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The Platinum Group’s Operations Forum Address Micromanagement

The Platinum Group Discuss MicromanagementOperations and Production Directors from The Platinum Group at the Black Country Chamber of Commerce met in January at the first of The Group’s Operations Forums. The intriguing title of Death of the Micromanager lead to a lively debate on when micromanagement can be appropriate and when it becomes an obstacle to growth.

The Platinum Group hold quarterly best practice events for their senior leaders where they are able to work collectively, to learn from each other and develop their leadership skills in a collaborative and supportive environment. Having held specific forums for HR Directors and Sales Directors to allow them to share issues relevant to their functions, The Group suggested it would be of benefit to Operations Directors to be able to do the same.

The session was facilitated by Steve Leahey from Teamworx Technologies. Steve is an experienced senior management executive with a track record of developing and implementing business improvement strategies, within a global manufacturing environment; by delivering operational excellence through the application of lean and sigma continuous improvement techniques.

Val Gardner, Managing Director of Winster Ltd, suppliers and manufacturers of industrial hose, assemblies and fittings, commented: “I found the session very useful, as it further highlighted the need to cascade objectives throughout an organisation and to ensure that employees are informed and empowered at every level. Being able to discuss ideas and issues with like-minded business leaders is an invaluable part of our future development and growth.”

Martin Dudley, Joint Managing Director of Thomas Dudley, who kindly hosted the session, said: “It was great to be able to welcome members of The Platinum Group’s new Operations Forum today and to share our experiences and values. Continual improvement is a cornerstone of our business and I am passionate about businesses developing and growing through the power of peer-to-peer interactions and learning.”

Jayne Shields, The Platinum Group Business Manager added: “It was a fantastic morning and we have received very positive feedback from the Group. The Operations Forum will meet quarterly to ensure that we maintain momentum and build upon the learnings from today. The next session is entitled The Magnificent 7 and will focus on the 7 components that form the basis of an improvement programme for operations.”

The Platinum Group is designed for senior business leaders in the region with the emphasis on developing leadership skills, sharing best practice and working with like-minded people.  Keeping abreast of change, fostering peer-to-peer learning and best practice sharing, play an important role in developing leadership skills and driving economic progress across the Black Country and beyond.

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