The 7 Key Traits to Implementation of Successful Continuous Improvement Programs

Continuous Improvement is a long-standing technique that businesses utilize to consistently increase efficiency and effectiveness. It may involve incremental improvement that occurs gradually or breakthrough improvements that seem to occur overnight. When continuous improvement is successful, businesses are able to fulfill their objectives and policy goals.  But, what constitutes the successful implementation of a continuous improvement program? What has to happen to ensure it will work? What traits do the participants need to possess? Through working with many businesses, we see several consistencies among successful efforts. Through analysis of these programs, we’ve identified seven key traits that lead to effective results. Accountability Throughout this key process, many businesses divide employees into teams. Each team has responsibilities and goals. They are held accountable for completing tasks, finding solutions and measuring their successes. Of course, a certain degree of buy-

An Overachiever’s Guide – What am I Proving by Achieving?

Since making my most current breakdown public, I received a lot of support and advice from friends and peers. One of the pieces of advice I received was to read the book by Heather Whelpley titled: An Overachiever's Guide To Breaking The Rules: How To Let Go Of Perfect and Live Your Truth .  I’ve read self-help before, but what the hell, why not another book!  I bought the book and then ignored it for a good week.  When I finally started to read it, my initial thoughts were ….. very Midwestern ...... “she has it much worse. I shouldn’t be worried about myself. Time to move on and get over it.  There are so many more people worse off than me.”  This may be a default reaction for many; however, I have been told that downplaying your suffering because someone else has it worse is a very Midwestern trait. Seeing as how those were my first thoughts, I apparently wear that badge proudly!!! You see, right away, Heather shared some stories of her growing up.  Of her being at the top of her

An Overachiever’s Guide – Rediscovering Your Creativity

Am I creative? No, I’m not creative. I’m not artsy so therefore I can’t be creative... Like Heather ( An Overachiever's Guide To Breaking The Rules: How To Let Go Of Perfect and Live Your Truth ), because I'm not artsy, I believed that I did not have a creative bone in my body.  But also, like Heather, I have somewhat recently discovered that I am in fact creative. I’ve learned and acknowledged that being artsy isn’t the only path to creativity.  I’m not really sure why we were both conditioned to think that creativity can only be found in the arts. Guess it’s another one of those subtle societal conditioning things. Oh the joys of societal conditioning! No matter where it came from, it’s time for it to die. Because everyone is creative.  With Heather’s help I rediscovered (and accepted) my creative side.  I looked for the evidence that points away from creativity and points towards creativity. And as you will see below, my list is quite lopsided! Not creative -  Can't draw