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The Organized Executive
I was promoted at work and inherited a one-person office in which paperwork was simply scooped up and thrown in banker's boxes by the previous management. You can't imagine the chaos. I had few organizational skills of my own (having always just followed someone else's plan), and no assistant.
I got this book about the time that I found out I was getting a government audit of these messed-up files in 6 weeks. I would not have a job if it wasn't for this book. It taught me, a first-time manager, how to assess what needed to be done, how to prioritize (I don't have to do all the stressful things first!), how to break down and schedule projects, and how to follow-up with the (non-administrative) employees I have. I got the office and files ready, despite being out one of the weeks with whiplash, and passed the audit with flying colors.
This isn't just about what to name your files. My desk is clean, I know where all my files and important papers are, and my reports have been on time.
If disorganization is wasting your time, buy this book.
The Inspired Workspace takes readers behind closed doors into the creative
soul of more than forty successful firms, offering a rare and intimate look
at work environments that contribute to the bottom line.
From Paris to New York to Beijing, from the home studio to the office cubical to corporate headquarters, this book shows readers how to set the stage for creativity. The Inspired Workspace is a must for architects, designers, managers, employees, business owners, CEOs, and the self-employed everywhere.
It feature more than 200 full-color photographs illustrating unique approaches to work and creativity in both private and public workspaces. This elegant book is the book that provides the ins and outs for creating a truly inspired workspace
In Identifying Waste on the Shopfloor, the Productivity Development Team
has created an excellent guide to quickly understanding, identifying, and eliminating
shop floor waste. From inventory waste to process-related waste, Identifying
Waste on the Shopfloor covers every type of waste generating event, policy,
and mindset. The book then gives you tools to effectively eliminate them from
your manufacturing processes.
Like all Shopfloor Series books, Identifying Waste on the Shopfloor presents concepts and tools in simple and accessible language. The book includes many illustrations and examples to explain basic concepts and some of the challenges that are encountered when looking for and eliminating waste.
Identifying Waste on the Shopfloor is the ideal compliment to 5S, TPM, and other tools for building a lean manufacturing operation.
Productivity’s Shopfloor Series books offer a simple, cost-effective approach for building basic knowledge about key manufacturing improvement topics. Identifying Waste on the Shopfloor and all our Shopfloor Series books include innovative instructional features that are the signature of the Shopfloor Series. The goal: to place powerful and proven improvement tools in the hands of your entire workforce.
Key learning features include:
· Well-organized, and easy-to-assimilate learning
· Chapter overviews and summaries
· Questions throughout each chapter to help you apply the learning to your own workplace
· Drawings and illustrations
· Margin icons that flag definitions, main points, and other highlights
Data Mining and Business Intelligence
A Guide to Productivity provides an overview of data mining technology and how it is applied in a business environment. It describes the corresponding data mining methodologies that are used to solve a variety of business problems, which enhance firm-level efficiency in a less technical, more managerial style.
The book incorporates the data mining process into the spectrum of complementary technologies that together comprise corporate information systems that promote business intelligence. Business intelligence involves the proliferation of value-added information throughout a given enterprise through the use of various applications that promotes efficiency for the firm.
In the revised and updated edition of Lean Thinking: Banish Waste and Create
Wealth in Your Corporation, authors James P. Womack and Daniel T. Jones
provide a thoughtful expansion upon their value-based business system based
on the Toyota model. Along the way they update their action plan in light of
new research and the increasing globalization of manufacturing, and they revisit
some of their key case studies (most of which still derive, however, from the
automotive, aerospace, and other manufacturing industries).
The core of the lean model remains the same in the new edition. All businesses
must define the "value" that they produce as the product that best suits customer
needs. The leaders must then identify and clarify the "value stream," the nexus
of actions to bring the product through problems solving, information management,
and physical transformation tasks. Next, "lean enterprise" lines up suppliers
with this value stream. "Flow" traces the product across departments. "Pull"
then activates the flow as the business re-orients towards the pull of the customer's
needs. Finally, with the company reengineered towards its core value in a flow
process, the business re-orients towards "perfection," rooting out all the remaining
muda (Japanese for "waste") in the system.
THE COMPLETE LEAN ENTERPRISE: Value Stream Mapping for Administrative
and Office Processes Beau Keyte and Drew Locher.
This new book provides a step-by-step approach to applying lean initiatives to the office environment.
This title is a must read for those looking to improve their production support
activities by identifying waste, establishing performance metrics, speeding
up administrative workflow, and improving office efficiency.
Revolutionizing Product Development
Today, a company's capability to
conceive and design quality prototypes and bring a variety of superior products
to market quicker than its competitors is increasingly the focal point of competition,
contend leading product development experts Steven Wheelwright and Kim Clark.
Drawing on six years of in-depth, systematic, worldwide research, they present
proven principles for developing the critical capabilities for speed, efficiency,
and quality that have worked again and again in scores of successful Japanese,
American, and European fast-cycle firms.
Measuring Corporate Performance
The Harvard Business Review paperback series is designed to bring today's managers and professionals the fundamental information they need to stay competitive in a fast-moving world. Here are the landmark ideas that have established the Harvard Business Review as required reading for ambitious businesspeople in organizations around the globe. The works collected in Harvard Business Review on Measuring Corporate Performance--including the three groundbreaking articles on the balanced scorecard by Kaplan and Norton--offer managers practical guidance for measuring their intangible assets (customer relationships, internal business processes, and employee learning) and aligning corporate strategy accordingly.
Theory of Constraints
One of the world's most sought after business
leaders - author and educator, Dr. Eli Goldratt. Eli Goldratt had been described
by Fortune Magazine as a "guru to industry" and by Business Week as a "genius."
His charismatic, stimulating, yet sometimes unconventional style has captured
the attention of audiences throughout the world. Eli is a true thinker who provokes
others to think.
Theory of Constraints walks you through the crucial stages of a continuous program: the five steps of focusing; the process of change; how to prove effect-cause-effect; and how to invent simple solutions to complex problems. Equally important, the author reveals the devastating impact that an organization's psychology can have on the process of improvements. Theory of Constraints is a crucial document for understanding what it takes to achieve manufacturing breakthroughs.
An Introduction to Efficiency and Productivity Analysis is designed as
a primer for anyone seeking an authoritative introduction to efficiency and
productivity analysis. It is a systematic treatment of four relatively new methodologies
in Efficiency/Production Analysis: (a) Least-Squares Econometric Production
Models, (b) Total Factor Productivity (TFP) Indices, (c) Data Envelopment Analysis
(DEA), and (d) Stochastic Frontiers.
Each method is discussed thoroughly. First, the basic elements of each method are discussed using models to illustrate the method's fundamentals, and, second, the discussion is expanded to treat the extensions and varieties of each method's uses. Finally, one or more case studies are provided as a full illustration of how each methodology can be used.
In addition, all four methodologies will be linked in the book's presentation by examining the advantages and disadvantages of each method and the problems to which each method can be most suitably applied. The book offers the first unified text presentation of methods that will be of use to students, researchers and practitioners who work in the growing area of Efficiency/Productivity Analysis. The book also provides detailed advice on computer programs which can be used to calculate the various measures. This involves a number of presentations of computer instructions and output listings for the SHAZAM, TFPIP, DEAP and FRONTIER computer programs.