In the manufacturing world, companies have been trying to catch up to Japanese companies in efficiency and cost-effectiveness through something called “Lean.” In a nutshell, lean manufacturing is focused on trying to minimize total system cost while simultaneously meeting customer demand and quality requirements.
Do you focus on the “real issues” or petty stuff that neither makes nor breaks a business? Unless it is taking up costly time. Such as unusually often cleaning of the floors and other minor that are more for the employers personal satisfaction than productivity or the bottom line. These issues when required by skilled employees during peak productivity times is distracting.
Be patient. Some people are always quick to jump onto new ideas, while others are more careful and thoughtful. Adapt your presentation to meet both these needs. It is usually the slow to respond who will be the ones to stick around the longest. They also tend to ask the best questions and come up with the most insightful solutions.
I’m not sure personally if Six Sigma is just another fad or not. What I do know is that many of the techniques in Six Sigma were started somewhere else. Someone was simply able to combine all different types of successful tools then throw them in with Six Sigma. Here’s a great example; the student t-test was created by a statistician for Guinness. Statistics are not sole property of Six Sigma neither is surveying customers. Since these tools came from somewhere else there is still room for improvement by adding new tools and taking out useless ones.
It does not allow the full overview of the material tubular lean program to be understood. Since it is a one-time event, it may be seen as a disconnected part of a program.
Sales calls can be made any time. Many sales reps actually believe sales calls can only be made after 9:00 or before 3:00. The professional knows someone prefers 7:00 a.m. and others work evenings. Professionals find people to see them for a full day every day.
They will also see the possible solutions and realize the value 5S, Kaizen, Value Stream Mapping and Six Sigma. Now, when they ask, What is lean manufacturing going to do for us? they will answer their own question.