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Achieving Excellence in Manufacturing

ADI's proactive, science-based approach builds a continuous improvement mindset while reducing human variance.

Achieving Excellence in the Manufacturing Industry

In an era of ever-increasing global competition, the manufacturing sector is challenged to produce world-class quality products on schedule and at an affordable price. Responsible production practices must also ensure that worker safety is ingrained in daily work activities and management practices.

Demographic changes have shortened the supply of frontline employees experienced in technical manufacturing or maintenance, forcing companies to hire workers with little industrial work experience.  This requires stronger systems and processes for managing performance, despite cost-cutting practices that leave management cadres thin-staffed and overloaded.

Many manufacturers have adopted an operational excellence approach to help them address production issues.  Any continuous improvement approach, whether it is focused on quality, process, productivity, or strategy execution, involves identifying critical practices or behaviors at different levels of the organization. It’s not enough to simply specify best practices. All stakeholders must adopt these best practices until they become habits. Developing sustained behavior change and generating discretionary effort requires a scientific understanding of why people do what they do, and why they may resist some change efforts that are needed to stay competitive in the current global economy. Having leaders who understand how to apply the laws of behavior effectively is a competitive advantage. 

Solutions Start with Building a Positive Work Culture 

Behavior science has taught us how to influence behavior with precision and positive side effects. ADI uses these principles to build tools and practices leaders can use in the workplace to produce better results by strengthening key behaviors and eliminating human variance.  A behavioral approach helps leaders at any level maximize their impact and reduce their own re-work in their management duties. Skillful use of behavioral principles such as positive reinforcement helps build work relationships, leads to more sustainable performance improvement, and improves the company culture.

ADI’s performance improvement consultants have been providing this behavioral expertise to organizations for more than 40 years. We have helped improve operational efficiency, transform organizational cultures, and ensure leadership engagement and accountability through positive, proactive leadership practices. Regardless of your strategic objectives, if you are responsible for motivating others in a manufacturing environment and need to improve your leadership’s ability to generate enthusiasm and consistency in performance, we can help.

Contact us today to learn how to apply a scientific approach to creating a culture of manufacturing excellence. 

Client Feedback
“We’re now understanding that the behavioral concepts don’t just apply to safety. They apply to everything we’re doing here. It’s changed our culture.“
—Bob Clark, President of Operations

Services Tailored to the Manufacturing Industry

Here are just a few ways ADI supports you in applying sound behavioral principles to motivate and sustain performance excellence. 

Create a workplace that promotes discretionary effort, collaboration, and enthusiasm at all levels of the organization.
Reduce variability and build momentum by defining leading indicators and the behaviors required at each level to improve performance and leadership accountability.
Add a behavioral lens to the design of your strategic initiatives so that you fully understand the behavioral consequences of decisions on the behavior of your workforce.
Gain actionable insight into the strengths and opportunities through culture and leadership surveys and assessments. Give your organization a clear roadmap for improvement.
Equip site leaders and managers with the people management skills needed to positively engage and influence others.
Develop positive safety management skills that improve your leadership impact, build frontline engagement, and strengthen safety performance.
Engage frontline workers and management to work cooperatively to improve hazardous conditions and practices and develop safe habits.
Build a high-performance safety culture that focuses on prevention, continuous improvement, and employee engagement.
Optimize your safety systems such as incident investigations, hazard remediation, safety communications, and near miss reporting.
Energize your internal conferences and annual meetings with an inspiring keynote presentation from ADI.

Industry Spotlight

Year 1
safe habits

Operational Efficiency
& Quality
Reduced Scrap:
$1.5 million savings
accuracy improved
productivity efficiency records
utilization up
Injuries reduced by
more than 500%
near miss reporting increase

This business bestseller has it all!


If you are looking for ways to maximize employee performance and earn discretionary effort, look no further than the behavioral tools and principles discussed in the book “Bringing Out the Best in People,” Aubrey Daniels delivers step-by-step instruction and positive practices that any reader can apply.


Common Challenges in Manufacturing

Need help with business challenges in manufacturing? Here are a few ADI can help you with:

A large equipment manufacturer benefited from Kaizen implementation, but also struggled to maintain the demands of the process. This case study presents key information that could benefit future implementation teams working on behavioral management processes and/or continuous improvement programs.

The components of traditional behavior-based safety systems (e.g., peer observation and feedback on pinpointed behavior, reinforcement and celebration of improvement) can readily be applied to improve quality in manufacturing. Read on to learn how to make quality a habit…

When incidents and accidents occur, management typically rushes to identify and discipline the responsible person(s). Yet most of these events are the result of a combination of root causes. The primary goal of investigations should be to ensure that similar incidents do not happen again. Read on for a discussion of maintaining trust and respect while ensuring accountability for safety…

When manufacturers expand globally, they can be overwhelmed by new cultures, languages, and customs. Fortunately, the laws of behavior do not change. They apply equally to people of all cultures, geographies, and industries. Read on for how to deliver efficient and effective positive reinforcement, no matter where in the world you use them.

Creating a positive safety culture can be one of the most difficult challenges an organization faces. There are seven foundational keys to help guide you through, including the relentless pursuit and elimination of hazards. Read on for the remaining six keys to a positive safety culture…

If you want stronger employee engagement, you need to develop positive work relationships. One best practice is to remove roadblocks to set up direct reports for success. Read on for other relationship best practices…


Effective Coaching Helps Build Manufacturing Workforce Excellence.

Download the infographic for 5 tips to improve your coaching effectiveness and to establish yourself as a reinforcer to others.

  1. Listen and Ask Questions
  2. Check In Frequently
  3. Provide Reinforcement
  4. Practice Shaping
  5. Celebrate

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