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Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt
Infect your people with the positive energy of Continuous Improvement, create ambassadors in your business so they can help you drive your Paradigm Slide.
Sliding Paradigms mission is to share knowledge based on more than ten years of hands-on experience in Continuous Improvement & help businesses improve the performance of their people.
Founded by Paul Glenn (an experienced, passionate and enthusiastic change agent, with a proven ability to deliver significant business improvements through people and team motivation) Sliding Paradigms can help you transform your business, shift its paradigm and help you identify the correct tools and methodologies you need to implement.
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I have had the pleasure of working with Paul for 30 years, in which time I have seen him develop and progress through shop floor operations and management into a highly motivational, competent, effective leader and change agent. Paul embraces Lean Six Sigma, but also brings endless enthusiasm, a diverse functional knowledge and customer focus that engages and supports the business through what can be extremely challenging changes. These skills have been employed to effectively solve “end to end” supply chain problems, from improving quotation turn around, reducing manufacturing throughput times, to increasing warehouse picking capacity and lead time reduction programs giving Paul a breadth of experience with which to develop your business.
When working for Draka/Prysmian I have had the pleasure to work with Paul on several occasions. In the early days, I was invited to take part in one of the kaizen-events that Paul led and that took place in the Derby-plant, where he started his career, and that I really enjoyed. At the end, I saw Paul training black-belts from all over Prysmian in our Delft-facilities, where he was also guiding some of our bigger improvement projects. During that time frame of about 10 years, I have seen him develop towards what he is now: a very skilled and knowledgeable guy on everything that has to do with change and improvements. Guys like that are not an easy find, however, there is something that makes Paul extra rare: from the early days Paul stood out in his energy, his enthusiasm and in the way he was able to transfer that to the people he was working with. And I have seen that happen in the UK, in Sweden and in the Netherlands, and in a range that moved from operators via engineers to plant managers. This quality, in my opinion, makes him unique, and for sure will help him be successful!
When it comes to engaging a team on continuous improvement activities Paul’s leadership, energy level and enthusiasm is contagious and second to none. Paul has led several very successful Lean Six Sigma projects in our North America manufacturing sites. He can quickly adapt to his audience and always gets 100% engagement from the participants. His mastering of the Lean Six Sigma toolbox ensures that the right tools are used to resolve the problems at hand, saving time with results delivered. Paul always makes a positive impact on the local teams he works with. The most common feedback I get from my team following Paul’s workshop is “ When can he be back again?”
I have worked with Paul on numerous projects and his leadership and oversight has been essential for engaging all members and maximizing the sum of what the team was able to accomplish. I especially like the way that Paul is able to achieve this through very subtle but effective means. He is clearly a top notch professional in the lean, Six Sigma type endeavor.
In Prysmian Tianjin, we have done one improvement SMED project on rubber B line in November; this line is very busy, running 100% time and still can’t meet market requirement, Paul worked with us together and trained us in the SMED method, we have achieved the below goals: Reduce the set-up time 50%, increase company profit 140k euro per year; Increase this line capacity 15% without need any machine investment; Build and training first SMED team, and it also can help us to apply for more lines in our company. Re-do details SOP documents for B rubber line, with this SOP and it is easier for our operators to follow during the actual production to reduce our change over time; Paul has excellent experience and technology in project improvement which always bring good result for our company; he is an expert in coaching and training people to Greenbelt certificate and Black Belts for high level. Paul will guarantee all the projects with fantastic results, more than you expect, like efficiency improvement, scrap reduction, capacity improvement, quality improvement etc., we believe that he will guarantee that all related projects success.
I had the opportunity to witness Paul’s teaching skills during a LEAN/Continuous Improvement course and was amazed both times. He led training sessions for 50 engineers who participated in a career development and culture change program sponsored by Prysmian Group. These engineers came from all over the world (25 countries), and Paul was able to interact, engage, and relate to each of them. His classes were hands-on and practical. The participants recalled quotes for several days after the sessions, and also recalled the principles which were taught during the training. The formal feedback was always very high, too. Our employees and future employees will miss Paul, and I would recommend him without reservation. He is the “real deal.”
I have had the privilege to work with Paul for more than seven years, starting way back when he was still the Lean Facilitator at a Derby plant in the UK. I have seen the significant Lean transformation he helped drive together with results in the plant, where he learned the Lean methodology, leading and preparing Monthly Kaizens. I have run more than 80 Kaizen’s together with Paul; he has a great set of methodologies and tools under his belt, In the last seven years, Paul has extended his knowledge also into Lean Six Sigma; he is a certified Master Black Belt and an expert in coaching and training new Green and Black Belts. He mentored a considerable amount of Green Belts throughout the World. Paul is an excellent Change Agent and a nice person to work with; he is full of positive energy and knows how to bring this over to his customers. He can talk to all layers in the organisation from Operators to CEO's. Working internationally from US, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, most countries of Europe, and Asian region, by running projects with Paul you are guaranteed success: He will deliver significant results to your business as he did for ours.
In Prysmian Delft Cable plant we started an improvement project in October 2016 based on Lean. The improvement project launched at LV cable production. Goals were: Increase capacity by 25% without changing shift system Increasing multi-skill, Decreasing costs, Train our trainers (Lean facilitators). We involved Paul in helping us with this process, Paul inspired our people, creating a lot of positive energy. Paul was able to connect to our operators very quickly because of his background. We had our first Kaizen event in October. It was structured around three days, ½ day training, two days real actions and ½ reporting back the results to management. By the end of the year, we achieved our goals. Increased capacity by 40%, increased multi-skilled working with teams, without adding extra workforce. In 2017 we held our 10th event ourselves, this is lead by our Lean facilitator using the tools. We will copy this way of continuously improving in other areas of our plant; we even involve colleagues from other plants. I want to especially thank Paul for making this connection with our people (shop floor as well as management). This was very important to make it sustainable.
It has been a pleasure to work with Paul and I have enjoyed it. I have got a lot of great outcome in projects where Paul has been engaged. His deep knowledge of manufacturing and his excellent skills in all different operational excellent tools has made a difference. In the end, I would like to highlight his positive attitude, his inspiring charisma and it has always been fun to I have known Paul Glenn since 2010. It goes back to the time when Draka employed both of us. Paul was working as a Black Belt in the central Operational Excellent team. In that role, he supported me with lean projects in plants in Sweden and Norway. When Prysmian bought Draka our cooperation continued first in the group project – Blue collar saturation; there Paul headed the project in our plant in Oulu, north Finland. I have engaged Paul in different training sessions in continuous improvements. Paul has trained and coached several engineers in the North Europe Region to reach there Green Belt certificate.work Paul.
“I have worked with Paul on many operational improvement projects over the past five years. He has a wealth of experience in Continuous Improvement, bringing this to the floor with real drive and enthusiasm. He is a real Agent for Change. Breaking down barriers, engaging and motivating all he works with toward a common goal. In a recent Kaizen project, Paul involved a small team of production operatives with the goal of increasing output. The results within a small number of days were phenomenal. Operation time reduced by 40%, which allowed a 50% increase in output – delivering a quantifiable additional £240k per annum contribution margin to our business. Put simply – Paul makes Change and Improvement possible, often making it look easy – using a unique set of skills, through engaging and empowering people, always with the end goal in sight."
Paul is one of the best professionals and one of the nicest people I have had the pleasure to work with. He has represented, for years, one of the main pillars of my Global Manufacturing Team. His passion for Continuous Improvement and Lean Manufacturing, blended with his superior knowledge of Six Sigma and all the main tools to deliver breakthrough on the shop-floor, have always meant an element of undoubtable success for me. But, maybe even more than all the above, his natural empathy and ability to get connected with people and to boost their enthusiasm is what has really fascinated me about Paul. I firmly believe Paul is one of those few people able to drive the change deeply into the organisation, straight down into the action!