Category: Top Tips

Catch the Chicken

Speed. What is the average production turn-time your shop? Remember Rocky II, the movie? Sure, 1979 was a long time ago…but I’ll bet you remember this one.  Rocky fights a rematch with Apollo Creed, and has to go through an uncomfortable change to defeat the champ.  The trick is simply to become a faster fighter.  He starts this…

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For Want Of A Nail

How many times has an order or something gone wrong in your shop and you thought to yourself, “Hey, we are better than this!  How did that happen?” This type of situation reminds me of that old Ben Franklin parable:      “For want of a nail the shoe was lost,        For…

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The Best Time

There is an ancient Chinese proverb that goes “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago.  The second best time is now.” Think about that for a moment. Without even meeting you or having a conversation with any employees in your company, I know there is something that you have been thinking…

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Procrastinate Much?

I’ve been meaning to write an article about procrastination for some time now.  Don’t laugh. Seriously. Somehow, I just keep putting it off.  (Ba Da Bump)  Other topics come up that mean more, or maybe I think they are more relevant to the industry.  Things happen. Now here we are months later and I’m just…

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Shop Success Gumbo

Have you ever tasted a bowl of freshly served gumbo, hot and steaming and brimming with so much goodness you can’t wait to shove your spoon in and take a bite?  That rich and savory deliciousness starts dripping down your chin, as you can’t even eat the right way it’s so fantastic. Mmmmm.  I’ll need…

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Untie the Employee Hostage Knot

Regardless of the size of your shop, your employees are the lifeblood of the company.  Without them, you would cease to perform or exist. So what happens when you find yourself in an organizational crisis where one employee is holding your company “hostage”? This can be in several forms.   They have a skill you…

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Expansion Joints

In construction, shrewd builders deploy a technique called expansion joints to allow for unpredictable change.  They are commonly found in sidewalks, buildings, roads, railroad tracks, ships, bridges, and other structures. The reason expansion joints are needed is that sometimes there are vibrations, heat differences, or even movement in things.  Before expansion joint gaps were introduced…

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