Pause, Clarify, Decide

Abstract The article offers tips when deciding to look for a new job. The author suggests talking to the boss to clarify whether or not an employee is contributing to team goals or impact strategic priorities. He recommends asking the boss to modify the job if there is lack of personal development or professional growth. Having an idea of where…

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Dear Lean practitioner, remember you don’t know all

 Source – Originally Published on Dec 9, 2010 in processexcellencenetwork.com Lean agents making the transition to service industries should speak softly and carry a list of questions. In the second article of his series on project missteps, pitfalls and faux pas, columnist Debashis Sarkar, author and Asia’s service Lean pioneer, says that lean leaders must practice humility and seek to…

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How to lose friends and alienate staff – a lean sponsor’s guide

Source – Originally Published on Nov 8, 2010 in processexcellencenetwork.com What happens when management is not properly equipped to undertake a Lean Transformation? In the first of his series on project missteps, pitfalls and faux pas, columnist Debashis Sarkar, author and Asia’s service Lean pioneer, argues that things can go very wrong indeed. Every text book you read on carrying…

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The Dos and Don’ts of Selecting the Right Projects for Lean Transformation

Source – Originally Published on Aug 17, 2010 in processexcellencenetwork.com As a change agent driving Lean transformation, it’s not enough to just have the technical skills. A change agent must also be fully aware of what nurtures and derails a Lean transformation.   For one, change agents must know that a successful Lean transformation requires the right context. Many times,…

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How the Trends of 2000-2009 Will Shape Performance Improvement in This New Decade

Source – Originally Published on Jan 19, 2010 in processexcellencenetwork.com As 2010 ushers in, it’s time for us to look at the key trends that surrounded the ecosystem of all businesses. These trends provide a cue into the way the engine of performance improvement will be driven going forward. Organizations serious about customers and improvements will find it difficult to…

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360 Degree Metrics for Lean Transformation

Source – Originally Published on Oct 15, 2009 in processexcellencenetwork.com While embarking on a holistic Lean transformation, I have seen practitioners struggle to come up with metrics that can provide a 360 degree view of the quality of a deployment. What normally happens is that success is defined with metrics such as quality and lead time, which are right but…

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Underdogs of Performance Improvement Transformations

Abstract A key facet of performance improvement transformation is team effectiveness. Often projects fail because we are not able to get the best out of all the team members. As a result, the effort becomes centered around a few so-called high-performing individuals while the others languish. The team members who often are not used are branded as ‘dysfunctional,’ ‘inconsequential,’ or…

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