Give me a lever!

April 13, 2010 by  

Archimedes is quoted as saying: “Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.”

If you want to improve factory OEE, let great real time data be your fulcrum and let your empowered and engaged team be your lever.

With a big enough reason you can move the world.

Give me a lever...

Give me a lever...

OptimumFX OEE Book Store

December 22, 2009 by  

Here’s a question we get asked regularly – which books do we recommend to support a factory improvement journey?

To help you on your journey i’ve spent the last hour creating a definitive reading list on Amazon for you. Every book on this list i, or my team, have read and used. In many cases we have even given these books to our clients when we help them.

I’ve grouped the books into 3 categories:
1. OEE Books – these are specific books on OEE Improvement
2. Lean Books – these are books on Lean tools and lean implementation.
3. Team books – these are books on leadership and methods of engaging teams with a change programme

As before – we’ve read every one of these and loved them.

Hope you find them as enjoyable as we do!



“The end of the world is nigh (again)”

December 2, 2008 by  

I’ve just finished reading this awesome blog post by Reg Connolly about the power of perception and think you will also find it interesting.

NLP is an integral part of the OptimumFX business with 1/2 the team trained, and the other half gaining exposure all the time. I wrote a short article on this on our main website in February 2007.

For us our experiences to date with NLP have helped us to set really powerful internal goals that we have the capability to communicate to each other in meaningful ways.This article is a great example of how different people experience events in different ways – the example of the journalists on the train. To a lesser extent whenever we set business or project goals the potential for the same misunderstanding always remains and NLP processes can help us to maximise the effectiveness of our communication.

We also frequently refer to specific NLP processes when talking to sites about OEE improvement and the ways of helping people to understand what the improvement means to them. Most specifically when we’re working with a management team to create a plan for change we have found that our NLP training can help us to ask even better questions to facilitate the process.

There are 2 points that really resonated for me in Reg’s blog:

1. The power of frames – how the way in which we tune our mind to pick up information on the world…and more specifically, how these frames can be set by the press to help them sell more papers. For us I wonder how we can tune people into finding and delivering change?

2. Creating change. The “shock-sadden-scare” approach that Reg outlines is effective, and i wonder how else can we support people to create results through empowering them to change, rather than driving them to change.

When we talk to you about change and about using data (be it manual collection, XL800, or LineView) to drive that change what we are attempting to do is support your requirement to improve OEE (sell more papers) through the use of factual data that provides transparent comparison for robust decision making.