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Change requires steady work

Recently, we had the opportunity to run the Niagara Falls Half Marathon.  The longer distances attract me because of the work they involve.  The training plan is divided into distinct stages, each section crafted to support the end goal.  I do not love every morning run, or every grueling hot training session, but I love…

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Begin with the End in Sight

Sports have a great advantage: the goal is immediately apparent.  In golf, sink the ball in the hole.  In football, get the ball across into the endzone.  In quidditch, catch the golden snitch.  Regardless of the sport, the rules clearly state how to score points and the objective.  Unfortunately, the objective of training is not…

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The Five Stages of Training

As a Six Sigma Black Belt, leader of an organization, or as Training Manager, the question of training effectiveness eventually becomes a topic.  As an internal auditor, I have too often seen “training” as the only (and repeated) solution to a quality spill.  In order to address the efficient and effective training, consider how training…

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The Journey to Certification

Last week marked a milestone that has long been on my bucket list.  As a problem solver, I have wanted the Six Sigma Black Belt certification, but the opportunity had not presented itself when I was working in industry or researching in academia.  I’d like to share with you my statistical learning journey. In high…

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Reflections for Creativity

  Parker J. Palmer wrote extensively regarding the importance of a daily renewal through reflection, preferably in nature.  Manufacturing, particularly serial production, has a tendency to draw us away from this regular renewal.  We are working hours set by the machine.  Fluorescent lights keep us awake 24 hours a day.

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