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Out of the Present Crisis: Rediscovering Improvement in the New Economy from Productivity Press
Out of the Present Crisis: Rediscovering Improvement in the New Economy explains exactly what it takes to implement Lean Six Sigma and other strategic improvement initiatives with lasting success.
Provides the next generation of continuous improvement based on a combined strategy of Deming back-to basics, innovation, enabling technology, and adaptive improvement across diverse environments and industries
Focuses on leadership, strategy, sustainable infrastructure, and other critical success factors of continuous and sustainable improvement
Unveils an accelerated improvement model for the new economy—Improvement Excellence™ , which creates a permanent cultural standard of excellence based the philosophy of "improving how we improve"
This book presents valuable insights and practical guidance gained from the author's extensive experiences helping hundreds of organizations reverse failures and successfully incorporate continuous improvement. This is the contemporary guide to continuous and sustainable improvement in the new economy—for all executives and their organizations across all industries.
Praise for Out of the Present Crisis: Rediscovering Improvement in the New Economy
Five stars to the contemporary version of Deming's famous 1982 book, ‘Out of the Crisis.’ The author has developed an updated reference guide to improve how organizations improve through a combined strategy of Deming's back-to-basics, innovation, technology, and adaptive improvement across diverse environments and industries. This book thoroughly addresses the strategic leadership, planning, execution, performance, internalization, and other critical infrastructure factors for sustainable improvement and culture change.
—Steven Boeder, Director of Operations, The Vollrath Company, LLC
Every now and then an author gets it right, hitting the right target at the right time with the firepower to actually get the job done. I found this book to be a refreshing, optimistic look at an old, festering, solution-resisting problem, and the author presents a feasible solution, Lean Six Sigma and continuous improvement in general, in a comprehensive and succinct call for action. This book provides an abundance of proven knowledge about how progress and improvement can actually be made, and that is remarkable in our time of rhetoric and paralyzed decision-making. Burton's book shows a new path, and it is well worth walking down it to find good answers. Those are hard to find today.
—Alexis N.Sommers, Ph.D., Professor of Industrial Engineering, University of New Haven
I am inspired by Terry’s passion and unswerving commitment to advancing the art and science of sustainable performance improvement. His new book convincingly describes how Lean Six Sigma methods can achieve breakthrough process and cultural transformations in healthcare delivery. Terry 'gets it right' regarding the importance of strategically aligning improvement work, the critical role of hospital leadership in improvement, and the all-important engagement of physicians and healthcare employees.
—Dave Gronewold, MS, MBA, Certified Master Black Belt, Global Director, Customer Excellence, Covidien
Full of practical advice, experiences, and real world examples, this book presents a great understanding of sustainable business improvement. It also provides an enlightening analysis of how globalization, technology, and market forces across different industries are driving the need to adapt a different focus and approach to strategic improvement. The Improvement ExcellenceTM framework and other direction presented in the book provide a comprehensive roadmap for responding to those trends and ensuring the ongoing delivery of stakeholder value.
—K. Joanne Kalp, Vice President, Product Management, Draeger Monitoring Systems and IT Solutions
About the Author
Terence T. Burton is president and chief executive officer of The Center for Excellence in Operations, Incorporated (CEO), a management consulting firm headquartered in Bedford, New Hampshire, with offices in Munich, Germany. Terry’s background includes extensive leadership and executive operations experience with Atlantic Richfield, Polaroid Corporation, and Wang Laboratories. Previously, he also held senior practice leadership positions with two large international consulting firms, KPMG and Pittiglio, Rabin, Todd, & McGrath (PRTM).
Since founding his own management consultancy in 1991, Terry has led international management consulting assignments with over 300 manufacturing, healthcare, and service clients, implementing thousands of strategic improvement initiatives in the Americas and Europe. In the firm’s 20 years of existence, CEO’s clients have accumulated billions of dollars in documented benefits through various strategic improvement initiatives, such as Lean Six Sigma. He is an industry-recognized thought leader, implementation expert, keynote speaker, and author of seven previous books and hundreds of articles on improvement and industrial engineering topics such as Kaizen, Lean, Six Sigma, outsourcing, acquisitions, global quality, supply chain management, new product and services development, change management, and other strategic improvement initiatives.
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ISBN 9781466504424, May 2012, 301 pp, $29.95