The problem is that business and leadership skills are underdeveloped in our maintenance & reliability community.
Most maintenance managers come up through the ranks with strong technical backgrounds. But along the way their leadership and business skills are typically not developed.
Few organisations recognise this. Even fewer organisations do something about it.
But you need leadership skills and basic business skills to succeed on the Road to Reliability™ Framework.
Not the soft and fluffy stuff.
You need tangible, specific leadership and business skills to make the Journey to World Class Reliability. And that’s exactly what we focus on here.
You do not need to be a CEO to ‘lead’. To succeed we need leaders at all levels of an organisation.
And there is a simple, yet highly effective model to improve leadership that we can all learn to apply.
It breaks a fluffy subject like Leadership into 4 practical steps that we can apply at all levels of an organisation.
These 4 steps are:
We’ve all seen it. I certainly have seen it many times. And in many places around the world.
A maintenance manager that knows what needs to be done, but somehow can’t get it done.
Can’t get the organisation galvanised to take action.
Can’t get plant leadership to buy into the concept of a Reliable Plant.
So, why is this?
We know that a reliable plant produces more, costs less to operate and is safer to run. So why do so many maintenance and reliability managers around the world struggle to sell reliability to their leadership?
These managers can’t seem to express the value that reliability brings into the cold hard dollars that leadership count in. They can’t equate reliability or maintenance improvement into production gains or bottom line benefit.
Even more so than Leadership, business skills like these can be taught and learned. And that’s exactly what is covered by the Leadership element of the Road to Reliability™ Framework.
Maintenance performance across the world is pretty poor, no matter what industry or country you look at.
What makes this worse is that the principles of modern maintenance management were pretty much defined and documented by the late 1980’s if not earlier.
So why, after knowing what to do for 30 to 50 years, why do so few organisations achieve excellent maintenance performance?
There is a classic saying in business literature that your people are your biggest asset. And just about everybody repeats this mantra everywhere you look.
But today I’m telling you that just about everybody is wrong. Your people are not your biggest asset.
Before you start yelling abuse at me, let me explain. It starts with a quote often attributed to the famous management guru Peter Drucker.
A frequently used saying is that leadership is about doing the right things and management is about doing things right.
But, to succeed on the Road to Reliability™ you need to the right things and you need to do them right.
So when it comes to leadership I prefer to define a leader as someone who provides vision, motivation, accountability and coaching.
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