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/.