Achieving HR Excellence through Six Sigma 2nd Edition
Author(s): Daniel T. Bloom SPHR, SSBB
- Introduces a new way for HR to envision their role within the organization
- Provides a roadmap to help readers find hidden wastes in their HR processes
- Explains how to implement six sigma into the transformational side of the organization
- Describes how to build a new business model for HR in your organization
Although world-class firms like GE and Motorola have relied on Six Sigma to build their performance cultures, these processes are all too often left out of human resources (HR) functions. This lack of Six Sigma principles is even more surprising because preventing errors and improving productivity are so critical to the people management processes of hiring, retention, appraisal, and development.
From the history and evolution of the Total Quality movement to initiatives for introducing a Six Sigma continuous process improvement strategy in your HR department, Achieving HR Excellence through Six Sigma, Second Edition introduces a new way to envision your role within the organization. It explains how this powerful methodology works and supplies a roadmap to help you find and eliminate waste in your HR processes.
Describing exactly what HR excellence means, the book outlines dozens of proven approaches as well as a hierarchy of the exact steps required to achieve it. It illustrates the Six Sigma methodology from the creation of a project to its successful completion. At each stage, it describes the specific tools currently available and provides examples of organizations that have used Six Sigma within HR to improve their organizations.
The text presents proven approaches that can help you solve and even eliminate people management problems altogether. Filled with real-world examples, it demonstrates how to implement six sigma into the transformational side of your organization. It also includes a listing of additional resources to help you along your Six Sigma journey.
Explaining how to build a new business model for your HR organization, the book supplies the new perspective and broad view you will need to discover and recommend game-changing alternatives to traditional HR approaches in your organization.
The first edition of this book was one of the first to demonstrate how HR professionals could enhance their careers by learning the language of business — It introduced the evolution of change management and the change management toolbox in a fashion that could easily be implemented in organizations.
This new edition updates the first with added information on some of the early history and introduces new case studies tools resulting from the author’s continuing work with organizations and in academic environments.
Dan Bloom has written a must-read for anyone in the Human Resources profession considering Six Sigma certification…Read this book – and learn from one of the best.” — Christina A. Gasperino, MA GPHR SPHR SHRM-SCP LEAN/Six Sigma Master Black Belt
If I had to make a single comment about Dan Bloom’s new book, Achieving Human Resource Excellence Through Six Sigma, it would be, “This is Dan Bloom’s best book yet!” But let me go into a bit more detail. In Chapter 4, Dan introduces the reader to what he refers to as “Dan’s 10 Commandments” and believe me when I tell you, all ten are absolute gems! Being an author like Dan, my regret is that I didn’t come up with these first! In addition to his 10 Commandments, Dan also provides relevant examples of how all three components of the TLS Continuum can be applied to an HR environment. The three components include, the Theory of Constraints (T), Lean (L), and Six Sigma (S). In Chapter 8, Dan presents numerous and very relevant case studies which will all be helpful in understanding the plethora of concepts and tools that Dan brings to the table. I could go on and on discussing everything good about Dan’s book, but it would take up way too much space. In a nutshell, I highly recommend Dan’s book and can’t wait to get a hard copy! Great job Dan!! Bob Sproull
“Undoubtedly one of the best books about applying Lean principles to human resource management that I have read”. Dan captured the lean foundational principles necessary to achieve organizational excellence thought strategic goal alignment, increasing value-add while delivering quantitative results day in and day out. Anyone interested in challenging the ‘status quo’ in a non-manufacturing business process will thoroughly enjoy the way the book transforms the reader from acquiring Lean Sigma understanding to utilizing the various tools to achieve targeted results. William F. Mazurek BSIE, MBA, LSSBB, SHRM-CP President Maz-tec & Associates LLC
“At a time when HR stepped forward, here is a book which challenges practitioners to strive for excellence as a relevant force throughout their entire organization. Daniel Bloom lays out a quality approach using the proven steps of Six Sigma as a roadmap to follow. I recommend that you have this as an essential resource for your HR/Business library.” Steve Browne, SHRM-SCP VP of Human Resources LaRosa’s, Inc. Author of HR on Purpose !! and HR Rising !!