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In thermodynamics and business operations, entropy is a natural killer of performance. A lack of consistent maintenance or review leads to an unavoidable trend toward chaos, a falling a part of processes. An old slogan is “if you are standing still – you are not advancing”. The following are some ways to counter the entropy in your business:
- Design for Battle
- Avoid Entropy, Keep Moving
- Maximize Agility and Innovation
- Simplify Decision Making
- Streamline Your Processes
- Optimize Geography
- Manage Your Talent
The area that involves Lean is the last point – manage your talent. They discuss Hoshin-Kanri, aligning your strategy, business planning, and workforce planning will focus the organization to maximize profits. Utilizing a flexible workforce will allow the organization to handle normal peaks and valleys of the business cycle. These are just the start to avoid standing still in a hypercompetitive global economy.
Gary Kapanowski – Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt – Excelsior
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