I’ve recently worked with two companies on problem solving techniques. In one company, the focus has been on gaining stability before we attempt large-scale improvements.
The other company was faced with the need to correct a safety concern. They took the initial step to…
Added by David Hicks on May 31, 2011 at 7:00am — No Comments
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about fueling creativity and innovation by bringing in entrepreneurial individuals into our organizations. These types of people seem to have the characteristics that promote creativity and innovation, but introduce an element of risk as well. Sometimes, we don't need or want additional individuals in the organization. How can we get more creativity and innovation from the people we have?
Past research has linked, though not unequivocally, the…Continue
Added by Brian Flynn on May 30, 2011 at 5:00am — No Comments
The Auburn Technical Assistance Team (http://www.auburnworks.org) frequently gets the question, “How do we start our lean program?” The common thread in all these inquiries seems to be a tool focus. Managers are conditioned to think of programs that create results, often leading to a tool-based approach to continuous improvement.
Speaking about a company’s focus on stock price, one of my mentors said, “Trying…Continue
Added by David Hicks on May 24, 2011 at 7:00am — No Comments
How do innovation and strategy relate? Author and blogger Jeffrey Phillips provides some good insight.
According to Phillips, strategy consists of the vision your executives have for the business over the longer term. It includes how the firm will acquire the necessary inputs and resources it will need to thrive, and encompasses the changes that the firm will make in its products, services and served markets in order to continue to grow and differentiate from…Continue
Added by David Mixson on May 23, 2011 at 11:57am — No Comments
Increasing employee job satisfaction often has desirable organizational outcomes, such as "usually" better performance, higher levels of commitment to the organization, and lower levels of turnover. One of the mechanisms often cited as a source of job satisfaction is pay. Pay is often used as an extrinsic motivator and is sometimes claimed to lead to higher job satisfaction. After all, it stands to reason that if you pay me more, I will be more satisfied with my job. Or does…Continue
I recently was asked what I considered to be characteristics of a Lean Leader. After giving some thought, I came up with the following....if you want to add any, feel free as I always welcome your feedback.
Lean Leader Characteristics
The following are characteristics that I have most often found in an effective Lean leader:
Added by Rick Battye on May 20, 2011 at 9:49pm — No Comments
The Auburn Technical Assistance Team just returned from hosting an 8-Step Problem Solving Workshop. Former Toyota leader, Tracey Richardson (http://www.thetoyotagal.blogspot.com), presented Toyota’s culture and techniques for systematic problem…Continue
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Today, more than ever, just about every manufacturing or service delivery product and process can be duplicated quite easily by competitors. What sets a company apart and helps them maintain a competitive advantage is not what they make or even how they make it; it's who makes it or who provides the service. If you want to stay ahead of your competition, you need at least some people in key positions that can help you innovate and be creative, and are willing to take some personal risk to…Continue
Added by Brian Flynn on May 16, 2011 at 5:00am — No Comments
Good Article from CFO Magazine - December 2009 discussing 3 healthcare systems and their journey's in Lean including:
A respected colleague and friend, Dr. Brian Landry, is researching emergent theory on Followership. He recently asked my thoughts on this subject. I had none, beyond the obvious that we are all followers in some capacity.
There is much published information on Leadership, but relatively…Continue
Added by Tom Chandler on May 12, 2011 at 8:56pm — No Comments
The Auburn Technical Assistance Center re
cently helped two companies under an E3 Energy Reduction grant. This grant for automotive suppliers provided funds to perform an energy assessment, training, and a rapid improvement event.
I assisted a company with a throughput project, focusing on improving Overall Equipment Effectiveness. OEE is the product of availability, performance, and rate of quality of a machine system. Availability consists of time lost to breakdowns and…
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If your life is anything like mine, I bet you are pretty busy right now. Between work, family obligations, and other activities (such as church related activities). life can get pretty hectic and create a lot of stress. And stress, can create a degradation of work performance. Earlier this week I had over 30 items on my to-do list for this week alone! And as I finished one, two more were added. It was almost paralyzing!
For many of us, and for our employees, the biggest…Continue
Added by Brian Flynn on May 6, 2011 at 11:09am — No Comments
•Flavor of the month •Event focus – Short term & unsustainable
•Lack of a Production System Perspective
•Lack of top management support – They don’t understand
•Don’t see quick results/ financial – Programs Don’t…
Added by Hank Czarnecki on May 6, 2011 at 5:54am — No Comments
As most of you know, Alabama was hit with severe tornado damage on 4/27/11. Many people have volunteered in disaster relief centers, helping with food, supplies, and cleanup.
In the case of tornados, disaster preparedness takes many forms. The local Emergency Management Agency has…
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