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Great Systems Can Give You Best Practice Work Systems for Sustained High Performance

If you are tired of chasing fads, if you are struggling to sustain performance improvement initiatives such as lean six sigma, or if you are struggling to improve leadership effectiveness or create a high performance work culture in your company, you need Great Systems. We have become all too familiar with the urban dictionary definition of insanity – continuing to do the same things, but expecting different results.

The bottom line is this – our process and operational excellence journeys should not be as challenging as we are making them. I have spent my entire work career looking for great work systems that can help you develop more engaged teams, design excellent processes, and sustain great results. I am convinced that I have found lots of them to share with you!

NEW Great Systems Books!

Vital Signs, Scorecards, and Goals Measurement System Book
Pursuing Process Excellence Book
Error Proof Book
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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.

Real Work Life Support. With Measurable, Sustained Results.

  • 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. “What are your thoughts on measuring investigation process effectiveness?” he asked. He went on to explain that he wanted my insights partially because he knew I was a measurement freak. More importantly, he was being [...]

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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. If Baby Groot is successful, he just might help save the galaxy once again. If he fails, all could be lost. Confusing controls however are dramatically raising the likelihood of Groot error. (Here's the YouTube clip) [...]

  • 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 why people break the rules, but we all too often fail to effectively address them to improve rule compliance, let alone commitment. Instead, we rely on punishment, reminders, and reprimands – weak fixes that aren’t [...]

  • 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? Over the past few weeks, as I have thought about this question and explored it further in additional TapRooT® root cause analysis courses, it became quite clear to me that people in general are struggling [...]

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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  • Experiencing the Real Lean Upside

The Real Lean Upside

April 30th, 2017|Comments Off on The Real Lean Upside

Experiencing the Real Lean Upside By Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer, Great Systems One way to shoot me off on a lengthy rant is to bring up the lean six sigma subject in conversation. Why [...]

  • How Great is Your Safety Culture?

How Great is Your Safety Culture?

April 17th, 2017|Comments Off on How Great is Your Safety Culture?

How Great is Your Safety Culture? By Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer, Great Systems Over my career, I have had the chance to interact with many different safety cultures, some great and some not so [...]

  • Problem Solving Questions

Six Key Questions Problem Solvers Fail to Ask

April 11th, 2017|Comments Off on Six Key Questions Problem Solvers Fail to Ask

Six Key Questions Problem Solvers Fail to Ask By Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer, Great Systems Whenever I talk to groups about incident investigations in the TapRooT® root cause analysis courses I facilitate, I kick [...]

  • Displaying System Deployment Gaps

Closing Our Work System Deployment Gaps

April 6th, 2017|Comments Off on Closing Our Work System Deployment Gaps

Closing Our Work System Deployment Gaps By Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer, Great Systems As I post this article, I am about to begin  my eighteenth year as a national Examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige Performance [...]

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