Many leading companies are embracing the Six Sigma quality measurement system. But what is Six Sigma and how successful is it? By Gillian Bullock
A bid to extend the life of tyres at BHP-Billiton's Saraji Mine in Queensland has saved the mining giant $US350,000.
This project was just one of many undertaken as part of BHP-Billiton's Six Sigma program that goes under the name Operating Excellence.
Exceptional customer service has now become a leading component in the mission and vision statements of many organisations. It is an area in which every business needs to excel. Cameron Cooper reports.
Maxine Horne has made millions out of mobile phones over the past decade.
She knows them inside out. Like the average user, however, she gets no joy out of programming phone numbers, charging batteries or setting up message banks.
Sacked. Released. Fired. Dismissed. There is no way to make it sound good and, when it happens to you, it seems there's no way to make it feel good. But it is possible to turn it to your advantage and create very good results from a very bad day. Chris Sheedy reports.
Australia is an innovative nation and the number of programs available to foster ideas and talent is growing. Cameron Cooper reports.
Coming from a physiotherapist, Mark Alexander's admission is somewhat surprising. "I don't want to be pushing on people's backs for the rest of my life," says Alexander, who in the past has kneaded the fatigued muscles of the London Broncos Rugby League team and Australian Olympic athletes such as Cathy Freeman.
As Federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Pru Goward has the opportunity and responsibility to shape the way both business and individuals tackle gender issues - at home and in the office. Kate Kerrison talks to her about where the passion for equality came from.
"How can you not be influenced by the songs of your time. I was 18 years old when the women's movement began and was at the first meeting at Adelaide University . Your whole life is affected by it," Goward says.
By Helen Burns
Picture this: you are a team leader running a day-long workshop with a group of managers from across the organisation. The workshop is going well, everyone is contributing and you are making progress.
After the lunch break your senior manager arrives unannounced, stands in front of the group and says: "This isn't going well at all; I'm going to take over now."
Anyone who has been in the eye of a media storm will agree that the old saying, "any publicity is good publicity", no longer applies. Managing the media is an important element in protecting your brand and reputation. Lesley Parker reports.
The Pan Pharmaceuticals crisis in 2003 was one of the biggest product recalls in Australian history. About 1600 products, made by Pan for various brands, were eventually cleared from the shelves amid allegations of manufacturing malpractice.
Perhaps the oddest aspect of employee disengagement is that it can start at the very beginning, with the recruitment process and actual engagement, and grow insidiously from there. Deborah Tarrant reports.
Employee disengagement is triggered by something as simple as an organisation's culture being misrepresented in a job interview, or an inadequate job description. The wrong person is hired for the job - square peg, round hole - and there's a disconnect before the new recruit puts a coffee mug on the desk and greets co-workers.
Managing the local division of a world brand is not always easy. Steve Vamos, Microsoft Australia 's Managing Director explains to Lauren Thomsen-Moore why the repositioning of the local culture was so important.
When Steve Vamos became Managing Director of Microsoft Australia in February 2003 his main brief was to improve the company's focus on customer and partner satisfaction.