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Lessons from The Past

Lessons from The Past

   In 2004 Bremen Castings, Inc. (BCI) started its Continuous Improvement (CI) journey.  Like most companies, we sought training and  consultants to help educate the leadership team to see if this would be a program that BCI would want to dedicate resources towards.  So after forming the initial team which consisted of top management, we […]

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Change Your Focus

Change Your Focus

It’s frustrating.  It’s overwhelming. You’re angry.  Why can’t anything go right?!  You think today may be the day you break your rule.  Work Rule #1 “Thy shalt not cry at work.”  It’s safe to say this is not shaping up to be the best day ever.  You started out by not paying attention in a […]

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Changing a Culture

Changing a Culture

“It’s the way we’ve always done it.”  We hear those words occasionally around our home and at work.  My question is – “Why?”  Why are we doing it the way we’ve always done it?  If it’s because it just makes sense to keep doing it that way, that’s great.  If it’s because no one told […]

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There’s a lot to be said…

There’s a lot to be said…

There’s a lot to be said for working for a family owned business that has been around for 75+ years. Obviously, they have figured out how to make and keep this happening for a really long time. It may be family owned and we may bring in pumpkin bread and tomatoes from our gardens; but, […]

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Influence

Influence

Certain phrases used by some employees can really irritate true leaders.  The most popular phrase, “it is not fair”.  A fair is a carnival with rides, not a term that belongs in the business world.  How about, “it is not my job”.  A job is …

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