Companies are willing to invest millions of dollars to get the latest equipment and improve performance.  Getting the facts about the maintenance liability is an essential part of the investment analysis because if the maintenance liability is under-estimated, the ROI is over-estimated. Unachievable ROIs and misunderstood maintenance liabilities trigger other problems that have long-lasting effects, such as: Flawed long-term plans are used for years as inputs to budgets. Unachievable production targets are given to plants,

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Who Should Dream?

Posted by Al0703 on January 01, 2000
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Category : Blog, Dreams

In my last post-titled: “Follow Your Dream”, I shared information on how to identify, articulate and attain your dream. I spoke of the importance of a direct communication link with our “Inner Voice.” In this post I will speak about who should dream. Before I go any further, allow me to define my use of the word dream. When I speak of “Follow Your Dream”, in this context, I am speaking of living harmoniously spiritually,

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Dear Boss

Posted by Greg Gilbert on January 01, 2000
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Category : Blog, Communication, Management

Most managers and supervisors are promoted from within and are not provided the basics of producing results through others. When I was a telephone technician, I installed and repaired phones. I was held to a level of accountability and was able to meet these expectations with MY hands. When I was promoted, I was held to the same level of accountability but had to achieve this through the hands of OTHERS. Our responsibility as a

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?  Bullying in the workplace has reached epidemic proportions. Unlike playground bullies who may resort to using their fists, workplace bullies generally use words and actions to intimidate their victims. A workplace bully may be your boss or your co-worker. No one should ever make you feel uncomfortable at work. ?   Don’t allow the bully to intimidate you or make you feel bad about yourself. You know your true worth. Don’t forget what that is. Do

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THE COMPOSITON OF AUTHENTIC CONVERSATIONS Most leaders think we know how to communicate. We’ve been sharing our words for years, but it is not the words that create the ability to communicate. It is the willingness to listen and to allow others to say things we might not want to hear. How many times have you prohibited your team members to say what was on their minds, because you reacted in a negative fashion? Maybe

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When leaders are developing leaders, they must not and cannot feel threatened by other potential leaders. Good leaders are happy to surround themselves with others who are gifted leaders. Surrounding yourself with good and potential leaders is not a threat to your place or position. Surrounding yourself with gifted leaders can only solidify you in your position or propel you to better things. I once heard Rick Pitino say that he would never hire anyone

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I attended my first baseball game in Arizona last Friday night and sat next to a Six Sigma expert. We shared stories about solving problems in the workplace. I suggested a simpler solution that involved the management team because that’s where change starts… and stops. He recommended a mathematically complex solution focused at the process level, but was willing to admit that management’s words and actions could quickly sabotage the gains achieved with his solution.

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New questions lead to new solutions for old problems. New questions give companies access to their upside potential, to growth, to hidden equipment capacity and more. Sometimes new questions make it obvious that the wrong thing is being protected and that a better solution is just out of reach. Have you ever thought about the questions managers and employees ask (and the questions that are never asked)? For example, when reviewing budgets, are the questions

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  BLACK BELT LEADERSHIP   Black Belt Leader As Martial Artist: Part Two “Use the Force, Luke.” – Yoda, The Empire Strikes Back When my wife Segan was training to be a psychotherapist, she asked if I would give a talk at the youth home where she worked. I had been telling her about the value of “Full-Spectrum Respect” (one of the Black Belt Leadership principles), and she thought that the guys at the youth

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Difficult people – ya gotta love em! Or not. Whether you do or don’t, it’s a fact of life that they are all around us – in our families, places of employment, communities, social events, and everywhere else. For whatever reasons, we all have personal issues that cause us to behave in ways others may find offensive, challenging or just plain problematic. It is our responsibility to pay close attention not to the other person’s

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