Episode 8: Don’t Settle for a Plate of Spaghetti

Listen to episode 8 of Unsuitable on Rea Radio.
Listen to episode 8 of Unsuitable on Rea Radio.

On episode 8, “Don’t Settle For a Plate of Spaghetti”, we’re joined by Kyle Stemple, CPA, CGMA, principal & director of manufacturing services at Rea & Associates, specializing in manufacturing accounting and consulting. As a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, Kyle will uncover some of the common inefficiencies that plague business owners and impact their profits. Additionally, during this session we’ll explore the business imperatives of maintaining effectiveness, along with efficiency, as a balanced approach for better business operations and maximum productivity.

articles & insight

series: is it time for you to get lean?

 Why Your Traditional Employee Management Method Is Failing – Are you using traditional employee management practices to manage nontraditional employees? Want to know why this method is failing? Find out what these employees are looking for in an effective manager.

How Can Your Build And Develop Your Organization? – If you run a manufacturing business, then you know it’s no easy task. You may often find that the day-to-day activities become your focus. It can be hectic, time-consuming and physically and emotionally draining. These issues can take away from your ability to focus on actually growing your business. Read on to learn how you can take your business from good to great.

How Can I Solve My Staffing Woes In The Manufacturing Industry? – Being a manufacturer in today’s economy has it opportunities and challenges, and right now you may be flying high on business and running low on people to actually do the work. You may scratch your head daily over this issue and wonder how you can attract the right individuals to do the jobs. Let’s start with the root of the problem—perception. And then I’ll share how some manufacturers are combating this perception.

Invest In Your Processes To Prepare For the Turnaround – Before hiring additional workers, you might consider attacking your manpower issue from another direction. Your company may be able to improve its processes to the point where your existing workers have excess capacity to perform additional work – allowing you to pick up additional business and produce products or services without adding headcount. Read on to learn more.

What Delights Your Customers? – What has Disney done to foster a superior brand experience? Obviously, they’ve been working on it for decades, but what keeps people, young and old, coming back year after year?  The answer is simple – they continue to delight their customers with a magical experience. Read on to learn how you can bring the lessons that make Disney’s brand experience so successful and implement these tips into your own strategy.

Are You Thinking Lean? – The concept of Lean manufacturing processes dates back to the days of Henry Ford, was refined by Toyota in the 1940’s and ‘50’s, and today the “purposeful elimination of wasteful activities” reaches far beyond auto manufacturers. Find out how your business could benefit by thinking lean.

Are Your Employees Stakeholders In Your Business – As you work to improve efficiency and effectiveness in your business, are you fully engaging your employees in helping you? If you follow the management concept of Lean Six Sigma, your employees become a key ingredient to achieving world-class results. Find out why your business is more efficient when your employees are stakeholders in your company.

Are You Listening To The Voice Of Your Customers? – In today’s economic conditions, everyone is working harder than ever to do things more efficiently and cost-effectively. However, efficiency and reduced costs won’t help if you don’t have customers. One key to your business survival is understanding the voice of the customer. Do you listen to your customers? Read on to identify some value added steps that you may be missing.

Operating at Maximum Efficiency – We all want to perform well and we usually have a good sense of how we are doing – or at least we think we do. For true performance measurement, you must use quantitative data to assess your organization’s level of performance and operating efficiencies. Read on to learn more.

Understanding Lean Accounting Practices – If your business is implementing Lean, it’s important that you understand Lean accounting. It’s especially important for you accounting staff to get on-board with Lean. If they don’t, implementation of Lean may stall. Read on to find out why.

Is Your Business Suffering From Symptoms of Waste and Inefficiency? – When times are good, it’s easy to ignore symptoms of waste and inefficiency with the rationale that focusing on growth opportunities will result in greater value creation for the business. In periods of slow growth or economic decline, organizations often focus their efforts inward to ensure they are fully capable of responding efficiently and effectively to new market opportunities when they are created or when they arise. Read on to gain greater insight into your business practices.

Gain Control Of Your Business – In today’s busy workplace, owners and managers can become so bogged down with day-to-day activities that long-term plans and best business practices are swept into the corner and forgotten. The tips in this article can help owners and managers get their businesses in order to help them survive and thrive for years to come.

for manufacturers:

The Great Employee Shortage – I recently sat down with owners of several manufacturing companies to discover what they need to feel more secure in their business endeavors. It didn’t take long for a theme to emerge. Overwhelmingly, these owners say they are looking for talented workers – a lot of them. Read on to find out what I learned and how it can help your manufacturing business.

From Good to Great: 5 Ways You Can Improve Your Manufacturing Business – Manufacturing has always been the backbone of Ohio – and Rea has been proud to support many companies throughout the state. Read on to discover are five ways you, as a manufacturer, can overcome challenges facing your industry.

How Can Manufacturers Deal With Competition? – Contrary to popular belief, the manufacturing industry is alive and well. For years, we’ve heard that it’s a “dying” industry. But that’s just not so. In fact, many manufacturers are enjoying higher profitability than 2008 pre-recession levels. However, if your manufacturing business is still young or you’ve hit a rough patch and are starting to see a downward shift in your sales and employment, there’s assistance that you may qualify for to help you get out the rut you’re in. Read on to learn more.

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