Keys to achieve success in 2014

February 3, 2014 7:47 pm Published by

The new year is always a time to reflect on the past and visualize future success. Now, in the second month of 2014, it’s time to get your management systems standards program in tip-top shape.

Here are some ways to achieve success:

Plan ahead: Consider strategic quality planning to show your value. Strategic quality planning demonstrates how quality initiatives such as ISO, Lean and Six Sigma can positively affect your bottom line. By being forced to become more accountable for results, your team will spend more time ensuring they are doing the right quality initiatives at the right time and that each one is tied to the management’s strategic priorities. Effective planning is essential to the continual success of your organization. Planning includes things like:

  • Objectives: Identifying objectives for your organization and goals to meet those objectives.
  • Risk Management: Identifying risks within you organization’s processes, product, etc. risk assessments to achieving your objectives and implementing mitigation tools to minimize the risks.
  • Project Management: Identifying the tasks, personnel and dates necessary to achieving identified objectives.

Focus on quality: Quality is at the heart of what you do. Quality leads to organizational success through better efficiencies, employee and customer satisfaction and higher profits. Everything you do this year should be focused on quality. What can you do to improve quality? What processes can change to improve quality? What can you communicate to emphasize quality?

Study up: Standards changes are coming for ISO 9001 and 14001. Be sure to remain current in international standards – and how they can help you achieve success. That means subscribing to newsletters, regularly visiting websites and reading trade publications. Best practices are readily available.  You can find information on the most current topics in the industry by visiting our website, subscribing to our newsletter, and following our blog.

Get help:
Many quality professionals are the only ones of their kind in an organization. It can be a daunting task. Be sure to get training and consulting help from outside resources like D’Ardenne Associates to help you stay on track for success in 2014. Asking for help when you need it is one of the best ways to get new insights and fresh thinking.


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This post was written by Roy D'Ardenne