My relationship with Brian has been influential. In the several years working directly and indirectly with him, he brought a different level of challenge which always questioned the status quo. In the spirit of challenging the status quo he often referred to Henry Ford:
“If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.”
An example includes the Corporate wide Kaizen Competition which involved each manufacturing plant presenting an improvement project to executive management. Not only did this program bring attention to location specific activities but it also gave location individuals the opportunity to prepare, present and directly interact with C level management.
Another example was the HiPo or High Potential Program he helped develop. This was part of the organization’s succession planning process. Critical to business Individuals were identified and brought together to form small teams which then worked on a selected project. Individuals of the teams were cross functional from every part of the business (sales, manufacturing, engineering). Collaboration was always the lesson but the the most important was recognizing/engaging individual weaknesses with strengths of other members of the team.