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Bill Fox is a plane-flying project management and performance improvement consultant. Frustrated with the way most organizations attempt to improve their operations, Bill created the 5 Minutes to Process Improvement Success interview series, a work designed to uncover and leverage the best performance improvement strategies and tactics of top consultants from around the world. Bill combines his over 25 years of performance improvement work with his passion for flying and aerial photography to help organizations gain a higher perspective for advancing their organizations to higher levels of performance. Connect with Bill on his member profile, his website, LinkedIn or Twitter @Bi11Fox.
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Appreciate the Enormous Power of a New Perspective

Flying at 4,500 ft. Over the Susquehanna River

“Wow – what a beautiful view!” was one of several responses I received when I posted this picture on my Facebook page last weekend. I took this picture with my iPhone while piloting a Cessna Skyhawk on my return trip from Pennsylvania back to Virginia. At the time, I was flying over the Susquehanna River » Read More

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Creating Conditions that Allow for Consistency and Excellence

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Last week I signed up to write this blog post, and I knew exactly what I wanted to write about. I wanted to write a book review on The Outstanding Organization by Karen Martin. Although I read the book several months ago, Karen’s work has really resonated with me and has made a lasting impression. It’s not » Read More

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“I say it has to be done rapidly and it has to be bold!”

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“I say it has to be done rapidly and it has to be bold!” Those words reverberated through me like a bolt of lightning when I heard them spoken to me by Marilyn Jacobson. She is the author of the recently published book Turning the Pyramid Upside Down. I immediately felt the energy and power » Read More

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Go to 3,000 ft. to Get a More Reflective Big Picture Perspective

Blue Ridge Mountains, Virginia
Source: Bill Fox

I’ve always had a fascination with looking at things from a higher perspective. When I was growing up, I used to hike to the top of nearby hills to take pictures of the town where I lived. When I started flying, I was completely captivated by the change in perspective. Everything looks completely different at » Read More

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The Path to Leadership

The Path to Leadership
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Anyone can be a leader at any level at any time and start to bring about change wherever they are. This has been my journey and one that I know that any person who wants to make a difference can do to impact their circumstances and bring about change. Recently,  I published a follow-up article to » Read More

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Jump, Rinse, Repeat: Why do we keep implementing change like this?

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Everyone, it seems, is talking about change and the need to change.  But somehow we keep repeating a familiar pattern.  It’s like going to the edge of a 50-foot cliff and jumping when all you’ve witnessed are others ahead of you jumping away.  As a result, you don’t see what they did before they jumped, » Read More

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Absorbed by Day-to-Day Challenges, Leaders Are Failing to Go to the Balcony Robbing Themselves, Their Organizations, and the World

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In this post, Bill Fox and Samira Askarova of AEGIS.net share their thoughts on the recent bestselling book, The Strategist by Cynthia Montgomery.  Our intention is to take a 3,000 ft. view of the book, provide an overview, and talk about the three most impactful ideas that came up for us to intrigue and inspire more leaders » Read More

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What can a US Navy fast attack submarine Captain teach you about leadership?

Los Angeles Class Fast Attack Nuclear Submarine

Plenty it turns out. It was just three weeks ago when my attention was drawn to an article in Fast Company magazine called ”A Submarine Captain on the Power of Leadership Language.” I served aboard a US Navy fast attack nuclear submarine for over three years, so I was immediately intrigued by this article about leadership language » Read More

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Leadership Means No More Silver Bullets

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Over the past 20+ years I have witnessed a repeated and troubling pattern that occurs far too frequently.  The recurring pattern I’m referring to is when organizations choose to settle for a “silver bullet” solution.  With the hope of quickly getting rid of a problem, many organizations are blindly adopting a “cookie-cutter” approach without asking » Read More

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Leadership From a 3,000 ft. Perspective: Envisioning a bridge from where you are to where you want to go

Chesapeake Bay Bridge

I read a lot of books. On average, I read about one book every week. Since the beginning of this year, I’ve made it a practice to read the books of experts whom I interview for the 5 Minutes to Process Improvement Success interview series. Recently I completed reading “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Lean: Lessons » Read More

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