What is waste?
Waste comes in all shapes and sizes. Waste costs money. Money that we should be using to:
· Ensure we fairly compensate our employees—our most valuable assets,
· Fund our needed priorities for the airport, roads and infrastructure and
· Reduce our tax rates to encourage growth of industry and business.
I have 20 years of experience in removing waste from the organizations I managed. I have another 20 years of experience in helping others remove waste from their own processes. I helped the Naval Air Systems Command save $500 Million in two years. I helped the US Army save over $3 Billion per year the last two years.
A few examples of waste—from the big items to the small every day waste:
· Making decisions without all of the facts. A recent example: November, 2013 — Purchasing an $85,000 building at South Crockett and Lake Streets for a communications center. After purchasing this building we learned we could not erect a tower over 100’ tall that was needed for communications. The building is not usable for the intended purpose.
· Making decisions without considering all affected parties and stakeholders. A recent example: August, 2013 — Deciding to purchase a corporate membership to a local fitness facility for use by our employees — only to rescind the decision later after realizing we needed to explore other facilities that could better serve all employees.
· Failure to institute follow-up on all decisions to insure the intended goals were met, expected costs were not exceeded and no unintended consequences emerged.
· Starting a process or task and having to stop it before we complete it because we did not have all of the necessary information, supplies or tools to finish. And, worse than this, starting and completing the task and later discarding the work because we failed to understand the ultimate requirements.
· Lack of standard procedures for all repetitive tasks and functions or not following standard procedures when they exist. This results in poorer quality of results and more time required to complete the task.
· Lack of organization of all supplies, materials and tools needed to do our work.
· Taking 10 steps to complete an effort when 5 should have been enough.
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And a big waste — a waste of your vote:
· Voting for a candidate with big promises, no detailed plans to achieve them and no record of delivering on those promises.
· Voting for a candidate who inflates or misstates his record. Example, “I have a HISTORY of reducing taxes.” says one of my opponents.
Note the graph — This is not an example of reducing taxes — just an example of swapping one kind of tax for another. The size of government still increased.