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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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What is a Kaizen Event? Your Roadmap Rapid Improvement

Posted by Clint Corley

Jan 10, 2022 4:24:40 PM

Known in Lean and Six Sigma circles as Kaizen events, rapid improvement sprints or blitzes are an impactful way to implement improvement quickly. However, they require planning and preparation to make them effective. We've heard many stories about Kaizen events that went wrong. The best way to avoid that outcome is to put in the effort ahead of time to ensure your event is an unmitigated success.

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Topics: Kaizen, Improvement Methodology

How to Create a High-Performance Organizational Culture

Posted by Clint Corley

Dec 7, 2021 10:14:00 AM

An organization's culture is the foundation upon which success, stagnation, or failure is built. It is imperative during times of growth or disruption. The problem is that often well-intentioned leaders don't make culture a priority during challenging times. Instead, they put their energy into protecting assets and maximizing efficiency.

Of course, those strategies are essential, but leaders need to practice both defense and offense by creating a solid and resilient culture. In a high-performance organization, disruption becomes fuel for long-term growth.

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Topics: Improvement Culture

How to Create a Culture of Accountability & Ownership?

Posted by Clint Corley

Nov 17, 2021 10:36:00 AM

Most leaders will agree that a culture of accountability and ownership is essential if the goal is to achieve operational excellence. Unfortunately, many organizations don’t take the steps necessary to build accountability into the day-to-day practices of individuals at every level. Like everything else that has to do with organizational culture, accountability will not happen by accident. The good news is that leaders can take some simple yet powerful steps to bake in a sense of responsibility and positive engagement

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Topics: Leadership, Improvement Culture, Strategy Deployment

Drive Quality Improvement with Standard Work Software

Posted by Clint Corley

Oct 13, 2021 2:26:46 PM

In today’s hyper-competitive and rapidly changing environment, organizations must find innovative ways to improve quality, reduce waste, and get products to market quickly and efficiently. To do so, many organizations of all types are turning to the tools and techniques that manufacturing companies have used for decades to achieve operational excellence. Today, hospitals, construction companies, software developers, and even educational institutions are adapting ideas from the Toyota Production System and Lean manufacturing to suit their needs.

One of the most popular techniques is Standard work.  

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Topics: Change Management Software, Software, Continuous Improvement Software

How to Effectively Define Your Six Sigma Project Scope

Posted by Clint Corley

Sep 21, 2021 11:09:50 AM

Lean Six Sigma is a business optimization methodology that combines two popular continuous improvement methods, Lean and Six Sigma. These well-proven approaches give organizations a structured path to reaching their strategic goals quickly and profitably.  

While the driving force behind Lean Six Sigma is daily incremental improvement, implemented by employees at every level of the organization, it often involves discrete projects targeted at specific problems or goals. Therefore, defining the scope of each project is critical for both project success and ongoing measurement of the results.  

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Topics: Six Sigma, Improvement Process, DMAIC

Use A3 Process Mapping for Root Cause Problem-Solving

Posted by Clint Corley

Aug 5, 2021 9:13:00 AM

Most companies today work to improve their performance continuously. The basis of this improvement is practical problem-solving. Unfortunately, many organizations are not very adept at solving the day-to-day, year-to-year problems that they face. Most are very good at emergency firefighting but not as effective at solving the root causes and ensuring that problems don't recur. 

One company that figured it out is Toyota. Toyota's approach to continuous improvement is among the most studied and copied in the world. Many of the tools and techniques they practice are replicated in organizations of all types and sizes across the globe. One such method is called A3 process mapping. When used with the PDSA improvement cycle, it can significantly impact an organization's improvement efforts and deliver structured change that impacts critical business metrics.

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Topics: Continuous Improvement Software, Improvement Process, Improvement Methodology, Lean Software

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

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

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