Webinar: Creating a Roadmap for Enterprise Excellence
Join us for this webinar with 'Staying Lean" Author and Industry expert Gary Griffiths to gain inspiration on how to build and undertake a Enterprise Excellence Assessment across multiple sites. Gary will also explore how this will help you develop your roadmap for the future. To view this webinar, please fill out the form details [...]
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Southern Manufacturing Conference Downloads
Please find below the presentaions delivered at the Southern Manufacturing Conference.  If you have any quesitons please contact Ailsa Carson Conferece Slides 1 to Share Download Presentation 1Conferece Slides 2 to Share Download Presentation 2Download the full Award winning book 'Staying Lean'. Download the full publicationBest Practise and World Class Manufacturing Download this presentation
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Gaining true commitment to the revised 91XX series of standards webinar
Webinar PresentationTo view the webinar presentation given on the day, use the download link provided. The presentation is in PDF format Download this presentation In this webinar hosted by Megan James, Robin and Leigh will share their experiences deploying quality and enterprise excellence systems within industry and discuss: Going beyond conformance: Discover how to meet [...]
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London FS Conference Presentation Downloads
For those that recently attended our FS conference in London, we are providing the presentations given on the day as a download in PDF format. In the conference we shared how you can drive and sustain business change, deliver operational excellence and more importantly create a company culture that supports and sustains improvement. K. Zokaei [...]
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Supporting the Salvation Army

S A Partners are proud to support the Salvation Army in all the good work they do. At this time of year their work in helping the most vulnerable people in society is even more invaluable. The Salvation Army work in 131 countries, demonstrating Christian principles through practical support; offering unconditional friendship, and very practical […]

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Presentation Download
For those that recently attended our workshop at Shingo FS conference in Chicago, “Why Financial Services Needs to Consider a Fresh Approach to Transformation”, we are providing the presentation as a download in PDF format. In the conference we shared how you can drive and sustain business change, deliver operational excellence and more importantly create [...]
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Panalpina Logistics Brazil Win Prestigious Shingo Award for Operational Excellence

S A Partners are pleased to congratulate Panalpina on their recent Shingo Award for Operational Excellence. This particular award goes to DSV Panalpina Logistics and Manufacturing facility in Sorocaba, near Sao Paulo, Brazil. The facility topped the scores of the Shingo examiners who focus on the degree to which the Shingo Model are evident in the behaviour […]

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Swimming for Marie Curie

If swimming 5k seems daunting, spare a thought for one of our partners, Juliette Packham, who swam this distance twice, one day after the other! Carrying on from her 12 week 50 mile charity swim from last year, she signed up for a bigger challenge just before Christmas; a triple 5km! But with a busy […]

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Lean Thinkers for our Ireland Operations
We are recruiting Lean Thinkers for our Ireland region. If you have the relevant experience across multiple sectors and you have what it takes to make a real difference please contact us via the form below. No Canvassers. We are recruiting We have been growing our consultancy business in Ireland using our proven Lean improvement [...]
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Jeff Williams ‘on tour’ in Australia  

Jeff Williams, Global Business Development Director & Head of the Food & Drink Sector for S A Partners, is travelling down-under to Australia next month to present at 2 high profile Food & Drink related events. The first is for the Business SA Food who deliver the Federal Government Entrepreneurs Programme and Food SA, based in […]

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S A Partners supporting Cork Simon Community

S A Partners support many charities, and we are proud to sponsor Cork Simon community, who are a fantastic organisation working in solidarity with men and women who are homeless in Cork, offering housing and support on their journey back to independent living. As well as financial sponsorship, John Quirke, our Irish MD and head of […]

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World Wide Fruit CI Case Study Video
Senior team members of World Wide Fruit talk you through their successful Continuous Improvement Journey. The team talk you through the practicalities of implementing CI from the early stages, and how the improvement has lead to significant improvement in their operations. If youd like to find out how S A Partners can help your business, [...]
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Webinar: Engage your Colleagues on Lean
Being a ‘lean business’ isn’t the result of a single initiative or project, it requires a business culture aligned with constant improving to reap long term benefits. To do this, you need to keep colleagues across all levels of the business engaged around your lean journey & culture. In this short webinar, SA Partners’ Jeff [...]
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New Shingo Examiner on the S A Partners Team
Congratulations to John Quirke , Partner and Head of our Life Sciences sector who has been accepted to become an Examiner for the Shingo Institute. He now joins our three other examiners who are Prof. Peter Hines, Simon Grogan and Chris Butterworth. This is a great achievement following a challenging application and approval procedure, overseen by the Shingo Examiner’s [...]
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