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January 2013 Blog Posts (6)

To Change A Company, You Need Intrapreneurs

Hilton and other leading multinational corporations are taking the lead in becoming more entrepreneurial within their  businesses with a focus on sustainability and corporate responsibility efforts.  Hilton's Jennifer Silberman tells how in this FastCompany article.

It can be hard to get a big, slow company to change its ways. It’s the efforts of courageous intrapreneurs that can change their trajectory. The key is to make your company a place where…


Added by David Mixson on January 22, 2013 at 10:14am — No Comments

The Dream Manager

The Dilemma

The future of your organization and the potential of your employees are intertwined; their destinies are linked.

An organization can only become the best version of itself to the extent that the people who drive the organization are striving to become best versions of themselves.   This is universally true when the organization is a business, a school, government, a not-for-profit, or a sports team.  To the extent that a CEO, an executive team, and a group of…


Added by Hank Czarnecki on January 21, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments

What are the characteristics of a good problem solver?

Is this an individual that uses: Plan, Do, Check and Act?

Or does this individual use the Six Sigma methodology of Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control (DMAIC).

No one can improve a process that is constantly changing.  We must stabilize the process to get the variation under control.  This work would fall into standards for each work station and/or job and training of employees.  We also need to collect data that measures what we want to control.

Managers want…


Added by John David Hayes on January 16, 2013 at 1:12pm — No Comments

More Words Matter in Continuous Improvement (CI)

During various on-site deliveries of our 'Lean Leadership' module, as well as presentations on this subject at conferences, I learned an important point about the term 'teaching'.  We often say that leaders need to 'teach'.  More specifically leaders should teach their direct reports and others with whom they come in contact about the direction of the business, and process improvement and problem solving methods, among other things.  However the term 'teacher' stirs up apprehension in some…


Added by Hank Czarnecki on January 12, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments

What is the Return on Investment (ROI) for Quality Initiatives?

I am always  looking for information that will help me understand how Quality Initiatives benefit the user.  I have found an excellent article in Quality Progress (November 2012) written be Rip Stauffer and Debra Owens. 


Questions that need to be answered

  • Does Quality have a payoff?
  • Have quality management initiatives contributed significantly to organizations that implement them?

A study was conducted in the UK to answer the above…


Added by John David Hayes on January 10, 2013 at 11:31am — No Comments

ROI Is More Than Justification

Two thirds of corporate transformations fail to reach their goals, and many times the reason is that frontline employees are not engaged in creating solutions and do not feel a sense of ownership about the reasons for the change, writes Bo Vestergaard, professor at the University College of Northern Denmark and author of one of the Academy of Management Meeting's top ten best papers of 2012. According to a 2010…


Added by Hank Czarnecki on January 7, 2013 at 7:32am — No Comments

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