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Think Big, Start Small, Unlock Excellence

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At ODI’s recent one-day conference where we celebrated 30 years of operations excellence, several companies from various industries presented their case studies of business excellence and shared their achievements. Starting the day, Len Hansen – Consultant at Astral Operations, presented: “My Journey with Organisational Development International (ODI) since 1991.” Click here to read more. Esbe du Toit: Organisational Improvement Manager at Wispeco Aluminium, presented: “Celebrating Innovation … A snapshot of our journey towards world-class.” Click here to read more. Theo van Strijp: Managing Director at GFC, presented: “Grain Field Chickens: Road to Excellence Award.” Click here to read more. Our 4th speaker for […]

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Grain Field Chickens: Road to Excellence Award

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Theo van Strijp: Managing Director at GFC

At ODI’s recent one-day conference where we celebrated 30 years of operations excellence, several companies from various industries presented their case studies of business excellence and shared their achievements. Len Hansen – Consultant at Astral Operations, presented: “My Journey with Organisational Development International (ODI) since 1991.” Click here to read more. Esbe du Toit: Organisational Improvement Manager at Wispeco Aluminium, presented: “Celebrating Innovation … A snapshot of our journey towards world-class.” Click here to read more. Our third speaker for the day was Theo van Strijp: Managing Director at GFC. Theo’s topic of discussion was: “Grain Field Chickens: Road to Excellence Award.” Theo […]

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Celebrating innovation: A snapshot of our journey towards world-class

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On the 29th of August 2019, ODI celebrated 30 years of operations excellence by hosting a one-day conference at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg. Several companies from various industries presented their case studies of business excellence and shared their achievements. The first speaker for the day was Len Hansen – Consultant at Astral Operations. Len’s topic of discussion was: “My Journey with Organisational Development International (ODI) since 1991.” Click here to read more about his presentation. The second speaker was Esbe du Toit: Organisational Improvement Manager at Wispeco Aluminium. Esbe’s topic of discussion was: “Celebrating Innovation … A Snapshot of our […]

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Crossing the 4th Industrial Revolution Rubicon? – The 9 Pillars of Industry 4.0

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What do the 9 pillars of Industry 4.0 mean to us in the manufacturing field, or to any other field for that matter? The Fourth Industrial Revolution like its predecessors before 1IR – Water and Steam Power Engine (1784); 2IR – Mass Production using Electrical Energy (1870); 3IR – Use of PLC and IT systems for Automation (1970)] (1), shall leave no industry untouched or affected by it. In South Africa in particular, the Financial Services, especially the Banking sector are leading the way, and are undoubtedly the champions of digitalisation. The good news about the implementation of the 9 […]

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2019 ODI Conference: Celebrating 30 years of operations excellence

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2019 ODI Conference Celebrating 30 years of operations excellence

ODI has been in business since 1989.  It has successfully implemented the 20 Keys, and supporting programmes in a large number of companies, in a wide variety of industries, and across the world. In celebration of this milestone achievement, we hosted a one-day conference on Thursday 29 August 2019 at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg. Several companies from various industries presented their case studies of business excellence and shared their achievements. Our first speaker for the day was Len Hansen – Consultant at Astral Operations. Len’s topic of discussion was: “My Journey with Organisational Development International (ODI) since 1991.” Len spoke […]

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Morupule Coal Mine & The 20 Keys System for Continuous Operations Improvement

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Visiting Morupule Coal Mine (MCM) is always something I look forward to. I like the country very much – especially the people, whom I find friendly, respectful and eager to learn. And there is nothing more wonderful than being in Botswana when it rains (and nothing more challenging when you are there in mid-summer, outside and doing a lot of walking)! MCM is situated on the outskirts of Palaye, Botswana. Production of washed and thermal coal started in 1973, with Botswana Power Corporation (BPC), which is supplying power to Botswana situated next door to the mine, its main customer. MCM […]

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The different types, formation & maintenance of organisational culture

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This is the last of a 3-part series about organisational culture when implementing improvement initiatives. In the two previous blogs I explained that: Organisational culture is not only a key factor in distinguishing between individual companies, but between entire industries. Organisational culture is an important force influencing organisational behavior. Today, let’s look at The different types of organisational culture and The formation and maintenance of organisational culture. Types of Organisational Culture Each organisation has only a single, uniform culture, one set of shared values, beliefs and expectations – this is rarely the case. Organisations, particularly larger ones, typically have several […]

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ODI and the 27th International 20 Keys Conference in Bulgaria

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The annual 20 Keys ® conference is one of the most significant events dedicated to Lean transformation and KAIZEN, which gathers experts, managers, and consultants from all over the world. The 27th International 20 Keys® Conference promises a 4-day unique experience with success stories of leading Bulgarian and international companies, 5 hours of exciting content with 8+ world-class lecturers, and visits to companies in Bulgaria with leading lean practices. Special guest of the event will be Dr. Yoshi Kobayashi – President of PDI, a leading Lean consultant, and owner of the 20 Keys® methodology! Learn more about 20 Keys ®, […]

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Who ignited Samson’s flame?

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Working on an assignment at an extrusion company in South Africa, I had ten minutes to spare between appointments when my eye caught sight of a large workshop that was very disorganised and cluttered. Knowing a good transformation opportunity when I see one, I couldn’t resist walking over and introducing myself to Samson. I asked whether I could show him some pictures of work environments where the 20 Keys system was implemented. Samson didn’t say a word, but didn’t protest either, so I took the gap. He hardly made eye contact and all I heard was grunting. I felt as […]

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Measuring machines and equipment effectiveness

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To compete in a global market, no organisation will tolerate losses. Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) is such a performance metric which will indicate a performance rate with very simple calculations. It considers all-important measures of productivity (1). Chandrajit P Ahire & Anand S Relkar, KK Wagh Institute of Engineering Education and Research, Nashik, India The saying ‘if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it’ tantamount to a cardinal proverb in management science. The 20 Keys framework provides a structured process approach in measuring the progress of keys implementation from level 1 to level five, providing tangible practical steps to be followed from one […]