Bear and Bruce

Date: Friday, June 9th, 2017

I read a couple of books recently that demonstrate the importance of a major skill in management.  The books were: “Mud, Sweat and Tears” by Bear Grylls and “If Chins could Kill!” by Bruce Campbell (Google them if you are unsure as to their identities).  Not exactly standard management texts you’d think, but you’d be … Continue reading “Bear and Bruce”

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I’d Forgotten How Difficult Written Exams Were…part 1

Date: Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

Over summer, I attended an IRCA (International Register of Certificated Auditors) registered ISO 9001 Lead Auditor course run in Manchester by ISOQAR.  I did an Auditor course in the mid-1990s, when I was a paternity tester in central London, but that certification had expired (well before the end of the last millennium, in fact!) and … Continue reading “I’d Forgotten How Difficult Written Exams Were…part 1”

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Treating the symptom not the cause usually fails

Date: Friday, June 2nd, 2017

A few years ago, I was working with a high-tech equipment company, let’s call them Hightech Ltd that maintained a large team of highly-trained engineers to service and maintain their equipment throughout the UK.  The team worked hard with long hours and lots of travelling required.  Although Hightech Ltd is publicly-listed and successful, the engineers’ … Continue reading “Treating the symptom not the cause usually fails”

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Choosing which action is required: Corrective or Preventative

Date: Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Following on from my last blog, if a proposed action will affect the integrity of your management system, then it is a corrective or preventative action.  Now, all we have to do is determine which action type of action is being implemented: corrective or preventative? As mentioned previously, this is fairly straightforward and recognising what … Continue reading “Choosing which action is required: Corrective or Preventative”

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Looking forward to the transition

Date: Sunday, May 14th, 2017

Some of you might be aware that three of the most widely used International Management System Standards are changing (see Flintloque’s newsletter from November 2014).  ISO 9001: Quality Management, ISO 14001: Environmental Management and OHSAS 18001: Health and Safety Management, are all being revised and changed structurally, so that they can more easily be implemented … Continue reading “Looking forward to the transition”

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