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By Dale Lawrence The traditional model for transformation projects is to plan, build the business case, go through financial gates, estimate benefits, project plan, go through more approvals, stakeholder analysis, more approvals, assemble the team, launch project, seek more funding, start strong but then things start happening. Delays, impacts to areas of the business that were not expected, funding issues, more delays, resistance is building, watch out! Many major projects start with different project team members than they end with because the project takes too long. The perception is the business world moves fast but your business moves too slow. In

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By Brie DeLisi In many organizations safety and operational excellence are two separate functions, any overlap is deemed coincidental. However, these two functions are incredibly interrelated when it comes to the actual practice and the related values. At the most foundational level, lean processes and safety culture both rely on the same thing: the employees. The goal of lean manufacturing and operational excellence is simultaneously to minimize waste without sacrificing productivity. This benefits employee safety in a number of ways: 1. The employee is essential to production. You need employees, and not only does an injury impact the employee and their family, it also

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By Eric Johnson The front-line of many organizations is often the first segment of interaction of the company to its customers. In a past post, we have discussed the importance of customer care. In this post, we discuss empowering employees to make the decisions that align with the organization while increasing their own satisfaction with their roles and ability to achieve their career objectives. To do this, a considered approach consists of the following: 1. Develop a robust human resources program with the goal of understanding employee incentives2. Create a cross-training / rotational program to expand employee skillsets3. Create clear association of expected

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By Eric Johnson Rapid Results events are fast paced change elements that when done correctly, they can reinforce your organization's commitment to change and improvement. 1. Have a clear challenge that is impactful and measurable Throughout many of the Rapid Results events we have facilitated over the years, one of the greatest challenges to a successful event centers on preventing the inadequacy of the challenge statement. Because the challenge statement guides all subsequent activities, a statement that is too vague or unachievable can cascade an event into a flurry of inefficient activities, unclear objectives, and disagreements. This ultimately results in missed opportunities and

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By Eric Johnson One of the biggest elements of a good safety program is the ability of employees to feel free to both own their safety to protect themselves from hazards and to then report safety incidents, close calls, as they happen within the workplace. Within groups that exhibit private compliance and higher maturities, the workforce feels comfortable and duty-oriented to enforce safety. But as we all know, safety is a journey, not a destination, and elements of a safety culture can quickly erode if not deliberately maintained. The canary in the coal mine for a decline in safety culture is the

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By Eric Johnson Strategy and Planning are the core activities in any organization that provide guidance and link the “whys” to the “hows” that define utilization of resources in producing high quality outputs. These are also core events in the business cycle that should be driven by data behind both external and internal forces to best approach the most advantageous deployment of resources toward customer satisfaction. Whether it's that time of the fiscal year or whether changing conditions necessitate a shift in the business approach, strategic planning is an event that everyone knows needs to happen, but few look forward to. The

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