Great work systems drive operational excellence.
Hi! I’m Kevin McManus. Welcome to the Great Systems best practice work systems website. My personal goal as sole proprietor of Great Systems is to make work a much better place. The goal of this site is to provide work team leaders with proven best practice tools, blueprints, workflows, and models to help make that possible.
Over 20 years ago, I started Great Systems with one goal. That goal was to make work a better place. We should spend our work time in a workplace that is fair, fun, and focused. Instead, our workplaces are autocratic, chaotic, and a drudge to be at each day. To create great workplaces, we must upgrade our vintage 20th century work systems. Too many of our core work systems need such upgrades to work effectively in the 21st century.
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Do Your Existing Work System Designs Promote Operational Excellence?
Do you want to both satisfy staff expectations and minimize costs and waste? If so, keep in mind that an effective operational excellence strategy includes five essential elements:
NEXTGEN LEADER STANDARD WORK
Work system design most affects how people in formal leadership roles spend time. A foundation of effective NextGen Leader Standard Work job designs determines how leaders spend their time, each day, at work. In turn, operational excellence begins with great NextGen Leader Standard Work job designs.
Unfortunately, few organizations measure, trend, and improve how they manage meetings, communicate with their teams, or develop themselves or others. NextGen Leader Standard Work is a ‘must’ if you want to reduce waste, let alone sustain operational excellence.
Plus, our work system designs determine WHO we engage with and HOW we engage with them. Consistent, meaningful collaboration is a must in the NextGen workplace.
PROACTIVE PROCESS IMPROVEMENT
Third, we want every work team, through its leader, to consistently drive down errors and waste via daily proactive process improvement. This area, like team engagement, gets little time devoted to it in so many cases.
The intent exists, but there simply is not enough time in the job with all of the daily Leader Standard WASTE that exists. Plus, most people simply don’t have time in their jobs to contribute to performance improvement beyond idea submittal.