1. Why are we so good at Sport and so bad at Business?

    April 15, 2021 by BPIR.com Limited
    Come to the NZBEF Conference 10/11 May 2021, in Wellington to find out why and what you can do about it.
    In Sport we are winners. We can win the oldest sporting trophy in the World or become champions at any sport we take seriously. But when it comes to business productivity the story is very different.

    A working paper published by the NZ Productivity Commission in 2021/01 “Benchmarking New Zealand’s frontier firms” reports:

    “New Zealand’s frontier firms, which are the most productive firms (the top 10%) are falling further behind their counterparts in other Small Advanced Economies (SAE’s). Their relative labour productivity ratio has dropped from 52% in 2003 to 44% in 2016. This indicates that New Zealand’s frontier firms generate less than half of the value (per labour input) their counterparts generate in other SAEs.” https://www.productivity.govt.nz/research/benchmarking-new-zealands-frontier-firms/

    The NZBEF conference theme “Improve” seeks your participation to do something about this. It is kicked off by “Sir Ian Taylor” who will tell the story of “continuous Improvement” in the America’s Cup and refer to his own world leading company Animated Research ltd that seeks excellence with the same passion.

    The Naval theme is maintained by holding the event at the Navy HQ and our Defence Force talk about their commitment to continuous improvement. A commitment that NZBEF are hoping will inspire Business to follow. Leaders will also share their ideas, demonstrate support and look for ways forward.

    We then celebrate Excellence by sharing the best practices of 10 New Zealand organisations competing for the New Zealand Best Practice Competition Award. The conference then lifts its head to look at Global Best Practice. 12 Finalists from the International Best Practice Competition will share best practices in diverse areas such as Covid recovery, leadership, digital, customer focus and productivity.

    This is a one-off opportunity to learn from the very best in NZ and worldwide and ramp up NZ’s productivity!

    So book now at https://nzbef.org.nz/event/nzbef-2021-conference/ and make a difference for future generations.

    To view over 70 best practices to be shared in lead-up webinars from 26 April to 6 May and at the NZBEF Conference, 10-11 May, view https://www.bestpracticecompetition.com/programme/


  2. Book Release: Students Quality Circles: An innovative concept and practice for schools and colleges to develop Quality mindset in students for the corporate world and the society

    April 9, 2021 by BPIR.com Limited
    Students Quality Circles or SQCs in short, are basically miniature level activities of what the Japanese Quality Control Circles (QCCs) are in the corporate world. These activities prepare students for the Quality mindset from the very early age, thus engraving their per-sonalities with Quality.

    SQC is an innovative concept and practice used as a part of schools’ or colleges’ co-curricular activities since mid-nineties in many countries of Asian sub-continent. The objective of SQCs program is to develop and prepare students for the corporate world as well as for a quality living in the society. A research study was carried out by the authors in schools in 2020 where SQCs were practiced to find out the effectiveness of this program. The objective of this book is to explain the SQC concept, benefits and its application in schools with the help of findings of a national survey.
    The book explains the origin of this concept and the differences in the practices of QCCs in the corporate world versus SQCs in the schools. It discusses how effectively students are practicing SQCs and how effectively they are implemented and managed by schools and colleges. Critical success and failure factors of this program are identified and highlighted.

    The book provides practical guidelines to educationists and management of schools, colleges and universities who want to initiate or improve their existing program. The book identifies the strength of this unique and innovative program in building a society towards world-class quality. The authors strongly recommend this non-traditional but powerful program to be implemented in schools, colleges and universities in all countries. It is hoped that this book will benefit educational institutions in different countries to further improve Quality mindset in their societies through this program.

    You can order the paperback or kindle versions from Amazon here


    About the authers:

    Dr. Kamran Moosa is the Chief Executive of PIQC Institute of Quality, Pakistan. He is a member of International Academy for Quality and Quality in Education Think Tank (QiETT). He is the recipient of Ishikawa-Kano Silver Medal of 2020 by Asian Network for Quality (ANQ). He was the founding Chairman of Quality & Productivity Society of Pakistan and a senior member of American Society for Quality (ASQ). He is an author of four books on Quality Management.

    Abdul Wahid Mir is the Principal of Modernage Public School and College – Abbottabad and Director General of EQUIP – Pakistan, which is a non-profit organization for promoting Students Quality Circles in the country. He is an educationist and also involved in teachers training and development programs.


  3. South African Quality Institutes Quality Education News

    March 3, 2021 by BPIR.com Limited

    South African Quality Institute (SAQI) http://www.saqi.co.za is the national body that co-ordinates the Quality effort in South Africa. Quality Education News is a quarterly publication issued by the South African Qulaity Institute (SAQI) in the intrest of promoting educational excellence, SAQI publications are excellent source of information to keep up with the latest quality issues in South Africa.

    • To set or to follow: Where has ISO been?, by Peter Fraser
    • Ubuntu, Quality and Risk Management, by by Jayet Moon and Veronica Stephens
    • Risk Management “Friend or foe”, by by Eddie de Vries
    • Food, Cosmetic & Essential oils Program Launch (FCO Program), by Jacques Snyders (SAQI MD)
    • The Evolution of Internal Audit, by Mike Smith & Norman Marks
    • Directors’ Sentiment Index Report: 5 Edition, by Glen Talbot (CA) SA and Terrance Booysen
    • Quality in Schools: Children in the time of lockdown, by Dr Richard Hayward

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  4. Podcast: Total Quality Management: Is it still relevant in a digital economy?

    February 17, 2021 by BPIR.com Limited

    Originally posted on The Search for Clarity by Richard de Kock

    Total Quality Management has been around for many year’s and has contributed to the transformation of many companies to market leaders. Is it still relevant in a fast-paced digital world? Is it relevant for IT? And should senior leaders be taking it more seriously?

    Let’s get clarity from the quality guru himself John Oakland! Listed amongst the top 10 quality gurus of our time, who has personally met the likes of Edward Deming and Crosby to name a few.

    In this episode we explore

    1. Why Operational Excellence is a key strategic weapon in the digital age, and why Total Quality Management is as applicable to business and IT today as it was since the beginning of the century.
    2. discuss how a common frame of reference between leaders and operational staff as well as IT is key to ensuring organisational performance.
    3. And finally we also discuss a grounded pragmatic approach to starting your journey to Operational Excellence

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  5. South African Quality Institutes Quality Education News

    February 3, 2021 by BPIR.com Limited

    South African Quality Institute (SAQI) http://www.saqi.co.za is the national body that co-ordinates the Quality effort in South Africa. Quality Education News is a quarterly publication issued by the South African Qulaity Institute (SAQI) in the intrest of promoting educational excellence, SAQI publications are excellent source of information to keep up with the latest quality issues in South Africa.

    • Was Joe Biden third time “lucky”?, by Richard Hayward
    • The ingredients of The ingredients of achievement
    • How do we praise?
    • Moving away from stereotyping and a fixed mindset, by Alistair Johnston

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