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Improving Efficiency by Understanding Your Processes

August 20th, 2010

The ultimate goal of any manufacturing process should be to create value. Value is anything your company does that creates something that your customers are willing to pay for. As an example, an employee tightening a bolt on a piece of equipment is generating value. An employee hunting around to find the right wrench to do that job is not generating value and is, therefore, generating waste. The ways that companies can increase the amount of value they generate are surprisingly simple, in many cases, but require work to identify. Read More »

Changing an Organization’s Culture

August 15th, 2010

It’s not too shocking to say the hardest thing for any leader or organization to do is to change the way people act, behave, and respond.  It’s easy to create a vision for what the future looks like, but it’s another to make that vision a reality.  This creates a HUGE challenge for new leaders. Read More »

Deploying Lean: Don’t Wait until it’s too Late

August 8th, 2010

I’m not sure if you’ve heard of the analogy of the burning platform, but in essence it is the case for action.  Don’t wait until the fire is a blazing until you take action.  Often times businesses wait until it’s too late until they find that sense of urgency to take action.  A downturn in the economy, a lost proposal or client, winning a large contact with no contingency plan; whatever your burning platform might be, I encourage you to continuously develop and execute a strategy that’s forward-looking. Read More »

Balancing Day-to-Day Responsibilities and Continuous Improvement

August 1st, 2010

With a new year come new challenges and new opportunities.  In order to improve we must strike that right balance between day-to-day responsibilities and continually improving.  It’s never easy, but if you don’t take the time today, and may cost you a lot more in the long term. Read More »

There’s No Better Time to Improve than Now!

July 21st, 2010

Why is it that we put off improvement until later, or tomorrow?  Too many people wait until it’s too late to make the necessary improvements, especially during the good times.  It’s always important to drive a continuous improvement mindset within your organization, but don’t wait until times get tough.  This is the time when many leaders are looking to cut costs (expenses, not necessarily from improvements), so the budget isn’t always there to pay for improvements.  The question I always ask is, “How much does it cost you by not focusing/spending money on improvements – even in bad times?”  Believe me, there is low hanging fruit out there that you don’t even realize.  Having a trained set of eyes look for hidden opportunities can paid HUGE dividends. Read More »

Make Sure You’re Setting Clear Expectations

July 11th, 2010

All too often leaders make the mistake of assuming that each and every employee knows what is expected of them.  I have found that this isn’t always the case.  What we think is common knowledge to others may indeed be a misperception.  Don’t make the, all too common, mistake of assuming people know what we expect. Read More »

How Effective is Your Organization’s Discipline?

June 8th, 2010

Are things not getting done or happening like you expect within your organization?  Why is that?  Is it because there are too many things on everyone’s’ plate?  Is it that they don’t know what or how to perform the tasks that are expected of them, or does it come down to a discipline issue within the organization? Read More »

Reducing Cycle Time Pays HUGE Dividends

May 5th, 2010

People always dispute the various improvement methodologies, and what one they should deploy in their organization. Rather than sticking to one methodology I tend to focus on what outcome(s) I am seeking and select the right tool(s) to achieve the desired end result. Regardless if it’s Lean, Six Sigma, TQM, MBO, Theory of Constraints, it all comes down to continually improving your business each and every day. Read More »



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