As with any pursuit that is worthwhile, unfortunately, there is no “magic wand” that can create long-term change and growth for a company’s operations or culture. Instead you need a lasting commitment from your leaders for change to occur and be sustained.
Implementing an Organizational Excellence Model is about more than an assessment or incorporating shiny new visual management boards on your plant floor. It is about the willingness of an organization and its leaders to want to pursue greatness and take their company to that next level.
In order to achieve Organization Excellence a company must be willing to do four things:
- Get out of their comfort zone
- Gain top management’s buy-in
- Commit time and resources
- Be willing to push forward, even when it gets hard, the team gets busy, or the “new excitement has worn off”
Seasons-4 Inc., an industry leader, in commercial and industrial HVAC manufacturing company, is seeing long-term growth and impressive results from their continued pursuit of Organizational Excellence. Mike Stonecipher, GaMEP project manager said, “We first started with an assessment and interview of their team to get a better understanding of their actual needs and base recommendations off of those needs. From there, we’ve helped them implement a Management Daily Improvement system, problem solving strategies, and lean tools for consistent job training.”
Once those plans were in place and had become part of the team’s daily routine, Seasons-4 has worked with GaMEP to move onto developing their leadership skills. The team has since sent more than 40 team members through eight modules of training on everything from “building and sustaining trust” to “driving change” to “resolving workplace conflict”, all as part of their overall approach to improvement.
Saibal Sengupta, President Seasons-4 Inc. said, “The advanced leadership training conducted by GaMEP has been greatly beneficial to Seasons-4’s frontline supervisors. All our supervisors have great product knowledge but most of them needed the required soft skills to lead, engage and motivate their employees. After this training we have seen a noticeable improvement in employee engagement, accountability, productivity and team performance. The training provided tools to tackle some of the most difficult employee related situations. We believe that this training helped them to make the transition from a good supervisor to an effective leader. Ultimately, all these have a direct positive impact on the continued profitability and success of Seasons-4.”
Stonecipher said, “I’ve trained a lot of organizations, but there’s a difference between conducting training for a tactical reason versus the strategic pursuit of the organization to improve as a whole.”
In manufacturing, as in anything else, if you look at the entire picture, instead of just pieces of the pie, you are better able to position your company for the future while tackling the most pressing issues you are facing.