Was David Hume, the 17th Century, Scottish philosopher the real founder of much of today’s business thinking and possibly Toyota’s TPS?

He explored and developed much of his thinking around The Scientific Method (adopted by Toyota in its PDCA, Hoshin & Problem Solving Approach) and he avidly studied Gallilao, Sir Francis Bacon and Sir Isaac Newton who all Continue reading

It’s been a busy – and fascinating – couple of weeks for me as I’ve been busy preparing for and delivering a workshop at the Total Manufacturing Excellence conference in Cairo.Manufacturing_Excellence_small

As both Chair of the event and one of the keynote speakers, I had the opportunity to engage with most of the delegates over the course of the two day event. Continue reading

august_14th_blogI took a phone call yesterday from an operations manager who’d been reading all about lean management theory and thought it would be an ideal approach for his organisation. He was enthusiastic, passionate even, and keen to know how we could help.

Great. So far, so good. Continue reading

I was invited to dinner this week and, as talk often does when I tell people what I do, the conversation turned to matters of business management and management style. Manufacturing_Excellence_small

One of those at the table was the managing director of an SME, a sizeable and reasonably successful company that’s been growing at a steady rate for almost fifty years. Continue reading

Blackboard ImageAs parents and students reach the end of another school year, head teachers – or principals as they are now often called – are able to take stock of what’s worked well during the course of the year and where improvements are needed going forward. The summer recess provides an ideal period of reflection and valuable downtime to put changes in place. Continue reading

Mobile Phone ImageNews that the O2 mobile network has gone down leaving millions of customers unable to make or receive calls is catastrophic for the company. For many, the problems will simply mean that they cannot organise their social life for the weekend. Meanwhile business users so accustomed to being contactable by colleagues and customers 24/7 will find the prospect of being incommunicado even for a few hours incomprehensible. Continue reading

Space ImageIt’s been an exciting week in the scientific community. Physicists on both sides of the Atlantic have been unveiling their research into the Higgs boson, the subatomic ‘God particle’ that theoretical physicists believe could be the basis of mass and order in the universe. Continue reading

RBS ImageThe computer glitch debacle that has hit the UK’s banking sector this week has inconvenienced hundreds of thousands of consumers and businesses and once again raised the question of bankers’ bonuses. After all, argue the pundits, the banks in question were bailed out by the tax payer and those in charge should be held to account for their mismanagement. Continue reading