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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.

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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.

Quality Team and Leadership Development

Mike Cardus

Quality Leadership Development from Michael Cardus. Steps to develop high performance quality teams. I’ve delivered variations of this workshop and talk at conferences and to teams in many places.

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. To register Developing / Leading / Being Part of Effective 6 Sigma Teams Who should attend and why?

6 Silent Productivity and Profitability Pitfalls, part 7 of 7

Strategy Driven

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.

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. Corporate Team Building Team Building Team Building Agenda project management six sigma team building successful planning team leadership

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. Corporate Team Building Team Building front line team development lean leadership manfacturing six sigma team building

6 Silent Productivity and Profitability Pitfalls, part 5 of 7

Strategy Driven

Management & Leadership Tactical Execution business management Chris Majer employee engagement employee productivity lean six sigma strategydriven Silent Killer #4: Worship of Information.

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. 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

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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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. Silent Killer #5: Suppressing Innovation.

6 Silent Productivity and Profitability Pitfalls, part 2 of 7

Strategy Driven

As such, it becomes imperative to develop competence at knowing how to listen for, design, and intervene in the critical conversations of the business as they literally shape the future. Silent Killer #1: Degenerative Moods. A mood is a predisposition for action.

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.

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.

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.

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. An example of this is this spring’s blogs on Lean/Six Sigma and how Toyota’s culture is what really makes the difference in their use of these tools.

Succession Planning Development Plans: Skill Gaps or Experience Gaps?

Great Leadership By Dan

Well, unless you create and implement a targeted, robust, realistic, and measurable development plan, all that work will have been for nothing. The most common way to create development plans to address those gaps is to identify 1-3 key skills, or competencies, that the candidate is lacking that need to get better at. For each skill, you’d have a set of development actions to address the skill. Led a six-sigma project.

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. I was about to teach the customer segment of a Six Sigma class near Palmdale, CA, for Lockheed Martin.

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.

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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.

Master the PRIMES

Leading Blog

Fixing involves corporate improvement programs like Activity Based Costing, Six Sigma and others.”These The Primes will show you where you can grow as a leader. * * * Like us on Facebook for additional leadership and personal development ideas.

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.

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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. Many leaders wrongly attempt to improve their companies with a bottom-up approach, focusing on the smallest issues and hoping to work their way up.

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Ten Types of Organizational Change

Change Starts Here

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.

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.

How to Discover Your What

Leading Blog

Olsher has developed a three-step process to help you uncover and reconnect with your natural strengths, identify the vehicle you’ll leverage to share your gifts with the world and the specific audiences who’ll benefit most from your gifts. “As Your WHAT is the “single most crucial element of your life that needs to be identified, defined, and fulfilled,” says Steve Olsher in What is Your What? Here’s why: Your unfulfilled WHAT will absolutely affect you in a variety of unexpected ways.

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Warning: Your best practices stink

Chartered Management Institute

Methodologies abound to help organisations achieve process excellence, be that through lean, six sigma or BPM. The survey, conducted by Fierce Inc, found that best practices in areas such as professional development failed in their goal of helping employees.

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Overcoming Leadership Myopia

Michael Lee Stallard

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. When leaders fail to meet the standard, help them with coaching, mentoring, education and development. Howard Behar and Michael Lee Stallard.

Understanding the Importance of Business Process Design

Strategy Driven

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. Provides proper support to business compliance initiatives, including ISO 9000 and Six Sigma.

Strategy Execution - The Un-Idea

Six Disciplines

Innovation and intrapreneurship, Total Quality Management, Six Sigma, reengineering, networked organizations — these were all conceptual handles that allowed executives to justify and develop new breakthrough practices. A while ago, Rosabeth Moss Kanter wrote a short but profound post about execution for Strategy & Business magazine entitled Our Ten Most Enduring Ideas. Below are excerpts from her article Execution: The Un-Idea.

10 Reasons why Managers are Clueless about Leadership

Great Leadership By Dan

I recently asked readers to submit their burning leadership development questions. There’s a lot more to leadership development than reading a good book or two. I recently attended a fascinating webinar by MIT Sloan Professor Nelson Repenning that explained why proven capability building processes and tools like LEAN and Six-Sigma often go unused. Those that get picked for a post will receive a free copy of my eBook. This question from Kathy L.: “Why,

7 Types of Waste Productivity Leaders Eradicate

Nathan Magnuson

You don’t need to be in a profit-producing role or be Six Sigma certified to be a productivity leader. There’s no substitute for developing others. How much is waste costing your organization? It’s possible you may not have thought much it before.

6 MUST HAVES for Running a Team Meeting

Mike Cardus

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.

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Change Is Inevitable - Failure Is Optional

Six Disciplines

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? As the old saying goes: “If nothing changes, nothing changes.”

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

Mike Cardus

High Performance Team Development & Leadership Workshop with Executive MBA’s. Developing::Leading::Be a part of High Performance Six Sigma Teams. High Performance Team Development.

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.

Possibility Maximizer: Management Improvement Carnival

Sales Wolf Blog

Carnival of Human Resources or Leadership Development Carnival ) in that it features a collection of blog posts from various authors that relate to given subject matter.

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.

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.

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.

Reflections on the Fabric of the Toyota Production System

Deming Institute

Any effort required to adapt the molding piece, because of variation in its length – a little too long or too short – represents Quality Loss, a concept introduced and developed in Japan by Genichi Taguchi.

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.