Continuous Improvement

Your Business is Hemorrhaging and You Don’t Even Know It

There’s an interesting read in this month’s Harvard Business Review (HBR): The Hidden Cost of Inconsistent Decision Making. The article explores the implications of variation in employee judgment and specifically, how to solve for that variation. In essence, the article was about Mura – the Japanese term meaning waste of unevenness / variation.

 

Like many of my clients, the organization featured in the article hadn’t previously considered the impact inconsistency […]

Yes, but What do Values Have to do with Lean?

I was recently engaged by a VP of Operations to help him make the case for Lean to executive leadership. To that end, I was also tasked with convincing the CEO to revisit (and maybe refine) the organization’s values, purpose, goals. My recommendation was that an airtight business orientation would be essential to driving the organizational alignment necessary for Lean to flourish.

 

While I waited for my meeting to start, […]

Nothing Ventured Nothing Gained

As a Continuous Improvement expert, I’m a control freak big fan of data. I wholeheartedly believe that you can’t create lasting improvements without 1 – benchmarking and 2 -understanding the context in which the data was derived. But despite the fact that you can quantify nearly every aspect of a process in its current state, when making projections about the future state, stakeholders must understand that even highly detailed […]

Maximizing Business Performance

Last night I spoke at the Armenian Business Networking summer event on Maximizing Workplace Performance, how behavior, not just product or process is the predictor of business success. Whether you are a large business or startup the fundamentals of how to engage people are the same.
 

To download a copy of the presentation click here

Waste Hiding in Plain Sight

If you’re in the Chelmsford area tomorrow, I’ll be presenting my thoughts on how conflict creates waste in the organization and how that – not just process – is ultimately what derails performance.The ASQ Merrimack is hosting the event. Check it out HERE. 

Behavior – Not Just Process

I had the good fortune of attending and presenting at AME’s annual conference in Jacksonville last week. As is custom, the event provided a myriad of learning opportunities that I am pleased to say included more emphasis on how organizational culture impacts Continuous Improvement. I think more education, case studies and opportunities to explore the complex people side of the Continuous Improvement equation will have a huge impact on […]

Conflict is the Root of All Waste

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

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. […]


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