Omeprazole is a Proton Pump Inhibitor

A proton pump inhibitor, also known as a PPI for short is a class of drugs that dramatically reduce the amount of gastric acid that is being produced in the stomach. To get to the specifics, proton pump inhibitors block the hydrogen-potassium ATP enzyme that is found in the gastric parietal cells. The most common…

Quick Wins

A Quick Win (QW) is an already developed solution idea linked to a known root cause. i.e., it allows your team to jump into the Improve Phase of Lean Six Sigma project. The only major determination left is how to implement, assuming the team has been granted the authority to make the change. These Quick…

The Otoscope and Otoscopy Procedure

A medical instrument used to examine the ear is called the otoscope. The procedure of studying the ear and its functions in a patient, using the medical device, is called otoscopy. We shall now divide our discussion into two parts: Part 1 – The otoscopic device and how to use it correctly Part 2 –…

Verbal Bridges – Make Those Transitions Work For You!

INTRODUCTORY WORDS Introductory words have several names: transitions or sentence modifiers or introductory adverbial words/phrases. These words serve many purposes–among them: –to lend interest to the sentence –to provide useful information –to lead the reader, logically, from one point to the next. These connecting words are usually used at the beginning of the sentence and…

Swastikas in the Roman Catacombs

Although the cross is one of the most universally recognized symbols of Christianity, other symbols were widely used in the early years. In times of fierce persecution, as under the Roman Emperors Decius and Diocletian, symbols needed to be more allusive. What might seem to be a Swastika on first inspection here in fact turns…

History and Use of Rustic Ceiling Fans

Rustic ceiling fans are a wonderful way to add lots of interest and rustic/cabin style to your room. Here is a brief history of rustic style fans and the many options available. Fans have come a long way in the last 30 years. From the basic utility models that came in three colors, ceiling fans…

The History of Social Networks and Their Classification

The combination of words “social network” was born in 1954 and it didn’t have anything common with the Internet. The person who invented the term was James Barnes: “social network” is a social structure, which includes individuals or groups tied with the same type of activity, common interests, friendship or relationships. So it’s kind of…

The Use and Abuse of OEE

What is OEE for? The simple answer is “Improvement”. OEE is an improvement measure and is used as part of the improvement cycle. Unfortunately, much is made of the 85% ‘World Class Standard’ an arbitrary target found in the original TPM literature. Not only is this target out of date (Nissan in Sunderland are running…

Stop Chasing Clients!

Is your calendar full of networking meetings? Are you constantly on the search for new clients? Do you find yourself a bit desperate to tell the next prospect you meet what a great coach you are? Have you honed and honed your elevator speech? Stop. Stop it right now! You are wasting your time and…