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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

5S Framework to Sustainable Savings

Businesses must relentlessly drive cost out of the business, improve the Bottom Line and place the Top Line in a cost competitive position.  A straight forward method/step to this is the standardization of processes that bring greater efficiency and effectiveness.  Lean manufacturing teaches the 5S framework for the shop floor and this discipline utilized throughout the organization brings opportunities.

5S Framework:

  • Seiri - tidiness
  • Seiton - orderliness
  • Seiso - cleanliness
  • Seiketsu - standardization
  • Shitsuke - sustaining the discipline
A clear vision and the courage to move the organization forward brings greater profits.  Evaluate where time is spent - Value or Non Value Added - with all activities.  A changing organization may spend considerable time on administrative tasks simply due to the communication quality and thoroughness of the message.  With communication, the 5S framework may be a useful guide.  Review did the communication meet these standards?  5S makes it simple - Did we stay organized?  Are we in alignment with the organization's mission?  Can we sustain the change?
 
“I am personally convinced that one person can be a change catalyst, a "transformer" in any situation, any organization. Such an individual is yeast that can leaven an entire loaf. It requires vision, initiative, patience, respect, persistence, courage, and faith to be a transforming leader.” ~ Stephen R. Covey