Asset Tracking for Small Businesses: Is It Time to Ditch the Spreadsheet?

Asset tracking is essential for big businesses. It helps minimize costs and prevent unnecessary losses through a streamlined management system. While some small businesses get by without asset tracking management systems, it is just as important for them to minimize costs and improve efficiency. If you’re running a small business and still using a spreadsheet to track your assets, it’s …

Behind the Numbers: Why You Should Collect Qualitative Safety Data

Takeaway:  Qualitative and quantitative data each play a different role in strengthening your safety program.   When most people think of data, they think of the quantitative stuff. All the things that are easy to count, measure, and sum up. But if that’s the only kind of information you’re collecting, you won’t be able to optimize your safety outcomes. Whether …

Scoreboards for Driving Effort

Key takeaway – Sports scoreboards are the benchmark for information sharing that drives behavior. Employers can improve performance by using a scoreboard as well. Tell employees what management is monitoring, and they will tell you what is important to the business. Information drives behavior. It must be timely, accurate and relevant. Performance data should be displayed in a way that commands …

What Gets Measured Gets Done

Takeaway: Measurement is at the heart of all improvement and sustainment. Imagine you’re hiking in a vast forest. A thick canopy of trees blocks much of the sun as you search out trails leading to a campsite where you plan on spending the night. You know the campsite is two miles North of where you parked your car. You proceed …

Glass Wall Management For Accountability & Engagement

Takeaway: Glass wall management is necessary for accountability, and engagement. It keeps the entire team on task and confident. Lack of glass wall management can lead to deception and misuse of authority positions for self-gain.  “Glass wall management,” also called visual management refers to how information within a company is shared. Key Performance Indicators are visual for all to see. …

Good People Can’t Override a Bad System

On July 28th, 1935, the first prototype for the B 17 Flying Fortress bomber made its maiden flight. Boeing had won the contract from the U.S. Army Air Corps, beating out Douglas and Martin. They were to produce 200 bombers. The plane had exceeded all U.S.A.A.C. expectations. On its second flight, the crew had forgotten to remove the “Gust Locks.” …