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Hoshin Defined

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Hoshin is a comprehensive step-by-step planning process that takes a systems approach to change towards continuous improvement.  This unique methodology is founded on the guiding principle of inclusion. Hoshin planning should always include the daily activities that management must adhere to, in order to make the organization operate effectively.  These activities include safety, accounting, internal production, human resources, etc.  

Hoshins, or breakthrough ideas, are the aspects to strategic planning that move the organization into greater areas of innovation and creativity.  These breakthrough ideas are driven by what the marketplace is doing, best in class operational and strategic focus, and most importantly, what the customer expects from your company.

Hoshin has been called the application of the plan-do-study-act model to the management process.  The plan, do, study and act model is also called the Deming cycle or the Shewhart Model.  The foundation for this model was created by Dr. Walter Shewhart working in the Bell Telephone Laboratories in the 1920’s conducting research on methods to improve quality and lower costs.

Shewhart developed the concept of control with regard to variation, and came up with continuous improvement.  Doctor Deming built upon Shewhart’s work and took the concepts to Japan following world war two. There, Japanese industry adopted the concepts whole heartedly.  The resulting high quality of Japanese products is world renowned.

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Hoshin Principles
  1. Measuring the system as a whole gives management a clear understanding of how the organization is performing
  2. Setting objectives for the business and communicating, those objectives to the entire organization gets everyone focused
  3. Understanding the operating environment allows for future thinking
  4. Prioritizing resources on key objectives make the organization more effective and efficient
  5. Including everyone in the organization in the Hoshin process creates a dynamic, creative business environment

The Term “Hoshin Kanri”

Hoshin is composed of two Chinese characters, "ho" and "shin."  "Ho" meaning method or form, and "shin" meaning shiny needle or compass.  Taken together, the word "hoshin" means a methodology for strategic direction setting.  It is the guiding strategic process that aids an organization as they make their way through a foggy environment into a clear and shining future.


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The Hoshin Kanri Process
Robust methodology for implementing change...

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Hoshin Kanri is a step-by-step strategic planning process. The literal translation of Hoshin Kanri can have several American meanings. "Ho" meaning method or form and "shin" meaning shining needle or compass. Kanri means management or control; a methodology for strategic direction setting.

Hoshin Kanri provides an elegant method for creating a comprehensive communication system between all levels of employees, keeping everyone focused on meeting organizational goals.

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Change Management
Key concepts in creating positive change...

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We conduct facilitated team sessions around the issues of organizational change. We have studied change in organizations for the past twenty five years and have created a model of why things don't change for the better and what a company can do to create positive improvement. 

All change management sessions are highly tailored to meet the needs of the organization and the challenges and changes they are facing.

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Organization Development
Change is the only constant in organizational growth...

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Working with executive management teams, we facilitate the groups understanding of the competition, the current environment, and what it will take to become a top performing organization. 

Customized sessions on visioning, missioning, and planning are designed to create a solid road map with tactics that can then be transferred into team charters and communicated throughout the organization.

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Workshops

We offer workshops in all content areas related to organization development and strategic planning.

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