1st Edition

Continuous Improvement By Improving Continuously (CIBIC) Addressing the Human Factors During the Pursuit of Process Excellence

By F. Allen Davis Copyright 2018
    170 Pages 23 B/W Illustrations
    by Productivity Press

    169 Pages 23 B/W Illustrations
    by Productivity Press

    Although many businesses, organizations, and institutions have currently implemented continuous improvement initiatives that address wants, needs, and challenges at the process and systems level, very few have effectively considered and addressed human factors. Thus, even businesses, organizations, and institutions with the most finely crafted continuous improvement systems face failure from inadequate human factors continuous improvement.

    Continuous Improvement by Improving Continuously (CIBIC): Addressing the Human Factors During the Pursuit of Process Excellence explains how the frustrating reoccurrence of operating failures are the result of flawed or fragmented business philosophies and principles. CIBIC is designed to promote the pursuit of excellence from mediocrity using an adaptable strategic model that promotes the pursuit of continuous improvement and sustainability in operations, performance management, and personal endeavors. By transforming the pursuit of excellence from a hit-and-miss endeavor to an easily achievable and sustainable continuous endeavor, CIBIC creates value where other systems fail. By addressing gaps, disconnects, and chaotic realities at a fundamental level through the sustained use of frameworks, methods, and analytics, CIBIC promotes the pursuit of excellence across the wide range continuum, eradicating the value and philosophical disconnects that generally plague individuals and collective interests.

    This book addresses this systemic problem by highlighting an incredibly comprehensive system that promotes continuous improvement and the pursuit of excellence. By highlighting key inner drivers, essential outer qualities, and supporting models and frameworks, the book makes the pursuit of excellence an easily sustainable and logical endeavor.

    INTRODUCTORY SEGMENTS; Section i: The Endeavor Of Continuous Improvement; Section ii: Building Your Awareness; ADVANCED SEGMENTS; Chapter I: Discovery & Analysis; Chapter II: The System; Chapter III: Understanding The Inner Drivers; Stability; Adaptability; Planning; Patience; Humility; Intelligence; Resilience; Enthusiasm; Sustainability; Chapter IV: Understanding The Outer Qualities ; Convenience; Opinions; Motivations; Proficiencies; Output; Sustainability; Inclinations; Timeliness; Economics; Chapter V: Comprehension & Retention; Chapter VI: The Dynamics Of Development; Chapter VII: The Dynamics Of Change; Chapter VIII: Implementation & Change; Chapter IX: The Decimation Of The Status Quo; Chapter X: Success & The Three Laws; Chapter XII: Epilogue; APPENDIX & INDEX;Appendix A CIBIC Performance Tool Overview; Appendix B Terms; Index


    Frank Davis is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Horizon Group of Industrial Companies headquartered in Birmingham Alabama, one of the largest diversity owned businesses in Alabama, and a successful author. During his fifteen-year tenure as the President of Horizon, he has led the growth of the company from a zero revenue startup to a well-recognized and respected provider of Process, Project, & Material Services to the automotive, utility, institutional, federal, and state business segments.

    The Horizon Group’s rise to prominence was highlighted when Horizon was awarded the Regional Supplier Of The Year Award by the National Minority Supplier Development Council in 2016 and South Region Minority Supplier Development Council Supplier Of The Year Award in 2003. Horizon been chronicled in publications including Business Alabama, Minority Business News USA, The Birmingham News, and Bucknell Magazine.

    Frank is a native of the distressed and widely chronicled Anacostia area of Washington DC and an Electrical Engineering (BSEE) graduate of Bucknell University (Class Of 1982) with distinction. Frank is also a previous William Randolph Hearst Foundation United States Senate Youth scholar. After graduating from Bucknell, Frank began a distinguished twenty-year career with corporations including the Westinghouse Electric, Honeywell, The Invensys Group, and Johnson Controls. In his last Fortune 500 corporate role, Frank was the Director of Planning and Acquisitions for Johnson Controls and was winner of the Presidents Inner Circle award.

    After leaving Bucknell, Frank also continued his education and received his Masters’ degree (MBA) in Business from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and his executive diploma from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Frank is very active in the community as a member of The National Minority Supplier Development Council, The Association for Strategic Planning, The Georgian Club, as the previous Vice President and Strategic Planning Chair of The Bucknell University Alumni Association Board of Directors, and as a current member of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Business School Advisory Board. Frank is currently listed in Who's Who Among African Americans and has been cited in that publication for the past 25 years as a result of his professional accomplishments.

    Frank is also published author, recognized researcher, consultant, and public speaker. He is a registered consultant with GLG Partners of New York and conducts continuous improvement seminars for major U.S. clients.