Focused Fire Newsletter

 

Wayne L Staley's Focused Fire Newsletter

The Focused Fire Newsletter is Wayne L. Staley’s monthly newsletter, published continuously since 2013 and posted on CompetitiveAmerica.us.  To receive the newsletter each month for free by email, subscribe below:

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Recent Issues

 

Treating People Like MushroomsIssue 41 – September 2016 – Information Echo Chambers

Once more it’s election time. In 2010 I attended the Johnson/Feingold Senatorial debate in Wausau, Wisconsin. Then-Senator Feingold criticized his opponent’s selection of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged as a literary favorite, for reasons which were somewhat elusive at the time. Johnson soundly defeated Feingold in the election. Now in 2016, Feingold is back for a re-match to get his old job back. Having studied many of the election issues during the intervening years, the reasons for Feingold’s rejection of Senator Johnson’s book selection are now more clear to me, raising significant questions about government power and control …. (Read more – PDF)


Treating People Like MushroomsIssue 40 – August 2016 – Treating People Like Mushrooms

One of the fondest expressions in business is “our people are our most important assets,” then failing to inform or involve them. There is an old but appropriate joke about treating team members (people) as mushrooms “Keep them in the dark, and shovel them ___, or ____ or ___!”  I submit this practice extends far into many human interactions and is pervasive in the … (Read more – PDF)


ff_jul_2016_300x264Issue 39 – July 2016 – Lean Success Factors

Recently I read a LinkedIn post by Paul Docherty titled 6 Common Reasons for Six Sigma Failure.  The reasons Mr. Docherty provided and supports are: 1. Lack of benefit quantification; 2. Lack of management buy-in; 3. Lack of tangible results from a pilot; 4. … (Read more – PDF)


ff_jun_2016_300x225Issue 38 – June 2016 – ERP Systems As Capital Equipment

Following a recent SME (Society of Manufacturing Engineers) plant tour, an executive for a high-technology company in the early stages of evaluating a different ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system asked, “What software package do you recommend?”.  My response was the same given numerous times … (Read more – PDF)


Shop Floor - ERPIssue 37 – May 2016 – Shop Floor ERP

Following a recent SME (Society of Manufacturing Engineers) plant tour, an executive for a high-technology company in the early stages of evaluating a different ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system asked, “What software package do you recommend?”. My response was the same given numerous times … (Read more – PDF)


Shop Floor - Taking a TourIssue 36 – April 2016 – Shop Floor – Taking a Tour

There are different types of shop tours. The first type is informational. One example is customer visits, or learning and sharing tours for groups such as SME. This month’s newsletter focuses on this kind of an informational tour. … (Read more – PDF)


Shop Floor PerspectiveIssue 35 – March 2016 – Shop Floor Perspective

For the next three months the Focused Fire Newsletter will discuss the shop floor, a favorite place for the author. They once called people who spent a great deal of time in operations “shop rats”, some in a derogatory context, others with great affection. Operations are a world of productive people making things, and contributing to a competitive America. It is where … (Read more – PDF)


Enough! Our broken bureaucracy ...Issue 34 – February 2016 – Our Broken Bureaucracy – Enough!

Enough! Every time I turn on the news, the talking heads repeat the mantra “Americans are angry at the establishment and therefore voting for Donald Trump and/or Bernie Sanders.” The second phrase repeated ad infinitum is how “fearful we are.” When the voters attempt to alter an entrenched course – in this case the direction America is heading – but repeatedly fail, the result is a quiet rebellion. If people riot in the streets and burn buildings, that is anger … (Read more – PDF)


Time capsule - Reopen on December 1, 2016Issue 33 – January 2016 – Time Capsule – Reopen on Dec. 1, 2016

It’s January, and tradition dictates a sunny perspective for the New Year. I am passionate and positive about life and the future, but also a hardheaded realist. Our country is in deep trouble and the future of America is very much in doubt. This year’s election is pivotal, and it will determine if our Constitution continues as the law of the land preserving our liberties, or if we will continue our sink into dystopia … (Read more – PDF)