In a large pharma company, a forklift operator had to constantly get off and on the forklift to open and close doors as he made his way from the shop floor to the waste storage room. Being a wasteful process, the top management decided to fit a sensor for about $400 to automatically open and close the door. The floor manager suggested a string pull, which cost about $40. But, luckily for them, they had a Lean Manager in their midst who suggested that they”Just take the doors off!”

lean Management

Lean Management is a practice that eliminates any process that is not required in manufacturing or service industries. Lean implementation is therefore focused on getting the right things to the right place at the right time in the right quantity to achieve perfect work flow, while minimising waste and being flexible and able to change.

Lean Management is a Japanese concept propagated in the 1990s by Toyota to eliminate any process that is wasteful, which led them to build more economical and efficient cars.The steady growth of Toyota, from a small company to the world’s largest automaker, has focused attention on how it has achieved this success.

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Put on your Creative Hat

Managers today are using Creative Problem Solving (CPS) as a major technique to be effective in their given role.  CPS is the trademarked name for the Osborn-Parnes process, which suggests methods to solve problems in an out-of-the-box manner.  

There are several techniques for solving problems in a creative way. They include:

  • Reframing the problem: This is one of the creativity techniques designed to come up with an innovative solution. This methodology inspires the person to ask basic questions to oneself such as, for instance, “What am I trying to accomplish?”, among others in order to arrive at a unique solution.
  • Shift in mental state: This technique is designed to shift a person’s mental state and make the mind get into a creative mode. Accordingly, it involves taking a break or sleeping after one has intensively thought of a solution.
  • Multiple facilitation of ideas: This technique dwells on increasing the quantity of fresh ideas. This approach is based on the belief that if a person comes up with a large volume of ideas there will be at least one idea that will be creative and worth implementing.

There are several books on CPS that you can refer to. Richard Fobes has authored a “tool box” for creative thinking so has Michael Michelko, author of Thinker Toys. Additionally, complement the knowledge you derive from these books by enrolling into an online MBA or Part-time MBA programs that offer meaningful workshops on CPS. So think out-of-the-box and crack your problems now.

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You’ve become a manager for the first time in your career! Congratulations. your success will now be tied to the performance of your colleagues.  While some colleagues have worked longer than you for the position that you have achieved, they may not be pleased with your success.
Here’s how to cope with the first few months of being promoted. Become a Manager

Forget What Got You There:

Your hard work paid off. Now, forget about all that you did. You and your work are as good as your team and their output. Remember, it is now about them and not you! Consider each individual team member’s perspective, needs, interests, skills and preferences. Figure out how to influence, communicate and motivate people in a way they care about,that’ll make you a more effective a leader.

Challenge the boundaries

Managers who provide assistance and challenges are rated better performers at their job by their boss. Throw in challenges that you know won’t be very difficult and help them achieve the goal.

You are the Boss

When you are the boss, people are always going to look at what you do and what you don’t.People will not always agree with you or like your decisions. You have no control over what others feel about you. Just let them be.

Welingkar’s Distance Learning Division Conducts “First time Manager workshop” as a part of its MBA Equivalent Management Programs

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