Bill Bellows

More reflections on additivity, including hole reinforcement circles and golf balls

By Bill Bellows / November 13, 2017 / 0 Comments

Post by Bill Bellows, Deputy Director, The Deming Institute. “The efforts of the various divisions in a company, each given a job, are not additive.   Their efforts are interdependent.” W. Edwards Deming, The New Economics In a continuation from a previous blog on what to think when things do not add up…, consider the machinist whose […]

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What to think when things do not add up…

By Bill Bellows / November 3, 2017 / 0 Comments

Post by Bill Bellows, Deputy Director, The Deming Institute. “The efforts of the various divisions in a company, each given a job, are not additive.   Their efforts are interdependent.” W. Edwards Deming, The New Economics In the summer of 2005, I spoke at a conference which featured Jack Welch, the former CEO of General Electric, as […]

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Management is Prediction

By Bill Bellows / October 26, 2017 / 0 Comments

This guest post is an excerpt from Ed Baker’s book (pages 47-48), The Symphony of Profound Knowledge, which was created in partnership with Aileron.org.   Find a recent interview with Ed on the topic of this blog post at this link. Deming’s criterion of knowledge is whether it helps us to predict and not whether we discover truth, […]

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Drawing Lines

By Bill Bellows / October 23, 2017 / 0 Comments

Post by Bill Bellows, Deputy Director, The Deming Institute “The boundary of the system to be described…may be drawn around a single company or, around an industry, or as in Japan in 1950, the whole country.  The bigger be the coverage, the bigger be the possible benefits, plus the more difficult to manage.  The aim must include […]

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The Landry Principle

By Bill Bellows / October 19, 2017 / 0 Comments

Guest post by Doug Stilwell, Assistant Professor in Educational Leadership at Drake University, originally featured as a post at https://sites.google.com/site/dcintrial2/.    Follow this link to listen to our first podcast with Doug. Landry I am the proud owner/friend of a one year old 75 pound golden retriever named Landry, affectionately named after the former and well-respected coach […]

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Wouldn’t It Be Nice?

By Bill Bellows / October 10, 2017 / 0 Comments

Post by Bill Bellows, Deputy Director, The Deming Institute. Long before Adele and Lady Gaga spoke their first words, The Beatles and The Beach Boys were music industry leaders in the US and UK, as well as worldwide airwave competitors. While neither group may have heard of Alfred Politz, a pioneer in the field of market research, […]

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Tis the season….for performance appraisals

By Bill Bellows / October 6, 2017 / 0 Comments

Guest Post by Bill Bellows Some years ago, I read an article on performance appraisals and was inspired to contact the columnist in response to their invitation for feedback.    While I did not receive a reply, here is my feedback, which may inspire others to seize a moment in the coming months (or years) […]

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Book Review – Profit Beyond Measure

By Bill Bellows / September 25, 2017 / 0 Comments

Post by Bill Bellows, Deputy Director, The Deming Institute H. Thomas (“Tom”) Johnson stands at the forefront of a world-wide community of business thinkers who are unveiling the limitations, as well as assumptions, of the old economics that underlie the mechanistic decision making and planning practices of corporations and organizations. Upon co-authoring his 2001 book, Profit Beyond […]

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Post-Harvey Restoration: Consider a Deming-Based Approach

By Bill Bellows / September 14, 2017 / 0 Comments

Guest post by Lori Fry, Principal with Navigator Management Partners, originally featured as a post at https://dignityatworkproject.com/    Follow this link to listen to our first podcast with Lori. The effects of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma will be felt for years. AccuWeather has reported the cost of recovery efforts will exceed $290 billion. That’s BILLION. With […]

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Management by Extremes

By Bill Bellows / September 11, 2017 / 0 Comments

Post by Bill Bellows, Deputy Director, The Deming Institute. In the spirit of standardization that is growing in popularity in organizations around the world, is there room for diversity?   That is, is variety really the spice of life, or does it represent a non-value added effort, if not simply waste?    In other words, should variation always be […]

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