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The biggest challenge: Reduce attrition!

Attrition is the biggest obstacle in the functioning of any organization So all HR Professionals should take it very seriously  as it directly affects their very profile. Sometimes attrition is desirable to some extent for organization’s growth and development but in the span of an HR’s work the most challenging part is how to tackle with this situation before it becomes

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What’s the difference between Executive Coaching and Lean Coaching?

This is not an easy question to answer because there are as many different interpretations of the word “coaching” as there are coaches. The difference is that Lean Coaching is a direct teaching method, whereas, what we have encountered in organizations as coaching is more of a self-discovery and feedback method. The main difference is content. Lean Coaching is not

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The hidden costs of hot desking

It’s time to make way for the latest office trends: more collaboration spaces, telecommuting, and less personal space. You now have the chance to take advantage of the fact that over 30% of the EU workforces are not always in the office. The costs of moving to a new workplace design are now being offset by the savings from better

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Lean Six Sigma Traps to Avoid to stay alive in business

Source: mhlnews.com Article written by: Tom Andel   Just the phrase “Six Sigma” or “lean manufacturing” or “lean distribution” can make many people’s eyes roll. Mention “black belts,” “jidoka” or the “gemba” and they will stifle a yawn or let out a derisive laugh. Such are the reactions of those who’ve experienced all of the pitfalls and none of the rewards associated

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“Lean Vs Agile”: The winner is…

Aspect: Obsessed With Agile Is Obsessed With… The Agile manifesto is about people. It states that interactions between people and involving the end user are favored over other types of interactions. You can perform a lot of Agile practices, but if you’re not getting your end users involved, then you’re not doing Agile. Lean Is Obsessed With… Lean is really

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What is the PRICE of “#waste?” The second example is my favourite one!

For me the word WASTE, it is the refuse filling up my trash cans or littering the streets. For the purpose of this blog, “waste” is something quite different. Look around your organization. What activities do you see that are ineffective, unproductive, excessive or unnecessary? That is waste. And there is plenty more that’s not so obvious in your distribution

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Scorecard and KPIs: if it cannot be measured, it cannot be managed!

From George Odiorne to Peter Drucker, the quote, “If you can’t measure something, you can’t manage it,” has been discussed, spoken, and written in many forms over the years. Regardless of how the quote is written, you need scorecards if you are to measure, manage, and improve your business, operations, and processes. This article will suggest that you should consider

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You must see with your ears and you eyes

Generally speaking, most companies are pretty good at getting out and rubbing elbows with customers to conduct the kind of ethnographic research that involves watching customers in their user habitat. The challenge that all of them have is turning their observations into insights that produce a new strategy and competitive advantage. Some are better than others at it, of course,

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Lean6Sigma4all interviews Mr Chuck Intrieri – Lean Consultant and blogger

As part of the Lean6Sigma4all platform we interview professionals who believe in sharing knowledge and want to make this project bigger. This week we have interviewed Mr Chuck Intrieri as a Supply Chain professional, recognized thought leader, innovator and partner in our project. Mr Intrieri explained also how he helped The Schwinn Bicycle Company implementing The Lean Six Sigma Methodology and saving $ 7/unit going to one

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#Lean #Six Sigma is about more than tools. Your mindset first!

So much has been written about Lean Six Sigma. Practical information on how to implement Lean Six Sigma, especially in a small business is hard to come by. Tapping into the expertise of those who have walked this path is a great way to discover the secrets and pitfalls, mistakes to avoid when considering Lean Six Sigma for your business/organization. On Lean6Sigma4all

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Lean6Sigma4all is now sponsored by Chitahpo.com

We are extremely proud of announcing our new partnership with Mr Paul Brainard Founder of the the platform Chitahpo.com. In just 2 hours with this training, you can master: Leading and continuously improving your operations. Empowering and motivating high performance employees. Continuous improvement of Sales, profit and cash flows. It is FREE!!! Mr Brainard accepted to sponsor the Lean6Sigma4all Project

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#Employees are not just numbers with a name

As we all know the health check of a #Production or #Operational #Process is its #performance against defined KPIs and targets. We speak daily about FTEs (Full time Equivalent), man-hours and process throughputs ,FTE savings, how we decrease man-hr per unit of finished product, how we can increase process throughput, etc. But often, not much attention is given to what

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How companies hire a #Lean #SixSigma #Manager

As you know our goal as Lean6Sigma4all is to be the only matchmaking platform for every Lean Six Sigma professional and company that looks for the right consultant for its business. We are always looking for projects to publish developed by Lean Six Sigma consulting companies and professionals. These projects will be voted by the audience. By doing this we help

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Apply Lean Six Sigma with Toilet Paper Origami

Standardization, visual management, and process confirmation are some important elements of lean manufacturing. Here we have an example many of you are probably familiar with – toilet paper folding at hotels. This simple example can clearly demonstrate the value of Standardization, visual management, and process confirmation. Lean principles can be found almost everywhere in industry. This is not only limited

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Continuous Positive Reinforcement for a Warehouse

Many warehouse teams start out with great intentions, implementing changes that improve processes and increase efficiency. But then, slowly over time, the newness wanes and they lose momentum. While this is not uncommon, it’s extremely important that managers take notice and take action. How can a team leader provide positive reinforcement in order to revive the team? To begin, there

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Creating a Standard #Lean #Workstation in a Low Volume, High Mix Industry

When a team of craftsmen come together to discuss their needs for a standard workbench, you can imagine the struggle this can be for a team who is just starting on their Lean journey. There is plenty of theory and principles of lean workstation design and layout (see “Lean Workstations: Organised for Productivity” ), considering ergonomics, Takt time and range

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Transformational Leadership: Inspiring to Change

Say the word “leader” and most of us envision a knight-like figure charging headlong, inspiring his troops and generally leading from the front. That’s the dramatized version of a special type of leadership called “Transformational Leadership”. Transformational leadership is probably the ideal interpretation of leadership, and the most romanticized. Leaders of this kind are visionaries, full of enthusiasm and boundless

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5 Sweeping Trends to change paradigms forever

Manufacturing technology is not what tit used to be a decade ago. Today’s increasingly automated and software driven industries have reduced human intervention to pressing only a few buttons in some cases. The application of advanced technologies in manufacturing such as nanotechnology, cloud computing, the Internet of Things (IoT) are changing the face of manufacturing in ways unimaginable a few decades

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Grasp the “KNOW WHY” to score!

How do we make the difference? Unhappy employees would not have the motivation to make the difference. Lean six sigma business management philosophy guides us to treat employees as an asset and invest in people. Does this mean that we pay employees more to make the difference? Two of the key business imperatives for any organization are – building and

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Shut up and go to GEMBA!

The Gemba can be thought of as ground zero. It is not just the shop floor, it is the scene of the crime, it is being on location, or when considering Kaizen, it is the place where value is added. Going to Gemba requires a deep curiosity to know what is really going on at the real place and not

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Continuous, Continual and Consistency

Continuous Process Improvement—a relatively simplistic concept with a proven track record, serves to be adaptable to almost every kind of business. In other words, this process is exactly what it says – a smart way of introducing improvements continually. Whether it as about the service or manufacturing industry, the corner-side cafeteria or a giant corporation, a professional working at a

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Six Sigma, Lean or Kaizen? That is the question

For more than a decade, publications such as Fortune, Business Week and hundreds of books have stressed the human side of change, infrastructure, customer focus, boundaryless and learning organizations, innovation and out-of-box thinking, and cultural transformation. Executives continue to send their employees off to Six Sigma, Lean, or Kaizen boot camps to learn the tools, but they are often disappointed

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Using Six Sigma in Europe: A Cross-Cultural Perspective

Six Sigma is about organizational improvement, with its focus on process improvement, design and management. But, it is as much about people’s behavior as it is about the behavior of processes. These two behaviors cannot easily be separated. At its best, Six Sigma is about organizational improvement. Six Sigma focuses on process improvement, design and management. But, it is as

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5 Lean Six Sigma Deployment MISTAKES and 5 SOLUTIONS. I have been really impressed by the 3rd solution!

A well planned Six Sigma deployment can lead to a rewarding experience and immense benefits for an organization. On the flip side, however, a flawed deployment may lead to disappointing results. There are five problems in Six Sigma deployments, which, if not handled well, will derail a deployment effort. Fight Problems Early Successfully avoiding these common mistakes will yield long-term

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