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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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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 have 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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Measuring Process Improvement Effectiveness

February 17th, 2019|Comments Off on Measuring Process Improvement Effectiveness

Measuring Process Improvement Effectiveness By Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer, Great Systems This post began as an Industrial and Systems Engineer magazine  article that I wrote a couple of years ago, just after I wrapped up another national Malcolm Baldrige Performance Excellence Program site visit. On that particular site visit, my focus was directed at the organization’s information analysis and sharing processes. As I prepared questions for the visit in this area, [...]

  • In Search of Innovation

In Search of Innovation

December 21st, 2018|Comments Off on In Search of Innovation

In Search of Innovation By Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer, Great Systems To what degree is innovation today’s competitive edge? Today, continual improvement and lean thinking - reducing process waste and providing superior product and service value - are the norm, whether we execute well in these areas or not. All leaders want to achieve these two things. Unfortunately, too many organizations are struggling to keep pace with, let alone [...]

  • Best Practices in Mistake Proofing and Corrective Action Writing Workshop

Mistake Proofing and Corrective Action Writing

November 30th, 2018|Comments Off on 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 best [...]

  • 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 [...]

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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  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

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