Contemplations

Heaven On Earth

I don’t live in constant fear of being impacted by terrorist actions such as occurred in Paris this past Friday. I’m not suggesting that such acts can’t or won’t occur in the U.S. It’s unacceptable that terror attacks occur anywhere. Despite our best efforts, terror attacks may occur on U.S. Read more…

By Dave Gardner, ago
Entrepreneurship

3 Factors for Marketplace Success

I’m just back from speaking at MCPC 2015 in Montreal, an international conference about Mass Customization, Personalization and Co-Creation. One thought offered by Awane Jones, Founder & CEO at Merchlar, a Montreal-based digital agency, stood out. He offered (and I”m paraphrasing) marketplace success is a function of: Nailing the problem Read more…

By Dave Gardner, ago
Leadership

Killing A Company Slowly

“If we get orders and we don’t supply it and satisfy our customers, we’re going to fail as a company.” -John McCranor, vice president of warehouse operations, Lifetime Brands Inc., in the Wall Street Journal I had a client that seemingly loved post-order crisis management: Orders were shipped incomplete The Read more…

By Dave Gardner, ago
Announcements

Announcing DAVEGARDNER.biz

Jay Z, an American rapper, record producer and wildly-successful entrepreneur who is married to Beyonce, offered: “I’m not a businessman. I’m a business, man.” Jay Z got me thinking about this shift in mindset based on his observation about who he is in the world. I’m a business and have Read more…

By Dave Gardner, ago
Client Successes

Lead Post-Merger Integration of 3 Companies Into 1

Industry: Semiconductor Capital Equipment Role: Project Manager Number of people working on Assignment: 30 people in Sales, Marketing, Manufacturing, Order Services, Production Control, Field Service Operations, Facilities, Materials, I.T. and Finance Duration of Engagement: 2.5 months Problem Presented: COO contacted our firm to lead the integration of 3 companies into Read more…

By Dave Gardner, ago
Client Successes

Requirements Analysis to Correct Operational Problems with Configurable Products

Industry: Semiconductor Capital Equipment Role: Project Manager Number of people working on Assignment: 20 people in Sales, Marketing, Manufacturing, Order Services, Production Control and Finance Duration of Engagement: 2 months Problem Presented: Our firm was referred to client as being an “expert” who could help them implement a configurator application—a Read more…

By Dave Gardner, ago