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Continuous Improvement

By Eduardo Lan Many of the clients we work with at Propulo Consulting ask us what it takes to create a robust Safety Culture where people work safely out of choice rather than obligation. Three critical elements of this are an organizational willingness to learn, an engaged workforce, and the leadership that creates such an environment. Leaders set the cultural tone Leaders are critical to this equation because they set the cultural tone of the organization. As Edgar H. Schein, former MIT professor and organizational culture guru, says: “Leaders reinforce an organization’s culture by what they pay attention to and how they choose

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By Josh Williams, Ph.D. There are no shortcuts to safety culture improvement. However, if there was a safety culture improvement ‘hack’ it would be getting and using more employee input for safety. One of the best ways of doing this is through safety suggestions from front-line employees. This should be done both formally (e.g., peer checks, safety committees) and informally (1-1 conversations). Many of the best and most practical safety ideas come from front-line employees. Also, getting more employee input leads to better decision-making and increased front-line discretionary effort for safety. For example, at one manufacturing facility in Southwest Virginia, the safety

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By Dale Lawrence In today’s environment, where operations need to keep growing capabilities, the Lean methodology will help drive efficiencies, build sustainable growth and ensure your business can scale regardless of the type of operation. The approach is the same whether you have a start-up in the growth phase and straining to scale effectively or a back-office support team that is overwhelmed with sudden volume. Going back to the fundamentals of Lean as the toolkit will help you identify the gap and provide ways to improve. During COVID, the need for Lean is even more important. Focus on the operations as a

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By Dale Lawrence Often, organizations focus on either culture or customer experience or operational excellence as independent activities without seeing that they all are interrelated. In fact, the customer doesn't really care about the company culture or the operational success but will feel the impacts from both. When it is time for the customer to reflect on their loyalty and determine if they with re-purchase, their decision will be based on the overall historical relationship and interactions. In effect, whether their needs were met with the least customer effort. The company must see the customer journey, the employee engagement and the

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By Madison Hanscom, PhD Organizations must continually change and adapt in order to sustain improvement in this dynamic world. Without change, companies risk falling behind and losing the competitive edge. Researchers are developing a picture of what leads to successful change and what factors contribute to failure, because unsuccessful change can be disruptive and expensive. For example, it is known that having a proper diagnosis before the change, forming a clear vision, mobilizing energy, removing barriers, developing knowledge and skills for the change, setting goals, and implementing feedback are all crucial components of successful transformation. Another critical component is supportive leadership. What

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By KyoungHee Choi While culture is widely recognized as an important lever to grow brands, increase productivity, improve revenue while improving safety and customer experience outcomes, many organizations still find to drive and manage something that feels intangible. In challenging times, it may seem hard to invest time and resources into something that can’t easily be measured, like “company culture”. Especially when the very survival of your company itself is at stake. However, culture is far more than an abstraction. It is critical to bringing your values to life and to driving business success. In challenging times it’s even more important

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