You can’t implement TWI without leadership. Here is a great example of a leader who has a plan and is bringing everyone along – slowly and carefully – to realize a successful implementation. James McDonald, Manager of Development & Training at Libbey agreed to share his message to the project team. I especially liked his sports analogy and his understanding that TWI programs are implemented by people using skills that must be developed through practice, over time.
Good morning Team,
I hope you had a good weekend and were able to stay out of the heat. I don’t know about you, but my mental wheel was spinning over the weekend, reflecting on the training class and opportunities before us. I really enjoyed the time I was able to spend with you. We should feel privileged that we have the opportunity and responsibility for developing and executing this journey for our facility and company.
As I stated in closing Friday, I likened last week and the upcoming weeks to a football team’s journey.
We’ve had our draft and you were selected. It’s a privilege to be on the team. We all have a very specific role on the team and we have to be accountable to the team and to each other. We need to support, encourage and lift each other up. Our team will only be as strong as the weakest link.
We have just completed our initial meeting with our Head Coach (Pat Graupp) and have been shown the tools and skill sets (JI and JR) needed to win in our game of continual improvement. These are our blocking and tackling fundamentals. If we don’t stick to them, we’ll lose play by play and eventually lose in the game of Continual Improvement. We were given a copy of these fundamentals to carry with us at all times. [I will be asking to see your JR and JI cards anytime I see you! 🙂 ]
Once we reviewed our blocking and tackling fundamentals, we then performed a number of walk-throughs showing how those fundamentals and techniques should be applied when running specific plays that we’ve run in the past (the jobs we brought in). We asked questions and as we ran these plays, we saw where the new blocking and tackling techniques (JI and JR) reveal a lot of gaps on how we’ve done things in the past. No wonder we’re losing some games.
I believe we see the need to change the way we’ve approached this game in the past and we’re committed to putting forth the time and energy to develop these skills and change the outcome of the game going forward.
Now, we’re still not ready to play the regular season yet because we need to have more practices and play some exhibition games and we’ll be doing that over the next 1-3 weeks as follows:
- If you kept them – give your handwritten copies of the job breakdowns you did in the front of the class to your group leaders. I’ll stop by the group leaders and pick these up and will type them into our Libbey template.
- Pick a 2nd small breakdown to perform over the next week. I will type these up as well.
- Over the next 1-2 weeks, I will schedule these practice sessions with you through your manager and supervisor.
Finally, we will build a specific game-plan for each of the 3 pilot areas. There will be more to come on this process.
Manager of Development & Training