2009 Lessons Learned

Rather than another posting asking what you’ll do different in 2010, let’s talk about what we learned in 2009. What’s the most valuable thing you learned this year?

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What’s it worth to you…or them?

We talk a lot about ROI and the value of the work we do the business.  We’ve recently gotten some data back from our partners in the Finance group on this issue (sorry, nothing we can share at this point), which is the only source you can trust in these issues.  While it obviously doesn’t […]

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What’s your latest project?

We all, to some degree, have a project in play.  Redesigning your compensation package?  Putting together a new training program?  Working furiously to meet your budget numbers for the year?  Looking for a new place to peddle your wares? It’s a busy world out there.  What’s everyone working on, and what help could you use?

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Pick a skill!

Let’s pretend you are adding one person to your staff.  You have several qualified applicants, but each has an “extra” skill set that doesn’t translate directly to the role (whatever it may be; the role isn’t important here).  The “extra” skills are: Sales experienceSecond language fluency (though not one that will be useful for their […]

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LSS Deployment Benchmarks – How do you stack up?

Karen Welch from Abbott Nutrition presented in October at the 4th Annual Global Lean, Six Sigma and Business Improvement Summit. She quoted a few interesting (or depressing, depending on how you see it) statistics from Leap Technologies. I thought I’d share the ones that really caught my eye. Close to 50% of organizations making a […]

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Diversity vs. Inclusion

Worked with a team last week to brainstorm policies that promote inclusion. The discussion went in an unexpected (but very interesting) direction. But the question we first dealt with was the difference between inclusion and diversity. Diversity is generally seen as compliance with US requirements along the lines of Affirmative Action Planning, or about making […]

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What Makes a Good LSS Belt Candidate?

I’m working this morning with a potential candidate to assess fit and likelihood of success.  Traits I’m hoping to find… Action orientedComfortable with responsibilityDiligenceFlexibilityComfort with numbers (I’m not as concerned about their specific statistical ability.  We can teach that if they have the mindset.)Desire to learnWillingness to change how you look at the world (I […]

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Project Ownership

In the last few weeks we have been busy building out the plans for Kaizens, JDIs and belt projects to reach our cost savings / productivity gain targets. One thing has come to light that I find very disturbing. Our project champions/sponsors have a number of reasons for failed projects, many of which are due […]

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Translating “Corporate Strategy” methods to the HR world

In reading through “Lean Six Sigma for Service” (Michael L. George), I started thinking about the ways we leverage our HR team’s priorities in our LSS deployment.  George talks about how to benchmark against competitors on ROIC, WACC and EP (Economic Profit, the difference between the ROIC % and WACC %).  These are fairly easy […]

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Obama appoints “Chief Performance Officer”

In the interest of keeping politics at a minimum, I won’t ask people’s opinions of the incoming administration (or outgoing, for that matter, though civil discussion is always welcome), I thought this new post was interesting enough to mention.  From Yahoo! News… President-elect Barack Obama…named on Wednesday a former Treasury official as the first U.S. […]

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