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S A Partners boasts a rich legacy of knowledge sharing within the business improvement community. We consistently offer a wealth of resources such as papers, award-winning books, infographics, webinars and forums – largely provided free of charge. This enduring tradition is one we proudly uphold.

John Quirke leads our Thought Leadership practice, alongside Dr. Keivan Zokaei and Dr. Bryan Cutliff. This team continually evolves our thinking to empower our consultants, coaches, and trainers in helping our clients achieve their goals.

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Deep Excellence: Seeing and Hearing a Culture of Deep Excellence

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.

Through a focus on behaviours and systems thinking the authors take you on a journey, where they share their decades of experience supporting organisations to achieve their ideal results. They provide guidance on how to create the positive behaviours required in today’s world; and how you as a leader can create sustainable change.

TPM: A foundation of operational excellence

Written by John Quirke and Andy Brunskill, this is the must have reference guide to how TPM can be a key driving force towards developing a culture based on the Shingo Model of organisational work behaviour. The output of many years of research and application the book sets out a model for sustainable transformation, looking at highly efficient processes enabled by highly engaged people, its sets out methodologies and backs up its thinking with real life case studies.

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The Essence of Excellence: Creating a culture of continuous improvement

Written by S A Partners, the Essence Of Excellence is the output of research of 100 worldwide leading companies. 40 of which who have shown themselves to have, in their different ways, the Essence of Excellence. Peter and Chris have taken this thinking and combining this with the vast experience of the S A Partners team, identified the essential elements required for continued organisational success. The book within 2 months of being published won the coveted Shingo Research Prize.


4 + 1: Embedding a Culture of Continuous Improvement in Financial Services

In this book released by S A Partners we present the 5 basic habits to achieve a Culture of Continuous Improvement. Case studies from two of the world’s leading banking organisations demonstrate how the Culture of Continuous Improvement has been applied in real-world situations. The authors also discuss the underlying neuroscience to explain why these habits actually work. This book is essential reading for leaders and business improvement professionals alike.

Creating a Lean and Green Business System

Keivan Zokaei and his fellow authors supply a new way of thinking that will allow you to boost improvement efforts and create a positively charged work environment. They outline a systematic way to eliminate harmful waste while generating green value, the book explains how to, become economically successful and environmentally sustainable by adopting the lean and green business system approach. The book demonstrates the use of tools, techniques and methodologies developed by the authors together with real life case studies of their application.

Staying Lean: Thriving, not just surviving

Co-authored by one of our team, Gary Griffiths, this highly acclaimed publication received a Shingo Research and Professional Publication Prize. The book explains how to create and sustain a Lean business, the basis of its research was to follow a key S A Partners client and highlight how through the application of the lean principles sustainable improvement can be achieved .

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