Employee Engagement: The Key to Ownership and Accountability

Outstanding results require engaged employees. Engaged employees require a sense of ownership and accountability. Here’s how you can achieve them all. Organizations that engage their employees are getting more difficult to find! According to the Gallup’s State of the Global Workplace report, only 13% of employees worldwide are reportedly engaged [...]

Managing Priorities: The #1 Characteristic of a High Performer

An employee’s ability to stay focused on tasks that matter is what differentiates their performance. Seventy-two percent of 516 employers surveyed use management assessments to help make executive promotion decisions—nearly twice the number who said they were doing so in a 2010 survey. Organizations who use employee assessments are looking [...]

Understanding Lean: Values and Principles

In the 1930s, demand for variety in the automotive industry was growing. While new systems were introduced to decrease the cost per step, throughput times became significantly longer. Then Kiichiro Toyoda, Shigeo Shingo and Taiichi Ohno of Toyota, building on the works of Edwards Deming and Joseph Juran, observed that a series of innovations might make it possible to provide continuity in process flow as well as a variety of products. Thus, the Toyota Production System was founded and the term lean management came to life.

Engaged, Empowered Teams Achieve Their Goals

Imagine if your employees were 100 percent engaged. Imagine a culture where the entire workforce used data to drive decisions.* Imagine if your workforce embraced a structured process that would sustain gains and foster continuous performance improvement.* Imagine achieving your goals. CFAN, a San Marcos, Texas-based partnership between GEA (General Electric Aviation) [...]

How Creating an Engine for Favorability Produces Great Results

  Start your engine! You’re about to take your operational excellence to the next level! The phrase “engine for favorability” comes from one of our good clients. A senior executive coined the phrase after his team knocked their productivity and performance out of the park by exceeding their performance goals [...]

Finding Time: The Key to Productivity

"Time is what we want most and use worst." – William Penn. We all have the same 24 hours. While some people are able to use them to an amazing result, the rest of us feel like we just don’t have enough to accomplish all the things we want to [...]