Written by Erica Bassford, Head of Aspire at LI Europe.

 

Concerned by a lack of sustained improvement in your factory?

 

Want to find out how to achieve results? Then come to our Free 1 hour Workshop:

 

Prioritising Line Improvement – and making it stick

 

Line Improvement workshops were oversubscribed at last year’s Manufacturing Management Show.

By popular demand, Erica Bassford is taking the workshop on tour around the UK and is looking forward to meeting you at one of the venues.

 

THE INTERACTIVE WORKSHOPS ARE COMPLETELY FREE TO ATTEND:
When it comes to implementing Manufacturing Improvement programmes, it is vital that managers are equipped with the skills to successfully manage and motivate their teams to drive and sustain improvement activity. In this practical workshop, complete with hands on ‘learning by doing’, we will be showing delegates how to engage shop floor personnel to apply new improvement techniques in the workplace.

 

HURRY PLACES ARE LIMITED…
To secure your place, please follow one of the links below to book

 

 

 

If none of the above venues are convenient to you please pre-register your interest here.

Alternatively, if you’d like to find out more about the Workshop and whether it’s right for you and your team get in touch with Erica.

 

Written by Erica Bassford, Head of Aspire at LI Europe

Four eggs 2During a recent management training course I was asked if an individual should focus on improving their weaknesses first or developing their strengths. It’s a bit like ‘which comes first, the chicken or the egg?’

You are only as strong as your weakest link. If your weakness is something you need to use in your day to day life, being your weakest link is probably having a significant effect on your overall effectiveness. Our strengths, on the other hand, form part of our Unique Selling Point (USP). Continually developing our USP to ensure it remains unique is important, isn’t it?

We all prefer to work on what we enjoy and what we enjoy is almost always something we find relatively easy or we are good at it. Investing in your weakness, therefore, is likely to be more time consuming, more frustrating and will require more effort.

There is no straight answer but what is clear, our first task is to understand ourselves not only from our perspective, but from the perspective of others. We all have ‘hidden’ zones, things people see in us that we are blissfully unaware of. For example, jangling change in your pocket, or saying ‘Umm’ repeatedly during presentations. Once we truly understand our strengths and weaknesses we can make an informed decision on what to invest our time and effort in, and can look for alternatives to help. One of the best ways to overcome our weaknesses is to work with someone who has that as their strength, learning from them. An alternative may be to delegate or even outsource a task that require us to use our weakness.

In truth we will need to develop both our strengths and weaknesses but for the most efficient outcome we not only have to fully understand ourselves, but also the strengths and weaknesses of those around us. Need help with your chicken and egg? We can help you build your unique development plan then work with you to excel.

For more on our Aspire coaching and mentoring programmes for Front Line Managers, get in touch.

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