16 April 2019

7 Steps to improve employee engagement

We’ve spoken extensively around the topic of strategy, and often you’ll hear us write of the importance of your people in actually executing that strategy. It’s all well and good for to have a solid strategic plan, but if your people aren’t bought in and engaged, you’re strategy is going to stay as just words […]
2 April 2019

What makes some people more productive than others

Would you rate yourself as highly productive? We want to share the results of the HBR survey to reflect on the concept of productivity and on the factors that can make the difference regarding the management of time and resources in achieving the objectives. We’ve learned a lot about personal productivity and what makes some […]
19 March 2019

How to Overcome Your Fear of Failure

A story - from the HBR magazine - to reflect on the importance of making mistakes, trying, moving forward and learning from experience, regardless of the desired result. A client (who I’ll call “Alex”) asked me to help him prepare to interview for a CEO role with a start-up. It was the first time he […]
14 March 2019

4th annual smart manufacturing summit

We are happy to announce our participation to the 4th Annual Smart Manufacturing Summit that will take place on 21-22 March 2019 in Barcelona, organized by Luxatia International.WTCO Holding is one of the media partners of the event and and has the honor of attending the conference with Giuseppe Ravazzolo, WTCO CEO and chairman of the event. WTCO […]
26 February 2019

How to Help Your Employees Learn from Each Other

From: Harvard Business Review Peer-to-peer learning When your team wants to learn a new skill, where do they turn first? Google? YouTube? Their corporate training programs? No. According to a study conducted by the company Degreed, more workers first turn to their peers (55%)—second only to asking their bosses. Peer-to-peer learning can be a powerful […]
21 February 2019

The Next Era of Globalization Will Be Shaped by Customers, Technology, and Value Chains

[Harvard Business Review]If you ask the average CEO what’s making them lose sleep these days, it’s a good bet that the answer will be tariffs and trade wars. One-third of respondents in a recent McKinsey survey of global executives said that uncertainty over trade policy is their greatest concern—and three-quarters of all companies say their […]
14 February 2019

How to Motivate Yourself to Do Things You Don’t Want to Do

No matter how generally motivated you are, all of us have some tasks that we don’t want to do. Maybe we find them boring, pointless, draining, time consuming, annoying, or anxiety producing. So how do you get moving in these types of situations? The first step is to recognize that getting motivated doesn’t mean that […]
21 November 2018

10 things that require zero talent

How often do we equate success with talent? All the time. But the reality is, success isn’t created by talent alone. Just like we might see immense talent squandered, we also see underdogs unexpectedly overachieve. Here are 10 behaviors that we can always control that require zero talent yet have a huge impact on our […]
15 November 2018

Why Bcc’ing the Boss is a bad practice

Business Harvard Review Email continues to be one of the most common ways people communicate at work — and one of the most common ways people miscommunicate at work. The Cc and Bcc functions can corrode trust and cloud intentions. To explore how senders and recipients interpret the use of these tools, we conducted a […]
15 October 2018

How to Get More Done Every Day

Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in. I drink at it; but while I drink I see the sandy bottom and detect how shallow it is. Its thin current slides away, but eternity remains. - Henry David Thoreau Almost everyone at some point in their career will toy with adopting some kind of […]
27 August 2018

Motivate to work, not to get the bonus

Most bonus systems stop being effective within two years of implementation. Their impact diminishes in time, blocking growth and damaging results. How come a system designed to motivate employees actually causes their performance to drop? Bonuses block performance growth The problem starts when employees realise that setting ambitious goals isn’t in their interests. The less […]
25 July 2018

The Talent War Fallacy

The war for talent is raging as companies pour cash into sourcing and developing ‘talent.’ How do we know this is a worthwhile endeavour? It’s just a widely-known fact, isn’t it? Everybody knows that attracting the most talented people will result in gaining a vital competitive edge over the opposition. Besides, we were told to […]
10 July 2018

3rd Annual Smart Manufacturing Summit

 Here the video from the past event in Barcelona 3rd Smart Manufacturing Summit. Good memories! “Manufacturing is more than just putting parts together. It’s coming up with ideas, testing principles and perfecting the engineering, as well as final assembly” - James Dyson
4 July 2018

How (not) to Engage Millennials

The young prince had grown weary of the jester – his jokes fell flat, his singing was out of tune and his attempts at acrobatics were dismal. “Perhaps you’d be funnier without your head,” admonished the monarch, “I can easily find a replacement for you.” The same challenge as the jester befalls HR managers – […]
20 June 2018

Ask the expert: Lean Leadership, can we talk about OEE?

“What you do has far greater impact than what you say.” - Stephen Covey “Watch the little things; a small leak will sink a great ship.” - Benjamin Franklin Question: How should set-up time be factored into the OEE calculation? Answer: Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) is a powerful metric used to improve the effective use of resources, by machine.  […]
13 June 2018

6ways to take control of your career development if your company doesn’t care about it

We are now in the era of do-it-yourself career development. Companies less frequently offer formal training — a trend that has been around for years. This may be because employees change jobs so frequently (job tenure now averages about four years) that firms don’t see the value in investing in people who are likely to leave. This is a sharp […]
28 May 2018

Manage the Companies in 2018: what the style in order to be successful?

Nowadays what we Recognize as one of the most difficult step to do inside the companies is: Change the Culture. But before talking about change the culture we need understand which culture are present inside the companies right now, and what we obtain with that specific culture: One Man Show Culture The most common culture […]
21 May 2018

Intel’s secret weapon for automation success: standardization

The mega chipmaker can drop new production equipment into its factories and be up and running in five minutes, thanks to a maniacal focus and investment in building and implementing standards. Raleigh, NC—Steve Meyer might just be the biggest cheerleader of standards on the planet. But when your company builds huge wafer fabs that cause […]
16 May 2018

What it takes to think deeply about complex problems

By Tony Schwartz - Harvard Business Review The problems we’re facing often seem as complex as they do intractable. And as Albert Einstein is often quoted as saying, “We cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them.” So what does it take to increase the complexity of our thinking? Too many leaders default to […]
9 May 2018

Production Manager Meetings 2018

Building an innovation culture WTCO Polska (gruppo WTCO Holding) will take a part in the awaited Production Manager Meetings event, on 24th May in Wrocław city (Poland). During the event the main incentive of the construction of an innovation culture will be examined introducing the appropriate improvement methods to the objectives to be achieved, the management of human […]
2 May 2018

38 lessons that will help you write a good business e-mail

Always say thanks. People’s blood sugar levels are constantly fluctuating as the barrage of messages flood in. Simply showing your appreciation at the end of each email, especially when someone has taken the time to help you with something (however small) is a step to building trust. These add up over time and good karma will […]
26 April 2018

Simple Ways to Spot Unknown Unknowns

[By Dorie Clark – Harvard Business Review] Leaders face complex and uncertain situations every day: What will sales be like next year? Will our new product succeed? What will the competition do? But the most challenging circumstances are often completely unexpected, because we never even knew to look for them. (In the parlance of Donald […]
16 April 2018

Study Tour in Porsche

WTCO flies to Stuttgart at the Porsche headquarters WTCO Holding organized an exclusive study tour in Stuttgart on Wednesday 18th April 2018, on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Porsche Museum. For the occasion, WTCO has also provided a visit to the Porsche factory, a renowned German carmaker famous all over the world. […]
26 March 2018

Three days at MECSPE

On Saturday, March 24th, the 17th edition of the # MECSPE2018 ended in Parma, the biggest event dedicated to the manufacturing industry. Also this year the numbers totaled by MECSPE are remarkable: more than 2,000 exhibitors divided into 12 thematic shows, for a total of 45,000 visitors during the 3 days of the fair. This […]
5 March 2018

Dose your work make sense? How to measure the value of work?

On average, 30% of tasks carried out by employees are unnecessary - from the study by the Work Profitability Institute (Instytut Rentowności Pracy) in Poland. Work, competences and commitment, in themselves, have no value to a business. They are a cost. For a business, they become valuable only when they result in profitable sales. The […]
22 February 2018

The 4 dimensions of digital trust, charted across 42 Countries

A look at user sentiments around the world. The year 2018 is barely underway and, already, digital trust initiatives have captured headlines. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg has said his platform will de-prioritize third-party publisher content to keep users focused on more “meaningful” posts from family and friends. Google has led off the new year by blocking […]
14 February 2018

Luxatia and WTCO: 3rd Smart manufacturing summit

3rd Smart manufacturing summit “Manufacturing is more than just putting parts together. It’s coming up with ideas, testing principles and perfecting the engineering, as well as final assembly” - James Dyson We are happy to announce the 3rd Annual Smart Manufacturing Summit that will take place on 22-23 March in Barcelona, Spain. WTCO Holding is among the […]
5 February 2018

5S, reorganize the mind to work better

The 5S approach to reorganize companies The Lean methodology has always focused on values ​​such as: organization, elimination of the waste, standardization. In particular, the 5s methodology refers to a procedure conceived with the aim of eliminating everything that represents waste, starting from objects to people's habits, to get to use only what is really […]
25 January 2018

WTCO awaits you at the fairs: find out where

Save the Date: the unmissable events of March 2018 3RD ANNUAL SMART MANUFACTURING SUMMIT Barcelona (Spain) 22-23 March 2018 Summit expert-speakers will discuss new technologies, manufacturing automation, expansion of robotics and operational excellence in manufacturing. It will give a great chance to exchange knowledge and ideas on how the use of advances in manufacturing can […]
13 December 2017

MECSPE: WTCO is there!

The excellence of  technology applied to industry - 360° innovation From 22nd to 24th March 2018 in Parma (Italy), WTCO will take part in the largest and most awaited exhibition dedicated to the manufacturing industry. From 17 editions MECSPE is the greatest event focused on innovations for the manufacturing industry. Thanks to the synergy of 12 […]
9 November 2017

Giuseppe Ravazzolo interview

Innovation road to WTCO Giuseppe Ravazzolo is the CEO at WTCO, a management consultancy firm based in Italy, US, Turkey and Poland. Since 2009, Giuseppe and his group has been sharing their expertise in the field of innovation and continuous improvement through advisory support and on-field training. Here are what he has to say when it comes to develop a business […]
31 October 2017

How Azerbaijan, Georgia, And Turkey Subverted Russia And Isolated Armenia With New Railway

After many years of anticipation and delays, the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) rail line has ceremoniously gone into service. Its first train just pulled out of the New Port of Baku on Monday, making its first official run across Azerbaijan and Georgia to the east of Turkey. The presidents of Azerbaijan and Turkey along with the prime […]
30 October 2017

Asian shares sag after wall st pull-back, weak china data

TOKYO (AP) — Shares were mostly lower Tuesday in Asia after markets retreated from their record highs overnight and China reported weak manufacturing data. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 index lost 0.1 percent to 21,990.80 as the yen gained against the U.S. dollar, hurting exporters' shares. Hong Kong's Hang Seng fell 0.2 percent to 28,283.00 and […]
25 October 2017

Strong US earnings lift confidence in global outlook

Earnings up at industrial companies including Caterpillar and United Technologies Confidence in the outlook for the world economy has been boosted by strong earnings statements from some of the largest US industrial companies, reporting strength in sectors including aerospace and construction. Caterpillar, United Technologies, General Motors and 3M were among the companies that reported earnings […]
20 October 2017

After Catalans, Italian regions step up autonomy call

Northern League uses Lombardy and Veneto referendums to push for special status As Catalonia demands independence and Spain clamps down, Roberto Maroni is watching closely from his 35th floor office in Milan. Mr Maroni is president of the regional government in Lombardy, one of Italy’s richest regions, which this Sunday holds its own referendum to […]
12 September 2017

WTCO Polska and Production Manager Meeting

We are pleased to announce the participation of WTCO Polska and His Chief Executive Officer Giuseppe Ravazzolo at the conference of Production Manager in Katowice (Poland) on September 26th at Novotel Katowice Centrum al. Roździeńskiego 16, 40-202 KATOWICE - POLSKA Tel. (+48)32/2004444 In this edition of the Production Manager Meeting, we will discuss about Lean and Industry 4.0 transformations. We will talk about how model loyalty policies should […]