Archive | July, 2011


4:06 pm
July 14, 2011
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My Take: Taking Up The Flag

By Jane Alexander, Deputy Editor It was the 4th of July, 2000. George Scofield, an elderly resident of Columbus, NC, stood silently and respectfully as the “Stars and Stripes” and other flags were carried past him in the town’s Independence Day parade. Sadly, despite the solemnity of the moment, he noticed that most of his […]


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July 14, 2011
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Uptime: Making More Sense — Innovation & Standardization

By Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor Question: “Through our process of improving, we’ve been placing heavy emphasis on standardization of work practices and work execution. At the same time, we expect our best ideas for improvement through innovation will come from the very people we are molding into compliance with standards. Intuitively, these are opposing forces. I’d […]