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Issue: 2017-03
March 2017

Founder’s Corner

CEO’s and their Sausages – Learn to Love them Like They Do


Joseph F Paris Jr


It’s been another week, much like the many other weeks for me. In addition to running a couple of companies, working on a few projects and pitching others, and the routine management and engagement of the Operational Excellence Group on LinkedIn; I had a few more conversations with the leadership of Continuous Improvement or Operational Excellence (CI/OpEx) Programs at various companies (most in the Fortune 1,000).

Almost always, the CI/OpEx leader will tell me how strategic their program is; how important to the success of the company and how much value they are driving. They speak about all the really great things they have accomplished and are accomplishing. And they tell me how proud they are of their team – how they are consistently making a positive and indelible impact on the company. All really and truly good stuff.


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March 29 – March 31, 2017 | Philadelphia, PA

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May 20 – May 23 2017 | Pittsburgh, PA

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Case Study: 

Lean Six Sigma helps reorganize, streamline front-to-back process for European bank


By Adrian Grant
CRÉDIT AGRICOLE GROUP is one of Europe’s largest banks-it has more than 54 million customers, 160,000 employees, 11,600 branches worldwide and several specialized subsidiaries. Its investment banking arm, the Paris-based Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank (CA-CIB), recently launched a lean Six Sigma (LSS) initiative and identified its cash payments process as one area ripe for substantial improvement.



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There is a lot of content created around Operational Excellence and its companion disciplines – including; Leadership, Lean, Six-Sigma, Theory of Constraints, Project Management, and so on – which together comprise Operational Excellence (including the content produced by myself).  But are all of these concepts as “new” as some would have you believe?  Have they never been embraced or implemented in the past?


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