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Continuous Improvement

By Dale Lawrence In most process improvement projects, when analyzing the business problem in advance of determining a solution, you typically look at a variety of data. Many Lean Six Sigma (and other methodologies) projects start out with a data collection plan and gather such things as number of defects, number of people, time duration, pass/ fail rates, length/ weight/ temperature, customer survey results etc. While each of these can lead to valuable insights to root causes and possible solutions, most projects miss a key metric… the duration for the actual project. This includes technology builds, large process transformation and relatively

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By Eric Michrowski HBR recently published a study on Transformational Leaders . One of the conclusions that caught my eye was that most of the leaders that had successfully transformed an industry or business had very diverse backgrounds (think Amazon's Bezos who came from a Finance background). They mention the importance of leaders that come with outside experience and that are brought into a business to drive change. Throughout my career and consulting experience I have always advocated the value of incorporating very diverse backgrounds and creating development paths within businesses that support such diversification. Regrettably, most companies do the very opposite.

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When I was about 10 years old, my father gave me my first pocketknife. It was a small one – just two blades, nothing more, and I chose to get a green one, rather than the traditional red. Within about a week, I had cut myself closing the small blade. Today, I carry a Leatherman multitool that’s indispensable in most small work around the house. Again, I’ve opted to keep it (mostly!) simple, so my Leatherman isn’t the super-complex one – it has two knives (serrated and smooth), a file, the multi-tool pliers (pliers, needlenose, wire cutter), a saw blade, scissors, a

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