Consultants Who Impacted Manufacturing
Manufacturers commonly rely on consultants to help advance their business strategies.
Let’s take a step back in time to look at several legendary business consultants.
Three prominent management consultants from the 20th century who left a lasting legacy include W. Edwards Deming, Peter Drucker and Tom Peters.
As a business logistics major in college during the 1990’s, these individuals appeared frequently as hot topics throughout business classes.
Each of these three consultants found international success with their influence as well as pioneering ideas on business management practices
In particular, each of these individuals left a significant impact on manufacturers. Even today, all three consultants continue to heavily influence decisions at our company.
W. Edwards Deming
W. Edwards Deming is considered by many to be the master of continual improvement of quality, as well as overall operation efficiency.
Deming consulted with clients such as Ford, Xerox and Proctor & Gamble.
In particular, Deming played a major role in the resurgence of the American automobile industry in the late 1980’s. Below includes several of our favorite quotes from Deming:
- “A Bad System Will Beat a Good Person Every Time”
- “Two basic rules of life are: 1) Change is inevitable. 2) Everybody resists change.”
- “Eighty-five percent of the reasons for failure are deficiencies in the systems and process rather than the employee. The role of management is to change the process rather than badgering individuals to do better.”
Another consultant from the 20th century who left a lasting legacy includes Peter Drucker.
Peter Drucker, commonly referred to as the “father of management“, authored 39 books. Above all, he wrote 30 books AFTER the age of 60. That’s inspiration!
The impressive Drucker client list included a line up of corporate giants such as Sears, IBM, GM, GE, Intel, Coca-Cola, and Proctor & Gamble.
Furthermore, Drucker delivered ground breaking views on motivation, efficiency and time management.
He is also credited with coining the term “knowledge worker“.
Check out this fantastic article about Peter Drucker from the Harvard Business Review: What Peter Drucker Knew About 2020.
Drucker’s books serve not only corporate warriors, but also entrepreneurs as well.
For example, his 1985 book “Innovation and Entrepreneurship” deserves the role as mandatory reading for every entrepreneur.
Below includes a list of the many incredible quotes from Peter Drucker:
- “Doing the right thing is more important than doing the thing right.”
- “If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old.”
- “There is nothing quite so useless as doing with great efficiency something that should not be done at all.”
- “Results are gained by exploiting opportunities, not by solving problems.”
- “So much of what we call management consists of making it difficult for people to work.”
- “Meetings are by definition a concession to a deficient organization. For one either meets or one works. One cannot do both at the same time.”
Lastly, Tom Peters co-authored one of the greatest business books of all time, “In Search of Excellence: Lessons from America’s Best-Run Companies”. This book served as required reading for business majors in the 1990’s.
Tom Peters client list includes the Hersey Company, Rolls-Royce Aerospace, Texas Instruments and the U.S. Army.
Several excellent quotes from Tom Peters include:
- “Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing, layout, processes, and procedures.”
- “The simple act of paying positive attention to people has a great deal to do with productivity.
- “An excellent company attribute … seems to underpin the rest: action orientation, a bias for getting things done.”
- “Many of the innovative companies got their best product ideas from customers. That comes from listening, intently and regularly.”
Wrapping It Up
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