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08/19/2009

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I really liked your post. Thanks for your effots. Well done

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Bob points out the importance of making sure you measure the proper things. It's been said, "you get what you inspect," or "you get what you measure." So true.

Earlier today I was touring the Subaru Indiana Assembly plant in Lafayette, IN. They were the first plant to be "zero landfill," in other words they send nothing to the a landfill. Ever. They recycle, they reuse, they even compost from the cafeteria. And the plant site is also a wildlife refuge (funny stories about keeping beavers from eating wiring insulation were shared).

And by the way, they manufacture outstanding quality vehicles, they reduce the amount of electricity they use year-on-year, and they lowered the price of the 2010 version of one of their vehicles by $4000 because of efficiencies that they found in manufacturing.

Productivity by itself is insufficient. But measuring the many things that are really important can create some outstanding results.

Al Gore, in a WSJ opinion piece in 2008 quoted Robert F. Kennedy this way, and perhaps it's provocative, regardless of how you feel about Gore and Kennedy, "the Gross National Product measures neither our wit nor our courage, neither our wisdom nor our learning, neither our compassion nor our devotion to country. It measures everything, in short, except that which makes life worthwhile."

A penny for your thoughts?

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