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Peter Christian

Senior Business Consultant / Author at PHC Publications LLC

Weeki Wachee, United States

I am the author of the book, “What About the Vermin Problem”. I am presently an independent consultant. Prior to this, I was a founding partner and president of Enterprise Systems Partners Inc. (espi), a prominent business consulting company in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley. I have worked with more than 300 clients throughout the United States in the areas of manufacturing improvements, information system selection and implementation, and project and product management.

Prior to espi, I was an executive director at Crayola Corporation. I held director’s positions in engineering, quality, operations, and research and development, and played an instrumental part in the company’s 15-year growth of 700 percent.
My more than 40 years of corporate experience includes a track record of accomplishments in operational strategic planning, continuous improvement, lean manufacturing, facility planning, and supply chain. Through my efforts, companies have collectively realized millions of dollars in cost reductions and profit improvements while adding and retaining thousands of jobs.

I hold a B.S. in industrial engineering from Rutgers University and an M.S. in industrial engineering from Lehigh University. I am a certified Jonah with the Goldratt Institute and am certified in senior project management with the American Management Association. I have been a guest lecturer at Lehigh University’s Industrial and Systems Engineering Department and an adjunct instructor at Northampton County Community College.

I am a prolific writer. I have been published in IIE magazine, Industrial Management magazine, the Packaging Journal, the ASQC Journal, IIE Solutions, Design 2 Part, and Consulting magazine.

Available For: Authoring, Consulting, Influencing, Speaking
Travels From: Weeki Wachee, Florida
Speaking Topics: Business growth and profitability

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Influencer21
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Company Information

Company Type: Individual
Business Unit: Manufacturing
Theatre: North America
Media Experience: 10 years plus
Last Media Training: 06/09/2020
Last Media Interview: 06/25/2020

Areas of Expertise

Agile 38.79
Analytics
Business Strategy 38.03
Entrepreneurship 31.66
ERP
Innovation 30.04
Leadership 31.30
Lean Startup 30.49
Management 35.49
Risk Management 30.47
Supply Chain 30.42
Future of Work 30.49
Culture 34.96
Change Management 30.05
Mobility
Social 30.28
Legal and IP 30.29
Design Thinking 30.31
Health and Wellness 30.10
Mental Health 30.23

Industry Experience

Automotive
Building Materials, Clay & Glass
Consumer Products
Engineering & Construction
Healthcare
Industrial Machinery & Components
Manufacturing
Professional Services

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Publications

34 Article/Blogs
What Keeps you Awake at Night? - Am I in the Right Career?
PHC Publications LLC
August 27, 2021
We think we have the perfect job for the perfect company. But there is an uneasiness and doubt. Things aren't as great as we thought they would be. So what do we do about it?

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Tags: Future of Work, Health and Wellness, Mental Health

Competency - Satisfaction in Who You Are and What You Do
Medium
August 11, 2021
The right person is not always picked to be a manager. Too often a start performer is picked who is good at the job, but not at motivating and leading others.

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Tags: Culture, Leadership, Management

What Keeps You Awake at Night? - Personal Life vs Working Life
PHC Publications LLC
August 01, 2021
This is the next segment on my series, "What Keeps You Awake at Night?" This segment discusses the struggles we may have trying to balance or find the happy medium between our Personal and Work lives.

All professionals have to deal with this. Some are able to handle it and others are not. When not it may lead to problems in both both areas and be the reason we cannot sleep well at night.

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Tags: Business Strategy, Culture, Leadership

The Longest Year Ends
Medium
July 11, 2021
The year of being punished for being a part of Operations ends. We survive and move on.

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Tags: Business Strategy, Culture, Leadership

Kicking the Can Down the Road Doesn't Help Anybody
Plant Services
July 01, 2021
Conducting regular asset maintenance is necessary to remain productive and responsive to client demands. Read about this in this article.

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Tags: Agile, Business Strategy, Management

The Longest Year
Medium
June 24, 2021
So after nearly being killed, my year of being punished as an Operations person got more interesting. And it included 3 Plant Managers.

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Tags: Business Strategy, Future of Work, Leadership

What Keeps You Awake at night? - Poor Project Management
PHC Publications LLC
May 27, 2021
There are many things that can keep us awake at night. One of them is that we are dealing with poor Project Management, perhaps of our own doing. If that is the case, here is how to fix it, so we can get a good night's sleep.

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Tags: Management, Culture, Agile

What Keeps You Awake at Night? - A Crisis in Leadership
Peter Christian Books
May 02, 2021
This deals with the crisis we are facing with leadership. 86% of a recent survey said that leadership is failing. You can be a part of the problem or part of the solution. Read on and find out how.

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Tags: Leadership, Culture, Business Strategy

Keeping Your Foot on the Gas Pedal: Don’t Ever Stop Doing What has Made You Successful
Medium
April 25, 2021
Being successful and winning is all about keeping momentum. As my father used to say, "Keep your foot on the gas pedal". Not doing so could have catastrophic consequences.

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Tags: Leadership, Agile, Business Strategy

Are You a Project PITA? If You Want to Be Successful You Better Be
Medium
April 21, 2021
As good as your project team may be, on occasion you may need to urge or push them along. And when you have some difficult team members, it may require more than a push. That is when you need to be a Project PITA. Want to know what that is? Read this article and find out.

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Tags: Leadership, Culture, Business Strategy

What Keeps You Awake at Night? - Not Meeting Your Goals
PHC Publications LLC
April 14, 2021
Second in a series of what keeps you awake at night. Could it be that you and your team are not making your goals? If so, there are things you can do to correct that and get a good night's sleep.

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Tags: Agile, Business Strategy

What It Takes to be a Good Project Manager
Under 30 CEO
April 08, 2021
Being a good Project Manager takes lots of varied skills. These are discussed here.

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Tags: Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Business Strategy

Making Decisions
Medium
March 08, 2021
Sometimes We Make The Right Ones for the Wrong Reasons

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Tags: Social, Culture

Thoughts on Thought Leaders
The Cure is You
February 21, 2021
I have been accused of being a Thought Leader. My experience with a number of self proclaimed Thought Leaders has not been good. So, I am sharing what I think a real Thought Leader is.

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Tags: Leadership, Culture

Retirement - Starting A New Life
PHC Publications
January 26, 2021
Retirement doesn't mean golf and lunch every day. There are many thing to do and new things to try.

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Tags: Leadership, Agile, Entrepreneurship

Being an Executor
Medium
January 17, 2021
A thorough look at what it takes to be an executor to an estate.. Includes two personal experiences as an executor.

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Tags: Culture, Legal and IP

Places I Have Lived
Show Your City - Medium
January 07, 2021
An article about growing up in Queens, NY and where I spent 40 years of my life, the Greater Lehigh Valley in PA.

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Tags: Social, Leadership

What Makes a Business a Success?
Cast Polymer Connection
January 07, 2021
There is a fine line between business success and non success. It is all a matter of choices. In my book, "What About the Vermin Problem?" I discuss the choices made and the end results. This article distills the book but leads the reader to learn more about how to become successful and avoid failure.

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Tags: Agile, Entrepreneurship, Business Strategy

About Me - Peter Christian
Medium - About Me Stories
December 30, 2020
A short but thorough background piece about me and my professional life and accomplishments.

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Tags: Leadership, Agile, Entrepreneurship

Why Lean Initiatives Fail
the 5S Store
December 17, 2020
Despite many attempts to initiate Lean in organizations, most fail. This article covers why this happens and what to do to get a successful implementation.

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Tags: Lean Startup, Change Management, Business Strategy

5S in the Warehouse: Why It Makes Sense
5S store - Blackboard
December 07, 2020
Using 5S isn't just for manufacturing. It alsocan be used well in warehousing.

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Tags: Supply Chain, Agile

21 logistics experts share the most important ingredients in developing an effective logistics strategy
6 River Systems
November 25, 2020
A discussion about the essential ingredients for an effective logistics strategy.

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Tags: Agile, Supply Chain

8 Important Characteristics of Business Leaders: How 5 of the Greatest Exemplify Them
Design 2 Part
October 23, 2020
Here is how great leaders exemplify the key characteristics of leadership.

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Tags: Leadership

Improving Your Business Efficiency
Hernando Sun
August 25, 2020
Efficiency could always use improvement. Here is how to practically increase yours.

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Tags: Innovation, Management, Agile

Having and Running a Successful Business
linkedin
August 20, 2020
This article was first published in the July 31 to August 6, 2020 edition of the Hernando Sun

I have worked in industry for over 40 years. I started in large companies in a variety of positions. These included both managerial and executive. I then worked with a consulting group out of Lehigh University, before starting my own business consulting company.

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Tags: Management, Business Strategy

Having and Running a Successful Business
Hernando Sun
August 11, 2020
Article on what characteristics are found in successful businesses.

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Tags: Management, Culture, Business Strategy

What Engineers Need to Know to Succeed in Business Management Roles,
Design 2 Part magazine
August 07, 2020
An interview on what it takes for engineers to be successful in business and in management roles. Also covers my book, "What About the Vermin Problem?"

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Tags: Management, Leadership, Business Strategy

20 warehouse professionals and business leaders reveal the single most important first step when designing a warehouse layout
6 River Systems
July 03, 2020
What is important in designing a new warehouse

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Tags: Business Strategy, Supply Chain

The Day I Swore I was Going to Die
Medium
June 08, 2020
The most uncomfortable meeting I ever had with my boss.

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Tags: Leadership, Management

How-to-develop-a-well-honed-strategy-for-facility-planning-and-layout
Design 2 Part magazine
October 09, 2019
Designing and laying out a facility is a process. This article provides a step-by-step methodology for doing this correctly and successfully.

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Tags: Business Strategy, Future of Work, Management

Key Attributes of Successful Companies
LinkedIn
October 03, 2019
Having worked with over 300 companies, I have noted what separates successful from unsuccessful ones. This article provides a guide on what to do or not to do to become successful.

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Tags: Business Strategy, Future of Work, Management

Why Communication Is the Driving Force to Successful Project Management
Design 2 Part magazine
August 16, 2019
Good communication is one of the most aspects of successful projects. Without it, things can fall apart rapidly.

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Tags: Business Strategy, Future of Work, Management

Roles and Rigors of Consulting
Consulting magazine
May 05, 2019
Consulting is a two way street between the consultant and the consultee. This article cover what each has to do to make an engagement successful.

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Tags: Business Strategy, Future of Work, Management

Pick a Path
Design 2 Part magazine
April 10, 2019
There are many programs that you can employ to improve or drive your company. As Joseph Juran once told me, "Pick one and do it well". That is all you need.

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Tags: Business Strategy, Future of Work, Management

2 Books
Influences and Influencers
Kindle Direct Publishing
December 07, 2020
None of us are born with preconceived ideas as to who we are and what we will become. It is the influences and influencers in our lives that help mold us and establish how we think, decide, and act. We have all had great influencers in our lives. These people have helped us with our education, career, and life in general. They show us that we are not expected to know everything about everything. Rather, we can rely on others for help when needed. The trick is choosing the individuals right for you to rely on. This book is about how Peter Christian, a veteran business consultant, and mentor, became who he is through the influence of others. This book is a reflection on what great mentorship is, what happens when it’s absent, and how leadership shapes our lives.Wherever you are in your life and career, the wisdom shared in this easy-to-read book will help you go further. Peter Christian says:I have worked for and with over 300 companies and many individuals throughout my 40-year career. I have helped them to earn or save millions of dollars and create and retain thousands of jobs. While doing so, I learned many things, both positive and negative that helped to form my professional approach and philosophy.cIn my book, "Influences and Influencers" I share with you what has had an impact on my professional career and my approach to life in general. By reading and learning from my experiences you can be what and where you want to be and whom you can depend on to help get you there.

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Tags: Culture, Agile, Business Strategy

What About the Vermin Problem?
Self published
February 27, 2020
Everyone wants to be successful in business. But not everyone is. So why do so many people fail? The difference between success and failure is based upon choices that are made and the attitudes that are demonstrated by business owners, executives and managers.

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Tags: Management, Agile, Business Strategy

7 Media Interviews
Making Corporations Successful
Alesah and the One
September 06, 2021
Companies can be successful or unsuccessful. There is a fine line between these occurrences. I discuss this with Alexander McDonell on Alesah and the One.

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Tags: Agile, Business Strategy, Leadership

amazing-evolution-of-crayola-and-the-vanishing-vermin
Dave Henning
August 08, 2021
In this podcast I talk with author and radio host Dave Henning about some experiences at Crayola and about my 2 books "What About the Vermin Problem?" and "Influences and Influencers". There is a lot to unpack here for the savvy business person.

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Tags: Agile, Business Strategy, Leadership

Successful Business Insights
Ads Assembly
July 17, 2021
Discussion on some of the prime components essential for any business to be successful.

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Tags: Leadership, Agile, Business Strategy

Influences and Influencers
XL podcast
June 24, 2021
I talk to Graham Brown of XL podcast about Influences and Influencers.

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Tags: Business Strategy, Culture, Leadership

Are reliability woes keeping you up at night?
Manufacturing Tomorrow’s Workforce
June 14, 2021
Providing proper maintenance to your assets is necessary so that they perform when and as needed.

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Tags: Supply Chain, Leadership, Business Strategy

Recommendations for Managers and Consultants
EPN Network
March 25, 2021
What makes us successful as managers and consultants? That is covered here through my two books.

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Tags: Business Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Leadership

Why Continuous Programs Fail
GEMBA Academy
March 15, 2021
Many Continuous Programs fail, even when they don't have to. This discussion covers why and what to do about it.

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Tags: Business Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Leadership

7 Speaking Engagements
Right Plan, Right Mindset, Right People
Manager's Memo
August 01, 2021
These are the three pillars of my book "Influences and Influencers" In each of these areas, are things that have shaped or continue to shape us in how we think and act. These along with other key business topics are discussed in my podcast with Leonard J. Samborowski on his show, “Manager Memo”.

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Tags: Agile, Business Strategy, Leadership

The Theory Of Ones
The California Home Company
May 27, 2021
Ever conduct a project where the client ones you to death with more work, less time or a lower cost? Then you can relate to this, If not, you may be one'd to death and not even know it. Listen and learn.

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Tags: Management, Agile, Business Strategy

Manufacturing today
The Manufacturing Alliance podcast
May 14, 2021
In this video podacst I talk about what has and is happening in business and manufacturing today.

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Tags: Agile, Business Strategy, Leadership

Warehouse Design
The New Warehouse
December 09, 2020
What goes into the design of a warehouse? To do it right, plenty of data, information and thought. That is what I cover here with this podcast.

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Tags: Agile, Design Thinking, Supply Chain

How Influences and Influencers Shape Us
Cast Polymer Radio
November 25, 2020
There are many people and things that help to shape how we think and act. In discussing my best selling book, "Influences and Influencers" we discuss these things and people.

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Tags: Agile, Business Strategy, Entrepreneurship

Business Interactions
WDIY - LV Discourse
November 25, 2020
Business has many interactions to it. In my two best selling books "What About the Vermin Problem?" and "Influences and Influencers" I discuss these and my thoughts on how to lead a successful business and business life.

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Tags: Agile, Business Strategy, Entrepreneurship

How to avoid damaging business practices
Cast Polymer Radio
October 08, 2020
Poor choices, bad decisions, and sometimes neglect can cause business issues. There are also great practices like Agility, Commitment and great Leadership that make businesses thrive and grow. That is all discussed here regarding my best selling book, "What About the Vermin Problem?"

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Tags: Agile, Entrepreneurship, Risk Management

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