“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.” – Aristotle
WitzShared spotlights issues like workplace safety, productivity, operations and coaching. I can help you become a better supervisor by sharing my 25+ years of warehouse/operations experience with you through this blog and offer a fresh point of view which should initiate new thoughts and growth within you.
Happy Holiday and Merry Christmas to ALL! Thank you, to all of you readers who have supported this blog throughout the year and it is very much appreciated. This has been a great learning experience for me as well as rewarding, especially being able to help and educate people in other less fortunate countries about warehouse operations and safety. I look forward to continued growth as a person and blogger and offering you fresh new points of view on workplace safety, quality warehousing and operational best practices.
You may have noticed we’ve spruced things up a bit and thought it was time to make some changes. Always interested in feedback about how the new page looks. Thanks.
So I’ve been busy with a new client implementing a 5S program when… o.k., I was really cleaning and organizing the garage for my longest and dearest client, my wife. I was put into service when she asked me to practice what I get paid to preach. My attention became focused on a stack of boxes that contained many different artifacts such as kindergarden child art and tax records of 1996 when I happened upon an old wooden box that was full of recipes. They were all hand written on sheets of notepaper that had faded and turned yellow with age. What I found was astounding since I thought Aunt Ida’s recipes for a disaster where long lost. I can’t wait to share them with all of you. First issue is OUT! Noxious Spicy Soup.
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THANK YOU all for the great comments and positive feedback. Based on what I’ve heard from you readers, COMPANIES BEHAVING BADLY will now be a regular bi-monthly feature. Unfortunately there appears to be enough of them to accomplish this. Click here to read the December-Lights edition of Companies Behaving Badly.
The Complete Guide To Warehouse Safety-Vol VI-Coaching, the glue that binds. No matter how much training or education you receive you can still improve as an employee through good coaching. A coach believes in you and sees something in you that’s worth all the effort, even if you have a thick skull.
One thing I have developed a strong opinion on in 25 years is that you can’t manage people with your head in the sand. No matter how much real time data you’re being fed on your gizmo, it’s not just about the numbers but engaging and coaching employees. The best way to do this is go for a walk. Consider the walks your break from the desk as you plan out your time, 15-20 mintes working on desk things and then get up and go for a walk. It’s healthy for you first of all, as It gives you a chance to get the blood flowing and bathe your brain in oxygen. It’s also a great time to observe and catch someone doing something correctly, and let them know it with a very strong, thank you. Being on the floor also makes your ear available to staff for listening. Say there is a roadblock they face everyday and this may be the chance to show it to you. Give them time and be patient as they explain it to you. “The walk is also a leadership process in which a manager walks through his or her areas of responsibility in order to gain a better understanding of how the operation is running,” this is a Gemba walk as described by Gotta Go Lean blog by Velaction a good resource. To tell you the truth, you can call your walk any thing you want! Walk about or my stroll come to mind. I happen to think Gemba walk sounds cool. Either way, Just do it. So remember don’t be an Ostrich and bury your head in the sand. Be a safety advocate, always look for ways to improve and keep the discussion going. Together we can be a force to be reckoned with.
HAVE YOU? checked to see if you’re ready for snow and bad weather? Do your trucks need chains repaired, snow moving equipment ready, warehouse roof free and clear of debris to avoid flooding? Don’t wait for the first snow to go, uh oh! Well, what are you waiting for, go do it.
WitzShared is the Blog of WarehouseFlow Consulting. We’re on Facebook!
OUR MISSION: To educate, prepare and exhibit the common sense approach to warehouse safety and operations by demonstrating the latest tools available and coach how to identify opportunities to reduce risk and increase improvement in productivity to obtain maximized results no matter the square footage.
Where we can provide services to help you maintain a safe workplace and identify opportunities to maximize your warehouses potential. We will help guide your team towards the habit of Excellence through coaching and motivation.
Born and raised in the Bronx, only a few blocks from Yankee Stadium I was able to watch the pursuit of excellence from the Spring to the fall. I have worked in and managed warehouses of all types from vaults storing memory chips to operating over 700,000 square feet of coolers, freezers and dry racking. Along this journey of over 25 years I have also performed every warehouse job function and have extensive experience with warehouse layout, slotting, cross docking, inventory control, safety, employee retention and value added services all of which make your operation stand out. Recently completed my Six Sigma Green Belt certificate from Villanova University in 2010. I can help you get the flow back into your warehouse with increased productivity, lower operational costs all within a safe workplace.
Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.” ~Paul Meyer
Our clients favorite – THE FLOWTHROUGH REVIEW. We help you identify opportunities to reduce risk of injury and develop an accident prevention program through hazard analysis and education. Review practices and procedures to improve productivity and eliminate waste to maximize overall efficiency in your operation.
We tailor training programs to meet your staff’s needs whether basic or refresher, from forklift certification, housekeeping and sanitation, GMP, HACCP, and AIB/ASI audits.
Common sense is instinct. Enough of it is genius. – GB Shaw
We speak your language and are fluent in several methods of continuous improvement: Six Sigma, Lean, Deming, Kaizen and SWOT. However our favorite method is Phil’sosophy which is a north american variation of common sense.
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IT TAKES A DEDICATED TEAM TO KEEP WAREHOUSEFLOW CONSULTING AND WITZSHARED READY TO MEET OUR CUSTOMERS NEEDS.
MEET OUR TEAM - No office operates with great efficiency and precision without a great Office Manager at the helm directing like a great maestro leading a full orchestra. Our offices at WarehouseFlow Consulting are no different and we are truly lucky to have found such a great maestro in our very own grown, litery, Tameko Nightshade. A seasoned office veteran, Tameko makes sure that everyone here has what ever they need to do their job even before they realize they need it. She’s amazing, having put herself through school by doing odd jobs in the farm fields and working summers in the canning plant you’d never know she’s a devout vegan. So be sure to stop by her bin and introduce yourself.
Introducing Sara Salamanda from our marketing department. Unless you’ve read about it you wouldn’t know she comes from a famous acting family, and like her famous cousin, Gecko Liz’ard, Sara has lots of talent but her’s leans towards the area of graphic design and the creative arts. She has a flair for using colors to capture your attention and her bold design makes you think at the same time. Sara spent several years studying art and entomology while traveling through Europe after graduating from Carnegie Mellon. She was instrumental in helping restore many european art classics. Ciao Sara!!
Communication is vital to the survival of any business today, especially keeping up with the latest apps and trends in social media. With that in mind we’d like to introduce our Corporate Communications Manager, Sage Jaye this month. He makes sure the word is spread out there and keeps WarehouseFlow on everyone’s mind. Thanks to Sage’s talents he is not limited to 140 characters on twitter or even the internet, but goes old school and puts in hours of face to face verbal communication. You know it’s the early bird that gets the worm. So next time you hear that squark, it’s just Sage saying hi, how’s your warehouse flow?
Darla Chihuahua, is our newest employee. She was hired in June 2012 as our new chief of security. She has many years of experience and is a nose ahead of everyone else. She was recently employed as an airport explosives sniffing expert and previously worked under cover in Mexico for ATF. Next time you see Darla on patrol be sure to give her a big HOLA!
RJ Squirrel, employee number 3 for WarehouseFlow consulting. RJ had a brief but glorious career in television only to fall on hard times when it abruptly ended. He had developed a dependency on alcohol and acorns and after several arrests for tree squatting and several stints in rehab our RJ didn’t give up. He has been sober 5+ years and graduated Whatsamatter U with a degree in Marketing. After beginning with us as a intern he has worked his way into the VP position due to his special branding techniques.
This years company picnic, Aug 2012.