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10 Building Blocks for a Quality Culture

ISO 10004 – Customer Satisfaction

The challenge of determining Customer Satisfaction continues. With all the available technology, we haven't made much headway, really. Requirements = Needs + Expectations Needs are outlined in the 'contract' with your clients, and determined in Clause 8.2. But what about ...

Structure Your Continual Improvement

For years we've had to demonstrate that we've improved the effectiveness of our management systems. It's a great money-maker for the Private Sector and improving a management system helps the Public Sector work within their budgets. Easy words to say; ...

Make ISO Pay!

Since the 1987 version of ISO 9001 was released, we've been hearing organizations groan about being ISO Registered or Certified. Here are some ideas to get value out of your system. #1 Make Internal Audits pay dividends by hunting for ...

Celebrate Your Way to Success!

People aren't you best asset, engaged people who are excited about working in your organization are your best asset. Not only that, celebrating small wins and big wins can help meet some ISO requirements - Leadership (5.1.1 h), Customer focus ...

Two Pitfalls of e-Learning…and How to Avoid Them

Ruth Clark and Richard Mayer have outlined some pitfalls of e-learning design in their book 'e-Leaning and the Science of Instruction' If you ever purchase e-learning, take be aware of these pitfalls to avoid buying an inferior training course: Pitfall ...

Getting More Out of Your Training Dollars

Brinkerhoff and Gill in 1994 estimated that 90% of every training dollar spent was wasted. Other research supported this to a degree, but it doesn't seem to be quite that bad according to Don Clark at NW LINK. Remember that ...

Give Me What I Want!

In 1980, The American Council of Retailers did some research on why people stopped doing business with various organizations. Here's what they found in 1980: 64% left because they felt ignored 12% left because they were treated badly (that’s our ...

Why Management Training Doesn’t Work…and what to do about it…

We all give training to new managers. It seems weak at best, and might even make things worse in some cases. Disengaged employees as a result of poor management may be costing your company as much as 34% of your ...

Corrective Actions…WIIFM?

Not everyone LOVES doing corrective actions, and that's an understatement! So why bother? Here are a few good reasons to carry out corrective actions: Corrective actions are one of the building blocks to system improvement. System improvement is required in ...

Don’t Waste My Time!

James P. Womack identifies this as a place to improve in Lean Solutions with Daniel Jones. We don't want to lose customers by keeping them waiting. Consider this: "If we had to pay our customers for the time they wait to ...