Shon Isenhour

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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.

By: Shon E. Isenhour

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...

Not Running From the Saber Tooth Tiger: Reactive to Proactive Leadership in 3 Steps.

Monday, 17 October 2016 by Shon Isenhour
Life pushes us to be reactive and we learn it from an early age. When we are young, we stick a fork in a power outlet or touch a hot stove and then we react. That becomes the predominant learning style as we grow. It is how we learn the concept of cause and effect. But later in life we are told that proactive is better but, this goes contrary to what has shaped us up to this point. Why would I...

Five questions you have to answer before your next change initiative.

Monday, 01 August 2016 by Shon Isenhour

We all are part of change initiatives and interestingly the majority of them fail to deliver the results expected or projected. When we look back at the ones that failed to deliver, we find many that were destined to fail from the beginning because of the way the change was unveiled and communicated to the affected individuals. Below are five question that are crucial to answer upfront,...

Four -isms That Might Be Killing Your Reliability

Monday, 27 June 2016 by Shon Isenhour

Lets talk today about the four -isms that may be running around in your plant and limiting your ability to improve up-time, quality and reliability.  The first step is to recognize that they exist and then we can determine a plan to mitigate or eliminate it. Below I have given you the four as well as a sound bite and possible mitigation strategies. It is best if you can prevent them from...

Stop Corrective Maintenance Repairs on Preventive Maintenance Work Orders.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016 by Shon Isenhour
Today's guest post by Blended Learning student Rick Clonan of Nissan is a sample of a communication to his organization to explain a problem that they had been facing. Interestingly enough it is a problem that many of us face in our sites. Thanks to Rick's willingness to share, you might be able to craft a similar example and share with your organization.  There has been a lot of discussion...

4 Simple Steps to Start Creating a Learning Culture in Your Organization

Thursday, 09 June 2016 by Shon Isenhour

Is training a drudgery endured once or twice a year or is it a part of daily life enjoyed by all? Many companies and sites are missing the boat by not having a culture of continuous learning. One where new knowledge is constantly entering the "collective" and finding its way into use. If you can create this culture then you will keep your organization competitive while improving morale...

Six Steps for Learning New Passions

Wednesday, 01 June 2016 by Shon Isenhour

I don't know about you but I find that I really enjoy learning new things and therefor I put myself in situations to do it a lot. Based on that, I have collected a few points from my experiences and placed them carefully in this blog for safe keeping. You may find them interesting to consider both when teaching and when learning new things. First, watch the passionate and become them... They...

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