Baby steps to big change

By |October 8th, 2014|

Insight on common attitudes towards change to keep in mind as you aim to introduce new processes, technology, management, personnel, wellness habits, etc. into your organization. The article warns that what makes short-term change appealing can also be its downfall. But for those struggling with getting people to take to change at all, pilot (short term) programs may be enough of a carrot to get the resistant moving. 

 

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    Does your organization know how to cultivate value creation?

Does your organization know how to cultivate value creation?

By |September 25th, 2014|

Interesting article from Harvard Business School on creating value versus the more common occurance of claiming value. Leaders that are looking to cultivate this skill in their organizations would benefit by having some fundamentals in place. First, they need to ensure that the purpose, core values and strategic goals of their companies are also value oriented. As the article states, “…Companies that make their purpose just about profit often […]

Conflict is the Root of All Waste

By |August 27th, 2014|

Earlier this month, I was a speaker at the Lean Systems Summit in Portland, Maine. The focus of my presentation was conflict – namely that it’s existence is what drives waste. Though I’ve shared a link to my PowerPoint, it was mostly a guide to help focus listeners around key ideas and feels a little bare without my narrative. So, below is an overview of the talk’s main points.

 

The Pursuit […]

What Safety Incidents Say About Your Organization

By |July 22nd, 2014|

An organization’s record of safety incidents represents more than a measure of how cautious its employees are in high risk environments or with high risk materials. This metric also directly corresponds to an organization’s values, management philosophy and priorities, employee engagement and culture as well as productivity (cost, quality, delivery) issues.

 

Isolated incidents aside, the recurrence of unsafe practices is not simply a story of individual or human error specifically. […]

Speaking At Lean Systems Summit

By |July 7th, 2014|

 If you’re interested in learning more about why Continuous Improvement doesn’t stick (and getting it to) check out my session at the Lean Systems Summit: Conflict Is The Root Of All Waste

 

I’ll be speaking on August 8th and would love to meet up if you plan on attending. 

 

Check out the event overview here.

 

Check out the post event comments and presentation here.

 

 

 

5 Characteristics of High Performing Workplaces

By |July 3rd, 2014|

As featured in the June 2014 issue of Effective Flow Magazine: 

 

 

 

It’s the elusive goal behind every Continuous Improvement initiative: Every organization wants to become a high performing workplace. But what does this entail? How does one go about achieving it? How long does it take? I’ve spent my career answering these questions.

 

I have read countless tomes on the subject of business success and how to achieve it, benefited from […]

Funding for Employee Training

By |June 19th, 2014|

If budget prevented you from attending our last Fundamentals of Change workshop good news: For qualified organizations, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD) will grant up to half the cost of this training through their Express program.The EOLWD believes in FCC’s impact on the leadership and team building skills necessary to drive change and performance. Approved companies could get funding to kick off training in […]

Rethinking Reshoring

By |May 22nd, 2014|

Kudos to the Reshoring Initiative @ReshoreNow  and @harrymoser for recognition of their efforts to bolster American manufacturing. Though there are at times strategic benefits to outsourcing/off-shoring, I’ve seen this approach to cost savings too often put to premature use. Labor costs, as a growing number of manufacturers worldwide now understand, is just part of the equation. 

 

The value of cost savings gained through lower labor rates must also be measured against […]


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