Shon Isenhour

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FMEA: Its Not Just for Maintenance Anymore

Friday, 30 June 2017 by Shon Isenhour
I find it very interesting how many of the tools we reliability and maintenance engineers use within our jobs apply in a much broader sense. The obvious one is root cause analysis or RCA as it is known. It could be applied by anyone to solve nearly any problem. In fact in my workshops I have had operations, human resources, and even information technology folks learning about the processes and...

Do You Need More Wedding Planning in Your Plant Outage?

Monday, 19 June 2017 by Shon Isenhour

So lets talk about really solid outage planning and scheduling. Not the half-hearten effort that I sometimes see organizations pass off as planning and scheduling, we want to see the good stuff.

The Unsustainable Improvement Strategy: Three ways to ensure you fail.

Wednesday, 07 June 2017 by Shon Isenhour
Over more than ten years of consulting and training globally, I have watched a lot of companies spend an incredible amount of money to go after an organizational change in a very unsustainable way. Today's post will list three of the most frustrating and ineffective ways to make unsustainable change. Don't set out with failure as a goal or a likely destination. Problem #1: Asking...

6 Questions About Your Reliability Vision That You Need To Answer.

Friday, 26 May 2017 by Shon Isenhour
Is your reliability vision driving you forward or is it just something you hang on the wall or put on the back of your business card? Here are six questions you might use to bring your vision to the forefront and driving effective change in your organization. 1. First have you created a reliability or asset management vision? Is it clear, concise, memorable, and easily explained to anyone in...

Quick Thoughts on Leadership

Monday, 24 April 2017 by Shon Isenhour
The following are just a few thoughts on leadership that I keep discovering... Feel free to add your own in the comments. Be Prepared:  If we as leaders show up without preparing or with the appearance of being unprepared then we create a bad experience for the team or group from the start. Do not let thank you be a set of words heard only once per year: They are simple words that mean...

Education Without Application Is Just Entertainment: 3 things that can help create a return on education.

Tuesday, 04 April 2017 by Shon Isenhour
Having spent the better part of the last 15 years educating people from all over the world in topics like reliability, problem solving, software, and leadership, there is one thing that I have noticed. Many companies are buying a lot of expensive entertainment. Why? Ask yourself this simple question: Of the last three training sessions you attended, did you actually use what you learned to...

Five elements of sustainable cultural change

Monday, 03 April 2017 by Shon Isenhour

Change dynamics, leadership, risk identification and management, communication, and project management all must be addressed.

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A Valentines Day Message About Mismatched Communication

Tuesday, 14 February 2017 by Shon Isenhour

Mismatched communication plagues a lot of organizations and affects the implementation of new initiatives and organizational changes. This video shows a demonstration of the concept.

Thankful Thinking: 7 List of Thanks

Monday, 21 November 2016 by Shon Isenhour
As we start the Thanksgiving week I could not help but think about the softer side of reliability. We focus so much on the technical issues and tools that drive reliability so let us focus on the people again. So many of the task that ensure reliability and profitability are thankless and often overlooked. This week I would challenge each of you to make a list of seven people that make your...

Is The MTTR Metric Killing Your Reliability?

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 by Shon Isenhour
Metrics or Key Performance Indicators (KPI) are a force for good when they are used at the right time and with the right complementary or supporting elements. But, when they are used at the wrong point in a facilities maturity they can have unintentional consequences, or even worse they can drive the wrong behaviors. An example that I continue to see causing more issues than it is solving, is...
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