The CONNSTEP advantage, Vol. 1, Issue 3

September 01, 2011

by Connstep Team

Lean Leadership

“I make it a rule to believe only what I understand.”

Princeton University’s fifteenth President, Harold Willis Dodds, was a brilliant scholar and a visionary leader.  His rule highlights the greatest challenge facing Connecticut business leaders today in their efforts to implement a Lean management culture.  To commit to Lean, leaders must believe in Lean.  To believe, they must first understand Lean.

Also in this issue:

  • What Your Marketing Team Needs from You. Whether you have a chief marketing officer with an internal staff or an outside advertising and public relations firm handling your company’s marketing communications efforts, there are a few things you need to know in order to ensure a consistently successful program.
  • What I’ve Learned with Grace Napolitan of the Connecticut Hospital Association.
  • The Fast and the Furious, profile of Dymax of Torrington, Connecticut:  With the commencement of a continuous improvement strategy, Dymax has the pedal to the metal and looks to keep racking up the accolades.
  • I Don’t Have Time:  Over and over, after running through a problem solving session or providing training on proper job instruction, I’ll hear, “I think its great and I think it will work, but we don’t have the time.”

CONNSTEP solved a huge problem for us and helped us bring our delivery rate to 100%. As a direct result of that, we have been awarded with an increase in business which, ultimately, will also benefit (our supplier) Har-Conn.”

CT manufacturer Pegaasus

Chris DePentima

CEO, Pegasus Manufacturing Inc.

“I see great value in the new experiences and perspectives CONNSTEP brings to our business, at reasonable prices. They’re not like consultants, they’re like partners in the business – willing to roll up their sleeves and help.”

AGRussell logo

Mark Burzynski

President, Arthur G Russell Co

“CONNSTEP has proved to be a tremendous resource for ESI. CONNSTEP has helped us to adapt to today’s marketplace and remain a quality minded, competitive global player. Our ISO/TS16949 implementation process was efficient and rewarding. I look forward to our future projects with CONNSTEP.”

esi CT manufacturer

Ron Delfini

President, Engineering Specialties Inc.

“CONNSTEP worked with FuelCell Energy to educate and facilitate Lean initiatives and to help meet our needs to establish an overall production improvement plan. This plan has been utilized over a period of time as a ‘guiding light’ to spur numerous improvements that dramatically reduced our product cost.”

Tom Lucas

Manager, Fuel Cell Energy

“CONNSTEP is a valuable partner to Hologic, providing the expertise and ‘outside eyes’ everyone needs to keep their continuous improvement on track. We are now well-positioned on a dynamic growth path and look forward to a long-term relationship with CONNSTEP.”

Greg Safarik

VP Manufacturing Operations, Hologic

“Our experience working with CONNSTEP has brought us benefits we never expected. It’s a great team to work with!”

Bruce Wheeler

VP of Operations, Metal Finishing Technologies Inc.

“The goals of the team were to reduce manufacturing lead-time, reduce floor space utilized, and increase worker productivity. All the goals were met. CONNSTEP helped us to better compete.”

Tornik CT manufacturer

Dan Rubbo

General Manager, Tornik LLC

“The Business Growth Program is working well for us. We enhanced our website following the meetings to improve our SEO and become more visible to search engines. The segment on negotiating …  promoted changes in our thinking and improved how we interact with customers. The mentoring between sessions was helpful in boosting our progress.”

CT manufacturer Colonial Spring

Bill Lathrop

President, Colonial Spring Co.

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