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JP Management Center, llc.

Dr. John Psarouthakis,

Executive Editor , www.businessthinker.com
Managing Director. JPMCenter

Hello Friends, Colleagues, and Associates. Short time ago I posted my intention of soon to launch the Knowledge Transfer platform. I did this last evening. You will find it by going to www.jpmcenter.com. I hope you go through it and find it engaging. Please let me know of your comments.

Below you’ll find a comment about me:

Izak Duenyas, Professor of Technology and Operations Ross School of Business The University of Michigan, September 17, 2015,

“Dr. John is a respected academic and business leader. He has helped multiple organizations with his extensive leadership abilities, strategic thinking and great skills in organization development. His books and articles have also significantly contributed to a better understanding of manufacturing, and building competitive businesses. It has been a pleasure to get to know Dr. John and I have benefited tremendously from his wisdom”

Briefly for those that have not looked for my background in LinkedIn or other sites let me briefly mention that over 1250 Linkedin members have endorse my skills and most for developing business strategies, and strategic growth plans as well as for start ups.

I was born in the Greek Island of Crete where I finished a Science Curriculum High School. Then I got a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at MIT, moved to Maryland to work in the space program at the Martin Company and in parallel got my PhD from the University of Maryland at College Park. Subsequently I moved to managerial non-space related work at the Allis Chalmers (A-C) and Masco Corporation. Allis Chalmers sent me to attend the Program for Executives, today’s equivalent for an Executive MBA, at the School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University.

At A-C, I developed managerial strategies for the Corporate R&D center to conduct R&D closer to the operating units product lines. At Masco developed strategic growth plan for the plumbing devision and for Masco to become operational in Europe. Masco’s Faucet unit within five years captured 50% of the market and Masco became operational in Germany and Italy.

Later on I started JP Industries, Inc with the strategy of acquiring underperforming companies in manufacturing and distribution business fix them by using relevant technologies and making these units more productive and strongly more competitive.

At that time many of manufacturing businesses were moving overseas.. None of improved units relocated even within the USA. A very successful strategy.

After JPIndustries was sold I moved to academia teaching at Ross School of Business, U of Michigan, and lecturing at MIT, business strategy and acquisitions, and authored / Co-authored several books and provided as a consulting service senior executive level coaching.

Through lectures I was invited to give I began to think of a business on transferring knowledge.

One of my great strategies was and is writing the book “Better Makes Us Best”. When I was a young scientist the presidents of the companies used to send to the employees letters for an update on the company. I found them not very helpful, so I came up with the idea of writing a motivating book on the importance on doing “Better” to day than yesterday and tomorrow than today. It worked very well in turning around problem companies we acquired. It was distributed to all employees free of cost for USA operations as well as for those overseas. The book and the connection with me is available in the new site launched, www.jpmcenter.com

Here are a couple reviews of this book:

“Dr. Psarouthakis thought he wrote a book exclusively for his own industry. But in fact, Better Makes Us Best knows no limits. It contains some fabulous truths for [anyone] seeking fulfillment in today’s stressful working world.”—Peter G. Hanson, M.D., Author of The Joy of Stress and Stress for Success

“Dr. John is an American success story. Every one of us can learn from the lessons and principles in his life. This book is a good place to begin.”—David Lawrence Jr., Publisher and Former Chairman of Detroit Free Pres

Robots v experts: are any human professions safe from automation?

Editor’s note: Given the intense discussion on the employment issues generated by the Robotics technology, I found this book presentation published by British www.theguardian.com very relevant and I am refering to it here.

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Richard Susskind OBE is an author, speaker, and independent adviser to international professional firms and national governments. He is president of the Society for Computers and law IT adviser to the lord chief justice. Tomorrow’s Lawyers is his eighth book,

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Daniel Susskind is an economist, lecturer at Balliol College, Oxford, and co-author with Richard Susskind of The Future of the Professions

The main themes of our book, The Future of the Professions, can be put simply: machines are becoming increasingly capable and so are taking on more and more tasks.

Many of these tasks were once the exclusive preserve of human professionals such as doctors, lawyers and accountants. While new tasks will certainly emerge in years to come, it is probable that machines will, over time, take on many of these as well. In the 2020s, we say, this will not mean unemployment, but rather a need for widespread retraining and redeployment. In the long run though, we find it hard to avoid the conclusion that there will be a steady decline in the need for traditional professional workers.

During the year after the book’s hardback publication in October 2015, we tested this line of argument on audiences of professionals in more than 20 countries, speaking to around 15,000 people at over 100 events. The response, frankly, was mixed. Our work seems to polarise people into those who agree zealously with our thesis, and those who reject it unreservedly. Both sides argue their views passionately.

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THE LEAN CEO: Leading the Way to World-Class Excellence, by Jacob Stoller, McGraw Hill, 2016

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A book review by Dr. John Psarouthakis, Executive Editor of www.BusinessThinker.com

I wish I had read this excellent book,  “The LEAN CEO” by Jacob Stoller, when I was looking for and acquired over 20 medium size manufacturing companies, it would have made our efforts easier.

Way back in the 1970’s and 1980’s I was involved in acquiring manufacturing companies. I observed that many, well over 50% of the, companies we looked at were poorly performing. On further look we concluded that it was due to bad management. Never mind about the concept of Lean management, it did not exist, the mentality and approach was totally to the contrary. It reminded me of what we say about an augmented government and related costs.

In 1978 I decided to step out and start a corporation that would acquire underperforming manufacturing companies and make them profitable by streamlining (Lean) management and systems, bring on board relevant technology, train our employees in the plants and /or the near by community colleges, and so on.

Continue reading THE LEAN CEO: Leading the Way to World-Class Excellence, by Jacob Stoller, McGraw Hill, 2016