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The Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium [EMC], is delighted to announce Bren de Leeuw will be taking on responsibilities with the EMC Learning Centre.


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The Art of Follow Up

By Cindy Stradling

Running any business requires a great deal of balancing. It is important to seek new business, but just as important to keep current customers happy. One of the elements of smart business that often falls by the wayside is follow up. Follow up can be hard to keep up with, but mastering this art can be the key to a more successful business.


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Everyone Is in Sales!

By Cindy Stradling

As you work to improve your skills as a leader, it's important that you gain the proper mindset regarding your role and your influence at work. To help you increase your awareness of how your behavior influences your business and your connections, consider yourself a salesperson, regardless of your actual title or role in your business


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Communicating with Clarity

By Cindy Stradling

It’s been said that the root of most problems between people come from unmet expectations and miscommunication. Working on remedying these two issues in your relationships with professional and personal relationships will provide you with many benefits and increase your effectiveness at work and at home.


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Effective Leaders Have a Coach

By Cindy Stradling

It’s not uncommon for young leaders to make certain to have a mentor to help guide them through some of the new challenges of leadership. As leaders mature, however, they are more likely to be mentoring others rather than having a mentor of their own. However, at any stage in leadership, it is valuable to have a mentor or coach to whom you can turn to help you develop even further.


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You’ve got to “Lean” into it

By Cori Hanna

Tis the season for shovelling snow and if you’re like most Canadians, you’ve likely already had your fair share by now. Moving snow from walkways and driveways, can often seem like a chore, however if you have the right tools (a good solid shovel); allocate enough time (to avoid rushing); and you choose the right approach (bending with your knees and not your back), snow can be moved efficiently and without incident.


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Supervisor, Health Safety and the Law

By Amy Edwards

WSIB WorkWell audit section 2.1(c) and 6.1(h) both require the employer to demonstrate that they have provided training to supervisors. This 8 hour course is recommended training for Supervisors, Managers, Safety Representatives, and meets the training standards as described in Ontario Regulation 297/13


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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

By Todd Oliver – 1 Comment

EMC's Learning Centre (Amy Edwards & myself), wish you a very happy & safe festive holiday with your family and friends. Another fantastic year is coming to an end and that means Christmas is here again.


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Many companies that we talk to about using lean principles ask why it is so important to understand the current state well before moving on. They ask, “Can’t I just envision what I want the future state to look like?” The answer is no. Envisioning the future state of a product family is an activity that will lead to more ‘drive-by’ kaizen that will likely have no direct effect to the bottom line or to business objectives.


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Anyone who has a conversation with me in my 15 years at EMC knows, I am a strong supporter of applying 'Lean Thinking / Continuous Improvement (CI)’ to every process in the workplace as well as at home to reduce waste. The value of spoiled product (re-workable or not) is bad enough, adding the value of wasted time is painful and expensive.
I have said many times, ‘Applying Lean / CI’ has a huge impact on your customer relations. Delivering your customer their order on time is the key to success. Lean / CI saves time and makes life at work & home so much easier. This year has been very busy for our preferred vendor in Ontario and the Maritimes as we have seen a large increase with our valued EMC Members moving forward with their training & coaching / mentoring initiatives. Call me if you ever want to chat about Lean / CI.



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