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3 Leadership Tendencies That Hamper a Performance System Transformation

A manufacturer is in many ways an image of its leadership, with the executive’s style, tone, and behavior reflected throughout the organization. Leadership’s role is even more critical in organizations undertaking lean transformations. Too often manufacturing leaders — corporate- or plant-level — downplay their critical roles in lean transformations. Subsequently, improvement efforts fail to get...
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Business Charts

Your 2017 Goals: Doing, Done, or Done Forgot?

January 1 of 2017 might seem like a decade ago, but it’s only been six months. How about the goals you and your team set out to achieve this year? Do those also seem to be in the distant past, or are you still making progress on them? For many companies, the goals set in...
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Flipping the script on safety

Flipping The Script on Safety

Safety is the fundamental building block to creating a high performing sustainable manufacturing operating system. I’ve worked for Milliken & Company for 31 years in various roles throughout the company. I’ve held plant leadership roles in several different manufacturing plants, as well as, business leadership roles in different businesses units within the company. Therefore, I’ve...
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5S Tools

What Your Dad’s Garage Can Teach You About 5S

When I was growing up, my family’s garage also served as my dad’s workshop. He kept all of his tools in there, along with his workbench. If something needed to be fixed, that’s where he would take care of it. These days, there are man caves, she sheds, and all sorts of other places designated...
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Safety Series Part 3: The Wrap Up

As we round out National Safety Month and the final part of our safety series, we’ll review the remaining 4 immutable keys of a successful and sustainable safety process. Read Part 1 and Part 2 of this series. Time & Money Time is money, but time spent focused on safety prior to incidents and injuries...
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Safety Series Part 2: Keys 1-5

In our previous post, we outlined the nine unchanging components of a successful safety system. If your company focuses on these timeless “keys”, as we call them at Milliken, your safety program will be successful for the long term. They aren’t Band-Aids or quick fixes, though, and will require everyone – from production floor to...
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9 Safety Immutable Keys

Safety Series Part 1: Building a Foundation

It’s common that we see organizations drive safety from the top down. The initiatives tend to be broad and vague. Because of this, owning the safety initiative is treated like a chore, and not a value-add role resulting in a lack of interest and a disconnect in how each plant carries out each piece. When...
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Hospital Medical Device

How West Georgia Health Systems Transformed Their Safety Procedures

West Georgia Health System (WGHS) in LaGrange, Ga. is one of the largest employers in its south west Georgia community. The health system, which includes a 276 bed hospital, a hospice, two nursing homes and a dialysis clinic, employs nearly 1,400 people and has a 75-year history of serving residents in nine surrounding Georgia counties...
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How Do I Implement an Operations Performance System?

“How Do I Implement an Operations Performance System?” A Brief Overview on Getting Started with the Milliken Performance System Continuous improvement is an ongoing journey. Once the decision has been made that you’re going to create a measurable, process-oriented way of working in your organization, the feeling of being overwhelmed might soon set in. Instead...
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