Manufacturing is a complicated and sometimes frustrating business with many things to do and little time to do them. For the most part, manufacturers find ways to competitively produce good quality products and ship them to their customers on time.
Manufacturing is a complicated and sometimes frustrating business with many things to do and little time to do them. For the most part, manufacturers find ways to competitively produce good quality products and ship them to their customers on time. Unfortunately, things occasionally fall through the cracks, preventing us from doing what we thought we could do, when we thought we could do it.
Absorbing everything that is going on in a manufacturing operation can be overwhelming. To simplify things it is best to break the operation into manageable elements on which we can focus our attention. There is no better way for an organization to focus on these elements than with a “Today Only” meeting. This type of meeting is a very effective means of addressing only the things that are happening that day. The “Today Only” meeting shifts the focus from the “overwhelming everything” to the “manageable something.”
The format of the “Today Only” meeting is very much like manufacturing itself—fast paced and very focused. The meeting’s sole purpose is to be sure everyone understands what is going on and what the expectations are for that day. The “Today Only” meeting is the tool for communicating the most pressing issues, needs and problems of the day. A successful “Today Only” meeting concludes with everyone being “on the same page.”
Here are some guidelines that allow you to get the most from a “Today Only” meeting:
As effective as the “Today Only” meeting can be in a manufacturing operation, it is also valuable in any type of operation, in any industry. My wife, Debbie, has been effectively using this type of meeting in her company in the health care industry for a number of years. She claims “[It] sets the tone for the day and lets everyone know what needs to get done.” I have spoken to others who find this to be a relatively simple way of improving communication throughout their organizations. Some are surprised to find that they thought their people knew what needed to be done, only to find out too late that they did not. So if a “Today Only” meeting simply improves communication and increases the likelihood of the right things happening at the right time, isn’t that a worthwhile investment of your time?blog comments powered by Disqus