I know I am getting an audience. So I will deliver a fun and interesting post.
Like I always do, I drift and I will do just that now.
The reason I write a blog is to tell people who I am, what I am about, I do what I write. The truth nothing but the true. I know sometime my views are controversial. I accept that but I also accept I am an extraordinary person with special skills. If you feel I am arrogant, I bet you think otherwise after you meet me!
So back to DAY 3 on my Lean Six Sigma course. From yesterday, I said I would talk about my course-mates. This obviously coincided with today being a group exercise day and quiz day.
We have our notes and knew already that we have finished all the six sigma materials in the 2 previous days. We also knew that Lean is starting on Thursday so TODAY it was a mystery of what going to happen. Obvious there are people just doing the “PURE” Six Sigma (Which I think Lean is as important, now also knowing the trainer got his from a founder of Lean).
Today has been the most fun. Morning being a group task, using what we have learn and apply them on a case study problem. It was very testing. There were 5 teams and yes as much as I hate to LOSE, we came last on the vote. If this make sense to anyone, I presented an INTERACTIVE swim-lane process mapping with post-it notes. Anyway, our team was disjointed and hence received no vote!
So I had to look forward to the afternoon. We heard it was a test, but it was actually 2 teams in a Family Fortune style Quiz. Slightly different rules, the quiz master select questions with different points. If the individual take the question on his/her own and answer correctly then you received an extra bonus point. He/she can consult with the team and lose the chance to win the bonus point. When the other team gets it wrong, it is offered to the other side.
My first question was for 5 points. I had to state the 5 steps in Six Sigma. Easy enough for me to take it on my own, Define, Measure, Analayse, Improve and Control. 6 points in the bag. I was happy and so was the team, but really we went downhill from there on wards. Losing to the other team in the end. Mr competitive (me) was actually very happy even though I have lost both tasks. It is the learning that matters. This prompted me to remember whenever I can “select the RIGHT team”. You can run world record time but if there is weaklink in the team, you still lose the relay. I remember I said I am one of the brightest apple in the course and I do mean that. There are people that is so far behind. I know there are people in the twenties (me), thirdties, forties, fifties, and even sixties. May be the younger ones pick up quicker.
I chanllenge you to identify the weak link in your team and company!
Tonight, I broke my ASBO and went to the bar eariler. There are some interesting people in our course. I was eating with a observer (a MBB called Danuta), John from a clothing logistic company and Leo from a glass manufacturer. I think my company (not Enviros) was appricated. We had good conversations etc. We chatted with each person’s experiences and just general conversation. But in IRM I have a process call “PUZZLING”. The puzzle is an image of a person, you build up the image bit by bit with information “PUZZLING”. You need to be openminded about the whole image. We need to based on the information you recieved from coversation to build up the image. There become easiler when people drink more and become more relax. They talk more! Also they help you build other images. Like someone tell me something more about our trainer. Now that is share knowledge but it helps me to puzzle up his image a bit more.
So it has been a good evening, I have learnt and pickup alot.
I talk alot but I also listen alot. I sometime forget what I say, but I never forget what I hear. I am like a sponge always soaking up information and knowledge. I learnt alot from my conversation with people.
Someone used to work for Ribena & Sony and he/she shared his/her experiences. Valuable!
Someone works for a company that has just overtaken by the Mighty Chinese. I shared the Chinese working standard of 8am-10pm with them. It is surpised to them, but we work all day all night. We are all workaholics.
Anyway, today’s is all about people, it is not about what you have learnt. It is about working with people, different age, differnet background and different intelligent level.
The main learning is LEADERSHIP, COMMUNICATION, PERSUASION, DELEGATION, KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER.
And of course effctive “PUZZLING”
Really looking for tomorrow the start of LEAN.