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Morupule Coal Mine & The 20 Keys System for Continuous Operations Improvement

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Visiting Morupule Coal Mine (MCM) is always something I look forward to. I like the country very much and especially the people, whom I find friendly, respectful and eager to learn. And there is nothing more wonderful than being in Botswana when it rains (and nothing more challenging when you are there in mid-summer, outside and walking a lot)! MCM is situated on the outskirts of Palaye, Botswana. Production of washed and thermal coal started in 1973, with Botswana Power Corporation (BPC), which is supplying power to Botswana situated next door to the mine, its main customer. MCM started in […]

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The different types, formation & maintenance of organisational culture

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This is the last of a 3-part series about organisational culture when implementing improvement initiatives. In the two previous blogs I explained that: Organisational culture is not only a key factor in distinguishing between individual companies, but between entire industries. Organisational culture is an important force influencing organisational behavior. Today, let’s look at The different types of organisational culture and The formation and maintenance of organisational culture. Types of Organisational Culture Each organisation has only a single, uniform culture, one set of shared values, beliefs and expectations – this is rarely the case. Organisations, particularly larger ones, typically have several […]

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ODI and the 27th International 20 Keys Conference in Bulgaria

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The annual 20 Keys ® conference is one of the most significant events dedicated to Lean transformation and KAIZEN, which gathers experts, managers, and consultants from all over the world. The 27th International 20 Keys® Conference promises a 4-day unique experience with success stories of leading Bulgarian and international companies, 5 hours of exciting content with 8+ world-class lecturers, and visits to companies in Bulgaria with leading lean practices. Special guest of the event will be Dr. Yoshi Kobayashi – President of PDI, a leading Lean consultant, and owner of the 20 Keys® methodology! Learn more about 20 Keys ®, […]

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Who ignited Samson’s flame?

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Working on an assignment at an extrusion company in South Africa, I had ten minutes to spare between appointments when my eye caught sight of a large workshop that was very disorganised and cluttered. Knowing a good transformation opportunity when I see one, I couldn’t resist walking over and introducing myself to Samson. I asked whether I could show him some him pictures of work environments where the 20 Keys system was implemented. Samson didn’t say a word, but didn’t protest either, so I took the gap. He hardly made eye contact and all I heard was grunting. I felt […]

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Measuring machines and equipment effectiveness

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To compete in a global market, no organisation will tolerate losses. Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) is such a performance metric which will indicate a performance rate with very simple calculations. It considers all-important measures of productivity (1). Chandrajit P Ahire & Anand S Relkar, KK Wagh Institute of Engineering Education and Research, Nashik, India The saying ‘if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it’ tantamount to a cardinal proverb in management science. The 20 Keys framework provides a structured process approach in measuring the progress of keys implementation from level 1 to level five, providing tangible practical steps to be followed from one […]

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Culture’s role in organisations

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The role of Culture when implementing Improvement Initiatives This is the second blog of the 3 part blogs on Organisational Culture. In the previous blog, I mentioned that organisational culture is not only a key factor in distinguishing between individual companies, but between entire industries. So let’s look at Culture’s role  in organisations. From the various cultural values it is clear that culture is an intangible force, with far-reaching consequences. Culture does indeed play several important roles in organisations. An organisation’s culture provides a sense of identity for its members. The more clearly an organisation’s shared perceptions and values are […]

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Your team communication sucks!

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I was recently part of a Small Group Activity (SGA) where a team discussed a re-occurring quality problem. The manager of the production function involved wanted to participate, as he believed that it is an important issue which for once and all, needed to be addressed. Only a few minutes into the discussion I realised that it was a mistake to have the manager present. The way the discussion was going reminded me of an article I read some time ago – ” Your Team Communication Sucks: Five Axioms to Improve It”. Imagine the following discussion, between two people, with […]

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Are Leaders ready for the 4th Industrial Revolution?

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As the Fourth Industrial Revolution gains more and more momentum in industry and business, many commentators are giving their thoughts and opinions of the impact this wave will have on workers, leaders and the economy. Headlines I have read recently, like “The future just arrived, but are we ready” and “Myths about the impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution” and other similar ones permeate the news. A humanoid, a robot that is both mechanical but has human and learning characteristics will arrive in South Africa this month.  This humanoid called Sophia (see below) and her creator David Hanson will be […]

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What is organisational culture?

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The role of Culture when implementing Improvement Initiatives To better understand organisational culture, there are essentially three issues to consider: What is organisational culture? Culture’s role in organisations. Types of organisational cultures. In this 3-part blog we’ll be discussing each of the above-mentioned issues respectively. So what is organisational culture? Organisational culture is something that is unique to each organisation, with its different personalities of people and the organisations in which they work. However, when one considers that entire organisations are often so consistently different from one another, it is clear that there is more involved than simply personalities of […]

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Innovation and e-Learning

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e-Learning, NQF5, National Certificate in Productivity, ODI

Extract from QCTO (Quality Council for Trades and Occupations) document: General Principles and Minimum Requirements on E-Assessment of Qualifications and Part Qualifications on the Occupational Qualifications Sub-Framework (OQSF) In line with its key mandate of upholding the quality of qualifications within the Occupational Qualifications Sub-Framework (OQSF), the QCTO is committed to quality assuring all forms of assessment of programmes and qualifications within the sub-framework. To this end, there is recognition of the prevalence of use of technology not only in delivering training programmes within this sector, but also in assessing students. Definition: e-Learning: Various forms of electronic learning where technology […]