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Leader Standard Work: Frequently Asked Questions

Posted by Maggie Millard

Mar 1, 2021 12:51:49 PM

Standard work is the current best process for any activity or task. It forms the basis from which improvement is measured. When most people think about standard work, they think about process operators, but what about leaders?

The fundamental principles behind standard work can be applied to supervisors' activities, and managers engage in them every day. It doesn't get as much attention as many other continuous improvement techniques, but it is often a game-changing shift that results in accelerated positive change.

Here are some of the questions we are asked most often about leader standard work.

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Topics: Leadership, Improvement Process

11 Fundamental Kaizen Principles

Posted by Danielle Yoon

Feb 22, 2021 12:15:30 PM

In Japanese, the word Kaizen means "good change." It describes the continuous improvement of all functions of an organization across the entire hierarchy.

Kaizen's guiding philosophy is simple: operations can always be made better, even if they are functioning at an acceptable level for the moment. In addition, all problems are recognized as opportunities to improve.

Of course, creating a culture driven by Kaizen thinking is easier said than done. Fortunately, some simple yet powerful ideas can shape how team members think. Embracing these ideas makes improvement inevitable.

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Topics: Kaizen, Leadership, Improvement Methodology

How (and Why) to Standardize Leadership

Posted by Danielle Yoon

Dec 14, 2020 11:00:01 PM

While most people agree that process operations should be standardized as much as possible, the topic of standardizing leadership comes up less frequently. That's unfortunate because standardizing leadership is a crucial element of building a culture of improvement. It is the surest way to sustain improvement and build an organization with strong problem-solving muscles.

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Topics: Leadership, Improvement Culture, Spread Continuous Improvement, Improvement Process

How to Spread the Kaizen Thinking Throughout Your Organization

Posted by Adam Darnell

Sep 28, 2020 4:01:09 PM

One of the most significant challenges leaders must consider when they embrace the Kaizen approach to continuous improvement is getting that way of thinking to take hold and become part of the organization's daily operations. Organizations often have small bright spots where Kaizen is working wonders, but there are other areas where continuous improvement hasn't yet become a reality. To provide insight into how to spread the Kaizen mindset, we've looked to some of the most successful business leaders. Here is what they have to offer.

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Topics: Kaizen, Leadership

Top 10 Standard Work Mistakes

Posted by Kade Jansson

Sep 14, 2020 5:01:20 PM

Standard Work is a simple, yet powerful process management technique. The current best practice for an operation or task is documented and followed until an improvement opportunity is discovered. Simple, right? In reality, it is a little more complicated than it sounds. We work with leaders who are implementing a host of improvement techniques, including Standard Work. We’ve seen it done very well, but we’ve also seen some ways it can go awry. Here are some of the most common errors we see organizations make when it comes to Standard Work.

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Topics: Leadership, Improvement Process

Top 5 Reasons to Measure the ROI of Improvement

Posted by Danielle Yoon

May 27, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Organizations that strive to improve continually can stay ahead of the competition, regardless of their industry. From manufacturing and engineering to healthcare and education, the effort dedicated to consistent, positive change in an organization directly tied to sustainability and success.

If you take a look at the measurements usually used to track an organization's success, you'll probably find a robust reporting framework in place. Financial metrics are probably the most obvious indicator of a company's health, and there isn't a company in the world that doesn't meticulously monitor them.

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Topics: Daily Improvement, Leadership, Improvement Culture

Continuous Improvement Resolutions for 2020

Posted by Maggie Millard

Jan 2, 2020 1:39:32 PM

The start of a new year is a time of renewed hope and a sea of possibilities. Hopefully, you’ve had the chance to take a bit of a break over the holidays and are ready to kill it in 2020.

Many of us use the turn of the year as an opportunity to set some new goals, work on adopting more useful habits, and resolve to change what isn’t working. When it comes to your continuous improvement activities, there are a few simple changes you can make that will likely produce positive results. Here are a few that we can recommend.

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Topics: Leadership, Improvement Process

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