Allan Kempert Discovered That Truly All You Gotta Do Is Ask.

Written by Chuck Yorke

A year or so ago, I met Allan Kempert. Allan wasrepparttar Quality Assurance Supervisor for a metal stamping company in Ontario, and just completed Norman Bodek’s book, The Idea Generator, Quick and Easy Kaizen. As Allan explains, he couldn’t putrepparttar 134938 book down because it was such a simple approach and he knew that it was going to empowerrepparttar 134939 employees at his place of employment. In fact, Allan had tears in his eyes a few times while readingrepparttar 134940 book because he realized that he had come across a jewel. He spoke torepparttar 134941 people in his department and explained howrepparttar 134942 program worked. He convinced them that it would be beneficial torepparttar 134943 company to start a pilot program within their department.

Upon completion ofrepparttar 134944 book, Allan set up an appointment with me and proceeded to convincerepparttar 134945 President and Vice-President of his company that they needed to accompany him to see how another company had implementedrepparttar 134946 process. Allan’s theory is, “learn fromrepparttar 134947 mistakes of others because we don’t have allrepparttar 134948 time inrepparttar 134949 world to make them ourselves.”

Each department inrepparttar 134950 company had a leader inrepparttar 134951 program; a team of 12 people was assembled to look at problems with traditional suggestion programs, causes and solutions. The solutions were based on Quick & Easy Kaizen and conversations between Allan and me. Allan would implement an idea system, where people implement their own ideas. This is a distinction he makes from a suggestion system, where ideas are usually submitted to a committee who either transfers it to a department to review or killsrepparttar 134952 idea. Everyone inrepparttar 134953 company was trained torepparttar 134954 new IDEAS program. In fact,repparttar 134955 training involved encouraging people to put forward IDEAS duringrepparttar 134956 training session. This resulted in over 100 Ideas from 104 employees byrepparttar 134957 end of training.

The team conducted an effectiveness review. They developed questions and asked participants inrepparttar 134958 program as well as non-participants questions pertaining torepparttar 134959 program. This helped to improverepparttar 134960 program. What really stood out torepparttar 134961 team is that by asking people to make their jobs easier, which wasrepparttar 134962 main focus atrepparttar 134963 onset ofrepparttar 134964 program, people commented that they felt empowered, listened to, like someone cared, happy about coming to work etc. The team also noted thatrepparttar 134965 IDEAS coming in were related to not only making people’s jobs easier but were also related to safety, set-up, 5S and cost savings. Allan likes to point to a statement that explains this. Mahatma Gandhi stated, "take care ofrepparttar 134966 MEANS andrepparttar 134967 ENDS will take care of themselves".

Ten Top Tips on How to Get the Best from Changing Situations

Written by Martin Haworth

Change is thrust upon us every hour of every day - in a radically and rapidly changing world, you just have to get over it! There are ways to do this - common sense ways which when we get into turmoil with ourselves, we lose track of. Here are a few reminders for you.

It can be great to do something new 'for a change', when it's your choice. It's fun then. But when it comes up on you from out ofrepparttar blue, when you're least expecting it, it's something very different. So, here are a few things you can do.

  1. Accept How You Feel How you feel is OK. Whoever is going through this change experience would feelrepparttar 134857 way you do, whether it is angry, sad, frustrated etc. allrepparttar 134858 emotions are acceptable. It is OK inrepparttar 134859 moment to feelrepparttar 134860 way you do.

  2. Sleep on it Avoid being hasty about anything - let it sink in. The better news will be tomorrow - after you have had time for it to stew a little. Your right brain will kick in - and then you can get creative!

  3. See Throughrepparttar 134861 Emotion Here you can combinerepparttar 134862 facts that you have - and be very honest and realistic here, withrepparttar 134863 possibilities. What opportunities could this present?

  4. Think Big Picture At this point you can seerepparttar 134864 micro-environment - how it might affect you and what a difference it might make to your life. But, what if whatever happened was going to be OK. What could you use out of this experience to help you go wherever you might want to inrepparttar 134865 future? Taking a pro-active position on this will make a BIG difference.

  5. Create a Plan Atrepparttar 134866 beginning this will be very sketchy, but how about creating a plan of how you can utiliserepparttar 134867 change to create a better more fulfilling life for yourself. As Benjamin Franklin said 'Out of adversity truly comes opportunity'.

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