6 Silent Productivity and Profitability Pitfalls, part 2 of 7

Strategy Driven

And a lack of competence around designing and managing moods will seriously limit one’s career prospects – now and in the years to come. Management & Leadership Tactical Execution business management Chris Majer employee engagement employee productivity lean six sigma strategydriven Silent Killer #1: Degenerative Moods. A mood is a predisposition for action. As human beings, we are always living in one mood or another. This is an inescapable aspect of life.

7 Roles of an Exceptional Team Leader

Let's Grow Leaders

You can have all the great plans, six sigma workouts, and brilliant competitive positioning in the universe, but if the human beings doing the real work lack the competence, confidence, and creativity to pull it off, you’re back to muddling through. Career & Learning Energy & Engagement execution leadership team leader Your strategy is only as strong as the ability to execute at the frontline.

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Structure Your Thinking To Deliver Results.

Rich Gee Group

I learned this method over 20 years ago during my Six Sigma/QAT training at ADVO. Blog Business Coaching C-Level Career Coaching Tip Life Coaching Media Piece Quotations Social Media Uncategorized Ways & TipsToo often, people tend to solve problems by taking two divergent directions: They think of an idea — and zip off in that direction with no real assessment or planning. Measure once, cut twice. They over-analyze their problem to death without taking action.

Structure Your Thinking To Deliver Results.

Rich Gee Group

I learned this method over 20 years ago during my Six Sigma/QAT training at ADVO. Blog Business Coaching C-Level Career Coaching Tip Life Coaching Media Piece Quotations Social Media Uncategorized Ways & Tips Current State Desired State Impact Statement Results Solutions StructureToo often, people tend to solve problems by taking two divergent directions: They think of an idea — and zip off in that direction with no real assessment or planning. Measure once, cut twice.

Are you a Leader or a Lemming?

Great Leadership By Dan

At some point in your career journey, have you started to focus more on status as a leader than the job at hand? Signs of a Lemming Leader: Use of jargon: Do you use the terms restructuring, high reliability, six sigma, just culture, strategic sourcing, population health, or employee engagement in your organization? Sounds a lot clearer than saying “we are going to embark on a six sigma project to improve efficiency,” doesn’t it?

What's Holding You Back? A Call for Gutsy Leadership

Leading Blog

Herbold says that this is usually due to one or more of the following reasons: Avoid conflict Strive for certainty Avoid a career risk Lack of self-confidence Lack of a sense of urgency Protect their turf Herbold details ten principles that you should review regularly to help you provide gutsy, courageous leadership. In a section titled, “Creativity and Six Sigma don’t Mix,” Herbold writes: Innovation is not an orderly process.

How to Become a More Effective Manager #WinningWell

Let's Grow Leaders

You can have all the great plans, Six Sigma quality programs, and brilliant competitive positioning in the universe, but if the human beings doing the real work lack the competence, confidence and creativity to pull it off, you’re finished. I also wanted to share with you my story about the power of authenticity and vulnerability, because I truly believe it is the key to everything I have achieved in my career in the last few years.

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2011 ASA Deming Lecture by Roger Hoerl – Need Any Country be Poor?

Deming Institute

I’d like to focus on a few areas of Dr. Deming’s career that perhaps are under appreciated, not talked about as much as some other areas. And he discusses six sigma (which certainly has issues) but as I have written before if you want to learn what value six sigma offers listen to what Roger (and others such as Ron Snee, Gerry Hahn…) say. Related: A Historical Look at Deming’s Career: Lecture by J.

Losing Heart…and People: Confusing Efficiency and Effectiveness

The Practical Leader

In the strategy session, the CEO declared that technical and analytical skills were the key to career advancement at their company. Lean Leadership: Boosting or Blocking Lean/Six Sigma Tools and Techniques. Recently I worked with the senior leadership team of a large warehouse and logistics company. They’re growing so rapidly they’re having big problems finding people to staff their distribution centers. A major part of that problem is turnover.

Don’t Let Your Career Cause Regrets in Your Personal Life

Harvard Business Review

What I would offer, instead, are some ways to think about the problem, some guiding principles to keep in mind over the long haul of a career: Be realistic about work. At Quest Diagnostics, we turned things around, in part, by adopting Six Sigma, which aims at a standard of perfection. When I was in my early days as CEO of Quest Diagnostics, working hard to turn around a then-troubled company, my daughter suffered a life-threatening illness.

Diet and Exercise Tips from Process Fitness Fanatics

Harvard Business Review

The stories of how they have kept their processes fit are less well known than those of famous process fitness fanatics such as Toyota, with its Toyota Production System (also known as Lean), and GE, with its Six Sigma program. In 1999, CEO Chad Holliday talked with Larry Bossidy and Jack Welch at GE, and decided to launch a Six Sigma program. DuPont started with Six Sigma's classic focus on reducing product defects.

A Transformation Is Underway at U.S. Veterans Affairs. We Got an Inside Look.

Harvard Business

Obama nominated Robert McDonald , an Army veteran and experienced executive who had honed his leadership skills during a 33-year career at Proctor and Gamble, to attempt the difficult turnaround. For example, Scott Blackburn, an Army veteran and former McKinsey & Company partner was paired with Chief of Staff Robert Snyder, who joined VA in 2009 after a 26-year career in the Army, to lead the transformation and reorganization initiative. In 2014, the U.S.

Mind the (Skills) Gap

Harvard Business Review

A bachelor's degree used to provide enough basic training to last a career. And it's not only white-collar, college-driven careers that will suffer rapid skills obsolescence. Project Management and Lean Six Sigma certifications both center on hands-on learning. Career planning Education Recession

Put HR Skills on Your Performance Improvement Team

Harvard Business Review

Coco has a unique background because he's not a career HR professional; he started in operations at GE , where he was trained as a Six Sigma Black Belt process improvement expert. If you do Six Sigma in isolation, the work force doesn't have time to implement the changes.". If you picked a dream team to improve the way your organization does business, who would be on it? I know who would be on my team.

The Most Challenging Leadership Job

Harvard Business Review

Manufacturing leaders can look to Six Sigma and other well-defined processes. I'm not saying that's bad, particularly (I've spent a large part of my career leading sales organizations), but if you've worked with sales professionals, you'll recognize the pattern of their typical strengths. If I had to single out the leadership job that's hardest to do, I'd say head of sales.

The 6 Most Common Innovation Mistakes Companies Make

Harvard Business Review

The company had spent the past two decades focused on implementing Six Sigma processes across the enterprise and it was primed to execute on the best and smartest ideas. ” Here are the six most common mistakes we see: Asking employees to generate ideas without creating mechanisms to do something with them. But inside most companies, working on something that “fails” commercially carries significant stigma, if not outright career risk.

The $300 House: The Corporate Challenge

Harvard Business Review

Our team put Six-Sigma thinking to work. Dr. Burns' career has spanned scientific research; issues management; science and technology leadership and business management. Editor's note: This post is one in an occasional series on Vijay Govindarajan's and Christian Sarkar's idea to create a scalable housing solution for the world's poor. Each post will examine the challenge from a different perspective, including design, technology, urban planning and more. Today, Stephanie A.

Promoting the Non-Obvious Candidate

Harvard Business Review

Companies define career paths accordingly and carefully map, often in a linear fashion, the various roles one has to fill to reach higher management ranks. At GE, we have used “integration leader” (of an acquisition) and Six Sigma Black Belt roles to broaden individuals at the mid-management level so they can better adapt to future opportunities.

The No. 1 Enemy of Creativity: Fear of Failure

Harvard Business Review

If you're an MBA-trained manager or executive, the odds are you were never, at any point in your educational or professional career given permission to fail, even on a "little bet." Never once in my life until my mid 30s did anyone ever (to the best of my recollection) call me "creative." But now, I hear it all the time. So what happened?

Will Moneyball Analytics Kill Loyalty and Leadership?

Harvard Business Review

Think of it as Six Sigma predictive analytics for talent. Does anyone really think a 50-year-old marketer with a terrific track record is immune from the same economic and analytic forces affecting the career of a 40-year-old pro athlete who was a two-time all-star? Future potential matters (much) more than past performance. That's the new quantitative consensus reshaping professional sports worldwide.

What Cincinnati Could Teach New York about Hurricane Readiness

Harvard Business Review

Knowing the challenges they had in hiring a qualified workforce locally, P&G helped launch a broad effort to fix education, from cradle to career. P&G committed corporate leadership, foundation grants and a modification of Six Sigma so nonprofits could more effectively manage to agreed-upon results.