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More Than Low Hanging Fruit - Reaping a Greater Harvest - RBI and Step Change

By Greg Alvarado at Inspectioneering Journal. This article appears in the July/August 2003 issue of Inspectioneering Journal

“Low Hanging Fruit” and “Step Change” are analogies that have been bantered around in our industries for some time. Picking the low hanging fruit is just the beginning and something that most passersby can glean. Also, real change that affects an entire organization, change that lasts, does not happen overnight and usually involves a combination of education, mentoring and recognition, appreciation and understanding of the limitations, resources, potential and culture of/at the various levels of the organization.

Low hanging fruit is the easiest to see and pick, but what about the vast amount of fruit that resides amongst the leaves and branches? That is now the challenge of our industries. This is where the greatest harvest lays. Why have change and greater rewards been so difficult to realize? I believe there are many reasons, such as a lack of mentoring, a lack of appreciation and understanding of the limitations, resources, potential and culture of the various levels of the organization.

This article/editorial will provide guidance on how the Risk Based Inspection (RBI) process, effectively implemented, can help harvest the greatest benefits and serve to effect true lasting, beneficial change.

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