Vol No What Me Worry The Impacts of Change

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					                        Vol. 2, No. 7                       Mar. 22, 2005

What, Me Worry? The Impacts of Change
A mainstay character in MAD Magazine had a famous line: “What, me worry?” Unfortunately,
few of us can easily adopt Alfred E. Nueman’s attitude. Whether it’s concerns over paying bills
or shedding a few extra pounds between now and “pool season,” we all have worries and they
often revolve around change. Watch an episode of The Twilight Zone and you’ll understand that
it is change that really impacts our worlds. Change is the shifting of the familiar, the alteration
of the comfortable – the opposite of routine, which is recognizable, nice, and safe.

As a result, we tend to cautiously accept change – but change is the foundation for process
improvement. So, are we being obstinate, difficult, or thick-headed if we’re skeptical of a
changed process or want to ensure every detail is considered? No, we’re just being cautious. By
the same token, there is such a thing as being so cautious that a viable improvement, which
would have yielded immense benefits, is overlooked. As a result, we have to seriously consider
both the proposed change and reaction to that change. Are we asking legitimate questions, or are
we instead trying to consider every possible scenario – even the wildest, most unlikely situations
– because of skepticism, fear, etc.? Process improvement is as much about improving external
conditions (e.g., working conditions) as it is about improving internal conditions (e.g., attitudes).

For more information on change and its impacts, please attend the seminar by Vivian Williams,
Employee Assistance Program Counselor. The presentation, titled “Changes in the Workplace,”
will be held in the Auditorium on March 24, from 1100-1230. Please obtain your supervisor’s
approval before attending this seminar, then contact Judy Gerber x6525 to reserve a space.

Have You Seen the Missile-o-meter?
                            You can’t miss it, as you drive in the main gate. It stands at the
                            corner of Strauss and Jackson Avenues. The Missile-o-meter is a
                            measure of the savings and avoidances IHDIV has realized in FY05
                            from its continuous improvement efforts. To date, IHDIV has
                            submitted approximately $3.6M to NAVSEA HQ.

                            These submissions have been accomplished using the Cost
                            Reduction Report (CRR), which documents such things as past,
                            current, and future year savings. IHDIV has already forwarded 18
                            CRRs, and several more are being evaluated prior to submission. So,
                            though people may see only a missile silhouette… it’s actually a
                            reflection of your effort. Keep up the good work and keep those
                            submissions coming!

                            For more information on the CRRs, go to Dept. 18’s site on the
                            Intranet, or call Tracy Widner at x2492.
NAVSEA Black Belts Acknowledged
On March 9, Black Belts from IHDIV, NAVSEA HQ, other Warfare Center activities, and the
Shipyards, gathered at the Washington Navy Yard’s Adm. Gooding Center. The purpose? To
receive recognition from NAVSEA Command, including VADM Phillip Balisle.

The ceremony included a speech by VADM Balisle, in which he spoke of the need to lead by
example, as well as the realization that, though an activity may have trained Black Belts, it must
support them if they are to be successful. In addition to VADM Balisle, Jim Brice, head of Task
Force Lean (TFL), addressed the attendees, speaking about the overarching structure
implemented since TFL was established on August 18, 2004. Following these speeches, each of
the fifty-two Black Belts was introduced and received their training certificate from VADM
Balisle, as their project title was displayed on a background monitor. Following the ceremony,
Black Belts were stationed alongside storyboards of their projects, available to speak with
interested visitors. During this time, several of IHDIV’s eleven Black Belts were given the
opportunity to speak with VADM Balisle, as well as other commanding officers, and describe
their efforts. As one IHDIV Black Belt summarized the ceremony, it was a good opportunity to
interact with other activities and “compare problems and solutions.”

The IHDIV Black Belts recognized included Scott Bumgarner, John Ross, John Hungerford,
Edna Gigon, Karen Burrows, Norman Moore, Jennifer Edgin, Jeff Matteson, Ray Geckle,
Damaris Kaminski, and [not pictured below] Colin Mackie-Smith.

            NAVSEA Black Belts recently celebrated at the Washington Navy Yard.
              Photo by Shirley J. Copeland, NAVSEA Office of Public Affairs

                       Questions or Comments? Contact Tracy Widner x2492,
                             IHDIVLeanQualityDept@ih.navy.mil, or
             visit the Lean-Quality Dept. home page at http://ihmdnce/LeanQuality/.

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