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Low productivity? Take a look in the mirror 20/03/2017

Greig Walker, director, Unleash & Engage

CI Dilemma: Not meeting with expectations 13/02/2017

A lean-style morning debrief distorts into an excuse to down tools in this month’s dilemma

CI Dilemma: The post-consultant crash 24/01/2017

It doesn’t take long for anarchy to ensue after a CI guru leaves his disciples to it…

Game time for engagement 24/01/2017

Robert Dagge, managing director of Dynistics

The 5S fanatic who’s gone too far 02/12/2016

Bill will do anything to keep his work area spic and span, even ignoring stricken colleagues
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Battling the workplace winter blues 02/12/2016

Neil Pickering, marketing & industry insights manager at Kronos

Why productivity matters 31/10/2016

Dr Pietro Micheli, associate professor of organisational performance at University of Warwick Business School

Let the games begin... 18/10/2016

An intra-factory competition ends up causing severe rifts between the teams

But that should be a job for the CI guy 26/09/2016

Employing a dedicated CI specialist doesn't have the desired effect on a company's workforce

Big Al causes big problems 05/08/2016

A strong approach is needed to rein in a change-resistant factory bulldog

CI dilemma: Seconds out....Shopfloor vs back office 16/02/2016

This month all hell breaks loose when a Six Sigma exercise turns sour. How would you react?

A cost-effective plug for the skills gap 26/01/2016

An initiaitive involving lean and continuous improvement infrastructure training is being aggresively driven by the UK government. Adam Hayes, director of training provider JTJ Workplace Solutions, explains more

If you strike us down, Darth Osborne... 19/01/2016

It’s no surpise to see politicans piggy backing on the back of popular culture. But, top marks to the government for taking things up a notch. In the midst of Star Wars fever, Cameron et al have pulled off a perfect tribute to Lando Calrissian- the smooth talking, double crossing smuggler who betrays Han, Chewie and the gang to Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back.

The power of the pen in a digital age 19/01/2016

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Man in the mirror 03/12/2015

Do you see yourself as adding to the skills gap, or are you helping narrow it? Ashley Maile, MD of PEME, believes we really need to do more of the latter

Keeping the alligators at bay on all sides 02/12/2015

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The talent to take on the world 09/11/2015

The plethora of young talent at the Manufacturing Champions Awards 2015 has put a spring in the step of Dirk Villé General Manager of Atlas Copco Compressors UK

What can we do to avoid the CI traps? 19/10/2015

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We need change makers 21/09/2015

If you aren’t managing change then you are going backwards, says Gary Wyles, managing director, Festo Training & Consulting

How do we neutralise the culture clash? 21/09/2015

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Giving agency staff a sense of belonging 19/06/2015

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Stop playing party games 25/04/2015

The UK's obsession with ping pong politics has led to the Tories and Labour taking turns to preside over a post-war shambles in manufacturing. One symptom of this is the remorseless decline in the sector's share of total UK economic output, from more than 30% in the early 1970s to 10% in 2013.

Politicians need to think long-term 24/04/2015

Terry Scuoler, chief executive of the EEF

The challenge of coaching the coach 19/03/2015

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Is now the time to pause and take stock? 20/02/2015

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