Innovation can be defined several ways. It’s the cornerstone of developing top and bottom lines; it’s the process of doing new and inventive things through market, workforce, and more. There’s room for innovation in every aspect of your organization – and it is your responsibility to use this vital tool for growth.
True innovation requires more than standard problem solving. It is inherently proactive, a habitual practice that should be incorporated into your company’s core value system. Leaders should urge their employees to set aside time for brainstorming and developing ideas, thereby harnessing creativity to enhance the workplace. Investing in innovation is investing in organizational growth.
For those who don’t know how to start the journey to innovation, begin with “why”. Why do you do what you do, and what purpose does your organization have? If you went out of business tomorrow, what would happen to your industry? The importance of these questions cannot be understated, as they provide employees with a common goal and inspire commitment to success in the workplace.
At a recent event, MAGNET asked manufacturers how well they thought their organization’s “why” was articulated, the driving force behind their actions and decisions.
The numbers blew us away.
More than half of manufacturers stated that their company proved below adequate in defining their purpose; in fact, many neglected to express one at all. This data implies that individuals are working day-to-day without understanding why their business exists or serves a particular market.
Customers, stakeholders, and employees want to know why you do what you do – so tell them! If you believe you’ve found yourself without a purpose or mission statement, you need to reevaluate the function of your business. The “why” is fundamental to your survival, and we believe a company that builds its messages and actions around this concept creates a culture where success is inevitable.
Start with the Why author Simon Sinek notes that consumers often buy the “why” principle of a company, rather than the “what” or “how”. To hear Sinek’s secret of success and the power of inside communication, watch the video below.
Once your “why” is established, stayed tuned for our upcoming post on an essential tool known as ideation. Ideation is a vital process that can be utilized in order to create new ideas and overcome obstacles in order to grow your manufacturing business.
One remarkable thing about the list is that it rarely changes. The order may change but the top cited standards typically don’t change. Top 10 Sited Safety and Health Violations: 501 - Fall Protection 1200 - Hazard Communication 451 - Scaffolding 134 - Respiratory Protection 147 - Lockout/Tagout 178 - Powered Industrial Trucks 1053 - Ladders 305 - Electrical, Wiring Methods 212 - Machine Guarding 303 - Electrical, General Requirements Three of the 10 sited standards are directed at the construction standard (1926) while other fall within the general industry (1910). It should be noted however that the general industry standard also has fall protection guidelines. Year after year, inspectors see the same on-the-job hazards, any one of which could result in a fatality or severe injury. More than 4,500 workers are killed on the job every year, and approximately 3 million are injured. By understanding these regulations you can improve your safety program and prevent injuries. Give me a call if you have any compliance doubts, or want to review OHSA regulations. Gwido Dlugopolsky at 216-391-7766 or email@example.com
Why does it take a NASCAR pit crew only 15 seconds to change four car tires when it takes people like you and me minutes? The answer is simple SMED. Single Minute Exchange of Dies, or SMED, is a process for reducing the time it takes to do equipment changeovers. Using the principles of SMED you should be able to perform any changeover in your facility in under 10 minutes! The SMED process is simple – convert as many changeover steps as possible to “external”, meaning they are done while your equipment is still RUNNING, while simplifying and streamlining the remaining steps. SMED is broken down into the following 3 Steps: Separate Convert Streamline We found this article to be very helping in explaining the SMED process in more detail: LEAN PRODUCTION - SMED A good first step to achieve this level of SMED efficiency would be to run a kaizen event at your facility to standardize (5S) your tools and supplies. Doing this alone will help you achieve 40% to 50% greater efficiency. Once the “low hanging fruit” is gone, you can still reduce setup times another 20% by practicing more advanced SMED principles.
The secret to closing any sale is to reduce uncertainty in the buyer and replace it with confidence in YOU, your PRODUCT/SERVICE, and your COMPANY. Step 1 – Confidence in YOU Someone buying from you wants to be able to fundamentally connect with you on a human level and feel confident that you’re an expert in what you’re selling If you’re selling paperclips, be an expert in paperclips If you’re selling design and engineering related services, be an expert in design and engineering related services Focus on addressing the problem, not the solution….MEANING you already know you have the solution, connect with the buyer by being an expert with the problem he/she is facing. Prove that you know the problem and all aspects of the problem like the back of your hand. Step 2- Confidence in the PRODUCT/SERVICE you are selling Someone buying from you needs to trust the product/service you are selling will solve their problem. It’s your responsibility to deliver a solution and the benefits associated with it. Basically you need to “Hit a Homerun” communicating this message. Tip – Use Success Stories: Share with the potential buyer examples of your product/service solving problems and delivering value for