Personal Development Call to Action!

PDCA – a Personal Development Call to Action

Continuous improvement in organisations starts with continuous learning and growth at an individual level, which is why personal development is important.  Indeed, proceeding to achieve sustainable Operational Excellence calls for constant learning, honest reflection and harnessing the full potential of our people to routinely remove constraints, solve problems and find a better way.  Fujio Cho,…

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Poka Yoke

Happy Easter everyone! Please egg-scuse the pun – but what a great opportunity to blog about Poka Yoke. Poka Yoke is a Japanese term for error proofing. This is key whether designing a new process or improving an existing one. Poka Yoke devices are often simple and inexpensive, sometimes we don’t even notice they are…

Cultivating Continuous Improvement

  Continuous improvement (CI) is not about tools, techniques and projects applied as a formula, it’s about principles and behaviours. The tools and methods of CI themselves, whilst important, too often become the goal itself, rather than the means, leading to a disconnection from the original (higher) purpose and hence fragmentation and disillusionment. Consequently CI,…

Achieving Potential through Principles and Practices

  As the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics have demonstrated, unlocking our own potential, and that of others, must rank as one of the most powerful and inspiring human experiences. This takes on even greater significance when the achievements exceed, even ‘smash through’, our often unconscious expectations or assumptions. Lean Six Sigma tools like Assumption Busting…

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Passing the buck to the scapegoat – Martin Brenig-Jones writes for the HRDirector

Managing Director Martin Brenig-Jones examines Lean Six Sigma and its application to Human Resources to future proof your business. Martin’s article was published in the August 2016 issue of theHRDirector. Read Martin’s article on theHRDirector website here, and a PDF version of the August issue can be found here. Future proofing your business is one of…