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Simple Systems, Great Results

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.

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 50 pages 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 the past 35 plus 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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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 [...]

  • 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 on conducting effective incident investigations, which includes evidence collection. I also find that a lot of my TapRooT® root cause analysis course students often struggle with effectively collecting usable and necessary evidence. In recent years, I have [...]

  • 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 more on defining skills that must be possessed and displayed on the job more than they do on ensuring the necessary competencies exist consistently on the job. In some cases, as is the case with [...]

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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. The book can be purchased in both e-book and hard copy form from Amazon.com. I came across the Celebration Health (Orlando, FL) surgical team RFID application a few months before using Magic Bands as a [...]

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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  • 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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How Confusing are Your Equipment Controls?

June 1st, 2017|0 Comments

Confusing Controls by Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer, Great Systems In the recently released Guardians of the Galaxy sequel, Rocket Raccoon is desperately trying to make sure that Baby Groot detonates a nuclear device correctly. [...]

  • Rule Enforcement Loop

Four Steps to Effective Rule Enforcement

May 25th, 2017|Comments Off on Four Steps to Effective Rule Enforcement

Four Steps to Effective Rule Enforcement By Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer, Great Systems One of the key reasons people make mistakes is that they don’t follow the rules. There are multiple reasons to explain [...]

  • Measuring Safeguard Effectiveness

Measuring Safeguard Effectiveness

May 14th, 2017|Comments Off on Measuring Safeguard Effectiveness

Measuring Safeguard Effectiveness By Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer, Great Systems After posting my article on evaluating safeguard effectiveness, I received several requests regarding HOW this can be accomplished. How are you measuring safeguard effectiveness? [...]

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