operations

102: Everything You Need to Know About COOs with Mohammad Ali Ajlouni

Mohammad Ali may not float like a butterfly or sting like a bee, like the famous boxer by the same name, but he is a champion – a champion of operations. With over 37 years of combined experience as a high-ranking military official, chemical and industrial engineer, COO, and board member, he recognizes problem-solving as the cornerstone for continuous improvement. In fact, he started the first auto manufacturing company in Jordan. In this episode, Mohammad takes us on an A to Z tour of all things operations and explains why he believes, “If CEOs do not understand operations, they are bound to be replaced.”

Special Guest: Mohammad Ali Ajlouni, former COO – KADDB Investment Group

Location:  Amman, Jordan

Show Notes:

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  • Episode 021: Improving Quality in Healthcare Operations with Jarvis Gray
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  • Episode 091: Debunking COO Myths with Maria Jones
  • Episode 096: Using Customer Intelligence to Improve Operations with Adam Hayes

 

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More About Guest, Mohammad Ali Ajlouni:
Mohammad Ali Ajlouni is an executive with over 37 years of diversified experience with a colorful spectrum of knowledge and practice that has combined together in a well-balanced, savvy, and harmonized blend of technical, financial, managerial and leadership competencies.  He is a renowned figure in lean management and one of the earlier lean practitioners, educators, and thinkers in lean management in Jordan.

Additionally, Mohammad is an expert in operational excellence, discrete-event simulation and modeling, performance management, and financial and statistical analysis.  He also has a proven record of successful and meaningful leadership and the ability to drive a new culture through his vast experience in all HR systems.

Mohammad currently focuses on mentoring and working with emerging entrepreneurs and leaders to support them in linking an innovative culture to strategy, marketing, and business development.  He has a B.A. in Military Science, a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, and a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering.

 

More About Host, Alicia Butler Pierre:
Alicia Butler Pierre is the Founder & CEO of Equilibria, Inc. – a 15-year-old operations management consulting firm. Her career in operations began over 20 years ago while working in various chemical plants and oil refineries. She invented the Kasennu framework for business infrastructure and authored, Behind the Façade: How to Structure Company Operations for Sustainable Success.  It is the world’s first published book on business infrastructure for small businesses. Alicia hosts the weekly Business Infrastructure podcast with a global audience across 35 countries.

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101: Creating a Learning Culture to Enhance Operations with Jay Hassell

According to Jay Hassell, “Getting things done requires a culture of learning.” As the COO of Novologic, he advocates for people and company culture as the key ingredients for improving operations. His H.R. background gives him a strategic advantage in driving learning and training initiatives. In this episode, Jay explains how a focus on people, products, and processes leads to increased profit and performance. He also announces a new learning experience platform to assist companies in pivoting from live to virtual events.

Special Guest: Jay Hassell, COO – Novologic

Location:  Suwanee, GA  USA

Show Notes:

  • Rethinking Events: Novologic’s online learning portal premiering June 25, 2020 where participants can learn from and collaborate with innovators to rethink what’s possible for your next event. “This isn’t your standard ‘webinar event,’ although there will be plenty of live and recorded webinars to binge on.”
  • The LMS vs LXP: Which One Should You Choose?: an article by Thinqi defining the Learning Management System (LMS) and the Learning Experience Platform (LXP) and what the differences are. This knowledge can help leaders and managers understand how to initiate, implement, and monitor learning at their organizations.
  • Slack: a communication app ideal for remote teams that offers the ability to organize work updates by topic, private groups, and direct messaging.
  • Trello: a web-based app to organize and prioritize work and projects with remote teams.
  • Google Meet: Google’s free video-communication service where invited guests can join an online video conference from their computer using any modern web browser or via the app on mobile devices.
  • Google Hangouts: Google’s free phone app enabling users to communicate via video call, phone, or messaging.
  • The Culture Engine: A Framework for Driving Results, Inspiring Your Employees, and Transforming Your Workplace: a book by S. Chris Edmonds.

Related Episodes:

  • Episode 037: Leveraging Culture to Drive Business Transformation
  • Episode 052: The One Thing You Need to Know About Organizational Agility with Roger Nierenberg
  • Episode 068: Anne Sugar’s Hiring to Scale Process

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More About Guest, Jay Hassell:
Jay Hassell is the COO of Novologic – a culture agency that offers software solutions specifically geared towards influencing and shaping organizational culture. As COO, Jay:

  • Oversees day-to-day operations and allocates staff resources while monitoring professional development,
  • Provides leadership and oversight for all operational functions,
  • Contributes to strategic decisions as a member of the leadership team,
  • Develops systems and processes that support business development activities, and
  • Works with Principals to develop offerings and products to bring to market.

More About Host, Alicia Butler Pierre:
Alicia Butler Pierre is the Founder & CEO of Equilibria, Inc. – a 15-year-old operations management consulting firm. Her career in operations began over 20 years ago while working in various chemical plants and oil refineries. She invented the Kasennu framework for business infrastructure and authored, Behind the Façade: How to Structure Company Operations for Sustainable Success.  It is the world’s first published book on business infrastructure for small businesses. Alicia hosts the weekly Business Infrastructure podcast with a global audience across 35 countries.

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088: Partnering for Profit with Keith L. Scott

Business partnerships don’t have to end badly. K.L. Scott & Associates is proof. When Keith L. Scott started this process management consultancy, he wanted to do everything himself. Two years in, he found himself struggling to keep up with the pace. That’s when he decided to strategically partner, but he did his research first. In this episode, Keith shares how law firms inspired his business model, why he prefers a team of sub-contractors vs. employees, and how to profitably structure an operating agreement.

Special Guest: Keith L. Scott, CEO – K.L. Scott & Associates

Location:  Atlanta, GA  USA

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Related Episodes:
  • Episode 028: Managing Virtual Teams in a Freelance Economy with Sherry Heyl
  • Episode 032: Running Your Business by the Numbers with Charles H. Green
  • Episode 040: Lowering Overhead and Increasing Revenue with Forrest Tuff
  • Episode 079: Dissolving Toxic Partnerships with Dr. Lew Bayer
  • Epsiode 086: Selecting Business Partners with Jason Duncan

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069: Calvin Williams’ Service Delivery Process

Calvin Williams, Jr. is on a mission. He believes wealth management services should be accessible to everyone, not just the uber-rich. As such, he started Freeman Capital – an award-winning FinTech company with rapid expansion goals and high visibility. In this episode, Calvin details the service delivery process he implements to maintain a positive customer experience while managing a 100% remote team. He also shares the different technologies he leverages to keep it all together.

Special Guest: Calvin Williams, Jr., Founder & CEO – Freeman Capital

Location:  Charlotte, NC  USA

Show Notes:

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Related Episodes:

    • Episode 030: Connecting Your Software for Maximum Productivity with Garrett Massey
    • Episode 032: Running Your Business by the Numbers with Charles H. Green
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    • Episode 042: Automating the Sales Process with Tim Bornholdt

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051: Designing a Digital Content Management Process with Alicia Butler Pierre

There’s no escaping the reality of having a strong online presence.  In this Season 4 finale, Alicia Butler Pierre, business infrastructure expert and host of the Business Infrastructure show, shares the two-pronged approach she uses to design a content management process that is practical, sustainable and rooted in data science.  Listen as she candidly shares the series of events that led her to change her once negative views about online content creation and distribution.  You too can create your own “web” of content that sticks and converts through the right selection of people, processes and tools.

Special Guest: Alicia Butler Pierre, Founder & CEO – Equilibria, Inc.

Location: Atlanta, GA  USA

Show Notes:

Related Episodes:

  • Episode 001: What is Business Infrastructure and Who Are You to Tell Me About It?
  • Episode 020: Striking the Perfect Balance Between Marketing & Operations (Andrea D. Smith)
  • Episode 038: Building Business Infrastructure for Scale
  • Episode 039: Using Processes for Structure & Consistent Results with Paul Nicholaides
  • Episode 043: Becoming an Online Influencer with Heather Havenwood

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048: Automating Human Resource Compliance with Jason Cavness

Around 543,000 new businesses start in the U.S. each month.  Those fortunate to hire employees often cannot afford the high cost of Human Resources (H.R.).  That’s where Jason Cavness comes in.  Through his technology, he delivers employee manuals to small business quickly and inexpensively.  This ensures compliance and reduces risk while scaling to meet operational demands.  In this episode, Jason shares how he automates certain H.R. functions and explains the key difference between an employee manual and an operations manual.  He also shares a list of 25+ resources he recommends – be sure to download those in the show notes below!

Special Guest: Jason Cavness, Founder & CEO at cavnessHR

Location:  Seattle, WA  USA

Show Notes:

Download a list of additional resources Jason recommends: Digital Tools Recommended by cavnessHR

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