As a new director, do not be surprised if you see a worker pulling out a part from a box, throwing the box away, attaching a different part to the initial one and packing it in a new box that looks just like the original one. You should think about the possibility of cost optimization as soon as you find out that this is how they do it. In many situations, continuing such processes without questioning the procedures may waste the occasion to eliminate the losses.
Whenever I want something new or an improvement, I think about bringing new people from a different part of the company or perhaps a different domain too. They should not have any misconceptions. Generally, I would love someone who never hesitates to ask why. For instance, a lot of people start such conversations during their training classes. They assume that their ideas seem stupid, but why is everything done in a particular manner? Such interruptions inevitably lead to important discussions over fundamental things. Continue reading