A growing number of the population is jumping on the sustainability band wagon. Customers want, or at least say they want, products that do little or no harm to the environment. They want to buy locally grown food. They want to control emissions of green house gases.
They want all of these things, until faced with decisions that fundamentally change their daily lives.
They don’t really want to give up their SUV for a hybrid vehicle or, heaven forbid, they use public transportation. All we have to do is look at the vehicles on the road.
Managing people is always about politics, isn’t it?
It is, if we believe interpersonal relationships are always someone else’s responsibility.
“I’ll ignore it for now; it will stop being a problem soon.”
We tend to think that our involvement requires too much time and uncomfortable discussions with people.
”I’m just too busy to spend my time on little stuff like that.”
I’ve learned that most people are skeptical when they’re told to expect significant financial benefits from implementing Lean.
In teams of 3, I used TMAC’s Financial Fundamentals business simulation game to teach finance to non-financial people. During the 6-hour workshop, each team manufactures and sells a common product to a single customer … me. The winner of the workshop is the team with the most income in Retained Earnings.
Just when it seems you finally get used to something, someone goes and changes it. Like many things today, Quality Management System requirements continue to evolve. From 1999 to 2009, the AS9100 Standard has been revised 3 times! The latest revision places more emphasis on how organizations identify and manage Risk, Special Requirements and Critical Items. Additionally, new requirements for Project Management, Configuration Management and On-Time-Delivery significantly effect how registration audits will be conducted.
For the last 18 months, I’ve been working with a company that has been seriously pursuing a Lean initiative. Often, I see companies that claim to pursue lean only to realize they’re just dabbling. They haven’t adopted the principles of lean to guide all facets of the business – but that’s not what’s happening here. . At this company, the way they measure business and operations has presented a serious obstacle. Left unaddressed, this obstacle will limit the companies’ ability to move forward in their lean initiative. Continue reading “Management Constraints vs. Physical Obstacles” »
The ISO 9001 family of standards requires that organizations:
Imagine a world where a group of employees are able to make decisions and act upon those decisions independently and free of supervision or management intervention. Implementing this idea means a high level of cooperative teamwork with a common mission and vision driving the set goals and objectives. Sounds nice, right? This isn’t the stuff of fairly tales, folks, this is Autonomous Management. There are several successful organizations doing it now. Continue reading “Autonomous Management” »