Why is GE Work-Out the single most powerful process improvement tool?
If you could adopt only one method for shaping your organization’s culture toward continuous improvement, accelerating leadership decision making and building high performance teams, what tool would you use?
My answer to all to these questions would be WORK-OUT.
You see... Work-Out is a structured, systematic way to bring cross functional people together to bust through bureaucracy, get leadership decisions fast & quickly develop lasting improvements.
The improvements are typically implemented in 90-120 days.
Evaluating Work-Out at GE, Jack Welch observed.
“The people in the best position to improve a business are the people in the job every day.”
This reflection goes to the heart of what makes Work-Out so powerful.
Don’t get me wrong, this in no way diminishes the importance of Lean & Six Sigma.
By design Work-Out engages the best thinking of those in the organization who are closest to the process, who “live them” daily, and who invariably have a lot of ideas for improvement - they just aren’t usually asked to contribute in a structured way that ensures their best ideas get implemented and supported.
What are your thoughts on GE Work-Out? Have you ever used it to solve problems at work?