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September 2012 Blog Posts (10)

Why aren't we using Six Sigma more to solve our process defect problems?


Do Managers not want to use Six Sigma because it is too complicated to learn?  Do most managers understand the benefits of Six Sigma?  Let me try to answer these questions. 

We can teach a college graduate such as Engineers, Accountants, Statisticians, Quality Managers, Plant Managers and any other person that likes to solve difficult problems to use the tools of Six Sigma to solve process problems by analyzing data from the process and changing the process to eliminate or…


Added by John David Hayes on September 28, 2012 at 2:43pm — No Comments

Traits of Humility in Organizations

In building a case for humility in organizational leadership, there needs to be more explanation of how the leader performs humble acts. “Practicing simple humble behaviors makes good leaders into great leaders” (Hayes & Comer, 2011, p. 13). When synthesizing writings on the traits of humility, a theme of traits emerges. The humble organizational leader is able to understand complexities of the organization, to ask the right questions, to…


Added by Jay Clark on September 28, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

2012 Auburn University Bank Directors’ College

The Auburn University College of Business, along with the Auburn Technical Assistance Center (ATAC), is hosting the 3rd annual Bank Directors’ College on October 18th & 19th, 2012.  Due to refurbishing the College of Business Building, the event will be held at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center in downtown Auburn, AL.

This annual meeting will include a minimum of 8 hours over one and a half days directed to new bank…


Added by Walker Jackson on September 28, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

Humility as a Source of Competitive Advantage

The complexity of the global market and the constant change due to technology is creating a greater need for organizational leaders. These organizations are missing an opportunity for a source competitive advantage by not identifying humility in future leaders. Humility is used in various terms to describe leaders. One of the most famous is Jim Collin’s reference to a Level 5 leader which includes personal humility (2001). Although…


Added by Jay Clark on September 21, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

What goal should you set for your Six Sigma Team


I have worked my whole career with the idea that all process improvement events must have a goal.  It is best if the Team comes up with the goal to insure buy in.  However, if the Team did not come up with a goal; I would set the goal for them.

I have recently studied a research paper published in the “Journal of Operations Management” 24 (2006) 779-790.  The title was: The Role of Goals in Improvement Teams by Kevin Linderman, Roger S. Schoeder and Adrian S.…


Added by John David Hayes on September 14, 2012 at 1:37pm — No Comments

Building the Case for Humility in Organizations

Why is humility in leadership important for manufacturers? This is a valid question and one I will address over the next few blogs. My goal is to show how humility increases performance in an organization through leaders acting with an ethical motivation in a change initiative. By these actions of leadership, the organization creates a culture of humility that empowers employees to reach new heights giving the organization a competitive advantage.

The process takes place through the…


Added by Jay Clark on September 14, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments

Innovation- What it is and What it's not

Innovation.   You see and hear the word regularly if you pay any attention to business, science, or politics. Even if these aren't your areas of interest, chances are you'll see the term watching television commercials or surfing online. A Google Trends inquiry reveals that innovation has been globally searched over four million times in the last year.


With so much focus on the topic, how can there still be confusion on its definition?  When you hear the word innovation, what…


Added by David Mixson on September 12, 2012 at 4:19pm — No Comments

The Destructive Side of Leading Change

Most literature and research on change initiatives are centered on the tasks that leaders perform in order to obtain the transformational change in the organization. A problem with this approach is that the ethics of the leader and follower relationship is not described properly. Along with the vision, communication, and perseverance of leading change, a leader has to determine the ethics behind the actions. Because leaders do not properly think through ethical issues in goal achievement,…


Added by Jay Clark on September 7, 2012 at 3:22pm — No Comments

What are the two ways you can improve your process yield?  This seems like a simple question but I’m not sure how many people know the correct answer.  This answer does not change with different proc…

What are the two ways you can improve your process yield?  This seems like a simple question but I’m not sure how many people know the correct answer. 

This answer does not change with different processes.  There are only 2 ways you can improve the process yield no matter what the process is (manufacturing or service). 

The first and easiest way to improve the process yield is to center the process exactly between the upper and lower specification limits.  All you have to do is…


Added by John David Hayes on September 7, 2012 at 3:17pm — No Comments

The Total Life Cycle Cost

I have discussed in one of my blogs before that the total cost of quality is not the cost of poor quality.  In addition to the cost of poor quality, there is the cost of doing it right the first time.  These costs are related to things such as establishing standards, discovering cause and effects for process failure, and some sort of monitoring device to insure that only inherent variability is in the system.  These costs are generally categorized as either preventive costs or appraisal…


Added by Mark M. Clark on September 3, 2012 at 8:48pm — No Comments

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