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November 2011 Blog Posts (9)

Two Must Do Resolutions for 2012

Are you going to make any New Year’s resolutions for 2012?  Most of the time, we make resolutions that we don’t really think that we will achieve.  However, if you don’t plan to improve; you will typically repeat what you did last year or maybe a little worse.  Therefore, without resolutions, 2012 will be the same as 2011 or slightly worse. 

This is not very exciting for 2012 and really seems negative.  Basically, I am a positive person.  I want to improve at least a little bit each…

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Added by John David Hayes on November 29, 2011 at 12:28pm — No Comments

Who holds the key to sustainment?- Practical Leadership Tips

In every class I teach, sustainment is always a concern.  Folks want to know how to sustain improvement activities, usually focusing on techniques.

 

A better first question might be, “Who holds the key to sustainment?”  Many researchers found a lack of management commitment to be…

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Added by David Hicks on November 29, 2011 at 12:23pm — No Comments

ATAC teaching Value Stream Mapping to city government.

ATAC is in Gulf Shores, AL today (Nov. 17) working with officials in that city. We are partnering with the Alabama Productivity Center at the University of Ala. to conduct continuous improvement training for the cities of Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Foley, and the Baldwin County, AL governments. We will follow the training activities as they progress and provide updates and status reports throughout the…
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Added by Auburn Works on November 17, 2011 at 8:43am — No Comments

Picking the Right Improvement Target- Practical Leadership Tips



A comedian once said, “Shoot first, then call whatever you hit the target.”

My duties with the Auburn Technical Assistance…

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Added by David Hicks on November 14, 2011 at 6:00am — No Comments

Picking the Right Improvement Target- Practical Leadership Tips



A comedian once said, “Shoot first, then call whatever you hit the target.”

My duties with the Auburn Technical Assistance…

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Added by David Hicks on November 14, 2011 at 6:00am — No Comments

Performance Management - One More Thing

With the end of the year coming up, it's not uncommon for many organizations to be engaged in end-of-the-year performance reviews. I've already written several posts regarding performance management, and one thing is clear from the articles I have read and blogged about, performance management is LOTS MORE than the performance review. But the review is a common if not totally necessary part of the process, so this post I thought I would pass along some advice on doing building a better…

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Added by Brian Flynn on November 14, 2011 at 5:30am — No Comments

Performance Metrics Matter- Practical Leadership Tips

“People respect what you inspect” is an old management adage. Is it true?



Industry Week magazine recently commissioned a study to test the validity of this saying (Jusko, 2011). Their results indicate a high percentage of companies, especially successful companies, use metrics to help improve…

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Added by David Hicks on November 7, 2011 at 12:14pm — No Comments

Secrets HR Professionals Won't Tell You

A couple of weeks ago I stumbled across the April 2011 Readers Digest Magazine. I should note that since this is not a magazine I get a lot of chances to cite in my academic research, as you might imagine, it's not like I go looking for this publication. This issue caught my eye, however, because it had an article titled "50 Secrets Your HR Person Won't Tell You." These were "secrets of HR" from 18 HR professionals. Being a former HR person, I'm was just as interested as you might have been…

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Added by Brian Flynn on November 7, 2011 at 5:30am — No Comments

Get 'Em Engaged!

Improve Staff & Leadership Engagement



One way to get staff and leadership engaged is to have visible and relevant metrics. Lean roll-up metrics are designed to be collected and posted at the local level and then systematically collected and rolled-up throughout the organization to be tallied as an overall number at the administrative level. This information will engage staff and enable a clear understanding of all Lean activities and their associated benefits…

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Added by Terri Lawrence on November 1, 2011 at 11:37am — 1 Comment

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