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Don’t Miss Your Next $1M Idea: 5 Reasons Why You Should Include Everyone in Your Improvement System

Posted by Danielle Yoon

Nov 20, 2020 11:00:00 AM

Imagine going on a family road trip but not bringing your family. Do some people stay behind so they can experience the trip through the photos you send them? I’m willing to bet that more often than not, you bring the whole family. After all, it’s a lot more fun for you - and for them - to share in the joy together!

The same concept applies to continuous improvement and why everyone needs to be a part of the improvement system.

When you’re on the hunt for a platform that can facilitate your improvement culture, it can be tempting to limit the rollout to a handful of improvement experts and managers rather than engaging the masses. Whether you’re making this choice to save money, to keep things simple, or because you don’t think everyone will engage anyway, it’s a mistake to leave people behind.

Here are a few reasons why you don’t want to go down that route:

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Topics: Employee Engagement, Improvement Culture, Continuous Improvement Software

Why Simplicity Was Essential for CI at a Nuclear Plant

Posted by Danielle Yoon

Sep 30, 2020 9:00:00 AM

The principles of Lean and continuous improvement methodologies originated from manufacturing, but there’s no doubt that they have been applied to other industries quite successfully, such as nuclear energy. The nuclear industry believes that there is no defect or opportunity that is too small to go after, and there’s always room for improvement. This important principle is a cornerstone belief of what many refer to as a High-Reliability Organization or HRO

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Topics: Lean, Leadership, Spread Continuous Improvement

Twitter’s “Blame Processes, Not People” Moment

Posted by Danielle Yoon

Sep 28, 2020 3:12:13 PM

With the blistering speed of this summer’s news cycle, we can’t blame you if you’ve already forgotten about the single largest security incident in Twitter’s history that took place on July 15 but was a doozy. It was also a teachable moment for Twitter and every other organization that involves people and technology. 

What Happened?

Early in the day on July 15, 2020, Twitter’s automated detection systems flagged some suspicious activity. Several Twitter accounts with short handles, like @USA, @drug, @love, and others, seemed to be compromised. These short handles are valued among certain hacker communities, so Twitter knows to keep an eye out for unusual access. The appropriate people were notified, and they began looking into the issue. Security incidents like this are common when you have a platform with hundreds of millions of users.

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Topics: Lean, Improvement Culture, Improvement Process

Rockwater's Participation and Bonus Program

Posted by Danielle Yoon

Sep 3, 2020 2:00:00 PM

Recognizing and rewarding employees on their efforts is a critical component of a continuous improvement culture. Without recognition, it’s typically challenging to drive employee engagement. Your employees need you to recognize the work and contributions they make, and as a result of recognition, they’ll continue to produce work that both you and them are proud of.  The recognition program can range from something as simple as thanking them for their work, or you can have a more formal program like Employee of the Month.

The team at Rockwater put together a program to encourage KaiNexus participation and drive overall continuous improvement engagement. Here’s more detail on the participation and bonus program they created.

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Topics: Employee Engagement

What to Do About Disengaged Employees

Posted by Danielle Yoon

Jul 7, 2020 10:30:00 AM

While definitions of “employee engagement” abound, they all come back to an employee’s emotional and psychological investment in their work. When employees are engaged, they are willing and able to contribute to the company’s success. That is why companies with engaged employees are 21% more profitable than those without.

It’s important to note that employee engagement and employee satisfaction/happiness are not the same. An employee can be happy with their salary, working conditions, perks, and even management, but they still may not invest discretionary effort to achieve the goals of the organization. This means that addressing problems with engagement requires more than a bonus, extra holiday, or company picnic.

So what should you do if you suspect one or more of your employees are disengaged? Every situation is unique, but here are some good ways to address the issue.

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Topics: Employee Engagement

We Believe...

Posted by Danielle Yoon

May 6, 2020 10:00:00 AM

During the early stages of KaiNexus, our chief executive officer, Greg Jacobson, and our chief revenue officer, Jeff Roussel, put together a few key points that capture the core values of KaiNexus. Recently, I got the opportunity to sit down (via video chat) with Greg and Jeff to have them shed some light on our beliefs.

At KaiNexus, we base our work and everyday lives around 10 key points. Not only do we practice and embody these beliefs, but we also hope to spread them to the people we interact with on a daily basis. Join me as we walk through the 10 beliefs of KaiNexus.

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10 Special Considerations for Remote Kaizen Events

Posted by Danielle Yoon

Apr 22, 2020 10:00:00 AM

Many leaders are finding themselves faced with the task of managing a 100% remote team for the first time. The challenge is amplified by the fact that remote work is new to most employees, and even getting together for an in-person meeting once in a while is impossible.

Unfortunately, business challenges and process defects don’t disappear because there’s a pandemic. In many cases, they just get worse. That’s why we’ve been getting questions about how to operate tried and true improvement tools in this new reality.

This post offers some things to think about if you are going to hold a kaizen event with a remote workforce. It assumes that you have some experience with kaizen events, if not, we recommend you start with this article.

Here are 10 special considerations for remote kaizen events.

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Topics: Improvement Methodology

How to Build Your Continuous Improvement Culture

Posted by Danielle Yoon

Apr 20, 2020 3:00:00 PM

Are you struggling to drive a continuous improvement culture in your organization?

Do you need to revive a CI culture that has lost momentum? 

If you’re like so many others, it can be difficult to know which questions to ask, and where to start.

Jeff Roussel, chief revenue officer of KaiNexus and a true continuous improvement leader and believer, recently joined Allison Greco, founder of Continuous Improvement International, to talk about how you can build a continuous improvement culture. To watch a full recap, click here.

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Topics: Improvement Culture

Your Questions Answered for Ask Docs Anything About COVID-19 (Again)

Posted by Danielle Yoon

Apr 4, 2020 2:26:06 PM

Thank you to everyone that joined our second webinar on Ask Docs Anything About COVID-19. We were joined again by Dr. Greg Jacobson and Dr. Mason Mileur to answer all your questions about COVID-19. If you missed our first webinar, be sure to check out our recap.

You can read all the answers to the questions from this webinar below, after the video.


 

How likely will this be widespread in the US? What's the best way to protect ourselves?

It’s already spread. There’s no stopping it at this point. BUT, what we can do is wear masks when we go out in public for only essential things.

Is it safe to work from home at an outdoor patio? Is the mask necessary to wear?

It is 100% safe to work from home at an outdoor patio. Since you’re home, there’s no real value in wearing a mask, as long as you’re staying away from other people that don’t reside in the home.

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[UPDATED] List of COVID-19 Resources

Posted by Danielle Yoon

Mar 31, 2020 12:37:00 PM

We continue to learn more about COVID-19 every day. To help our network know what sources to reference, we created a blog post that lists out all the resources we found valuable. Since publishing our COVID-19 resource post on March 18, we have added sources daily to our growing list. To make sure you don't miss out on any updates, we are highlighting the most recently added resources below. If you'd like to see the full list of resources, check out our original post.

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