Building a Culture of Continuous Improvement. Engaging Partners and Suppliers on your CI Journey.

In my second blog on the subject of Continuous Improvement, What Culture We Are Building, I highlighted a proverb, “many hands, make light work.”  The concept of a culture of continuous improvement is to orient everyone in the organization toward one common goal — Operational Excellence.

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Building a Culture of Continuous Improvement. Developing Leadership through Tours

google-field-trip-iosLast week, we had a great discussion regarding Continuous Improvement Development for Leadership and Professionals.  That blog article with The National Graduate School of Quality Management in the Building a Culture of Continuous Improvement series generated a lot of interest on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Leadership development is extremely important if you are trying to

Building a Culture of Continuous Improvement: Continuous Improvement Development for Leadership and Professionals

lg_leadership_development_mainIf you have studied anything in change, you will have seen some type of change model; I embrace the one below, but have seen several.  The first actions in change management are designed to get employees to a level of acceptance of change.  In order to do that, you have to build an awareness and

Building a Culture of Continuous Improvement. Fully Understand the Continuous Improvement Culture Model

J Knotts blog graphic 2In early May, we started our journey Building a Culture of Continuous ImprovementIn that blog, we shared the model I use to build this type of culture.  Today, we will explore the various facets of the model at a high level.  Over the next several months, we’ll dig deeper into each facet of

Building a Culture of Continuous Improvement: Form Meets Function — Organize for Continuous Improvement.

Let’s recap a little bit.  I started off these blogs with The National Graduate School of Quality Management  kicking off the subject of Building a Culture of Continuous Improvement.  Over the last few weeks we’ve been talking about the strategic activities in the center of the model I’ve shared to outline how to get

Building a Culture of Continuous Improvement. Crafting Your Continuous Improvement Strategy

chessI just had a meeting last week with a couple people to discuss changing their organizational culture to one of continuous improvement.  They started out by asking if we could build a one- to two-hour training program to provide awareness so that they could change the culture.

Yes, the belief out there is that if

Building a Culture of Continuous Improvement: Culture Begins With Leadership

Leadership-picI don’t think it is fair to blame culture on leadership.  In fact, I think that leaders shoulder way too much blame for a poor culture.

However, this doesn’t free pass to leaders when it comes to culture.  They are as important as the organization and the employees when it comes to forming and maintaining

Building a Culture of Continuous Improvement. What Culture We Are Building?

J Knotts blog graphic 050814Yes, I know the title sounds like something Yoda from Star Wars might say.  But I wanted you to stop and think about the title and not simply breeze by.  Culture is perhaps the most important aspect of establishing continuous improvement in your organization.  I wanted you to think about the phrasing of my title

Building a Culture of Continuous Improvement

By:  John Knotts, MS, LSSMBB, CMAP, Prosci, NGS alumnus

J Knotts blog graphic 1A culture of continuous improvement provides any company a significant advantage in the marketplace.

But don’t take my word for it, Corus is a customer focused, innovative solutions-driven company, which manufactures, processes and distributes steel and aluminum products and services to customers worldwide.  Corus already sees

Finding Innovators

NGS Professor, Dr. Richard Buckles presented a session titled, “Finding Innovators,” at the ASQ World Conference on Quality and Improvement in May 2013.

A condensed version of the session video is available to view here, http://youtu.be/LGSHaHlg12c.

The session deals with a unique approach to identifying, selecting, and developing innovators: the thinking styles and strategies