A Career is a Marathon

I just turned 48 years old. That sure seems old to me now as I, like most people, thought I would be 25 forever. However, based on my genetics, some good clean living and God’s blessings – I’m only half way through my career. And I’ve really enjoyed my career so far.

When I’m not working, one of my favorite things to do is workout – more specifically, run. I ran long distance in High School, and I wasn’t too bad (set the record for the mile run in Jr. High). Later in life I ran 5Ks, 10Ks and even competed in a few triathlons. At one time I set out to train and complete a marathon. As a matter of fact, there are a lot of similarities to careers and marathons, looking back.

If you really stop to think about training for any kind of physically taxing event, you have a lot of prep work to do. And you have a lot of rules and tips to remember along the way; things you learned the hard way, or a mentor taught you. Read more A Career is a Marathon

Customers dislike long lines. Lean Six Sigma can help.

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By: Mike Stafford, Managing Partner & Senior Consultant

No one likes to stand in long lines. As a customer we stand in lines all the time. Whether it’s in line to purchase a ticket at the movie theater, or “in line” online to purchase a concert ticket. And what’s worse than standing in line? Completing your purchase only to find out something is missing or the product doesn’t work as advertised. When that happens, yep, you get to go stand in line again.

Guess what? You just learned the basic concepts of Lean Six Sigma, a very effective process improvement methodology. When I mention that I’m a Six Sigma Master Black Belt, people’s eyes glaze over immediately afterward. You don’t have to be an expert to understand why this is important.

First, Lean focuses on increasing the speed of delivery of the products or services to your customers. One of the best side effects Read more Customers dislike long lines. Lean Six Sigma can help.