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Simple Systems, Great Results

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Great Systems helps leaders at all levels build better organizations.

Great Systems Helps Leaders at All Levels Build Better Organizations

Are you tired of chasing fads? Have you been struggling to sustain performance improvement initiatives such as lean six sigma? Are you struggling to improve leadership effectiveness or create a high performance work culture in your company? If so, you need Great Systems.

I have spent my entire work career looking for and studying great work systems, and the results speak for themselves. Using the work systems I have found can help you achieve, and sustain, higher levels of performance. Popular examples include using the Leadership Index to measure leadership behavior effectiveness and the Position Observation Checklist to better gauge on-the-job skill competency.

We have become all too familiar with the urban dictionary definition of insanity – continuing to do the same things, but expecting different results. You don’t have to go ‘insane.’ You don’t have to take time to re-invent the wheel. Proven best practices are out there, just waiting for you to model, adapt, and utilize them.

The bottom line is this. Our process and operational excellence journeys should not be as challenging as we are making them. Let Great Systems help you use proven best practices to develop more engaged teams, design excellent processes, and sustain great results. I will look forward to hearing from you!

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Performance Improvement that works.

There are over 40 pages and 60 posts on this site, with more being added almost daily. This means that you can find a lot of free ideas and tools here to help you improve the effectiveness of your organization, your teams, and even yourself. Over almost 40 years, I have learned how to build great systems through multiple work and national Baldrige experiences, and intense personal self-study. Through 10,000 hours of public speaking in the past ten years alone, I learned additional, valuable insights into the best practices, and great systems, required for sustained high performance in any organization.

If you would like more information about the great systems and improvement tools I have to offer, please send me an e-mail at kevin@greatsystems.com. I have been fortunate to learn about, and practice using, many great systems during my work career such as those that are used to develop effective leaders, strategies, and processes. I would like to have the chance to help make one or more of these great systems improve your on-the-job performance.

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  • Best Practices in Mistake Proofing and Corrective Action Writing Workshop

Best Practices in Mistake Proofing and Corrective Action Writing

November 30th, 2018|Comments Off on Best Practices in Mistake Proofing and Corrective Action Writing

Escaping Reactive World – Best Practices in Mistake Proofing and Corrective Action Writing By Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer, Great Systems Click here to register for this course at the 2019 TapRooT® Summit on March 11-12, 2019 Why Do the Same Problems Keep Coming Back? Errors happen daily. Fortunately, our work system safeguards usually prevent them from becoming product recalls, sentinel events, workplace fatalities, or environmental incidents. We do our [...]

  • Natalia Azoqa - Industrial Engineer Survivor

Our Industrial Engineer Survivor

September 30th, 2018|Comments Off on Our Industrial Engineer Survivor

Our Industrial Engineer Survivor by Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer, Great Systems After returning home from a week of teaching in Calgary, I was catching up on the first episode of Survivor: David vs. Goliath that had been recorded earlier in the week. The first show of the 37th Survivor season began as usual – two tribes battling for resources and reputations. As the show progressed to the beach and the annual shelter [...]

  • Common Work Processes

How Many Processes?

August 18th, 2018|Comments Off on How Many Processes?

How Many Processes? By Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer, Great Systems How many processes do you have in your organization? On the surface, this seems like a fairly simple question to answer. If you try answering it yourself however, you might find that it is pretty tough to come up with an answer that you could place much confidence in. I have even had cases where people tell me it [...]

  • Key risk reduction recipe ingredients

Recipes for Risk Reduction

July 29th, 2018|Comments Off on Recipes for Risk Reduction

Recipes for Risk Reduction By Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer, Great Systems Rarely do I come across organizations that are not interested in minimizing the risk of their operations. At the same time, I consistently come across people who underestimate the types of systemic changes that are needed to actually realize and sustain such a goal. What practices do your people use daily to help keep risk levels low? How [...]

How do the best companies develop effective and engaged teams?

Effective and engaged teams are developed via a well-designed and integrated team infrastructure and skilled team leaders.

Would you liked to learn more about how the best companies develop effective and engaged teams?

Start by reading about the three types of teams that are mandatory for sustained, great results.

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How do the best companies design excellent work processes?

By measuring key process vital signs and capturing process errors on a daily basis across all key work processes.

Would you like to learn how the best companies design excellent work processes?

High performance organizations see all work as a process. All process owners use systematic, fact-based tactics on a daily basis to detect, analyze, and minimize process errors and failures.

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How do the best companies sustain great results?

Process excellence is sustained by engaging essentially all employees on a daily basis to proactively identify and minimize errors at the process level.

Would you like to learn how the best companies sustain great results?

If you are interested in pursuing process excellence, consider reading more about the four types of challenges that hold most organizations back.

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  • Top Five Tips for Effective Evidence Collection

Top Five Tips for Effective Evidence Collection

April 3rd, 2018|Comments Off on Top Five Tips for Effective Evidence Collection

Top Five Tips for Effective Evidence Collection By Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer, Great Systems Several years ago, I contributed a chapter to a John Wiley textbook on loss prevention engineering methods. My chapter focused [...]

  • Measuring Investigator Competency

Measuring Investigator Competency

March 20th, 2018|Comments Off on Measuring Investigator Competency

How are You Measuring Investigator Competency? By Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer, Great Systems Most organizations these days have at least thought about creating competency models for all formal job positons. Typically, these models focus [...]

  • Examples of RFID Application

Tag Them All?

March 5th, 2018|Comments Off on Tag Them All?

Tag Them All? - Exploring RFID Application By Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer, Great Systems This post is taken from a chapter from Kevin’s book Error Proof – How to Stop Daily Goofs for Good. [...]

  • Measuring Investigation Process Effectiveness

Measuring Investigation Process Effectiveness

June 15th, 2017|0 Comments

Measuring Investigation Process Effectiveness By Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer, Great Systems Recently, I received a great e-mail question from one of my TapRooT® root cause analysis course participants. His question was basic, but meaningful. [...]

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