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UPCOMING

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• Opex Webinar 1st September

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• Live Training in Anaheim,CA

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October 16th – 19th
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• Live Online Coaching
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• Getting in touch with us
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Thealey@instituteopex.org
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PHILOSOPHY & STRATEGY

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• Philosophy: This is all about

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– Do you have a philosophy behind
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this?

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– Is it the wrong one?* RED FLAGS
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• Does this feed a strategy?


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*Try to pick one that people actually care about…. really


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LEADERSHIP

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• The obvious:

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– Do you have support?

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– At what level?

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– Is the support actually flowing all the
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way down?

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– Are leaders genuine or not?
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– Are leaders showing up?
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– Potentially the biggest red flag ever


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• The right kind of knowledge for


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leadership
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ENGAGED PROJECT TEAM

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• Do they want to be there or have

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• How will you see this:
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– Questions during training

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DISPERSING THE KNOWLEDGE

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• The project team is small

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• How will you communicate with all

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• If the effort remains isolated… It
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• Small is a great way to start, but it


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MEASURING THE IMPACT

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• Are you measuring anything?*

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• Is it linked to the strategy we

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• Can we move the needle?
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*This question is not as dumb as it sounds…. ASK IT REGULARLY


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MAKING IT A WAY OF LIFE

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– Going home on time

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HAVING THE RIGHT MECHANICS

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• The value stream designs have to work – for the user

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• Have you followed a teachable, repeatable process

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• Do you have an implementation plan?*


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TIM HEALEY

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Specializes in teaching the principles of

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Operational Excellence in the business

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process sector in areas such as product

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marketing. He has worked globally with
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organizations such as Parker Hannifin, United

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Technologies Corporation, Bayer Healthcare,

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and Curtiss Wright. Prior to joining the Institute,
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roles at H.J. Heinz and British American
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Tobacco.
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Contact Tim at
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