Many organizations now actively pursue waste in manufacturing processes via Six Sigma or Lean initiatives. But some readers may be thinking this improvement stuff is just for manufacturing, where processes combine to create products for sale. Waste search can apply to all processes, to everything leaders and employees do all day long in their organizations.
Read on for one fairly easy application of this approach, and suggested resources.
But to my surprise, leaders and employees in the same organizations will put up with awful meetings, week after week. I think of meetings as processes also whose purpose most often is to make decisions, and preferably in such a way that they get successfully implemented – the decisions need buy-in. With this thinking, meetings are sort of like decision making factories. And I’d just as soon work to eliminate the waste in this process also. Meetings have many forms of waste. Unprepared participants, unclear agendas, dominating participants, poor attendance, weak contribution, conflict, unresolved issues, etc etc.
In this very important initiative you are targeting the leadership processes of your organization, the heart of how you run your business – how you choose to make money. How much money do you suppose your organization could save and make with better meetings?
Please see resources below to learn how you can build a productive meeting process.
Onsite seminar opportunity: Would you and your team spend one day to learn how to identify and attack the waste in your organization? This highly customized eye opening seminar will review the major sources of waste in two areas: manufacturing and decision making.
Seminar Instructor: Manufacturing waste: Russ Scaffede, retired vice president of manufacturing for Toyota Motor Manufacturing and Toyoda Boshuku U.S.A., and Donnelly.
Seminar Instructor: Decision making waste: John Canfield, www.johncanfield.com
" Brilliant process management is our strategy. We get brilliant results from average people managing brilliant processes. We observe that our competitors often get average (or worse) results from brilliant people managing broken processes."
- Mr. Cho - Chairman of Toyota
1. Call or write (616-392-2634, email@example.com) to receive a free interactive Excel spread sheet to help you calculate the cost of your organization’s meetings
2. Video exercise - build a great meeting process Better Meetings
3. Seminars: Good Thinking Series
4. Book: Collaborate – Tools and Techniques for Productive Meetings
5. Video Interview John Canfield