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By Steph Andel So, you might ask, why do you want commitment over compliance? Great question! When employees are committed, they are intrinsically motivated to succeed. They show greater dedication and better performance, not because they have to but because they want to. There are a few different research-backed behaviors that convey true leadership and help to ensure that your employees are focused, committed, and engaged: Our Top 5 Leadership Behaviors 1. Be a great role model – Far too often, those in charge fail to “practice what they preach” when it comes to following organizational practices, policies, and procedures. However, as a

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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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In 2001, David Spade’s magnum opus ‘Joe Dirt’ was released, to critical fanfare (11% at Rotten Tomatoes) and commercial success ($27M in domestic gross). A coming of age tale about the eponymous antihero (played by Spade), the film tells the story of a young man whose parents had a mullet wig surgically grafted to his head because his skull failed to completely form, before leaving him behind at the Grand Canyon at the tender age of only eight years old. Joe would go on to grow up in a plethora of foster homes, each with a series of misadventures more

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By Eric Johnson When embarking on a process improvement journey, it is critical to first know the details of the root causes, your resources skills and constraints, and most importantly your culture's ability to thrive under the new changes. Process Improvement initiatives often arise out of a number of different situations as a solution to issues organizations currently face. The initiative may be an idea of an executive that has prior process improvement experience or exposure to process improvement information or conversations, and ascribes to capturing those benefits for her area. Or it may originate from a middle manager who has participated

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For years, organizations have pursued process improvement to proactively identify opportunities for cost reduction, quality enhancement, elevated productivity, and to achieve new standards. The industry of process improvement has exploded in size and scope, and has brought with it scores of buzzwords, methodologies, certifications, and associated requirements. Here are four myths that have hitched along for the ride…and one truth that hasn’t, but should have. MYTH #1: Process Improvement is Slow. I get it. It’s an advantage for the process improvement practitioner to say that it’ll take a long time to see the improvement, that it’ll take a long time to

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