- Are you frustrated at work?
- Do you see value but you can’t convince anyone to capture it?
- Do you know what your company needs to do but you can’t seem to get buy-in?
- Have you have taken all the training courses but it doesn’t change your operation?
- Do you feel unhappy, bored, unfulfilled, unmotivated or disengaged at work and in life?
Rob's Reliability Project
Weekly improvement blog for maintenance & reliability professionals to better themselves both at work and at home.
We’re going to change the mother f****** world
That popped out of me on Friday when talking to Susan Hobson. It came from a place of passion, purpose, meaning and self-worth. All of that has changed for me and we’re going to be bringing it to you. [Read more…]
Are You a Leader?
It doesn’t matter if you’re an executive at your company, if you’re a coach of a sports team or if you have an important role at your church. We are all leaders. [Read more…]
When Metrics Drive Behavior
I’ve had a lot of responses from last week’s podcast about Fear-Based Leadership, specifically around the use of metrics. Metrics drive behavior and we, as leaders, need to be careful about what we’re measuring and how our people perceive our use of those metrics.
What do I mean? [Read more…]
Are You Leading From Fear?
On last week’s webinar (released tomorrow on the Rob’s Reliability Project podcast feed), we spoke about using metrics & KPIs to understand where your company is on their maintenance & reliability journey. Metrics and KPIs are helpful but often, I see them used to discipline, to incent and, in the worst cases, to fire people. [Read more…]
How Is Your Organization Leading?
Early in my career during a period of low commodity prices, a high-level executive sent an email to middle management with the following context:
We are not willing to spend money on new software, projects or ideas. If an engineer comes to you with an idea. tell them to look into how we’ve always done it and get them to do it that way. [Read more…]
What Are You Experiencing?
A lot of us are heading back to the office, back to the plant or back to the facility and the game has changed. Lock-down has changed our companies and our jobs in different ways. Are you seeing more tracking, more monitoring, more metrics, less trust? Are you seeing more love, more compassion, more human-centered leadership? How has your job changed? Are you excited or anxious about going back to work? [Read more…]
Who’s Job Is It?
Yesterday, I got a question from the subject matter expert (SME) for one of the equipment types for which I manage the capital strategy. He asked me who was in charge of the operating scope (when and how long to run the equipment). My first reaction was that it was supposed to be him. [Read more…]
Love, Compassion & Healing
This past week, I was getting really frustrated, angry and hateful towards myself. I kept seeing the root cause of my problems and I wasn’t able to let it go, I wasn’t able to heal. I started laying into myself, beating myself up in a way that is appalling. I shut down. I stalled. On Friday, I had a call with my coach and she told me what I needed to do. [Read more…]
The Hidden Costs of Not Caring About Our People
The more people I talk to in industry, the more I see a divide. I see a divide between companies who treat their employees like robots and companies who treat their employees with the love & connection that they deserve. We’ve all experienced disengagement, frustration and apathy throughout our careers and it costs us our happiness. It costs us our mental health.
It also costs our companies. It costs them big dollars. [Read more…]
Bad Leadership Almost Cost Me My Life
The tumblers all fell into place, the lock clicked, the door opened and it all became clear.
Bad leadership almost cost me my life.
This was a few weeks ago in a session with my coach, Susan Hobson. I hadn’t put the pieces together. I hadn’t seen the connection. I saw my depression, my suicidal thoughts, my pain, my struggles as part of my story but something that just happened to me.
Now I see that it’s a gift. [Read more…]
Are You Taking Advantage of the Opportunity?
A lot of businesses have had to make tough decisions during COVID-19, including decisions that affect their people. Some of these decisions include cutting hours, cutting wages & lay-offs. Throughout my career, I’ve been affected by some of these decisions. The line that stuck with me the most, when I was being laid off by an HR manager, she said to me “this is a business decision”. [Read more…]
3 Maintenance & Reliability Leadership Gaps
What’s Holding You Back?
Recently, I’ve been looking back over my career and trying to understand why so many companies struggle with their reliability programs. The processes, the technologies, the tools have all been around for a long time and yet we don’t succeed.
The reason we don’t succeed is poor leadership. [Read more…]
Why This Newsletter is Late
Usually, this newsletter comes out first thing on Monday mornings. Today, it’s late. It’s late because I didn’t get it done last week. It’s late because I stayed off my laptop all weekend. [Read more…]
Creating Spaces for Vulnerability
Recently, I’ve been talking about how being vulnerable is the only way to create connection with people and open ourselves up to the lives we want. I was asked the question:“Rob, how do leaders create an environment for our teams to be vulnerable?”
At first, my answer was that leaders need to lead by example and be vulnerable first.
This is true, but we need to take it a step further.
On this podcast, Brene Brown, a leading expert in vulnerability, talks with Pete Carroll & Steve Kerr about creating spaces for vulnerability. There are 2 key points: