Book Announcement: Implementing Lean Six Sigma in 30 Days


It is an actionable guide titled “Implementing Lean Six Sigma in 30 Days” that aims to help readers in understanding the Lean Six Sigma methodology and solve problems that undermine quality and inhibit efficiency. Lean Six Sigma offers a way of answering this question, combining the approaches of both Lean and Six Sigma in a way that offers an opportunity for exponential improvement in a way that is manageable, flexible and sustainable.

Long Term Implementation of Quality Teams Within Organizations

Mike Cardus

Long Term Implementation of Lean Six Sigma within Organizations from Michael Cardus. Whether you use Lean Six Sigma within your organization or not, this content will prove valuable to you…. Pitfalls in Six Sigma Teams. Steps to Keep Lean Six Sigma Within the Organization. Hire Mike. Want to discuss your company and working with your quality team to create a culture of quality improvement?

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10 Pitfalls to Avoid in Creating and Leading Teams

Mike Cardus

Originally this was written for a workshop called ‘Long Term Implementation of Lean Six Sigma within Organizations’ … and with some changes the content is applicable and valuable to anyone who manages, works on, and puts work teams together. Failure of Management to be involved in each step of the team’s work. Management must recognize the pre-work necessary to enhance the team’s chances of success. Management of Team Dynamics & Team Members.

Quality Team and Leadership Development

Mike Cardus

Quality Leadership Development from Michael Cardus. Hope you enjoy the presentation and notes, any questions and to hire Mike to lead this Quality Leadership Workshop, or some other team building & leadership consulting and development, for your conference and team contact call 1-716-629-3678. Steps to develop high performance quality teams. I’ve delivered variations of this workshop and talk at conferences and to teams in many places.

6 Silent Productivity and Profitability Pitfalls, part 7 of 7

Strategy Driven

Those in senior-management roles may have trouble seeing or identifying with this phenomenon and may mistakenly assume it only happens in other organizations. Management & Leadership Tactical Execution business management Chris Majer employee engagement employee productivity lean six sigma strategydriven Silent Killer #6: Modern Indentured Servitude. Today’s world is one of sharp contrasts.

Developing::Leading::Be a part of High Performance Teams

Mike Cardus

Design by 12GrainStudio Developing::Leading::Be a part of High Performance Teams Thursday, October 07th, 2010 Posted by: mike ASQ Buffalo NY Lean Six Sigma Conference. The slide show information for the workshop I am facilitating with for the 2010 ASQ Buffalo Lean Six Sigma Conference. To register Developing / Leading / Being Part of Effective 6 Sigma Teams Who should attend and why?

Starting a Successful Team Project. Tips for the initial team meeting

Mike Cardus

Everything returns to the work and developing a team that wants to stay together and continue to work together. Project Manager / Team Leader – What to do. Project Manager / Team Leader explain why this team is together; Who is part of the team. Team Building meaning allowing the team to know why it is together; working through a purposeful process to develop trust early on, and building the team to have shared expectations and knowledge of what to do and how to do it.

6 Silent Productivity and Profitability Pitfalls, part 5 of 7

Strategy Driven

But we have come to tolerate the illusion that the essential matters of work can be invented, managed, and sustained through the creation, storage, retrieval, display, and publication of information. What was invented as a means to replace the post office has now become the most common management tool in organizations. It was never designed for that purpose and is, in fact, ill-suited to managing the complex web of commitments that are the organization.

3 Reasons for less than desired results with team building training for Manufacturing

Mike Cardus

Having my start in training and development while working for Bic in Charlotte NC. Managers find something wrong (i.e. In what ways can Managers, employees, and trainers work to improve the results? Corporate Team Building Team Building front line team development lean leadership manfacturing six sigma team buildingLeading team building & leadership consulting, coaching and training for several different sectors, levels of organizations, and people.

Fatal Five Failure Factors of Culture Change Efforts

The Practical Leader

My last post illustrated how research with one Client pointed to leadership/culture development as the biggest internal change they must make. I’ve been spending a large amount of time researching, reviewing, and revising our approaches to leadership and culture development for a series of upcoming speaking engagements, workshops, and consulting work. Author and futurist Alvin Toffler’s powerful phrase “hinge of history” is an apt descriptor for our times.

6 Silent Productivity and Profitability Pitfalls, part 1 of 7

Strategy Driven

Unfortunately contemporary management theory and practices have ill prepared us for our current reality. To keep his workers thinking and engaged, Ohno developed a new way for them to think about waste – where ‘waste’ is not a thing but an assessment or an interpretation. We must now focus our attention on eliminating the six ‘modern’ wastes: Degenerative Moods.

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Improving Your Team’s Lean Project Management

Strategy Driven

At its core, lean project management is about delivering greater value while minimizing waste. If your goal is to improve your team’s lean project management, resulting in greater efficiency and productivity, you need to take a number of key steps. Implement Lean Six Sigma (DMEDI).

6 Silent Productivity and Profitability Pitfalls, part 6 of 7

Strategy Driven

But for this to truly be the case, innovation should not be something that happens every once in a while; it should be viewed as a critical competence – a skill to be developed, fostered, rewarded, and embedded into the workforce. The greatest enemy of innovation is modern management. Contemporary management practices are geared toward ensuring stability and predictability, and avoiding surprises or ‘problems.’ Silent Killer #5: Suppressing Innovation.

6 Silent Productivity and Profitability Pitfalls, part 2 of 7

Strategy Driven

Yet contemporary management theory rarely recognizes the importance of moods and the impact they can have on productivity and profitability. The success of future managers will depend on their skill at ‘mood management’ – which means recognizing that the conversations taking place in the organization are not trivial utterances but are, in fact, the lifeblood of the enterprise. Most current management practices tend to devalue anything that can’t be measured.

Unconscious and Underlying Beliefs Undermine Culture Change Efforts

The Practical Leader

It’s one of the key factors in the 50 – 70% failure rate for programs to increase safety performance, service and quality levels, Lean/Six Sigma, productivity, innovation, leadership skills. Many executives and managers don’t understand how the success of programs they’re trying to implement go way beyond the “hard&# tools to the “soft&# issues of leadership behaviors and culture.

Outside In: Customer Perceptions Define Service/Quality Levels

The Practical Leader

This draws from The Three Rings of Perceived Value model we developed at The Achieve Group (now part of AchieveGlobal) and featured in my second book Firing on All Cylinders: The Service/Quality System for High-Powered Corporate Performance. This blog outlines how that model developed and introduces a series of three more blogs summarizing each of The Three Rings. First in a four part series on The Three Rings of Perceived Value.

Core Elements to Leading a Peak Performance Culture

The Practical Leader

Organizational culture development is a complex topic with many intertwined leadership components. Personal development (or self awareness being the more accurate description) does not come from reading a few books or attending the odd seminar. The Peak Performance Balance: Managing Things and Leading People. Six Core Components for a Peak Performance Culture. You can get more information and register yourself and your management team for the webcast here.

We Need to Apply Quality Improvement Lessons to Safety

The Practical Leader

As I fine tune next week’s Leadership and Culture Development for Higher Health and Safety webcast presentation, I’ve been reflecting on the lessons learned from the quality movement and the widespread failure to apply those to workplace safety. Starting in the late eighties and eventually morphing into Lean/Six Sigma, the quality movement completely revolutionized management thinking throughout much of the western world.

Succession Planning Development Plans: Skill Gaps or Experience Gaps?

Great Leadership By Dan

Maybe you’re a manager, and you’re just concerned about identifying and grooming successors for you own position, so that you’ll have a replacement ready when it’s time for you to move up or on. Well, unless you create and implement a targeted, robust, realistic, and measurable development plan, all that work will have been for nothing. For each skill, you’d have a set of development actions to address the skill. Led a six-sigma project.

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. Managers who win well bring confidence and humility in equal measure and focus on both results and relationships. Managers who win well build healthy professional relationships with their employees.

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10 Reasons why Managers are Clueless about Leadership

Great Leadership By Dan

I recently asked readers to submit their burning leadership development questions. Most managers (people in leadership positions) really don’t read books about leadership. Even if there was a way to find out how many managers there were in the world at any time, I’m sure that number would be way bigger than the number of leadership books sold. That’s not the book I’d want to hand out to my management team to teach them how to lead, but I know of a few CEOs who have.

Possibility Maximizer: Management Improvement Carnival

Sales Wolf Blog

SHRM - Society for Human Resource Managment Indispensible for the HR Professional! Successories Motivational Products Talent Managment Magazine Testing and Assessments - An Employers Guide to Good Practices Testing and Assessments - DOL The Rainmaker Group - Possibility Maximization An amazing group of people commited to making a difference in the world they live - one soul, one organization, one Customer Experience at a time.   Ready to improve your management skills?

Is It Fun Being Led by You?

Lead Change Blog

We got our black belts in six-sigma; words or acronyms like Kaizen, PDCA, TQM, QC and ISO became everyday parts of our work language. Squeezing another penny out of costs, getting product to market a few weeks earlier, responding to customers’ inquiries a little bit faster, ratcheting quality up one more notch, capturing another point of market share–those are the obsessions of managers today. Leadership Development Leadership motivation

Archived Webinar on Our Leadership and Culture Development Approaches Now Available

The Practical Leader

Last week’s follow up leadership and culture development webinar is now available for you to review. The session outlined our implementation steps, approaches, and Client examples for leadership, organization, and culture development. Management and Leadership Development – strengthening supervisory, management, and executive skills around an XYZ model of managerial competencies.

Ten Types of Organizational Change

Change Starts Here

The first step towards customizing your change management approach is defining your change. In order to improve results, a manufacturer sought to involve more people in developing and implementing creative solutions. A non-profit organization developed a new way to engage volunteers. Developing Teams. An airline adopted Lean Six Sigma concepts to increase agility and reduce waste across the operation. Implementing a Change Management Approach.

Improving Your Company Starts with You

Strategy Driven

Many of these things – and more – are described in detail in methodologies like lean and Six Sigma. You should familiarize yourself with the common challenges faced by companies and their leaders in these situations, and be prepared to put a lot of work into preventing the development of major issues. Entrepreneurship business management strategydriven

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Understanding the Importance of Business Process Design

Strategy Driven

Business Process Design for strategic management carries significant importance due to the availability of specific interpretation. The process is more strongly associated with the development of cost-effective approaches that can ideally be implemented for the perfect execution of various tasks involved in a business. Properly assisting executives and managers of the organization in sustaining reliability in all the business processes.

Overcoming Leadership Myopia

Michael Lee Stallard

Gradually over time, America has become overly obsessed about managing tasks. All the Six-Sigma, Lean, benchmarking and metrics in the world won’t help us lead people if we fail to recognize these realities. When managers invest time to develop connections with and among people they become real leaders who people want to follow. Employees responded by cutting costs in excess of six percent. Howard Behar and Michael Lee Stallard.

Strategy Execution - The Un-Idea

Six Disciplines

Twenty-five years ago, management meant control. Managers put in controls, handed workers specifications, and established formal structures that ensured that people did what they were told. It was an ineffective way to operate, especially after the information technology revolution took place, and to break out of it, companies needed management ideas.

6 MUST HAVES for Running a Team Meeting

Mike Cardus

They also have effective meetings that are managed by the Team-Leader. This is meant to be used during the meeting, you should have already chosen the team members , sent out an agenda for the meeting, and developed some goals/tasks to be accomplished. Developing these items will open-up the discussions and innovation to move your team and you forward. Rath & Strong’s Six Sigma Team Pocket Guide. High performance teams have known methods and procedures.

5 Checks for Persuasive Data…OR Creating Absorptive Capacity for.

Mike Cardus

From Rath & Strong’s Six Sigma Team Pocket Guide. ABOUT Contact Us Get Connected Facebook LinkedIn RSS Feed Log in Join and Receive 9 Team-Building & Leadership Activities:That work and allow people to learn from the experience.

What we see…

Deming Institute

A few years ago, I read an account of the Airbus Quality Lean Academy, with an inspiring image of students entering a lean temple, where students are coached and developed “with the basis they need to become self-reliant problem solvers and spread the word around the business.” Maintaining an investment in such a dedicated learning environment for 15+ years is no small feat, especially with the challenges of the idiosyncrasies of the partner nations.

Change Is Inevitable - Failure Is Optional

Six Disciplines

Our choice is to manage this ongoing process and improve the things that can be improved, or ignore the process and decay. One failing in most business improvement approaches is the tendency to develop new or ideal processes on paper, without addressing elements of human behavior and human nature. Perhaps it’s an over-reliance on highly data-driven methodologies like Six Sigma or lean. Change is inevitable – failure is optional. What’s YOUR plan?

Achieving Organizational Alignment within Healthcare Organizations

Strategy Driven

The Value-Based Performance Improvement Model © is an affordable approach that healthcare providers can use to develop a Lean Six Sigma style performance measurement system. For over twenty years, he has served as trusted advisor to executives and managers at dozens of Fortune 500 and smaller companies in the areas of management effectiveness, organizational development, and process improvement.

Favorites of 2011: Images Used in Team Building, Leadership, Innovation Workshops & Speeches

Mike Cardus

3 Steps to Improve Results of Employees & Management. High Performance Team Development & Leadership Workshop with Executive MBA’s. Working & Managing Across Generations. Working & Managing Across Generations. Developing::Leading::Be a part of High Performance Six Sigma Teams. High Performance Team Development. Archimedes Principle of Marketing Management.

1:1 Executive Coaching Program – Now Open for Enrollment

Six Disciplines

Six Disciplines 1:1 Executive Coaching - Is Now Open for Enrollment for 2011. If any (or all) of these seem too familiar, we have good news: we’ve just opened the doors for enrollment to Six Disciplines 1:1 Executive Coaching – proven to get the results you need to be a more effective executive in 2011. NONE have been as effective as the Six Disciplines program.

The Key to Change Is Middle Management

Harvard Business Review

A mid-level manager in this 5,000-employee hospital, she is leading a 70-member group on patient flow as part of a larger organizational effort. Her ability to lead and inspire — to become a change leader from her position as a mid-level manager — is helping her team produce results. A hallmark of the successful 32% was the involvement of mid-level managers two or more levels below the CEO. Many change leaders use Six Sigma , Kaizen , and Lean for continuous improvement.

Why Your Customers Hate You and How to Fix It

Skip Prichard

But Nincompoopery is something different: it’s the corporate stupidity that drives customers crazy, and keeps everyone—customers, employees, managers and business owners—from getting what they want. Yet most of the time nobody—not employees, managers, or senior leaders—seems capable of overcoming tradition, inertia, and apathy to make simple changes that would save money and improve customer experience (and, ultimately, increase revenues and profits). Focus on the Customer.

What Box? How to Turn Problems into Opportunities

Strategy Driven

Use the 'How' question to uncover critical success factors necessary to develop an effective strategic plan. So what if we have achieved six sigma (near perfect) performance on our floppy disks or fax machines. Learn to make change, not just manage it. In 1988 he left corporate management to start his consulting company. Practices for Professionals business management john murphy strategydriven thinking outside of the box

8 Ways You, team-member, Can Do Your Best Work

Mike Cardus

Design by 12GrainStudio 8 Ways You, team-member, Can Do Your Best Work Wednesday, January 26th, 2011 Posted by: mike Content piece from a Team Building & Leadership workshop Leading / Developing / Being a Part of High Performance Teams. Content piece from a Team Building & Leadership workshop Leading / Developing / Being a Part of High Performance Teams. michael cardus is create-learning Referenced From Rath & Strong’s Six Sigma Team Pocket Guide.

Change Management Needs to Change

Harvard Business Review

As a recognized discipline, change management has been in existence for over half a century. Given this evidence, is it possible that everything we know about change management is wrong and that we need to go back to the drawing board? Should we abandon Kotter''s eight success factors , Blanchard''s moving cheese , and everything else we know about engagement, communication, small wins , building the business case, and all of the other elements of the change management framework?

How to Identify Your Project Stakeholders Interest

Mike Cardus

As a project leader/manager one of your primary responsibilities is to increase the absorptive capacity of the project to organizational and community stakeholders. This requires you (as the project manager) to use influence skills and inter-personal skills to know how to and in what way to approach theses stakeholders to create the greatest support for the project, and the project team. Setting a precedent Rath & Strong’s Six Sigma Team Pocket Guide.

Managers Don't Really Want to Innovate

Harvard Business Review

One possibility is that managers don't really want their people to innovate, no matter what they say otherwise. Based on my experience, there are at least three (largely unintentional) reasons why managers send mixed messages about innovation. First, managers need immediate results , often reinforced by short-term incentive plans or the regular expectation of earnings improvements. Managers may also fear that innovation will cannibalize current business.