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Constant, Daily Improvement: Key to Lasting Success

One operating philosophy of a modern entrepreneur and a secret to the success of great achievers is constant, daily, improvement. As the saying goes, practice leads to perfection, so does daily, constant improvement also lead you to making an unending success in life.

It is quit unfortunate to note that most of us consider making improvements to our lives a willful issue. Life is not about living all the time in your comfort zone. There are times you have to move away from your known zone. It can be tasking but its worthwhile. Living the same way all the time could be the greatest killer disease anyone can contact. It becomes imperative that we consider changing our attitudes as regards success and failure. We don’t have to wait until when the work is bulky before we start to work them out. I want you to understand that while change is … Read More

Continuous Improvement Quick Wins!

When it comes to Continuous Process Improvement, action is what it’s all about. It matters not a bit what training you provide, slogans you use, or posters you post if you do not promptly move into action to get things done, measured, and stabilized so the solution sticks.

‘Quick Wins’ is a powerful tool for moving teams into action.

But it is more easily said than done. In this article we’ll discuss Quick Wins, why they matter, what can go wrong, and how to increase the chances of success.

What Is A ‘Quick Win’?

The key elements are right there in those two words: it’s got to be quick and it’s got to be successful.

A Quick Win must be completed in 4 to 6 weeks at most, but many are implemented much faster such as in a “kaizen blitz” where a small group focuses full time on an improvement … Read More

Selecting the Best Contractor For Your Home Improvement Project

Maintaining or renovating a home can be a very daunting task for most people. However, after all the hard work and investment in time and resources you have allocated for a home improvement project, the satisfaction of seeing a superbly crafted home that you can call your own can be priceless indeed. Such is the importance of choosing the best and most qualified contractor who is knowledgeable and capable enough to turn your vision into a remarkable work of art.

When choosing a contractor for repairs or renovations for your home improvement project, it is vital that you first acquire all the important information about a particular contractor before ever committing in getting their services. You need to make sure that they are capable of performing all the inclusive work, including customized builds and improvements that you would want your home to have. To get all these pertinent information, you … Read More

Building Extensions and Home Improvement Put in Detail

Home improvement, particularly building extensions take a lot of work. It costs money and it entails a lot of effort from the homeowners. Having carpenters and other workers, roaming around your house, checking out pillars and walls, can disrupt your normal activities. The family is displaced and you have to adjust and live another home routine that is not your usual activity, day by day.

This is why home improvements need a lot of planning. Building extensions can be quite an improvement for those who wish to do away with the traditional build of their residence or their office. It can make for a better, more improved look that can adapt with the times. Extensions as it is can add up more space, take up more equipment, and project an image of convenience and style.

Building extensions is not your simple hammer and nail construction and can be a lot … Read More

How To Select Roofing Contractors and Painting Services For Your Home Improvement Needs

Choosing Roofing Contractors

Any type of remodeling done to homes comes with costs. But just because it does, letting any part of your home to decay is not the best alternative. One part of the house that should not be left to rot is the roof because it protects the interior. So, when it is time to repair or replace your roof, the work should not be left to amateurs. You need to find roofing contractors who can meet your needs as well as your budget.

Good roofing contractors do not only work on your roof, they also work with you to keep the costs low as possible and help you with insurance companies. You can search for them in the industry’s directory or you can ask your friends and acquaintances for any referrals of roofing contractors that they have used before. The latter is usually the best option but … Read More

Rubbish Removal After Home Improvement

If you have undertaken a home improvement project, you may find that you are left with a great deal of rubble, both construction waste and other trash that builds up.

How do you dispose of all that waste? There are several options available.

The first option, if you will have a large amount of waste, is to rent a dumpster from a rubbish removal service. This may be your primary garbage hauling service, but they are often too big to be bothered with a small customer.

Look on Craigslist or in the yellow pages for other waste removal services that offer dumpster services. The best idea is to get them to come before you begin the project so that you can fill the dumpster as you work on the project. Most have a variety of dumpster sizes, and many will drop one off at your home or job site, leave … Read More

Maintaining Your Quality Improvement Achievements

Are you just beginning quality improvement initiatives?  Maybe you have been trying them for a while, but the results aren’t what you expected.  Unfortunately, quality improvement efforts sometimes follow the pattern of those who lose weight; after a couple of years most of the weight that was lost has been regained.  So too quality improvement efforts seem to die or become less productive.  I was reminded of this recently.  I was recently talking with a colleague who reported that the quality improvement efforts at the site he worked with had died out after a year or so.   This pattern can also be found in those with chronic diseases; after an initial success in managing the disease, the patient falls back into old habits and the disease worsens as does the life of the patient.  Why do quality improvement efforts and management of weight and chronic diseases fail so frequently?  A … Read More

Home Improvement Ideas: The 10 Most Worth It

Summarized below are 10 home improvement ideas that can make your place more productive and more fun filled than ever. Here are those:

1. Kitchen Remodelling

Kitchen update not only will increase your house’s purchasing value, but also its aesthetic appeal. One way to remodel your kitchen is to utilize tile backsplashes, which is a stylistic way of spicing up your kitchen interiors. A light green tile backsplash, for example, helps highlight your simple white wood cabinetry or white marble ledges. If there’s a contemporary feel to your rooms, then you can choose from clear natural colors to bold tiles, like red or orange. Colorful recycled glass tiles, on the other hand, can contribute to a vintage room’s pragmatic feel. In general, coupled with other remodelling ideas, the finished output is dazzling, yet not exaggerated, balancing the final design of your home.

2. Roof Replacement

Given the wide range of … Read More

Discontinuous Improvement?

Regardless of the specific methods used, (i.e., Lean, Six Sigma, etc.), the fact is that most improvement initiatives that are aimed at greater efficiency, quality, speed, or customer service have two important things in common:

  1. They produce some improvement
  2. Then they peter out

So much opportunity can be found, just by systematically studying the work flow, gathering the data, and applying basic improvement tools or techniques that it is hard to fail to make at least some gains. But these initial improvements are most often the low-hanging fruit, accomplished without making any fundamental changes in anyone’s lives.

One might expect that once an organization is trained in systematic process improvement and sees some successes the system of improvement would become self-sustaining and even accelerating. Yet this is not the most common outcome… instead, the low hanging fruit is quickly plucked. Pretty soon, the next best opportunity for improvement either encroaches … Read More

Convert Your Living Room – A Home Improvement

From early times in the United States (U.S.), up to the 1970s, much family activity centered on the living room of a home. Also known as “the receiving room,” home makers took guests there as soon as they entered the home. This room contained the best seating and furnishings. There, the draperies hung finely about the windows. A small piano might reside in the room. A vase with fresh-cut flowers and a bowl filled with nuts or mints might rest on the coffee table. “Eat something while I fetch coffee from the kitchen,” a home maker might say to guests.

Kept spotlessly clean, the living room location permitted the homemaker to entertain guests without their getting far into the dwelling (where messes lurked). A home maker might comfortably engage in polite and interesting conversation, and make an impression on guests in the living room. That location, the most formal, coat-and-tie … Read More