MPOWER Newsletter
September, 2011 - Vol 1, Issue 10
In This Issue
From Walking to Watching - Improving Productivity
Autumn Goal Setting
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"Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible."

                ~ Anthony Robbins




You know exactly how important observation is to productivity improvement, but did you know that "just standing around" can enhance your bottom line? Learn how to pull that off in this issue's feature article. Are you feeling a bit more energized with autumn's cooler temperatures? Take advantage of that energy and create a few "smart" goals for yourself.



From Walking to Watching - Improving Productivity


In the last issue, we focused on how a Gemba Walk could enhance productivity. By using observations taken during a Gemba Walk, production supervisors improve efficiency and ultimately, profitability. Observation Now it's time to stop walking and delve into the power of stationary observation.


Autumn Goal Setting


Don't think that setting goals is reserved for New Years alone. Kids start a fresh school year every autumn, so there's no reason not to use the fall to create a fresh start for yourself as well. With cooler temperatures comes renewed energy, so don't let your goal-setting efforts be limited by starting a new calendar year. Fall is a Goal clockgreat time to set some goals. Or use this time to revisit the goals you've already set for the year and ensure you're on track to reach them.


Whether you're thinking of setting professional or personal goals, make certain they're S.M.A.R.T. ones! If your existing goals aren't SMART, make them that way now.


Specific: Make your goals very specific. You should be able to answer the "5 W's" about each goal you set: Who, What, Where, When and Why.


Measurable: You must be able to objectively measure your progress. If you haven't developed a means to measure, you'll never attain your goal. It's easy to measure weight loss and exercise improvement, but other goals may take more creative thinking to determine the means to measure. The good news? Anything that gets measured gets improved.


Attainable: Sure, maybe you want zero waste on the shop floor, but is that really attainable? Is the cost/benefit ratio really worth the effort? Make certain your goal can be reached... but not too easily!


Realistic: You must be both willing and able to reach the goal you set for yourself. "Completing a marathon before the end of the year" is probably not very realistic if you can't run a mile; however, if you truly believe your goal can be attained, then it's probably realistic.


Timely: You know the importance of setting deadlines. Goals are no different. Without any sort of time frame, they're simply wishes that will likely go unfulfilled. "Lose ten pounds" is laudable, but the real question is by when? Every goal needs a deadline.

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