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Stay away from that guy! He’s interested in his job.
It’s not logic that destroys employee engagement in work processes. It’s stories, developed over time, about the company and, specifically, about what the company thinks about line workers. They tell what types of behavior are acceptable and...
- Posted December 3, 2015
When Did “Labor” Become A Dirty Word?
“Labor” has, for many people, become a dirty word. Without labor, nothing else happens. Buildings, bridges, and homes aren’t built. Every physical object that we touch was made by a laborer. How does this thinking impact people...
- Posted November 12, 2015
Yes, it’s for sale. No, you can’t buy it.
Here's an almost perfect example of what happens when individuals in an organization don’t have the flexibility needed to respond immediately to critical work process challenges.
- Posted November 3, 2015
Mistakes are Beautiful Things
How many important insights into how to fix problems, how to improve work processes lay fallow because employees, perhaps your employees, believe that “they might not work”? In all too many workplaces the answer is thousands. Wasted...
- Posted October 27, 2015
STLCC Partnership Helps Hydromat Win “World Class Manufacturing” Award
Hydromat, in St. Louis, Missouri, recently received the Missouri Association of Manufacturers “World Class Manufacturing 2015” Award, which recognizes Hydromat’s unrelenting drive toward higher and higher degrees of excellence in the manufacture of precision transfer machines. The...
- Posted October 14, 2015
That Damn Forklift Driver
The solution is incredibly obvious. Incredibly simple. Why didn’t he come up with this idea months ago? It's because he had been taught to be a passive participant, not an active, engaged, problem solver. Lean management changes...
- Posted September 29, 2015
STLCC Partnership Helps Rug Doctor Win Governor’s Innovative Industry Training Award
Rug Doctor, Inc., in Fenton, MO, recently received the Governor’s Innovative Industry Training Award, which recognizes a company that demonstrates outstanding success in workforce training and education. The company partnered with St. Louis Community College to transition...
- Posted September 10, 2015
On Cowboys and Pit Crew Members
“Cowboys” are employees who believe that their way is the best way and “pit crew members” are employees who believe that the best way to do something comes as a result of collaborative thinking with others. It...
- Posted September 9, 2015
The Incredible Power of “What do you think?” and “Thank you”
Two of the most consistent comments I hear when I talk with line workers in manufacturing plants are “Why didn’t they ask us what we think?” and “It’d sure be nice to hear ‘thank you’ sometimes.” I’ve...
- Posted September 2, 2015
Knowing Too Much and Too Little at The Same Time
Far too many managers know too much and too little at the same time. They know a lot about production numbers and quality statistics and far too little about what has to happen to drive higher levels...
- Posted August 26, 2015