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Check Out How This Will Help Your Company Prevent Mistakes & Errors!

Illustration by Don Pedicini, Liberty Graphics People variation is a given in every business; the key is to understand how it’s impacting your processes. Distractions, skill-level, attitude, personality, and inadequate processes are all conditions that cause people-related variation. What one employee might do well can be a challenge for another, and this variation in people skills...

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Lean, Six Sigma, Kaizen! What Is The Best Direction For Your Organization?

Shutterstock Illustration Methodologies are almost as numerous as the tools they use. Organizations sometime struggle with where to start their improvement effort especially when resources are few and funds are in short supply. It really gets down to thinking about the problems you face as an organization and then selecting the right CI method to address those needs. If your organization...

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10 Ways to Improve Your Organization’s Ability to Solve Problems

Problem solving is a skill that anyone can learn and become more proficient.  As individuals, we constantly solve problems everyday.  But it seems that problems in the workplace are much tougher to solve for a variety of reasons.  Much of this is due to the complexity and technical nature of the problems we encounter at work.  In thinking about this, I’ve identified 10 ways that...

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Most Organizations Focus on People Instead of Systems

A system is a method by which you achieve results.  The failure to achieve desired results is caused by the inadequacy of the method or system.  Because leaders and organizations don’t understand their systems, they then turn their attention on people.  Rather than understanding and improving their systems, they seek better results by exhorting and seeking to motivate their...

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Facilitating Change in an Organization

Change is almost always difficult.  No matter how carefully you plan for improvement, you are likely to encounter resistance from some people.  Why do some people resist change at every step, while others seem to welcome change no matter what it is? For most people change is a collectively social and somewhat emotional transformation.  Peter Scholtes, in his book The Leader’s...

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Visualizing Data Using a Histogram

The histogram is one of the most common graphs used to visualize the distribution of a data set.  A histogram is created by sorting data into several cells of equal size.  The histogram is a column graph of the counts of observations in each cell. A histogram reduces the information in the data by sorting the data into cells.  The viewer only sees the count of data in each cell and does...

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