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Machu Picchu on the Inca Trail

Lessons in Leadership on the Inca Trail

By John Broadbent | November 20, 2018

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…

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Want to become a Smart Factory? (Part 2)

By John Broadbent | October 17, 2018

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…

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Want to become a Smart Factory? (Part 1)

By John Broadbent | October 9, 2018

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…

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The Shadow-side of Carrot & Stick

By John Broadbent | July 20, 2018

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…

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Mind your character

Mind your Character!

By John Broadbent | May 1, 2018

“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…

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Beam me up Scotty

By John Broadbent | September 26, 2017

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…

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Are you affected by black-hole people?

By John Broadbent | July 19, 2017

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…

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IIoT is not a silver bullet

Beware of silver bullets

By John Broadbent | May 23, 2017

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…

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