Voices: Human Capital

lead tom moriartyHuman Capital is a monthly column for plant managers, department managers, supervisors and aspiring leaders. This column provides a blend of leadership and organizational development concepts with practical applications and insight. Look for Plant Services Contributing Editor Tom Moriarty for leadership topics to expand your leadership toolkit.

Is your suggestion box generating the best results?

Tom Moriarty explains how to build a strong suggestion program.

By Tom Moriarty

Many organizations put suggestion programs in place. These are intended to provide a means for good ideas to save money or improve efficiency to be generated, and perhaps rewarded. If the suggestion program is well managed then the organization will also benefit from more motivated employees.

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What steps must you take before terminating an employee?

Tom Moriarty says take the necessary steps to empower employees before you dismiss them.


What causes a system meltdown?

Tom Moriarty says that RCA tells us no failure is due to one particular event.


Managers aren’t paid to take the easy path. You need to do the hard things.

Managers will try anything easy that doesn’t work before they will try anything hard that does.


Being right isn’t enough to get the job done

Tom Moriarty says getting people behind your idea takes more than just facts.


Selling your ideas to help make improvements in the workplace

Tom Moriarty says convey the benefits and convince decision makers.


Better maintenance decisions through wise resource usage

Tom Moriarty says listen to others to minimize risk.


Silly Putty and the fluid workplace

Tom Moriarty says apply force to keep your organization properly shaped.


Understanding the 3 types of needs: Achievement, affiliation, and power

Tom Moriarty says understand people’s needs to assign duties and motivate them.


3 responses to unfulfilled needs

Tom Moriarty says don’t let maladaptive behavior trump abandonment and substitution.


Gripes go up, never down

Tom Moriarty says leadership means conveying commitment to the mission.


Assess 3 work environment parameters and apply leadership tendencies

Tom Moriarty says know yourself so that you can lead your team.


Make certain job candidates are the right fit for the position

Tom Moriarty explains how to improve your chances of hiring the right person for the job.


What you need to know before implementing change management

Tom Moriarty says managers need skills and aligned values prior to a new system implementation.


Is an open door policy ruining your day?

Tom Moriarty says don't let unimportant issues interrupt your day and your personal life.


3 valid reasons to ask for your team's opinions

Tom Moriarty says harness your team's ideas by asking questions.


Do you have the support of HR when it comes to disciplining workers?

Tom Moriarty says supervisors and HR must be on the same page for disciplinary actions.


Flexible leadership helps prevent collisions at your plant

Tom Moriarty says execute corrective maneuvers to avoid approaching collisions.


Is your plant performance based on truth or tradition?

Tom Moriarty explores how culture can impede change warranted by factual evidence.


Understanding the Five Whats of plant performance improvement

Tom Moriarty says develop a framework for understanding and communicating the challenges and benefits of performance improvement.


How one team used the ProAct method to identify the real root causes of a catastrophic failure

Tom Moriarty says failures occur as a result of a series of events, not a single event.