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  Since this is the last time I will connect with you via a “From the CEO” message before Thanksgiving in the U.S., I wanted to spend some time highlighting things I’m thankful for this year. Like 2020, it has been a difficult year in many regards, but I’ve been creating a gratitude journal... More
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  As we recognize Veterans Day in the U.S. and Remembrance Day in Canada, I want to highlight the important role that veterans play in the AME community. In every industry represented by AME members, you will find veterans working in continuous improvement capacities to make their organizations better.... More
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  Organizational culture can come from anywhere. Everyone plays a role in creating and embracing culture. If you participated in the AME Everywhere 2021 conference opening night celebration, you heard Jon Colby talk through the four rules of improvisation and how they apply to our professional lives: Yes,... More
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  Do you have your costume picked out for Halloween? If not, you might consider dressing as a witch, rabbit or dinosaur – the top three costumes according to Google Trends. When we dress up for Halloween now or as a child, we’re trying on a new look, but we still bring our own personality to the... More
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    Did you know that tomorrow is National Boss’ Day in America? It was started in 1958 by Patricia Bays Haroski, an administrative assistant at State Farm Insurance Company to honor her father who she considered an exemplary boss. In fact, October 16 is her father’s birthday. The day was designed... More
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  When you’re a kid, there are things that you look forward to each year like your birthday or Christmas, or the first day of summer break. As those days approach, you might remember feeling anxious and excited. It might have been hard to focus on other things or to fall asleep at night. Even as we... More
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AME is proud to serve professionals from nearly every sector including health care, the public sector, service industries, defense, and finance. It has become clear over time that the lean, continuous improvement mindset that started in manufacturing is applicable in any organization. Even with this... More
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  Life is a series of choices that we make every day. Some of these are small choices like what to eat for breakfast, what movie to stream on Netflix, or what shirt to wear. Others are big choices like where to live, what sort of career to pursue, or how to treat an illness. We often overlook some of... More
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  If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance that you are responsible for making your organization function more effectively and efficiently. You might oversee a specific process and team. You might be the CEO or COO. You might be a front-line worker who has been empowered to continually make... More
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  Once the immediate shock and terror wore off on September 11, 2001, I immediately thought of a loved one who was traveling that morning from Boston. I did not know what airline he was on or his flight number, and with the overloaded cellular network there was no way to check in with him. It wasn’t... More
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  In a recent LinkedIn post, Jon Colby wrote, “Allow yourself to rest today and remind yourself that every small effort or good deed contributes to the greater good. You are enough.” If you attended last year’s AME conference, you surely remember Jon from the opening night celebration, and you... More
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  The back-to-school season conjures several thoughts and emotions. Two weeks ago, I talked about how this time of year can inspire us to be lifelong learners and remind us of the importance of continually gaining knowledge that we can apply to our teams and enterprises. Beyond that, there are myriad... More
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  In the past week, members of the AME community have experienced the highest highs and lowest lows. On Saturday, we learned that Mark Sessumes passed away unexpectedly. Mark was the statewide executive director of TMAC, the MEP for Texas. Beyond his day job, he was an AME volunteer who was committed... More
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    It’s back-to-school time again: an exciting time that is brimming with possibility. There are middle school kids reluctantly loading their backpacks with new school supplies and wringing the last ounces of fun and freedom that summer offers. There are some parents who are excited to get their... More
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    Peanut butter and jelly. Fish and chips. Tom & Jerry. There are things that we always associate together. When two things complement each other so perfectly, we’ve come to expect that when we hear one thing, the next will follow. In your workplace, you probably think of employee wellbeing... More
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  After a year’s delay, the Olympics are in full-swing, and I’m reminded that they really have something for everyone. There’s the pageantry of the opening and closing ceremonies, the behind-the-scenes drama and comeback stories, and, of course, the tension and exhilaration of the competitions. There’s... More
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    AME members and volunteers often share with me that they feel like they’re on a burning platform and faced with several competing priorities. I’ve heard this more frequently in the past 18 months as many of our member organizations find their bearings and chart a path forward on persistently... More
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  We talk a lot about the “community” at AME. We are fortunate to be a part of a collaborative group of professionals who are focused on enterprise excellence. The AME mission to share, learn and grow is a great encapsulation of the mindset necessary to keep this community connected and moving forward. There... More
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  At AME, we like to think of ourselves as a connector that helps our members find great insights and actionable lessons. When you participate in a virtual tour, when you join and network with an AME consortium, when you attend our conference or a summit, and even when you benchmark off past AME Excellence... More
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    In the U.S. and Canada, the Independence Day and Canada Day holidays offer a chance to commemorate important national milestones. Informally, these days also mark about the one-third point of the summer. While I’m sad to type those words (no one wants to be the one who points out that summer... More
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  The upcoming July 4th holiday in America has me thinking again about those who protect us and our freedoms. As I’ve stated before, military veterans are a pillar of the AME community. You play an important role in the organizations that we serve, and your military training complements the lean,... More
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  Compassion. Work ethic. The biggest supporter of his kids and grandkids. Teacher. Mentor. Grill master. As we head into Father’s Day weekend, I asked the AME Home Team to describe their dads and what they meant in their life. The words I heard were things that reminded me of a good continuous improvement... More
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  Isn’t funny when you know someone for years and then find out something tremendous about them. That’s the feeling I had when I recently learned that AME volunteer, Bill Baker, was recognized with the Engineer of Distinction Award from his alma mater, University of Mississippi. Many of you have... More
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  Facebook has a funny way of transporting us to a different time and place. The daily reminders of our memories are an often-fun walk down memory lane. Each year, I’m reminded of the time I met Simon Cowell, a dinner out at a favorite restaurant, photos of the duck family that took up residency in... More
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  Monday is Memorial Day in the U.S. It is a time when we honor those who have died serving our country. Like most U.S. businesses, AME will be closed on Monday, and I hope that our staff and our members — whether you are in the U.S. or another country — spend some time thinking about those who... More
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  Around this time each year a new batch of graduates complete one chapter of their lives and enter a new phase that might include a new job, additional education, enlisting in the military, a gap year with a volunteer organization, or countless other opportunities. The graduation ceremony, itself,... More
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  At this time last year, you were probably hunting for toilet paper, hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes. Now a year later, there has been a mad rush at U.S. gas stations for a very different reason. The supply chain disruption caused by this week’s cyberattack has caused significant interruptions... More
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  If there was a job description for the role of mother, “multitasker” would be the first bullet point. I was fortunate to grow up with a mother who was a skilled multitasker. She had to be because she raised five children — including two sets of twins — all born in a three-year window! Her... More
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  Members of the lean, continuous improvement community are always seeking knowledge. It is not uncommon to participate in a conversation about the books that got you started on your lean journey and what you are reading now. Or to come across someone sharing a training course, YouTube video, article,... More
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  “To achieve true production efficiency,” AME volunteer Glenn Marshall wrote in a 2020 Target article, “a company must cut down on environmental waste including raw material consumption, energy and water use and pollution.” As we conclude National Volunteer Week and on the heels of Earth Day,... More
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  April 18 marks the start of National Volunteer Week in the U.S. and Canada. As a volunteer-supported, nonprofit association, AME knows well the importance of volunteerism. We count on our volunteers to help us identify meaningful programming for our conference, summits and other events. Volunteers... More
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  As the vaccines continue to roll out and we see continued signs of a return to “normal,” do not be knocked down by the adversity that we will certainly still encounter along the way. There will be hurdles. They are inevitable, but that doesn’t mean that those bumps in the road have to derail... More

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