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Creativity is a Measure of Practical Intelligence and is a Learned Skill

Posted by on Nov 29, 2020 in Creativity | 0 comments

Creativity is defined as the act of turning new and imaginative ideas into reality.  It is characterized by the ability to perceive the world in new ways, to search for and find hidden patterns, to make connections between seemingly unrelated phenomena, and to generate solutions. Creativity is a valuable skill because it can be used as a tool for developing new ideas, increasing efficiency, and coming up with solutions to complex problems.  And contrary to popular belief that creativity is an innate talent, it is a skill that can be learned...

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The Science of Motivation

Posted by on Nov 22, 2020 in Motivation | 0 comments

Being motivated is something we all struggle with at some time or another.  Sometimes there’s not enough coffee in the world to get you going. Motivation is a mystery, a feeling that we understand so poorly that it feels impossible to do anything about it.  But if we try to understand the science behind how motivation works we can better take advantage of its power in our lives. One of the biggest reasons people don’t feel motivated is that they think too much about the rewards involved.  “I want that promotion” or I...

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Eight Reasons Why Lean Six Sigma Works

Posted by on Nov 15, 2020 in Lean Six Sigma | 0 comments

Much has been written about Lean Six Sigma and it’s benefits to an organization.  Here are some of the basic reasons. Bottom-line results.  Many projects undertaken will have cost savings potential and should be an integral part of any Lean Six Sigma effort.  In addition, those projects that impact customer satisfaction will also impact the bottom line and result in increased revenue in the future. Senior management is involved.  Lean Six Sigma is a strategic initiative and must start and be lead by upper management.  I have not yet...

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Establish Pull In Your Office To Save Money, Avoid Shortages Of Supplies, and Set An Example

Posted by on Nov 1, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Many offices use pull already but just aren’t aware of it.  Nobody knows exactly how many pencils, pens, reams of paper, and toner will be used in the office.  If there were a scheduled, standing order of all these things, you would guess correctly in some cases, have too much in others, and run out of some critical items.  In a well-ran office, somebody is designated to keep the supply room stocked by looking and seeing what has been used and reordering those items. Another, more lean way of stocking the supply room is to use a...

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Train Your Mind To Think Differently

Posted by on Oct 25, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Dr. Edward de Bono, the world’s leading authority on conceptual thinking as the driver of organizational innovation, strategic leadership, individual creativity, and problem-solving, says we too often confuse wisdom and cleverness.  We concentrate on cleverness and neglect wisdom because we believe that you have to be ancient to be wise.  Cleverness has to do with solving complex puzzles and technical matters.  Wisdom is what we need to think about the ordinary matters of everyday life, from the smallest decisions we make to the very...

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How To Handle Negative Reactions To Your Lean Six Sigma Solutions

Posted by on Oct 18, 2020 in DMAIC Improve Phase, Lean Six Sigma | 0 comments

Not all your proposed solutions to problems will be accepted without question.  Inorder not to be caught off-guard, you need to anticipate and be prepared for negative reactions to your proposed solutions. Negative reactions to ideas have occurred throughout history.  When Nicolaus Copernicus, the famous astronomer, presented his original idea that the sun, rather than the earth, is the center of the solar system, he was scoffed at by many of the religious leaders of his time.  When Galileo took up Copernicus’s cause, he fared no...

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Think, Solve Problems, And Make Smart Decisions By Developing Smart Habits

Posted by on Oct 11, 2020 in Decision Making, Problem Solving | 0 comments

Believe it or not, your mind is designed to think as little as possible!  There are many tasks we perform every day that require very little thinking on our part, such as, getting up and ready to leave the house, driving to and from work, slowing down at an intersection, making a left or right-hand turn, etc.  It’s like we’re on automatic pilot and free to think about other things on our minds. Some people believe that our ability to think is tied to one’s intelligence as measured by IQ and is independent of your specific...

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Use Lean Six Sigma Tools and Methods In Your Thinking To Better Analyze And Solve Problems

Posted by on Sep 27, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I often think there is a gap in what we learn and how we use that knowledge in real-life situations to analyze and solve problems, especially when it relates to statistical techniques and their use.  Using Lean Six Sigma tools and methods should be the way we think and analyze situations we encounter in our every day lives.  Let me give you a few examples to prove my point. Control charts can be used to measure error rates overtime to set accuracy performance baselines. Capability analysis can help determine process improvement targets for...

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Procurement and Lean Six Sigma

Posted by on Sep 20, 2020 in Lean Six Sigma | 0 comments

Procurement organizations face many challenges in today’s environment.  Receiving the right supplies, at the right time, in the right quantities is often easier said than done.  Working with many suppliers to receive goods that are defect-free is not for the faint of heart.  Lean Six Sigma principles and techniques provide an excellent toolset for working with the many challenges these organizations face. For example, Lean Six Sigma can be used to: Ensure prompt delivery of quality goods and services Elimination of non-value-added...

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Engineers Use Lean Six Sigma Principles To Help Them Think Scientifically

Posted by on Sep 13, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

As an engineer myself, I often wished I could have started my career with the knowledge I had acquired by the end of my career.  I had the opportunity to learn something new every day, design new products and processes, work with great skilled tradespeople, solve problems, teach problem-solving and Lean Six Sigma around the world, and travel meeting new people.  It was a great career and I enjoyed every minute of it! I learned I needed to be a good problem solver and use a disciplined approach.  As an electrical engineer for a small steel...

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