Articles by Praveen Gupta

Manufacturing Excellence: World War III

I am sure everyone at General Motors (GM) is thinking about how everyone else is using GM’s misery as an opportunity. It is okay to learn from others’ mistakes. Does that mean GM is the only one that made mistakes? Absolutely not.
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Manufacturing Excellence: Employee Revolution in the 21st Century

We cannot wait for managers to fix things for us. We should not wish for a better CEO to lead us to the magic land. We cannot expect our president to give us a vision and bail us out from the economic mess. It is time for us to wake up, see how deep a hole we are in, try to climb out and see the light at the end of the tunnel.
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Manufacturing Excellence: Missed Opportunities

Anytime I try to analyze why U.S. businesses appear to be losing their competitive edge, I look not just at manufacturing, but also at opportunities throughout the organization.
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Manufacturing Excellence: Massive Mismanagement

It is a given that U.S. corporations are struggling-be it manufacturing, finance or service organizations-with multiple diseases because of innumerable bacteria. The business bacteria strain keeps getting bigger and so do the business diseases.
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Manufacturing Excellence: The Bailout...Will it Work?

There is a new methodology for improving business performance called the bailout.
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Manufacturing Excellence: Lean and Sick

Just in time (JIT) gave a new name to the Toyota Production System (TPS) and a set of good tools. However, I feel that the word lean undid all of that. Look what our economy has become: We are lean and we are sick.
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Manufacturing Excellence: Sensationalizing Excellence

In a recently organized Zagreb Economic Forum, I had the opportunity to give a keynote about our Breakthrough Innovation (Brinnovation) framework. During my talk, someone asked, Why isn’t innovation sensational, sporty or sexy to attract more people and executives?
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Manufacturing Excellence: Bailing Out Auto

The most recent government assistance given to financial institutions has created a perception that the U.S. government has unlimited amounts of money to help U.S. corporations clean up their messes.
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Manufacturing Excellence: Letter to the President

If I were to write the new president of the United States a letter, it would go something like this:
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Manufacturing Excellence: Lighting the Innovation Fire

It occurred to me that most talk on innovation has been about culture change or product development. The real-life stuff happens in manufacturing where we are losing our livelihood faster than we can imagine.
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