Lean Isn’t Just for Manufacturing

By |October 11th, 2016|Blog|

  The idea may have originated in the manufacturing industry, but every organization can benefit from thinking lean. When I met with a hospital exec we’ll call Patty, she explained how her hospital was looking to install an expensive new phone system to help eliminate the long wait times patients, family members and customers were [...]

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5 Keys to Sustainable Performance Improvement

By |October 11th, 2016|Blog|

Too many companies struggle to achieve high levels of performance. Many more struggle to sustain them. While they set organizational goals or attempt to implement new processes or initiatives that improve their performance, the common result is a slew of incomplete projects, sinking morale and disappointing results. So what are they missing?

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Employee Engagement: The Key to Ownership and Accountability

By |October 11th, 2016|Blog|

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 in their work, which is [...]

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Managing Priorities: The #1 Characteristic of a High Performer

By |October 11th, 2016|Blog|

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 for one thing: high performers. [...]

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Understanding Lean: Values and Principles

By |October 11th, 2016|Blog|

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.

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Engaged, Empowered Teams Achieve Their Goals

By |October 11th, 2016|Blog, Home_article|

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) and SNECMA, was poised to [...]

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How Creating an Engine for Favorability Produces Great Results

By |October 11th, 2016|Blog|

  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 while consistently staying under budget [...]

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Finding Time: The Key to Productivity

By |October 11th, 2016|Blog|

"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 do. But dig a little [...]

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How to Align Goals and Indicators to Set Expectations and Measure Performance

By |October 11th, 2016|Blog|

Why you’re not meeting your organizational goals (and how to start). We set personal goals every year, but a month passes (or mere days for some of us) and we’ve already lost sight of them. The year goes by and we wonder what happened. It’s not just personal goals that get lost this way, though. [...]

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High Performance Work Teams Aren’t Just Problem Solvers

By |August 29th, 2016|Blog|

Lean, Six Sigma, and Kaizen are tools to solve problems, but they’re only part of a bigger picture Organizations that want to improve company process and performance often invest in Lean, Six Sigma, and Kaizen training for their executives and employees. They’ll put up metric boards. They’ll identify problems and solve them. Employees are sometimes [...]