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Notes from PalletOne CEO Howe Wallace

Changing after 17 years

I’m changing offices after 17 years.

Emptying my drawers. Purging file cabinets. Examining bookcases.

Moving reminds you of the importance of “leaning” up your work environment and gives you an opportunity to do so.

Let me confess: when it comes to my office, I don’t practice what I preach regarding lean.

As I cleaned up, I found things that were no longer useful. Cassette tapes. Obsolete plugs.

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Notes from PalletOne CEO Howe Wallace

Psychic Rewards

My pastor noted on Sunday that professional athletes often gain or lose their jobs based on whether they are “good in the locker room.”

In my experience, this goes one of two ways.  Some athletes who are talented get cut because they are “poison” to the team.  Other athletes, who may see age or injury diminish their skills, keep their job longer because of the intangible benefits they bring along.

Having grown up in athletic circles,

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Notes from PalletOne CEO Howe Wallace

“Tour Ready”

“Tour ready” all the time.

If I popped in your work area tomorrow with a visitor, would you be proud to show us around?

Is housekeeping the way you like it?

Safety rules in order?

Equipment in working order?

A healthy level of productivity?

The whole team engaged?

I learned a long time ago that you can’t fake it for a tour.

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Notes from PalletOne CEO Howe Wallace

You see things. You fix things. You develop awareness of things wrong. You fix them faster.

Dr. Henry Cloud is one of my frequent inspirations. He tweeted yesterday:

“Two things can really drive a vision: something awful that you want to rectify…. or something awesome that you want to realize.”

Last night I was speaking to a group about strategic planning. We talked about people who take the energy out of an organization. The comment came quickly: “Everybody in any organization can tell you what’s wrong with it.”

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Notes from PalletOne CEO Howe Wallace

Time To Clean

What’s in your work space that needs to go?

Things have a way of collecting. It doesn’t matter how they got there really. Fact is, that they are in your space. You have to touch them. You have to work around them. They are eating away at your effectiveness.

Maybe those things could be used by somebody else?

Maybe they could be trashed?

Maybe they could be sold?

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Notes from PalletOne CEO Howe Wallace

Thanks For Good Housekeeping

I visited four different PalletOne plants this week. One with guests.

One of the guests asked: “How did you get your people to develop such good housekeeping habits? It’s really impressive.”

I know it’s impressive. But, I take it for granted.

I want to thank all of you for the efforts you make daily to make a plant visit impressive.

Good housekeeping makes sense. It’s safer. It’s more efficient.

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Notes from PalletOne CEO Howe Wallace

Lessons From The Fire Line

Perhaps you heard about the fire at a neighboring sawmill in Hazlehurst, GA.

Some historical background: our plant in Hazlehurst was built there in the early 70’s because of Thompson Hardwoods, the plant burned. Originally, they were our sole source of lumber. We’ve been neighbors almost 40 years.

Both businesses have evolved through the years. We no longer use hardwood. They have become a leading grade hardwood and cross tie producer.

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10 Commitments: #9 – Lean and Clean

Commitment #9, a focus on keeping things straight…

10 COMMITMENTS

  1. No Shortcuts 

    We will teach you the safe way, provide you safe equipment, fix it when it breaks. Do it right and safe.

  2. Safety Freeze 

    Watch out for others, guide and teach “rookies,” hold others accountable for safe practices.

  3. On Time and Quick Start 

    Be there, start timely.

  4. Work Smart –
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Notes from PalletOne CEO Howe Wallace

Lean Efforts in Siler City Improve Appearance, Efficiency

Some of the best “lean” efforts I have seen involve straightening and reorganizing our outside spaces.

I was in Siler City on Monday. It is one of our largest facilities housing a sawmill, a pallet plant and a recycling operation. It sprawls over 50 acres.

I’ve been to the plant on a regular basis for over 16 years. Having ample space, it appears that bad habits took over and due care for storage and organization went out the window.

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6S a Good Tool for Improving Our Facilities

I have seen tremendous efforts on 6S in our operations since we began to implement “lean” techniques. The 6S’s are:

Sort
Straighten
Shine
Standardize
Sustain
Safety

Initially, it takes an effort to get it right. It takes awhile to get the methods documented and the habits formed to maintain it.

There are several benefits. The first is the satisfaction the team gets from getting it done.

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