Lessons in Leadership on the Inca Trail

Machu Picchu on the Inca Trail

I’ve just returned from the trip of a lifetime, a ‘bucket-list’ holiday trekking in Peru, which finished with walking the famous Camino Inka, or Inca Trail. While treading the thousands upon thousands of stones over the 44km that make up the trail, I couldn’t help wondering who’d laid each and every one, in what year, under…

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Want to become a Smart Factory? (Part 2)

If you read the previous post, Want to become a Smart Factory? Part 1 then this article expands on a real-life example as to WHY you need to ensure the equipment you purchase, doesn’t lock you into a path from which you can’t recover, or will cause you unnecessary grief in the future. Consider this scenario: You purchased…

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Want to become a Smart Factory? (Part 1)

If you’re a manufacturer and you want to become a smart factory, there’s a few things you MUST do if you’re to succeed. The primary one is to ensure you have equipment from which you can actually EXTRACT information in the first place! This might seem like an obvious statement, but believe me, even factories that have…

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The Shadow-side of Carrot & Stick

If you’re in Australia and aware of the Banking Royal Commission, you’d have heard about Let’s Insure, a division of Select AFSL, taking advantage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in 2015, by selling them funeral insurance. It wasn’t the sales themselves that were the issue (although questionable), more the modus operandi of the…

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Mind your Character!

Mind your character

“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” John Wooden The online etymological dictionary defines character as follows: “The meaning of Greek kharakter was extended in Hellenistic times by metaphor to “a defining quality, individual feature.” In English, the meaning…

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Beam me up Scotty

One has to wonder how some businesses survive at all? Consider this scenario which recently happened to a friend of mine. (To protect identities, let’s call him ‘Fred’.) While working in a solid role for a major food provider, Fred was invited by someone he’d worked with in the past to jump ship, and accept…

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Are you affected by black-hole people?

Sometimes I feel like Stephen Hawkins, sitting on an event horizon, as I discover and name an emerging phenomena I’ve termed ‘BHP’ – Black Hole People. Like the discovery of cosmic black holes, I’ve observed a marked increase in recent time of BHP whom I’ve encountered in a variety of situations, the most common area being…

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Beware of silver bullets

IIoT is not a silver bullet

In a previous article, I noted that IIoT hype is creating much confusion and unrealistic expectations, almost as if it’s going to be some sort of silver bullet for manufacturing. I don’t like to be the bearer of bad news, but let me state up-front that for now, particularly in Australia, it’s not. And here’s why …. How…

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