Ben Hershey

The Importance of Our Leadership Actions

Ben Hershey

Recently, a Pastor at our church, Morgan MacPherson, shared a teaching from the Book of James talking about how our Actions Speak Louder. Though there was a lot of “meat on the bone” from what he shared, one of the additional thoughts I brought home was how important our actions are...

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August 2019
Issue #11241
Page 42
Ben Hershey

Measure the Tempo of Your Operation

Ben Hershey

My wife Dianne and I were recently going through some of our old family photos and I came across this photo of Dianne’s Dad, Jack Hendershot, as a teenager on his bike delivering ice in the early ’50s. For those who may not know, before the advent of refrigeration and freezing...

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July 2019
Issue #11240
Page 22
Ben Hershey

Empower Your Team to Success

Ben Hershey

When I recently started some restructuring work for a client, I saw a sign posted on the wall. As shown in the image [see PDF or View in Full Issue], it took a sad approach to giving 100% at work. How many of the associates on our teams show up to work on Monday with this attitude and energy...

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June 2019
Issue #11239
Page 44
Ben Hershey

Looking at Your Operation from a Different Perspective

Ben Hershey

My wife recently saw a book online (direct from the publisher) that she thought I would enjoy reading: “Lean Production for Competitive Advantage,” by John Nichols. There was, though, a funny thing about the book; it was printed upside down compared to the binding. I considered...

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May 2019
Issue #11238
Page 20
Ben Hershey

Effective Ways Leaders Solve Problems

Ben Hershey

With as many problems as we all face in our work and life, it seems as if there is never enough time to solve each one without dealing with some adversity along the way. Problems keep mounting so fast that we find ourselves taking short­cuts to temporarily alleviate the tension points, so we...

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April 2019
Issue #11237
Page 38
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
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

Celebrating BCMC 2018

Ben Hershey

By the time you read this, the dust will have settled after an incredibly successful BCMC Show in Milwaukee, WI. What a privilege to talk with so many of you last week and see many of the exciting new automation products we can use in our operations to make us far more efficient, and, more...

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November 2018
Issue #10232
Page 37

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