Precision Reads and Reviews: Hidden Potential of “You Can Count on Me” in Metrology

If you're like me, constantly seeking ways to enhance your organization's culture and deliver exceptional customer service, you'll find the insights in Mike Scott's book "You Can Count on Me" invaluable. This book delves into building accountability and fostering a high-performing workplace. Scott introduces a framework, Totally Accountable Systems (TAS), which equips CEOs, executives, managers, and employees with practical tools for setting clear expectations, promoting communication, and ensuring everyone fulfills their commitments. Adopting TAS can pave the way for a more productive and successful organization filled with trust and accountability.

You Can Count on Me and Core Values

When I read "You Can Count on Me,"  I was struck by how closely its message aligns with our core values.  It became required reading across the Morehouse Instrument Company.  Trust and accountability are not just buzzwords at Morehouse; they're the foundation of everything we do. Our metrologists rely on each other's expertise and dedication to produce accurate and reliable measurements. "

"You Can Count on Me" provides a practical framework for building and maintaining trust within a team, regardless of whether they work in person or virtually. The book emphasizes the importance of clear communication, proactive problem-solving, and taking ownership of one's actions. These principles are reflected in our core values of "Proactive Communications," "Own Your Actions," and "Speak Your Truth with an Open Mind." We believe that open and honest communication and a willingness to learn from mistakes create a culture of trust and continuous improvement.You Can Count on Me

One of the book's key principles is 'clear communication.' In our industry, precision and clarity are non-negotiable. Any vagueness can lead to errors that might compromise the reliability of our measurements. 'You Can Count on Me' underscores the necessity of clear and concise communication, a value deeply ingrained in our daily operations. This focus on clear communication keeps us aligned, ensuring everyone is on the same page, minimizing misunderstandings, and keeping our projects on track.

Another critical theme in the book is 'proactive problem-solving.' At Morehouse, we encourage our team members to anticipate potential issues before they arise and develop solutions proactively. This proactive stance is crucial in metrology, where even a minor oversight can have significant repercussions. 'You Can Count on Me' reinforces this mindset by providing strategies for identifying problems early and addressing them before they escalate. By fostering a culture where proactive problem-solving is the norm, we can maintain the high standards of accuracy and reliability our customers expect.

Taking ownership of one's actions is also pivotal in Scott's book. At Morehouse, we instill a sense of responsibility in our team members. When someone makes a mistake, we view it as a learning opportunity rather than a cause for blame. This approach aligns with the book's emphasis on accountability and continuous improvement. By encouraging our team to own their actions, we create an environment where mistakes are addressed constructively, leading to better outcomes and enhanced trust within the team.

Another key takeaway from the book is the importance of fostering a team-oriented environment. "You Can Count on Me" encourages collaboration, knowledge-sharing, and mutual support. These ideas resonate with our values of "Trust the Team" and "Solve Problems Together." We recognize that our success as a company depends on the collective efforts of our team members, and we strive to create an environment where everyone feels valued and empowered to contribute their unique skills and perspectives.

In the world of metrology, collaboration is essential. Our work often requires input from multiple experts to ensure the highest level of precision. "You Can Count on Me" provides valuable insights into creating a collaborative culture where team members feel comfortable sharing their knowledge and expertise. This approach enhances our internal processes and improves the service we provide to our customers. By fostering a collaborative environment, we can leverage our team's diverse skills and perspectives, leading to more innovative solutions and better overall performance.

Trust is the bedrock of our operations at Morehouse. Customers trust us to deliver low measurement uncertainties and we trust the team to deliver.  Credibility, integrity and trust go hand-in-hand here. "You Can Count on Me" offers practical strategies for building and maintaining trust within a team. These strategies include setting clear expectations, providing regular feedback, and recognizing and rewarding trustworthy behavior. By implementing these strategies, we can strengthen the trust within our team, leading to more accurate measurements and better customer service.

Accountability is equally important. In our field, even the smallest error can have significant consequences. "You Can Count on Me" highlights the importance of accountability in ensuring high-performance standards. At Morehouse, we hold ourselves accountable to our customers, colleagues, and ourselves. This commitment to accountability drives us to improve our processes and continuously deliver the best possible service.

Whether you're a metrologist, a manager, or someone who values teamwork and accountability, I highly recommend reading "You Can Count on Me." Its practical advice and real-world examples will inspire you to create a more collaborative and productive work environment. The principles outlined in the book align perfectly with our core values at Morehouse Instrument Company, and I believe they can benefit any team striving for excellence.

Happy reading

Henry Zumbrun
President of Morehouse Instrument Company

About Morehouse Instrument Company 

Companies worldwide rely on Morehouse for accuracy and speed. The company turns around equipment in 7-10 business days so customers can return to work quickly and save money. 

The York, PA-based company provides force and torque measurement products and services worldwide. 

Morehouse Instrument Company, a trusted and accredited provider of force and torque measurement services for over 100 years, offers measurement uncertainties 10-50 times lower than the competition. 

Morehouse helps commercial labs, government labs, and other organizations lower their measurement risk by lowering equipment uncertainties for torque and force measurement. Contact Morehouse at info@mhforce.com or www.mhforce.com 

We believe in changing how people think about force and torque calibration in everything we do.

This includes setting expectations on load cell reliability and challenging the "just calibrate it" mentality by educating our customers on what matters and what causes significant errors.

We focus on reducing these errors and making our products simple and user-friendly.

This means your instruments will pass calibration more often and produce more precise measurements, giving you the confidence to focus on your business.

Companies around the globe rely on Morehouse for accuracy and speed.

Our measurement uncertainties are 10-50 times lower than the competition.

We turn around your equipment in 7-10 business days so you can return to work quickly, saving you money.

When you choose Morehouse, you're not just paying for a calibration service or a load cell.

You're investing in peace of mind, knowing your equipment is calibrated accurately and on time.

Contact Morehouse at info@mhforce.com to learn more about our calibration services and load cell products.

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