I’m sure that when you picture yourself becoming a CIO in the future you see yourself sitting at the corporate strategy table with the CIO using your deep understanding of IT to help the company move faster and do more. Umm, one problem with that vision – you’re not going to make it to the big table if you don’t solve the problem of run-away IT costs. Johnson & Johnson’s CIO had this very same problem and she tackled it using the ITIL framework. Maybe this would be a good time to look into that ITIL thing…
The first time I was involved in a 5S training program was with a typical American plastic injection molding shop of about 10 mold makers. We had been in business as long as plastic molding was a business, so there was a lot of ” stuff” laying around. It seemed that everything had a place, but only a few knew the secrets of where it all was.
If you are a small business owner, you may want to reconsider your direct involvement. Do you really know what is going on in YOUR business? What don’t you know? Why don’t you know? Answer these three questions and you may find out quickly what you don’t know.
Do your supervisors “really” know how to be supervisors? Have you evaluated this aspect of your business? How many walk around with a coffee cup and a uncooperative attitude? How many are truly capable of training their staff? The gauge is how their employees react with them. Is there loyalty and positive attitudes? Or disgruntled, belligerent attitudes? Does the supervisor stand up and support the employees? Do they insure continued opportunity for training? What happens when an employee informs the supervisor of potential job related problems? Do they check it out or ignore it?
Is your message/business one that is suited to radio? For example, if you are a materiales lean consultant do you really think the average listener to the radio is going to be compelled to pick up the phone and call you?
Typically companies obtain great results for the first few months. Once the consultant has left and the 5S Champion resigns or is transferred, the program looses steam and begins to fall apart. Soon, the production floor is a mess. Tool boards are missing tools, floors are messy, and all sorts of equipment and supplies hidden behind machines. Much of what was done up to that point is gone. It becomes increasingly difficult to get everyone excited about 5S once again. This cycle has a habit of repeating it self. Consultant comes, 5S program is initiated, the consultant leaves, 5S dies.
The difference between best laptop brands comes down to operating system and design. If I had to pick the best laptop brand in the market I would definitely go with Apple. This company provides excellent quality of their products, amazing customer service support, and good warranty program. However, Apple is not for everyone mainly because of its operating system. If you don’t feel comfortable with using a Mac than I would definitely go with Dell or HP. Dell has been in the market for many years introducing lean manufacturing system (producing its products once the transaction order has been made). This allows them to cut costs and provide high quality laptops instead. Another brand that is safe to buy is an HP. This company is mostly known for good laptops for gaming but it is relatively good.