Cadre Operating Model

Cadre Operating Model

Our business strategy to attain and sustain exceptional results. The CADRE Operating Model is a behavior-based, leadership-centric, operating “way” that enables us to create greater value for our customers and stakeholders. It guides how we work, innovate, solve problems, improve and engage with each other, customers and communities.

CADRE Excellence Maturity Model equals Cultural Transformation and includes: Core Values (CV) and Leadership Capability & Management Process (LC & MP)

CV includes Empowerment, Integrity, Curiosity and Excellence. LC & MP includes Talent Development, Associate Engagement, Growth & Innovation, Bringing Strategy to Life, Daily Customer Focus and Continuous Improvement

Leadership Capability & Management Processes

Growth & Innovation

With an extensive – and growing – portfolio of brands, we are a leading global provider of innovative safety and survivability products.

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Bringing Strategy to Life

Our senior management team have a proven track record of creating shareholder value.

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Daily Customer Focus

First responders and federal agencies rely on Cadre’s products. Our products save lives and we take that responsibility seriously.

Learn more about the Safariland SAVES CLUB


Associate Engagement

Success is dependent on the engagement of our organization. We pursue the idea of better every day through focus on learning, ownership, shared expectations and community involvement.

Learn about our history


Continuous Improvement

We believe in a model of excellence, which is supported by lean tools, variability reduction, and Kaizen methodology.

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Talent Development

We employ 2000+ associates who share our creed: Together, We Save Lives.

See our associate core competencies

Excellence Maturity Model

The Cadre Excellence Maturity is the leadership operating model supported by lean tools, variability reduction tools and Kaizen methodology. It starts with leadership behaviors and the engagement of every person within the organization in pursuit of the idea of “better every day”.

Excellence Maturity Model table following displaying data

If a cell is blank, then no additional tools applied to that column
Row Description Fundamentals Building Capability Excellence
Leadership Behaviors Solid foundation gained by mastering fundamentals Achieve organizational alignment and engagement with additional tools Expand the reach by full access to our toolkit
Tools Daily Management Lean Principles Kaizen Tools
Tools Problem Solving 5S Growth Tools
Tools MBR Gemba Walks Leadership Tools
Tools Budget Processes Operational Skills Matrix Tool Kit (21+ tools)
Tools Toll Gate Zero Community Impact Activities Standard Work
Tools Site Coaching Team New Product Development Process Pacing Mechanism
Tools 80/20 Talent Review Total Productive Maintenance
Tools Goal Deployment
Tools Leadership Development Program
Tools Acquisition Playbook