Grant Funding You Should Be Aware Of

Megan BurnsLeadership, Managing, Operations, Strategy, Updates


While many manufacturing companies know there are grants available to off-set the costs for training and consulting projects, they don’t always know the details. Here are five funding sources you should be aware of and take advantage of. 1. Guaranteed Free Training (GFT) – Most companies refer to this program as WEDnet. The GFT program is provided by the Workforce … Read More

5 Keys to Operational Excellence

Megan BurnsContinuous Improvement, Leadership, Lean, Operations, Quality, Six Sigma, Strategy, World-class

Maturity Matrix

Over the course of my career, I’ve met numerous continuous improvement and operations professionals. While they are passionate about improving their organization and adding value, often they feel their efforts are unsupported and viewed as being isolated from the other departments. Yet, in many of those same organizations, I have heard the executive team talk about achieving operational excellence. Why … Read More

Top Trends for Manufacturers

Megan BurnsLeadership, Operations, Strategy, Updates


To maintain a competitive edge, companies are often looking for the next initiative or trend to integrate to help them grow. However, you can’t implement all of them, so which ones are the most useful and impactful? 1. Strategic Alignment – Gone are the days when quality and continuous improvement were relegated to just Operations. Companies have realized that to get … Read More

Shift Your Continuous Improvement Program Into Overdrive

Megan BurnsContinuous Improvement, Employees, Leadership, Managing, Operations, Quality, Six Sigma, World-class


Is your continuous improvement (CI) program achieving all you want from it? Ever wondered or wished that it would be more productive? You’re not alone, recent studies have shown that approximately 60 percent of executives are disappointed with the results of their continuous improvement initiatives. That’s pretty dismal. The good news? You don’t have to be one of the 60 … Read More

What A Disaster Relief Trip Taught Me About Leadership

Megan BurnsLeadership

First home we had to demolish. (That's Megan on the right in the baseball hat.)

Ever have one of those times, when you thought you were really good at something and then you realize how much you can still improve? Those moments when you think you’ve got it all together, then BAM, reality splashes you in the face with some icy cold water. Yep, that was me the last week of June in Shawnee, OK. … Read More