E6S-096 If Tools Ruled - Part 3: Samuel Strikes Back!

Intro:  Welcome to the E6S-Methods podcast with Jacob and Aaron, brought to you by E6S Industries, your source for expert training, consulting, and leadership in business performance and continuous improvement methods, like Lean and Six Sigma. In this episode number 96 we reopen the series on "If Tools Ruled" and get the real voice of Marine, War Veteran, Lean Six Sigma Practitioner, and life-long learner, Samuel Selay. Here we go. http://bit.ly/E6S-096; http://bit.ly/E6S-iTunes


I            Who is Samuel Selay? Biography.

a.       Personal & Professional Background

b.      Passions & Aspirations 

II         The Post in Sam's Voice!

a.       https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/use-tools-dont-let-you-samuel-selay

"Use the tools, don't let the tools use you."

Recently I was listening to a Gemba Academy podcast and the guest stated that his favorite quote is, "Use the tools, don't let the tools use you." I once was a tool head and wasted my time and my team’s time by trying to use as many tools possible, but have learned to use the tools as needed. My philosophy now is least tools to achieve maximum results. I've challenged if using "required" tools set by the organization are value adding and have taken some heat, but I realized it's the right thing to do, and have streamlined the events/projects I've lead/coached. Why use a charter on a 5S if you have the necessary support, by-in, consensus, and leadership alignment? Why use more than 1 root cause tool if a 5 why gets you to root of the problem? Why do process mapping if a SIPOC captures the visual flow that the team needs. Why capture process flow when it's evident after going to the Gemba that quality is the problem or workplace layout is the problem? Why use SPC when a run chart will suffice? I could go on, but you get the point. I understand that some examples I gave are open for discussion, but my point is use the tools to solve the problem nothing more/nothing less. Going back to the quote, “Use the tools, don't let the tools use you."

b.      "...the post was manifested out of frustration with my organizations CI program and inspiration from a Gemba Academy podcast I heard..." Talk a little bit about this quote you sent in a message to me.  What was the frustration that led to your post?

c.       I'm sure some other tools come to mind that you might opt out of using.  What are these?

d.      "...the culture in my organization is unique compared to most that you and your audience has worked in..." Talk a little bit about your business culture.  What makes you think it's different than many other cultures?

III      What else do you have going on?  Any projects, blogs, posts, etc you'd like to promote?

IV      Calls to action.  Do you have recommended calls to action for the listeners who may be in a similar situation as you, with tool usage requirements or similar company cultures?

V         Would you like to connect with other listeners of this podcast?  How can they best reach you?

a.       https://www.linkedin.com/in/samuelselay?trk=pulse-det-athr_prof-art_hdr

b.       samuel.selay@gmail.com


Outro: Thanks for listening to episode 96 of the E6S-Methods Podcast. Stay tuned for episode 97 where the discussion continues with Samuel Selay, as we break from the interview and keep it real with a casual conversation. If you would like to be a guest on the podcast, contact us through our website.  Join our mailing list!  Subscribe to past and future episodes on iTunes or stream us on-demand with Stitcher Radio.  Don't forget to leave a review and share us with a friend.  Find outlines and graphics for all shows and more at www.E6S-Methods.com. “Journey Through Success”