Simple Connections: Why is Reliability Important to Your Business?

I’m the type of person that always needs to know why.  Why am I doing this?   What’s the point?

What is the point of Reliability?

I had the pleasure of attending a lecture by Dr. Andrew MacLennan.  His work on strategy execution is fascinating. Did you know there are almost a hundred times the number of Google results for “strategy development” as there are for “strategy execution?” We might be missing a step to success in strategy shifts if we don’t consider implementation!

During the Strategy workshop, we developed a Causal Map to show why a certain initiative added value to our company. I chose Plant Reliability and the result is above.

It may seem simplistic, but it’s not always clear how your work adds value.  If you can draw a direct link from your day-to-day actions and a key priority, then you know your work is important. That can powerful when you are mired in details – you can look up and see why those details are important right away.  Perspective is key to sustainable work.

Bottom line?  Reliability leads to increased profitability. It matters.

Think about the work you do every day.  Can you draw a causation map like the one above? Would having that map help you?

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Steph Holko

Reliability Engineer in Steelmaking. I love the business and the process. I'm working to inspire others to care about the details. Novice runner, environmentalist, supporter of kids in STEM.

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