Maintenance Managers – Do you have a clear path forward?
I recently visited a couple of plants where I asked the same question to all people I met. The question was “What are the most important things for this plant to improve upon in order to improve equipment reliability?”
If the maintenance managers in these plants would have:
Had a vision (painted the picture of where to go)
Had a plan
Had communicated their future vision and the improvement plans continuously
Had some acceptance from their people around their plans
the answers from the individuals would have correlated pretty well with the managers’ vision. The question is, do you have a vision (could be a list of best practices)? Do you have an improvement plan? Is that plan well communicated and accepted? If not, I think you will have a hard time to get people to improve in the right direction.