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Training & Education

Why Training & Education Can’t Stop with New Hires

Many organizations have a streamlined onboarding process for new hires. As the excitement of starting a new job builds, HR and hiring managers prepare documents, meetings, and plans for the first days and weeks. We want to ensure that new hires are prepared and can transition into their new role seamlessly. Many organizations have a streamlined...
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What We’re Reading – September 2017

Those of us in the manufacturing industry know it is constantly evolving and changing. This can make it tough to keep up. We spend a good amount of our day trying to stay current on what’s happening. Here are a few articles from across the web we found interesting and worth talking about. 13 Ways...
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The 10 Best Books to Read While Implementing a Performance System

“Readers are leaders” is a slogan that can be found in most children’s libraries, but it’s a sentiment that PSbyM practitioners wholeheartedly agree with and still believe. They are always finding new books that help them tackle old problems or discovering authors that spark unique insights. Finding time to read, though – aye, there’s the...
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Zero Based Thinking and Safety

Recently Performance Solutions by Milliken published an article describing Zero Loss or Zero Based Thinking. This thinking supposes that when we use standard thinking when we create budgets, we tend to build failures and losses into our budgets which inherently drive costs higher than they should be. If we design failure into our budget, we...
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Training Desk

Could your CI team use a refresher?

As you embark on your journey to operational and safety excellence, it is important to continue to hone your skills and ensure all associates are on the same page. Training your employees allows you to strengthen skills that employees may need to improve. It is critical that associates have the appropriate on-the-job knowledge and foundation...
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Moving Past Initiatives to Sustainable Manufacturing Performance

Manufacturing executives tend to know what’s expected of them. They face financial statements, customers, and stakeholders, on an ongoing basis. In their performance metrics, there’s no denying the “what” but truly world-class leaders continually search for the best “how?” Faced with an ever-present trade-off between short-term and long-term results, even the best companies can struggle...
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The Importance of Zero-Based Thinking

Are your manufacturing operations performing against an annual budget or standards? How much loss did you build into the budget? How much improvement? How was the performance base-line set? From last year’s performance? These are questions pertinent to every manufacturing leader. Budgets and standards in the manufacturing environment serve a very useful role in simplifying...
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Power of Maintenance

The Power of Maintenance

As senior executives assess where they will take their manufacturing organizations in the coming year — and allocate the investments needed to get their companies there — how many will identify maintenance as a strategic objective? On plant floors that are stalled by broken equipment with frenzied managers and idle employees, the value of maintenance...
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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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