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Asking The Right Questions

Asking Questions is at the core of the work a consultant does.  At its most basic level, a question is a sentence structured and worded in a way that elicits information.  A consultant’s key objective is to understand their client’s situation so that they can expose the underlying problems, come up with solutions, and facilitate… read more →

What is Kanban?

Kanban, the Japanese word for “billboard”, is a visual method for managing work as it flows through a process.  Originally developed to do scheduling in the manufacturing sector, it’s now a Lean management tool being utilized across all industries to visualize and actively manage work in order to optimize productivity. It’s also a common tool… read more →

Refinery Maintenance: Defect Elimination

There is a famous quote, “insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results.”  By this definition, it is senseless for a refinery to all allow major equipment to fail the same way multiple times.  These types of failures can lead to expensive production stoppages and result in unplanned overtime,… read more →

Value Stream Mapping Your Way Out of Waste

No one likes waste, but the question is, what the best way to get rid of it?  The answer is Lean, whose fundamental objective is to create maximum value through the elimination of waste.  In essence, finding processes to get things done with less effort, less time, and fewer resources. Originally conceived in post-war Japan… read more →

The Right Approach to Loss Control Can Help Your Bottom Line

For a long time, the realities of the Oil & Gas industry could be summed up in one word – unpredictability.  Recent events in the oil market have once again proven how volatile the industry is.   In this environment, every stream of financial benefit into the bottom line gives oil & gas companies an… read more →

Active Management and the Challenge of Change

Management Is a Spectrum Active management lives in the healthy middle of a spectrum which has anemic absent management on one side and suffocating micromanagement on the other.    Absent managers fail to adequately interact with their staff, and provide little in the way of guidance, mentorship, or feedback so employees are left unsupported and… read more →

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