September - October, 2011
Volume 1, Number 8
In This Issue
· Pop Bottles & Quality
· Leadership Lessons from Cowboys
· Data Mystery – Can You Find the Problem?
· Coping with Technology Change
· Link of the Month
· SCAMPERing for Good Ideas
Pop Bottles & Quality
What if I told you that in the “good old days” there was literally money lying all over the streets and all you had to do was pick it up? Such was the case for me and my pre-adolescent buddies in my suburban Ohio neighborhood circa the early 1970’s. I’m talking pop bottles of course!
Today, everything is plastic and we are programmed to recycle. Back then, believe it or not, people littered – a lot. All the bottles were glass. Find and return a bottle and you got a .05 reward! Collect five bottles and that Archie comic book was yours my friend. Finding the bottles was not an intense chore either.
Are the old days gone forever? Not at all – they’ve just changed. There is money laying all over your office or factory just waiting for you to pick it up. It comes in the form of simple cost savings and solving problems you may call “low hanging fruit” or “quick wins”. It goes by names like Kaizen or continual improvement – making many small improvements over time can lead to big savings – directly to your bottom line. Eliminate a little waste here, improve some quality there and the cash register starts ringing. It’s the dual nature of work – everybody owns doing their “day job” plus picking up any metaphorical ‘pop bottles’ they can find in their organization.
Methods like Six Sigma and Process Redesign focus on bringing in Mack trucks full of “bottles”. However, never underestimate the power of each individual making small improvements on a sustained basis.
Happy picking and have an excellent month!
JCG Management Consulting
· Live each day with courage
· Always finish what you start
· Do what has to be done
· When you make a promise, keep it
· Remember that some things aren’t for sale
· Take pride in your work
· Be tough, but fair
· Talk less, say more
· Ride for the brand
· Know where to draw the line
Sound advice for us all in these ethically challenged times!
This month we offer four tips on mentally preparing yourself to keep up with the ever-increasing pace of technological change. Read the full article here.
On their website you will find a number of resources, including a Knowledge Center that features several dozen free webinars, downloadable templates and presentations. Check out their website at http://www.lean.org
SCAMPER is a collection of several techniques used to stimulate new ideas or transform a process, product or service into something new:
· Substitute something (What procedure – or whatever it is – can I substitute for the current one?)
· Combine it with something else (Create ideas by combining unrelated ideas)
· Adapt something to it (What can I adapt or copy from someone else?)
· Modify or Magnify it
· Put it to some other use
· Eliminate something (What can I remove from it or stop doing?)
· Reverse or Rearrange it
“Nothing is more dangerous than an idea when it is the only one we have.”
- Roger von Oech
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