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Celebrating BCMC 2018: How did you do Crafting Connections & Brewing Success?

By Ben Hershey | November 1, 2018

By the time you read this, the dust will have settled after an incredibly successful BCMC Show in Milwaukee, WI.  What a privilege to talk with so many of you last week and see many of the exciting new automation products we can use in our operations to make us far more efficient, and, more…

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Constructing a Roadmap to Operational Excellence Part 2: Continuing the Journey of 7 Steps

By Ben Hershey | October 1, 2018

By Ben Hershey, President & Coach, 4Ward Consulting Group, LLC As discussed in “Part 1: Beginning a Journey of 7 Steps,” we all aspire to have a state of operational excellence in our organizations, which  is easier said than done.  Operational excellence is about more than simply adjusting the current way of doing things, although…

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Constructing a Roadmap to Operational Excellence Part 1: Beginning a Journey of 7 Steps

By Ben Hershey | September 1, 2018

By Ben Hershey, President & Coach, 4Ward Consulting Group, LLC We all aspire to have a state of operational excellence in our organizations, but it is often much easier said than done.  Although it’s often conceptualized as merely tweaking the current way of doing things,  operational excellence is about much more than that.  For component…

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The Relationship Between Lean and Safety

By Ben Hershey | August 1, 2018

By Ben Hershey, President & Coach, 4Ward Consulting Group, LLC In my experience and with the work I do with hundreds of component manufacturers, I find that many companies will tell me Safety is important, but, in practice, safety is treated as a burden on the company. Good managers will always have an attitude that…

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How Does Your Company Performance Measure Up? The Importance of Benchmarking

By Ben Hershey | July 1, 2018

By Ben Hershey, President & Coach, 4Ward Consulting Group, LLC I read a book recently that discussed the term “benchmark” and its origins as relates to business.  Surprisingly, the term originates within the history of guns and ammunition. In fact,  with the same aim we use it today— comparison and improved performance.    The book…

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Moving From Best to Next Practices

By Ben Hershey | June 1, 2018

By Ben Hershey, President & Coach, 4Ward Consulting Group, LLC As an industry, there are many times I believe we have been behind the curve in adopting/taking on new technology or hardware in our operations.  Over the past 15 years or so, we have seen incredible growth in the use of automation, software, etc., but…

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Emerging Pillars for Business Success

By Ben Hershey | May 1, 2018

By Ben Hershey, President & Coach, 4Ward Consulting Group, LLC As companies grow and change, we should ask ourselves—what are the essential pillars of support that help companies succeed? While making changes that will transform their businesses, successful companies will rely on core pillars that form the foundation of who they will be in the…

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Change Your Dynamic By Investing in Your Team

By Ben Hershey | April 1, 2018

By Ben Hershey, President & Coach, 4Ward Consulting Group, LLC What is the difference between companies which are stuck in the status quo and those which are transforming themselves into the leader in their industry? One significant difference is their focus on Continuous Improvement. By focusing on making things better—People, Projects, and Process—these leading companies…

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Break Through Your Box

By Ben Hershey | March 1, 2018

How many times have you seen your competitor or other businesses in your area copy what you produce or offer?  Maybe it is the kind of company that takes a photo of some trusses, puts themselves in front of it, and says, “Look at me, I am the same kind of company they  are.” Flattery…

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