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You Can’t Roller Skate in a Buffalo Herd

Updated: Dec 8, 2023

“You can’t roller skate in a buffalo herd,” is a song I remember from my childhood.

It is a novelty song written and performed by Roger Miller in 1966. It became one of Miller’s popular songs.

The refrain, “You can’t roller skate in a buffalo herd, but you can be happy if you’ve a mind to,” is a message of finding happiness in unconventional or challenging situations. The song seems to convey a lighthearted and optimistic perspective, encouraging listeners to look for joy and contentment even when faced with limitations or unexpected circumstances.

Hmmmmm. Makes me think of the slogan of the ISO management system industry PDCA.

The Plan-Do-Check-Act circle, or PDCA cycle, is the ISO method for steering continuous improvement in an organization. The cyclical nature of the model ensures quality improvement is constantly brought to attention. This ensures that the products and services you offer are of a higher quality.

PDCA means you must knuckle down, you must have a plan. 

Your organization will not get any better until you do. You must:

1. Diagram the risks for the organization.

2. Diagram the risks for each process for each ISO Management System.

3. Proactively Plan a method to address each risk.

4. Dissect the most significant problems of the organization and know their controls.

5. Monitor and Measure.

6. Audit, Assess, Analyze, Evaluate, Improve, Continually.

Your organization doesn’t have to be chaotic.

Your organization doesn’t have to be like a bunch of firefighters exhausted from the frustrations of getting service to their customers.

Great ISO means your continually improving organization will be run like a well-oiled machine.

It takes PDCA. Organizations that use ISO Management System Standards to assess, analyze, evaluate, and improve, continually create sustainable organizations.

In the words of Roger Miller’s song, “You can be happy, all you have to do is, ‘do it, do it’, ‘do it’.”


P.S. Call me and let’s talk. I will customize a system for your organization so that you will know how it was created, and each piece of paper will have value.

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