“What You Managers Always Do To Us Workers”

by Rob Probst

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Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 28/11/2011

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 180
ISBN : 9781452535517
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 180
ISBN : 9781452535531

About the Book

Ninety percent of management improvement and cost saving initiatives are failures that end up wasting time, money and in the worst cases, result in catastrophic failures leading to injury or death.
Matt Polaski and his band of unsung maintenance engineering heroes at the Mornington Dairy Plant are frustrated by working in the ”circle of despair;” patching one breakdown after another. They want to do the right things right. Matt knows that the preservation of their mental well-being and the future of the company depend on the implementation of a best practices program. He realizes that his marriage may even survive if they are successful!
Jim Champion, Mornington’s GM, wants to improve performance as well, but he can't wait as long as Matt's plan requires. Jim's approach leads to a temporary improvement followed by a major catastrophe.
When the dust and recriminations settle, Jim asks Matt to lead another improvement program. Matt and his crew have a tough choice to make.

About the Author

Rob Probst has thirty years of international experience as a manufacturing operations engineer and manager. A graduate in mechanical engineering from UC Berkeley, he has authored articles on operational behavior, maintenance and engineering practices, as well as co-created the “ROI Engine”: a software program used to calculate the potential return for best-practices maintenance engineering program implementation. Rob has achieved certification as a maintenance reliability professional by SMRP, and production and inventory management by APICS. He also holds a graduate certificate in career development from Auckland University of Technology. Rob and his colleagues at the Edgecumbe site for the Fonterra Dairy Cooperative (NZ) were recognized for their achievement of world-class maintenance engineering practices in 2009. He is currently based in North San Diego County, California, and Ohope, New Zealand, where he works as an international consultant in maintenance engineering and pursues study and writing projects related to leadership and career development.