• Passion is the third secret ingredient according to David Stannard

    David Stannard  – author and Best Practice Network Member I describe “Passion as the hidden secret ingredient. It is the leadership glue that can transform an organisation and its results. It is quite simply a difference maker, a culture transformer, that extra something that separates excellence from average”. But passion is not automatic. It cannot be bought like ...
  • How to Build Your Professional Network – Be the first off the Blocks

    The people that surround you and the information in their heads is an incredibly valuable asset. Your personal network is a fundamental component of you being successful in both your career and your business. It doesn’t mean you go out and meet people all the time, it doesn’t mean you attend networking events all the time. ...
  • CAR MANUFACTURING ENDS; BUT HEAVY VEHICLES ROLL ON.

    IT’S THE END OF THE LINE FOR AUTOMOTIVE MANUFACTURING IN AUSTRALIA THIS WEEK. THE FINAL HOLDEN V6 ENGINE ROLLED OFF THE PRODUCTION LINE IN PORT MELBOURNE AFTER 80 YEARS OF MANUFACTURING. WHAT REMAINS, HOWEVER, IS A HEALTHY AUD$1.8 BILLION TRUCK AND BUS MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY. READ MORE:
  • Best Practice Network Member, ANCA enters Australian Export Awards Hall of Fame

    Congratulations to ANCA who have just been inducted into the Australian Export Awards Hall of Fame. The company, which had won its category at the awards three times – in 2015, 2012 and 1995 – became only the 11th-ever inductee into the Hall of Fame. Co-founder and joint managing director Pat Boland said it was “a real honour” ...
  • Performance Reviews Help or Hinder

    Do Your Performance Management Reviews Help or Hinder Your Team?

    Do Your Performance Management Reviews Help or Hinder Your Team? by Cheryl Jekiel Many times an employee has come to me for support after being rated “average” in a performance review. They are deeply discouraged by the rating, and even more so when told of areas they need to improve. Most employees put their hearts and ...
  • AME Dallas International Conference 24-28 October 2016

    The largest lean conference in the world is currently underway! Victorian Director, Victor Caune and QLD Director, Kevin Bennett are attending the AME International Conference in Dallas. Victor will be facilitating a special interactive session on “Why you should join a Business Network”, whilst Kevin will be acting in the role of guide/facilitator as part of the International ...
  • FORM 2000 Sees the Value in Best Practice Network

    WE HEAR A LOT ABOUT THE DEMISE OF LOCAL MANUFACTURING; THE DECLINE OF THE AUTO INDUSTRY AND FURTHER MOVES TO OFFSHORING. SO WHAT GETS US OUT OF BED IN THE MORNING? Fortunately, there are enough examples of progressive companies, networks and industry structures providing a critical mass to underpin Victoria’s future manufacturing sector. We’d like to share ...
  • 9 Minutes of Knowledge: RELIABILITY – Asset Criticality Ranking

    This presentation focuses on asset criticality ranking. There are a lot of decisions to be made in setting up a reliability improvement program, and you will need to determine which of your assets are more important than others. It is not a simple as it may seem. First you need to understand what “criticality” mean ...
  • CONGRATULATIONS – Dirk Crouse

    Congratulations goes to Dirk Crouse, Operational Excellence Leader, Fonterra for winning the inaugural Best Practice Networker Award for 2015. This is in recognition for contributing to promoting Operational Excellence to the business community in Australia and for helping others for his generous time and expertise. We are sure that many have benefitted from Dirk’s wisdom and good ...
  • Applications Now Open for Future Industries Manufacturing Program

    Victorian companies can apply for up to $500,000 in funding to invest in their manufacturing operations as part of the Future Industries Manufacturing Program. The Program was launched by the Victorian Minister for Industry, Lily D’Ambrosio MP, at the Victorian Manufacturing Showcase 2015 at Chisholm Institute, Dandenong. The event brought together over 600 manufacturers from all ...