An Operational Discussion: Video Series

In focus: Manufacturing and Distribution Businesses

On Demand | 20 minutes each

These are challenging times. Nonetheless, we know that business leaders are looking ahead. We are pleased to launch a manufacturing and distribution video series focused on a range of operational and management subjects.

Topics covered in the series are listed below and will be released weekly.

We welcome your input; let us know what topics interest you.


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Improving Operational Performance

Many managers are currently learning how to produce with fewer inputs and pre-existing operational system weaknesses are coming to light. How best to position for volume volatility and still achieve sustained performance improvement?

Cost Reduction

Many businesses have recently taken steps to sharply cut costs.  Most of those efforts were likely emergency-tactical in nature. A more fundamental and long-term look at cost structures may be key to sustained profitability.

Growing the Top-Line

There is clearly an element of “art” in revenue generation and growth, particularly in the functions of product development and marketing. That said, most winning and losing arises from the processes and product strategies that support customer service and order fulfillment.

After COVID-19

There will be an economic rebound. That said, businesses will ramp up with varying rates of speed and success. New businesses will emerge. Relative competitive positions may be changed, some previously “axiomatic” business practices and ways of thinking may go the way of the dinosaur. Which might those be?

Coming Soon

Managing Projects, both large and small – Launching June 8

Project management is a science, not an art. Successful project execution depends on defined processes and discipline. Most of the key success factors are the same, regardless of project size and complexity.

IT Strategy – Launching June 15

Most businesses are currently experiencing some operational disruption. As businesses move forward toward post-COVID, many will be challenging their current-state systems and processes. In many cases, IT will be a focal point. The system-related decisions made over the next couple of years will be key drivers of future business performance.

Supply Chain – Launching June 22

COVID-19 has sparked a vigorous debate among supply chain experts. Is longer-term system risk reduction worth the short-to-medium-term cost?

Strategic Planning – Launching June 29

“Black swan” events remind us that unexpected disruption may be around the corner and that brilliantly developed plans can be rendered ineffectual, practically overnight. That said, effective strategic planning clearly remains crucial to longterm business success and perhaps is more important than ever.

Quality Systems Transformation – Launching July 6

There is arguably no greater contributor to business success or failure than product and service quality. Sustained success for most enterprises will hinge on quality systems.

Managing a Merger/Acquisition – Launching July 13

The last decade saw huge M&A activity. While many strategic and institutional buyers are currently pressing pause, most observers believe the postCOVID period may see an unprecedented level of activity. Beyond target identification, valuation, and due diligence, planning for an acquisition and the related postmerger workstreams are important.

Change Management – Launching July 20

COVID-19 has forced leaders to make hard decisions in a compressed timeframe. Looking ahead, there will be key organizational decisions to be made as businesses emerge into a changed economic and competitive landscape. Possessing the required change management tools will be indispensable.

Risk Management – Launching July 27

COVID-19 has reminded us to recognize that unexpected and adverse developments do happen. Every business needs a robust and effective risk management system.