Does Operational Excellence Stifle Speed, Innovation and Agility?

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Today’s CEO can expect new levels of revenue enhancement and cost benefit found using the tools innovation, lean and six sigma can bring together under a new hybrid of methodology allowing for breakthrough change and results gained in days, not months.” – Eric Zink

Operational Excellence personnel are armed with the change management skills necessary to take continuous improvement methods to that next level with some prompting and coaching.  Using their already ingrained sense of continuous improvement, what most need is simply a breakthrough sense of urgency using innovative techniques to spring forward their methodical means of operational excellence.  This is where senior management can rely upon their operations excellence resources to excel.  Using the proven techniques of Lean, Six Sigma and process excellence to bear, today’s Operational Excellence leaders must break the paradigm they now face regarding the often slow and tedious means for continuous improvement.

Business is ever changing, and with it comes change even for the change agents of operational excellence.  Using innovation to break through the paradigm that continuous has to be slow, methodical change, today’s Operational Excellence leaders are finding new skills to employ the tools of process excellence and organizational effectiveness.  Using innovation with a sense of speed and agility, new paradigms of breakthrough change are forming.  Change that will allow for immediate impact whether it be in product development, production or supply chain management.  These innovative breakthrough methods are producing results for companies stuck in the paradigms of a prior age allowing them to leap frog past their competition.  In fact, those companies who pursued the programs of yesteryear such as TQM, Six Sigma and even Lean Systems are finding new successes in the breakthrough methods these innovation tools are providing by re-energizing and given a jumpstart to these passé programs.

Combining the best of both methods, today’s Operational Excellence leaders can focus with laser intensity on the strategic imperatives handed down from the C-suite to a set of targets which will allow them to speedily take aim and score huge, transformational results for their organizations.  Combining innovation and Lean into a powerful methodology like never before is the key and outcome to allow for an ever-changing, nimble and highly agile company ready to collaborate on the internal expertise found in many organizations today using the right methods of innovation to harness the resource successfully.

While it may be true that Rome wasn’t built in a day, no CEO should stand for the slow, inflexible methods many traditional continuous improvement programs of the past promoted.  Today’s CEO can expect new levels of revenue enhancement and cost benefit found using the tools innovation, Lean and Six Sigma can bring together under a new hybrid of methodology allowing for breakthrough change and results gained in days, not months.  Operational Excellence can indeed promote speed, innovation and agility with refreshed methods.   Take a hard look at your Operational Excellence program and ask yourself if it’s providing the innovation necessary to survive in today’s business world.  If you cannot honestly be satisfied with the answer, perhaps it’s time to dust off the trappings of an old method in favor of a more innovative approach: one that can survive in our nimble and innovative world of today.

 

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