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Failed projects, even if not directly your fault, can be detrimental to your career.
Quality professionals are drivers of change - and change isn't always easy, especially when organizations have longtime employees that are set in their ways. However, change is often necessary for continuous improvement: and efforts must be made to make changes happen. We understand that both change, and effective leadership, is difficult. Yet the cornerstones for transformation require self-mastery, interpersonal mastery, value exchange - and, most importantly, change methodology - or the quality assurance management tools that you are already familiar with.
Companies that consider environmental protection, occupational health and safety as important as providing quality products usually have managers and departments responsible for these areas. They are called Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) departments, also known as SHE or HSE departments. EHS management has two general objectives: prevention of incidents or accidents that might result from abnormal operating conditions on the one hand and reduction of adverse effects that result from normal operating conditions on the other hand.
It was the end of a long and frustrating day. My long-time colleague, Tisha Tomlinson and I were discussing the situation and trying to plan a strategy that met the needs of all involved parties, over dirty martinis with extra olives. We had spent the day with various Quality and EH&S personnel at one of our large, long-time clients. The company senior management was pushing to expand their product usage to include EH&S.
Drowning in Duplication
Why do we continue to make decisions that are not in our own best interest, and often not in the best interests of our organizations? Why do we let our finances, our relationships and our quality management systems and environmental management systems work at sub-optimal levels?
Over the last several weeks we dove into a series on “3 Keys to a Successful Integrated Management System,” and one of the sections focused on cooperation. A key part of cooperation is letting creativity flourish. Today, we will dive into both creativity and collaboration (in our school days known as cooperation).
When I work with customers I see all kinds of quality management systems. The performance of an environmental or quality system is consistently driven by people’s ability to make good decisions. Any good quality management system is the sum of the decisions made within it.
It’s been said that supply chain risk today is riskier than ever before. Why? Well, there are several reasons.
Last time we continued our journey on Integrated Management Systems (IMS) by discussing the three key concepts of a successful IMS. To refresh they are:
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