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On the road again

It doesn’t seem very long since my previous trip but I find myself on the road again. Perth is the most isolated capital city in the world so once you leave for your trip, might as well make the most of it. I am visiting several continents with three main agendas: clients, goGermline, and Lean.

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Lean – an objective or intersubjective reality?

A friend of mine asked recently: “What do you want me to present at a Lean conference?” I suggested to discuss “What is Lean?”. This is because I have an ongoing dilemma with continuous improvement (CI) frameworks such as Lean, Operational Excellence, TPS etc.

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Aloha - taking a break from Organisational Excellence

You may not know that Ozgene is a family business. I recently attended the State Conference of Family Business Australia here in Perth. One of the conference themes was succession planning and it felt like people were looking for the next commander-in-chief. This prompted me to ask the questions… What is my role as the CEO? What is my role as a leader?

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Handel, Toyota and Homo Deus

I recently chaired a lunch time discussion on ‘Standard Work – the Basis for Scientific Thinking’ at the Shingo International Conference in Atlanta. Handel’s Water Music Finale was playing on my phone. The discussion started with a comment by one attendee: “We cannot do Standard Work – we employ artists in a creative business that makes greeting cards, gifts etc.” I turned up the volume of the music and asked people what they thought the music was. The answer was “Bach”, “Beethoven”, “classical music”. I prompted for the purpose of playing the music, putting it into our lunch session context.

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Frank's Lean talks

  • Shingo Institute, Logan, UT, USA
  • MBA Program, University of Utah, USA
  • OC Tanner, Salt Lake City, UT, USA
  • Ophir-Spiricon, Logan, UT, USA
  • ELITechGroup, Logan, UT, USA
  • Sebel Furniture, Sydney, NSW, Australia
  • Telethon Kids Institute, Perth, WA, Australia
  • AME Business Excellence, Perth, WA, Australia

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Proven Track Record

The team at Ozgene has over two decades of experience creating customised knockout and knock-in mice for pivotal medical research globally. Over 350 scientific publications are based on research using Ozgene mice.

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Ozgene generates genetically customised mice for researchers around the world. Ozgene mice can be found in 31 different countries on 5 continents from small academic institutions to multinational pharmaceutical companies.

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Lean Management

Ozgene is applying Lean Management principles to deliver the highest quality services and shortest lead times to our customers. The implementation of Lean Culture has already seen an improvement in our processes and timelines.

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