Efficiency

New Ideas, Experimentation and Faster Change Must Be The New Norm

We’ve all heard the adage, “If you’re not changing, you’re standing still and falling behind!” many times in the last 15 years.  But I think it is even more appropriate today in the fast paced world we live in.  Look around and you’ll see companies that were thriving a few short years ago are now struggling just to keep the doors open.  Why is that? I think...

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Don’t Let Luck be the Major Factor in How You Define and Transfer Critical Process Knowledge

One of the largest contributors to inconsistency or variability in an organization is caused by lack of a written method, i.e., a procedure, work instruction, or standard work.  When no documented method exists, knowledge of a particular job is based on tribal information and most workers have their own way of doing the work.  Often their is a lack of an effective method for defining what is...

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Keep Your Company Communication Crisp and Varied

I’ve seen on several occasions where struggling companies are plagued by a common enemy, i.e., the failure to communicate.  Sales doesn’t talk to engineering, engineering doesn’t talk to operations and one shift doesn’t talk to the other shifts.  Failure to communicate can create waste that leads to inefficiencies and reduced profits.  Here are a few examples of what I...

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Learn to Work Smarter, Not Harder!

Many employees go to work each day frustrated because of all the non-value-added activities that occur in their work day.  Good, accurate information is hard to get, answering all the emails that come each day, interruptions that occur, and unproductive meetings are just some examples of the daily activities that cause anxiety and frustration.  On top of all this, no one seems to care and the...

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Eliminating Process Waste Begins With How You Define Work

Work is defined by Merriam-Webster as any activity involving mental or physical effort done in order to achieve a purpose or result.  Many people go to work everyday to make something or provide a service in order to make a living.  We all expect to get paid for the things we make or the service we provide.  But how much of what we do everyday is real work and not just the appearance of being...

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Asking Simple Questions Can Lead to Huge Benefits

Do you need to create change in your organization?  Having problems financially?  Instead of trying to hit a home run and get thousands of dollars in one project, another approach you can take is to ask simple questions.  If you were asked to save a million dollars in your organization, it would probably set off your brain’s alarm system and have a paralyzing effect on you.  However, if...

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