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Clint Corley

Giver. Leader. Worker. Clint Corley is a professional sales person originally from Waco, TX who is passionate about people and relationships. He approaches his professional and personal life with the desire to be a servant and a giver. From building the foundation of a startup to selling services and solutions to Fortune 500 customers, Clint has thrived in a range of environments and has been very fortunate to have been afforded the opportunity to make an impact in his career. He studied at Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business where he received his Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Professional Sales and currently lives in Austin, TX with his wife Jordan. In his free time, he loves music, food and getting out of his comfort zone.
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How to Select the Best Project Management Software

Posted by Clint Corley

Jun 30, 2021 11:42:00 AM

Finding the best software for any purpose isn’t easy. You need to think about the technical environment, user experience, capabilities, implementation, and support provided. Choosing project management software comes with its own unique challenges. There are hundreds of applications available that help track tasks. Some are free and to use, while others are expensive and complex. Making an intelligent choice for your organization requires careful consideration of your needs and goals.

Our customers’ primary interest is in providing a structure for continuous improvement across all of their teams and departments. The best project management software to support this objective is designed to collect, implement, share and measure improvement work. If that aligns with your goals, here are some helpful questions to ask during your project management software evaluation.

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Topics: Software

A Guide to Sustained Improvement with the Kaizen Methodology

Posted by Clint Corley

Apr 27, 2021 1:11:25 PM

If you are exploring ways to make your organization more efficient and better at sustaining continuous improvement, you may have come across references to the Kaizen Methodology. Masaaki Imai introduced the Kaizen Methodology to the world in 1986 in his book, Kaizen, The Key to Japan’s Competitive Success. We recommend it along with several other titles that we’ll share at the end of this post. This post provides you with the basics of the Kaizen Methodology and hopefully leaves you wanting to learn more.

 

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Topics: Kaizen

DMAIC Model:  An Essential Guide

Posted by Clint Corley

Apr 5, 2021 5:33:13 PM

DMAIC is a structured, customer-focused, data-driven approach to problem-solving. The acronym stands for:

1- Define

2- Measure

3- Analyze

4- Improve

5- Control

It is often associated with the Lean Six Sigma business methodology, but it can be valuable for any organization.


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Topics: Improvement Methodology, DMAIC

What is a Kaizen Event? Your Complete Guide Rapid Improvement

Posted by Clint Corley

Feb 9, 2021 10:09:00 AM

Kaizen events, also called rapid improvement sprints or blitzes, are an impactful way to implement improvement quickly, but they require planning and preparation to make them useful. We've heard many stories about Kaizen events that went wrong. That's not surprising because there are many ways that improvement events can go off the rails. The best way to avoid that outcome is to put in the effort ahead of time to ensure your event is a huge success.

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Topics: Kaizen, Improvement Methodology

Hidden Opportunities for Improvement in Manufacturing

Posted by Clint Corley

Dec 23, 2020 11:55:00 AM

Manufacturing organizations dedicated to continuous improvement look for opportunities to eliminate waste at every juncture. They may spend most of their time looking at core activities like production efficiency because improvements to essential processes result in significant gains.

However, there are many activities on the margins that can also be a significant source of waste. Improvements to these tasks might not yield monumental results, but the good news is they can be improved with just a little bit of attention and effort.

Is it possible that you might have opportunities for improvements hiding in plain sight? Here are a few places to look.

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Topics: Daily Lean Management, Spread Continuous Improvement, Improvement Process

Implementing a Culture of Improvement in Healthcare

Posted by Clint Corley

Nov 10, 2020 11:20:18 AM

Across the globe, healthcare leaders are working hard to implement the principles of continuous improvement in their organizations. Continuous improvement is a systematic, repeatable approach to enhancing the quality of care and patients' health outcomes. Building a culture of continuous improvement is not a short-term project or a quick fix but a journey that never ends. It requires commitment, investment, and persistence.

The goal of continuous improvement is operational excellence, which represents a way of working that delivers improvements in care quality and safety through the use of continuous improvement techniques. Improvement is owned and delivered by frontline staff and reinforced by ongoing training, technology, and supported by the entire organization.

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Topics: Leadership, Improvement Culture, Lean Healthcare

Continuous Improvement in Financial Services

Posted by Clint Corley

Sep 15, 2020 11:00:00 AM

When people think of structured continuous improvement methodologies like Lean and Six Sigma, they usually associate it with manufacturing. However, these days, financial services firms, under immense pressure to reduce operational costs and improve efficiencies and effectiveness, are embracing formal continuous improvement programs. Many of the most popular methodologies can easily be tailored to the needs of financial services firms. They can also take advantage of the technology leveraged in other sectors to support improvement.

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Topics: Improvement Culture, Spread Continuous Improvement

How To Improve the Oil and Gas Industry With Innovation

Posted by Clint Corley

Aug 13, 2020 10:00:00 AM

Oil and gas companies have increasingly faced the twin challenges of low prices and increased competition from renewables. The COVID-19 pandemic has made the situation much more difficult. For example, the US benchmark for the price per barrel of crude dropped from $63 in January 2020 to below zero in April 2020. In the second quarter of 2020, 18 producers filed for bankruptcy; that's the second-highest quarterly increase in the last five years.

Controlling costs and optimizing supply chain processes and production systems are not nice to have for oil and gas companies; they are necessary for survival. That's why more leaders in the sector wondering how to improve the oil and gas industry are turning to the practices that manufacturing companies have long used to reduce waste, improve quality, and speed projects to completion. It all starts with the simple idea that every process can be improved and that continuous improvement is the employee's responsibility.



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Change Management Tips for Leaders

Posted by Clint Corley

Jul 21, 2020 10:30:00 AM

People react very positively to the concept of continuous improvement. They are a little less enthusiastic when it is framed as constant change. But, of course, improvement requires change. Our clients who’ve done it successfully have shared their best ideas for how to get there.

Acknowledge that Most People Don’t Like Change

People balk at trying new things for several reasons, including risk adversity. It’s much easier to keep doing the same thing and getting the same results than to experiment with something that might fail. It pays to acknowledge this and let everyone know that it’s all right to try something that doesn’t ultimately work. It’s the constant learning and experimentation that will eventually lead to better processes and outcomes.

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Topics: Leadership, Change Management, Change Management Software, Continuous Improvement Software

4 Ways to Overcome Resistance to Change

Posted by Clint Corley

Jun 9, 2020 10:00:00 AM

When you ask people if they would like to be involved in continuous improvement, they are likely to say, “Of course!” But ask them if they would like to experience continuous change, and you’re likely to get a different answer. Of course, improvement requires change, so what gives?

The difference is that “improvement” describes the desired state, a positive outcome. “Change” addresses the messy, risky process of getting there. Fear of the unknown is a normal human reaction that keeps us safe in many ways, so it’s normal for people to resist change. It’s also impossible to improve business results without it. That means that leaders need to become exceptionally good at helping people embrace and instigate change. Here are four things you can do to help your organization overcome barriers to change.

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Topics: Change Management

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