Goal Setting in 2016

Goal Setting in 2016

A New Year presents the ideal time to set resolutions for new goals. Before a resolution can be put into action, it requires strategic thought about the necessary changes that should occur. By allowing ourselves a chance to fully consider the work involved in completing a goal and the significance of its purpose, we can create meaningful goals that contribute to personal and professional development. Although there may be many goals you want to achieve, Heidi Grant Halvorson, author of 9 Things Successful People Do Differently,  advises not attempting to change everything at once. She recommends gradually replacing bad habits with good ones. For example, if someone’s goal is to walk more he could set a rule that instead of riding the elevator, he would walk up the stairs. Creating a specific goal increases the chance of goal achievement. Precision helps the brain decide the best goal oriented actions, while vague goals hinder optimal decision making. The goal of walking more, used in the previous example, could be specified to a goal of walking 8,000 steps per day, thus  making it more likely to happen. In order to set realistic goals, Six Sigma recommends using the S.M.A.R.T. goal setting technique. This technique applies 5 principle goal components: Specific, Measurable, Action oriented, Reasonable, and Timely. The goal can then be placed into one one 3 categories: purpose, learning, performance, or fulfillment. Creating realistic goals leads to reasonable expectations, manageable tasks, and a higher probability of goal completion. You must decide which behaviors will lead to goal achievement. Even after repeated unsuccessful attempts to reach a goal, it can still be...
2015 Year In Review

2015 Year In Review

As 2015 approaches an end, Temel Gaskets has taken time to reflect on the company’s accomplishments and set new goals for 2016. 2015 proved to be a productive and exciting year for Temel Gaskets, beginning with an investment in manufacturing for an expanded product line and new production facility. In January, Temel Gaskets attended Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week in Las Vegas, Nevada, followed by the EQUIP Auto expo in Algeria. In March, Temel Gaskets attended the Mid America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky for the first time, and also attended Automechanika Chicago, Automechanika Mexico City PAACE, and Automechanika Middle East. Temel Gaskets exhibited at MIMS Automechanika Moscow, Automechanika Shanghai, and AAPEX. Tunc Kip, Director of Business Development at Temel Gaskets, was honored by the Auto Care Association as part of their 2015 Next Step program where he received a scholarship to participate in Leadership Days, a program organized by YANG and AWDA that gives participants an inside look into the functions of the Auto Care Association. Tunc accompanied a delegation from the Auto Care Association that visited Istanbul, Turkey. Victor Tapia was one of seven scholarship recipients from AWDA. The scholarship allowed him to intern at Temel Gaskets USA, which led to him becoming a long term member of Temel’s Atlanta team. Temel Gaskets USA continued to grow with new members, increasing by 60% at the end of the year. Temel hosted the first regional Atlanta meet-up for YANG, giving young professionals in the automotive industry a platform to network and make new business contacts. Later in the year, Tunc Kip hosted a webinar for YANG called, The Philosophy...
Philosophy of Problem Solving: YANG Webinar

Philosophy of Problem Solving: YANG Webinar

On December 10, 2015, Tunc Kip, Director of Business Development at Temel Gaskets, hosted an educational webinar entitled, The Philosophy of Problem Solving, sponsored by the Young Auto Care Network Group (YANG). YANG, a subsidiary of the Auto Care Association, serves to provide a platform to young professionals under the age of 40 that promotes networking and professional development within the auto industry. Nearly 50 attendants participated in the online webinar that explored innovative problem solving techniques. Among these techniques were visible thinking and reproducible decision-making practices that could potentially be implemented into company procedures. The concepts presented in the webinar aim to create a professional atmosphere in which emerging problems foster active communication and rapid development of effective solutions through use of the Six Sigma process. Temel Gaskets welcomes interested individuals to learn more by contacting Temel Gaskets directly. We have an article discussing the Six Sigma technique available on our blog as...
Leaders by Design for the Automotive Industry

Leaders by Design for the Automotive Industry

Dear friends, Just recently, I had the privilege to attend the first session of this year’s Leadership 2.0 program, which was held at the University of the Aftermarket headquarters. It was an honor to participate in this program as the scholarship recipient from Auto Care Association’s young professional segment, YANG. I would like to take this opportunity to share my experience in this training course and further elaborate on how Northwood University and the University of the Aftermarket are making valuable contributions to the global auto care industry. Leadership can be taught It has always been an ongoing debate, if a person is either born with the traits that make up a great leader, or if those foundational characteristics can be learned later in life. At the same time, it has also been inarguably true that the relevant best practices can be exceptionally effective in helping any person improve on crucial leadership qualities. The programs offered at the University of the Aftermarket focus on such best practices. Northwood University’s DeVos Graduate School of Management faculty and other instructors of the program are individuals who themselves are directly from the industry, and they are ones who made first hand use of those best practices. Led by those instructors, the entire experience builds on vast amount of knowledge. When combined with the unique platform, which brings together the entire supply chain including manufacturers, distributors, and service professionals; Leadership 2.0 inevitably becomes a milestone in the careers of all participants. The program schedule Leadership 2.0 is a two-part program. The first session gives the participants the momentum to get started on group...
The least expensive simulator, and FMEA

The least expensive simulator, and FMEA

(in the photo Morphis 3D, not the least expensive simulator) F. Scott Fitzgerald once said, “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function”. In a business context this idea can be used to maximize preparation for optimal outcomes, minimizing expenditure of time and utilizing the information already available. Therefore, we could say, that the implementation of this idea makes a business intelligent! In order to evaluate possible scenarios clearly, we must require precise and clear input on all relevant conditions impacting the process, which leads to the desired outcome. When opinions are presented which are often based on assumptions and if those opinions are used in assisting business decisions, we are already off the mark. On the other hand, a structured approach can provide great insight into possible outcomes before any action is executed. Further, a structured approach can offer a platform for subject matter experts to consolidate their expert opinions in an effort to achieve a description of the scenarios as close to reality as possible. A great tool used for this very same purpose is a Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA). An FMEA is simply a list of every possible state in which a process step or a product feature may be found and what the consequences might be in each of those scenarios with the current design. The idea is to “brainstorm” regarding all possible scenarios, and thereby thoroughly evaluate before any design changes are implemented. FMEA also enables us to foresee side effects of proposed...
Consistent Quality Shouldn’t Need To Be Controlled

Consistent Quality Shouldn’t Need To Be Controlled

This is part 5 of a five-part series on Six Sigma practices for the automotive industry. Read part 1,  part 2, part 3, and part 4. Ultimately, DMAIC’s proven process of scientific problem solving pays off. The Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control methodology offers a collection of best practices and takes a project on a journey. It begins with the Define phase, which focuses on understanding current challenges and indentifying why things should be fixed. The methodology then continues onto the Measure phase, creating a detailed picture of everything that surrounds the challenge and potential factors affecting the future fixed state. In the Analyze phase, you discuss your findings, root causes, and potential solutions. Erected on extensive data collection done in the Analyze phase, the Improve phase reviews the situation in depth and gives way to pilot studies and recommendations for improvement. All preceding efforts until the end of the Improve phase prepare the project for the Control phase. In the Control phase of Six Sigma, the project owner must identify ways to ensure the long-term positive impact of these recommended improvements. Focus on Lasting Improvements The primary focus of the Control phase is to sustain the improvements achieved from the pilot studies of the Improve phase. It also focuses on proposing ways to maintain required performance levels in the long run. Unlike previous phases, the Control phase is an ongoing effort and never ends. It just leads to another opportunity for further improvement. In the context of Six Sigma, a scientific approach aims for repeatability, reproducibility, accuracy, and stability. The Control phase delivers a scientific recommendation based...
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