Ben Hershey

Success Through Failure

Ben Hershey

“I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” Michael Jordan While it...

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March 2019
Issue #11236
Page 20
Todd Drummond

Too Many Companies Struggle with Making Process Changes

Todd Drummond

A statement far too managers make is that they are not able to get their employees to embrace change. If your company struggles with making changes in any given area, just keep in mind that real change always comes from the top down. If your company is struggling with change and you are the top...

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February 2019
Issue #11235
Page 18
Glenn Traylor

How Does a Fabricator Gain From a 3rd Party Audit?

Glenn Traylor

When a 3rd party inspector inspects a licensed plant, what exactly are the auditors looking for? And what can the fabricator get from the experience? What the inspection is NOT, and why that matters: The part 1 audit of the in-house paperwork is not a grade on neatness. It’s an...

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February 2019
Issue #11235
Page 34
Ben Hershey

Close the Gap on Lean Initiatives

Ben Hershey

When I’m asked why I chose a set of puzzle pieces for the 4Ward Consulting team logo, I’m glad to explain that fitting the pieces together has always been a part of my approach to business, my own and those I have assisted. We have teams, divisions, branches, departments, etc....

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February 2019
Issue #11235
Page 38
Ben Hershey

Taking Steps Toward Manufacturing & Distribution Efficiency

Ben Hershey

As we start the New Year, a focus of many operations will be setting goals to remain competitive. Today’s companies in the LBM/Component/Modular market are looking for ways to drive efficiencies throughout their manufacturing processes. Extending Lean Manufacturing principles and practices...

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January 2019
Issue #11234
Page 17
Ben Hershey

It’s Time to Huddle Up!

Ben Hershey

Setting the tone for higher expectations and productivity I am often asked by lumber dealers, component manufacturers, and others for that “one thing” that will improve results, drive cultural change, hardwire behavior, or create lasting quality. I’ve come to realize there...

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December 2018
Issue #10233
Page 25
Ben Hershey

Constructing a Roadmap to Operational Excellence, Part 2

Ben Hershey

Part 2: Continuing the Journey of 7 Steps As discused in "Part 1: Beginning a Journey of 7 Steps," we all aspire to have a state of operational excellence in our organizations, which is easier said than done. Operational excellence is about more than simply adjusting the...

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October 2018
Issue #10231
Page 20
Ben Hershey

Constructing a Roadmap to Operational Excellence

Ben Hershey

Part 1: Beginning a Journey of 7 Steps We all aspire to have a state of operational excellence in our organizations, but it is often much easier said than done. Although it’s often conceptualized as merely tweaking the current way of doing things, operational excel­lence is about...

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September 2018
Issue #10230
Page 36
Ben Hershey

How Does Your Company Performance Measure Up? The Importance of Benchmarking

Ben Hershey

I read a book recently that discussed the term “benchmark” and its origins as relates to business. Surprisingly, the term originates within the history of guns and ammunition. In fact, with the same aim we use it today—comparison and improved performance. The book talked...

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July 2018
Issue #10228
Page 34
Ben Hershey

Moving From Best to Next Practices

Ben Hershey

As an industry, there are many times I believe we have been behind the curve in adopting/taking on new technology or hardware in our operations. Over the past 15 years or so, we have seen incredible growth in the use of automation, software, etc., but other industries have far exceeded the...

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June 2018
Issue #10227
Page 18

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