Book Announcement: Implementing Lean Six Sigma in 30 Days

QAspire

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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6 Silent Productivity and Profitability Pitfalls, part 7 of 7

Strategy Driven

When leaders are willing to make the shift away from bureaucratic work styles and structures, develop listening as a key management competence, generate cultures that welcome innovation, and build systems and processes that support this new way of working, their people will once again experience meaning and purpose in their working lives. Management & Leadership Tactical Execution business management Chris Majer employee engagement employee productivity lean six sigma strategydriven

Quality Team and Leadership Development

Mike Cardus

Capitalizing upon the innovation and motivation of the people who work along with you to complete the work. Corporate Team Building Images Leadership Management Manager Training Organization Development Power Point Products Speaking Engagement Team Building create-learning team building and leadership leadership development lean leadership lean organization development quality leadership quality speaker quality teams six sigma team building

6 Silent Productivity and Profitability Pitfalls, part 3 of 7

Strategy Driven

Too many organizations today have created and tolerated a range of practices in which creativity, innovation, and the fundamental expressions of our thoughts and feelings about our work and our futures are ignored or spurned. Management & Leadership Tactical Execution business management Chris Majer employee engagement employee productivity lean six sigma strategydriven Silent Killer #2: Not Listening. To truly listen does not mean merely hearing or paying attention.

6 Silent Productivity and Profitability Pitfalls, part 5 of 7

Strategy Driven

Rather than attempting to replace people, our IT systems, processes, and products should be aimed at enabling the human cooperation, collaboration, and innovation that are essential to growing a business. But a new generation of coordination tools is available, and the innovators of the world are using them. Management & Leadership Tactical Execution business management Chris Majer employee engagement employee productivity lean six sigma strategydriven

6 Silent Productivity and Profitability Pitfalls, part 1 of 7

Strategy Driven

Historic innovation often comes during times of historic difficulty, as these breakdowns create the demand for something new to emerge. Ohno was then a student of Henry Ford’s industrial process designs and innovations, but these would no longer work given the circumstances in post-war Japan. We must now focus our attention on eliminating the six ‘modern’ wastes: Degenerative Moods. Suppressing Innovation.

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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?

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.

6 Silent Productivity and Profitability Pitfalls, part 4 of 7

Strategy Driven

In other words, we’re paying people to think, to innovate, and to collaborate with others to produce the best possible results. Management & Leadership Tactical Execution business management Chris Majer employee engagement employee productivity lean six sigma strategydriven Silent Killer #3: Bureaucratic Styles. To most people, bureaucracy is a bad word, synonymous with ‘red tape’ and wasted time.

Core Elements to Leading a Peak Performance Culture

The Practical Leader

We’ve been working with more and more executive teams who proclaim strategies for transforming their culture toward higher safety, customer service, innovation, Lean/Six Sigma approaches, productivity, employee engagement, or new technology platforms. Six Core Components for a Peak Performance Culture. Organizational culture development is a complex topic with many intertwined leadership components.

The Emerging Strategy of Innovative Service

Strategy Driven

The core of the innovative service strategy must include rethinking the authority of the front line—the venue for in-the-moment inventiveness. Six sigma’s pursuit of eliminating variance has been a boon to productivity; but it is a bane to creating experiences that exceed customer expectations. His last three books include The 9 ½ Principles of Innovative Service , Managers as Mentors (with Marshall Goldsmith) and Wired and Dangerous (with John Patterson).

StrategyDriven Podcast Special Edition 3 – An Interview with Forrest Breyfogle, author of Integrated Enterprise Excellence, Volume I – The Basics

Strategy Driven

During our discussion, Forrest Breyfogle, author of Integrated Enterprise Excellence, Volume I – The Basics : Golfing Buddies Go Beyond Lean Six Sigma and the Balanced Scorecard and CEO of Smarter Solutions, a global management coaching and consulting firm specializing in the design and application of innovative enterprise-wide performance measures and business solutions, shares his insights regarding: the importance of an integrated approach to organizational performance improvement.

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. ” Welcome to the era of growth through innovation. I had also heard stories of his innovative approach to building a culture of employees who loved Southwest, a sentiment that engulfed their customers. Authenticity creates trust; trust is a must-have ingredient in the risk-taking recipe required for innovation.

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

Mike Cardus

Creativity To Innovation: Implementing Inventive Solutions. Innovation and 21st Century Learning. Innovation and 21st Century Learning. Developing::Leading::Be a part of High Performance Six Sigma Teams. images innovation Leadership Power Point Speaking Engagement Team BuildingWith the end of the year approaching, this week is a great to share some of my favorites of 2011. Here is the schedule it may change; 12/27/11 – Photos of Teams.

Baldrige Performance Excellence and Using Six Disciplines

Six Disciplines

They won the award in 1988, drawing attention to Six Sigma as an approach to quality improvement. Since then, Six Sigma has widespread use throughout our economy. Steel) won the award , drawing attention to Six Disciplines as providing a complete program for strategy execution coaching and performance excellence. Here's what they had to say about Six Disciplines. ).

Master the PRIMES

Leading Blog

Fixing involves corporate improvement programs like Activity Based Costing, Six Sigma and others.”These Creating is about transformation—imagination, declaration, invention, and innovation. “Master the Primes and you can master leading groups,” says Chris McGoff. The Primes are 46 universal patterns of group behavior that show up every time people join up in groups to solve problems, drive change, and transform systems.

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

Leading Blog

I think we are seeing too much of this core issue and what we end up with is operational complexity and lack of innovation and forward momentum. In a section titled, “Creativity and Six Sigma don’t Mix,” Herbold writes: Innovation is not an orderly process. A manager can stifle innovation without even knowing it through his or her unspoken communications. People who are charged with innovation are constantly observing how their management is acting and reacting.

6 MUST HAVES for Running a Team Meeting

Mike Cardus

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. Corporate Team Building innovation Leadership leadership coaching Management manager training Team Building Team Training management training quality teams team meetingsHigh performance teams have known methods and procedures. They also have effective meetings that are managed by the Team-Leader.

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.

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

Mike Cardus

From Rath & Strong’s Six Sigma Team Pocket Guide. ABOUT Contact Us Create-Learning.com 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.

Change Is Inevitable - Failure Is Optional

Six Disciplines

The challenge for us as individuals, and for organizations, is how to keep on the “upward vector” of growth, innovation, improvement and continual learning. 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.”

The Global Innovation Interest Index

Harvard Business Review

How interested are people in innovation — and how does that change cross-culturally? We've found that these questions point to a new need for innovative cultures in the world today (distinct from innovative companies ). To start measuring the innovation culture in its pure form, we used Google Insights for Search , which is a keyword optimization tool that reports what people are searching for on the internet. Global business Innovation Research

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

Deming Institute

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. For those interested in improving the management of our organizations (hopefully that matches the readership of this blog) there is value in reading their views on six sigma. Hunter: an Innovator and Catalyst for Quality Improvement.

Why Your Customers Hate You and How to Fix It

Skip Prichard

More importantly, he offers concrete examples of how any organization—large or small, and regardless of industry—can innovate in ways that delight customers and attract top-level talent. process improvement methodologies or the revenue and profit implications of his or her work—then he or she might have created an innovative way to review his or her work (a checklist, maybe?) What do leaders often get wrong when they think of innovation ? How Leaders Think About Innovation.

Managers Don't Really Want to Innovate

Harvard Business Review

Innovation may be an organization's life blood, but still its success rate in most companies hovers at just 17%. Even innovation leader P&G succeeds less than 50% of the time. What prevents companies from innovating better? One possibility is that managers don't really want their people to innovate, no matter what they say otherwise. Take time utilization: How many hours per day, week, or month are you encouraged to think creatively, or work on innovation?

Overcoming Leadership Myopia

Michael Lee Stallard

Research from two well-respected organizations makes it clear that we have a big collective blind spot that’s dragging down productivity, innovation and economic performance. All the Six-Sigma, Lean, benchmarking and metrics in the world won’t help us lead people if we fail to recognize these realities. Employees responded by cutting costs in excess of six percent. Howard Behar and Michael Lee Stallard. American leaders need to wake up and smell the coffee.

Please, Can We All Just Stop "Innovating"?

Harvard Business Review

The dynamic is always the same, whether the idea in question is reengineering, six-sigma quality, or lean production systems: A genuinely original strategy is born in one company or industry, consultants discover the practice and turn it into a marketable commodity, executives in all sorts of other companies race to "buy" the product — and then they wonder why the technique didn't work nearly as well in their organization as it did in the place that created it in the first place.

How to Prioritize Your Innovation Budget

Harvard Business Review

Leaders and organizations are under more stress than ever to do two things simultaneously: deliver on today’s pressing commitments by troubleshooting and refining processes; and find and invest in innovation opportunities that will create tomorrow’s success. The problem is, this instinct crowds out longer term, innovative thinking. To find out how they do this, we focused on the two key questions underlying the challenge: How much is your organization spending on innovation?

Structure Your Global Team for Innovation

Harvard Business Review

Many firms struggle to exploit the innovation potential of their global networks. To get the most from dispersed innovation, managers need a different playbook. Here are three ways to set up and manage global innovation for success: 1. Contrast this with the more familiar world of single location projects, where senior managers can give the go-ahead to an innovation project and then step back and let the team get on with it. Innovation

Structure Your Global Team for Innovation

Harvard Business Review

Many firms struggle to exploit the innovation potential of their global networks. To get the most from dispersed innovation, managers need a different playbook. Here are three ways to set up and manage global innovation for success: 1. Contrast this with the more familiar world of single location projects, where senior managers can give the go-ahead to an innovation project and then step back and let the team get on with it. Innovation

The 6 Most Common Innovation Mistakes Companies Make

Harvard Business Review

The executive team of a consumer healthcare company had concluded that the rise of new competitors meant the company needed to up its innovation game. 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. A creativity consultant said to signal that it was a new era in the organization, all of the top executives should dress up as innovation superheroes.

The Next Big Thing in Managing Innovation

Harvard Business Review

The first decade of the 21st century brought about an incredible amount of technological advances — Facebook, Twitter, Android, iPod/iTunes/iPhone/iPad, and many other innovations transformed how we communicate, work, and live. Understanding the most important management innovations of the past will inform how we continue to expand and build on our knowledge to improve the innovation process in the future and advance human progress. Innovation PERT

Bringing Outside Innovations into Health Care

Harvard Business Review

This failure is not for lack of effort — health systems are making massive investments in new infrastructure, technology, processes and managerial approaches designed to manage change, such as electronic health records, Six Sigma and Lean Management. While this concept has been around for some time (pioneers like Virginia Mason started importing lean six-sigma practices into health care at least a decade ago) it is still not widely accepted and is rarely done as a matter of routine.

The 5 Requirements of a Truly Innovative Company

Harvard Business Review

Can you think of any business topic that’s been hotter for longer than innovation? By now, your company probably has a new busi­ness incubator, an idea wiki, a disciplined process for mining customer insights, an awards program for successful innovators, and maybe even an outpost in Silicon Valley—all fine ideas—and yet, most likely, it still struggles to meet its growth goals and seldom thrills its customers. So it is with innovation. Innovation

Avoid Doing the Wrong things Righter…But, “By What Method?”

Deming Institute

Learning to do things “right” is important and all sorts of training exist for doing so, including Lean Six Sigma, Kaizen, Plan-Do-Study-Act, Statistical Process Control, and ISO certifications to name just a few. The desired state included well-intentioned hard-working people functioning interdependently with clarity and coherence to optimize and achieve the aim of the system and to develop a sense of pride and joy in work, innovation, and collective efficacy.

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The Secret to Lean Innovation Is Making Learning a Priority

Harvard Business Review

Lean innovation is being embraced by everyone — from the smallest start-ups to the largest global organizations. And that’s where the money is in innovation. Lean innovation embraces a philosophy of not letting progress get in the way of perfection. As an approach, lean innovation lends itself especially well to corporate cultures, often engineering ones and others strongly focused on process-improvement programs such as Six Sigma.

How to Identify Your Project Stakeholders Interest

Mike Cardus

Setting a precedent Rath & Strong’s Six Sigma Team Pocket Guide. ABOUT Contact Us Create-Learning.com 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 Box? How to Turn Problems into Opportunities

Strategy Driven

Clever innovators and creative change agents recognize that solving problems 'inside' a box, when the box itself is the problem, is like moving chairs around on the Titanic. So what if we have achieved six sigma (near perfect) performance on our floppy disks or fax machines. Albert Einstein once said, "The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them."

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

Mike Cardus

michael cardus is create-learning Referenced From Rath & Strong’s Six Sigma Team Pocket Guide. ABOUT Contact Us Create-Learning.com 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.

Health Care Providers Must Stop Wasting Patients’ Time

Harvard Business

In 2014 Jess Jacobs, a director in an innovation lab, started blogging about her experience as she received treatment for two rare diseases. Jess was trained as a Six Sigma Green Belt. How the most innovative providers are creating value. The next morning, a physical therapist arrives at the house, ready to begin the first of six in-home PT sessions. Collaboration Productivity Innovation Operations Health Healthcare Digital Article

Forget Brand Preference – Win the Brand Relevance War

Strategy Driven

Brand Relevance provides the tools companies need to generate innovative offerings that can create long-term financial success. The strategy is to engage in incremental innovation to make the brand ever more attractive or reliable, the offering less costly, or the marketing program more effective or efficient. Marketing & Sales Strategic Planning brand preference branding category david aaker innovation marketing prand relevance prophet strategydriven subcategory

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Before Automating Your Company?s Processes, Find Ways to Improve Them

Harvard Business

Having started its Lean Six Sigma journey almost five years ago, ADP saw RPA as the obvious next step in its journey to drive efficiency. Combining the capabilities of RPA with a traditional Lean Six Sigma way of working was a natural fit. RPA in which the “P” stands for process improvement or innovation is a much more valuable tool than simple task automation. MirageC/Getty Images.