Friday, January 23, 2009

Announcing New LINKEDIN discussion group for the Red Bead Experiment community

Share experiences, usage techniques and best practices of using the Dr. Deming style Red Bead Experiment.

Please join me in starting discussions about the use, experience and to share best practices about the Red Bead Experiment.

Open to serious professionals world wide.

All we ask is that the discussions are polite, professional, informative and with no attacks on individuals. Attacks on the issues are welcomed!

Also we desire to keep this forum non commercial; however, we will allow links to outside sites.

What is the Red Bead Experiment?

The RED BEAD Experiment is used as a tool to bring people together and to get past the emotional aspects of discussing problems.

The word problem is near and dear to people and we must convenience them to let go of the emotional attachment and to discuss the issue not the person. Using the term RED BEAD to discuss a problem, people feel less threatened.

The name red bead is a metaphor for the problems that we experience every day in our life. The world is a never ending supply of problems. You get up in the morning and solve the problems of the day. Solve one problem and more problems appear. It is the way of the world.

The Red Bead Experiment was created in 1982 for the world famous consultant Dr. W. Edwards Deming who was "the man who taught the Japanese, America and many other countries about quality". Workers must learn to trust management and management must learn to trust workers. Each has an important role to play in the identification and resolution of problems that we face in our work place. It does not matter if it is a manufacturing or service setting. Also, it does not matter if it is private or public sector or a non-profit agency.

In addition, it is important to bring the suppliers and the customers into the discussion and problem solving. We are now talking about a new way to look at our workplace. We are all customers and suppliers of each other in the modern business world!

The RED BEAD experiment is not for just a single meeting. We suggest that you keep it on your desk and use it several times a day to assist in the discuss of some important issue between yourself and other co-workers.

It is a truly - win - win - win situation !

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