What are EPIC-Organizations?

EPIC-Organizations are places where people want to shop, work, and invest.  They make products or provide services that meet the needs of humanity.  They are trusted partners with their suppliers and good citizens in their communities.  They produce in ways that cause the least amount of waste and harm to the environment. EPIC stands for the four Frost/Scanlon Principles of Equity, Participation, Identity and Competence. This site contains free articles, podcasts, Scanlon Plans and videos on the EPIC Processes and links where you can find books for sale.  It is  the home of a Consultancy where you can get  more help. 

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Scanlon Plan Success Stories

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Learn how Scanlon Organizations have created EPIC Cultures in Manufacturing, Health Care, Financial Services, Retail, Telecommunications, etc.

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Scanlon Plan Success Stories

For over seventy years hundreds of different organizations have adopted and experimented with the Scanlon Plan.  Since the Scanlon Plan is not copyrighted or trademarked there is no central registry of Scanlon Plans or Scanlon Organizations. 

Adamson, Advanced Business Graphics, Atlantic Automotive, ARaymond, Atwood, American Tape, Beth Israel Hospital, Bradford, Bridgestone-Firestone, Briggs & Stratton, Canon, Dana, ELGA, Fairchild Burns, Ferro, Harley-Davidson, Hitachi Magnetics, Huron Signs, ITT, Kysor-Cadillac, Lapointe, Landscape Forms, Limerick Veterinary Hospital, Lorin, Magna-Donnelly, Martin-Marietta, Meier, Michigan Bell, Motorola, National Manufacturing, Neelon Castings, Nicholas Plastics, Pacific Cast Technologies, Parker Pen, Pohlman, Quality Container, Raynor, S & L Plastics, Sara Lee, Sears, SGS Tool Company, Sligh, Spring Engineering, Thermatron, Thomson-Shore, TG Fluid Systems, Trans-Matic, United Building Centers, US Vision, Watermark Credit Union, Wescast, Westan, Westling, Wolverine Worldwide, Xaloy and countless other organizations dreamed the dream of Joe Scanlon the Steelworker and experimented with EPIC ideas.

In this section we feature EPIC Organizations from the following sectors: Financial Services, Manufacturing, Healthcare and Retail.


 

Financial Services

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ELGA Credit Union is headquartered in Burton, Michigan.  They are the most recent organization to embrace the Scanlon EPIC Principles and Processes and the second financial organization to use Scanlon.   They won the Michigan Credit Union League's Outstanding Credit Union of the Year Award for 2015 and were recognized as one of the 2015 Michigan's Best & Brightest Sustainable Companies. 

 

To learn more about ELGA click here.

 


Watermark

Watermark Credit Union installed a Scanlon Plan in 2006.  During this time Watermark was recognized among the top 50 Best Places to Work in Washington State and in 2007 won recognition as A psychological healthy workplace from the Washington State Psychological Association.  In 2009 they were awarded a Best Practices award from the American Psychological Association.  To read more about the award click here.

Watermark presented their methods at A Colloquium at Loyola Chicago that was documented by the Filene Research Institute.(The Research Arm of America's Credit Unions).

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Filene Colloquium

 

Watermark Case Study

 

Watermark EPIC Scanlon Plan

 

Watermark EPIC Scanlon Plan

 


Manufacturing

 

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SGS was designated as Supplier of the year by Affiliated Distributors.  They are muliple gold medal Best Practices winners from the Scanlon Leadership Network.  Listen to Tom Hagg CEO explain the benefits of the Scanlon Principles and the Scanlon Leadership Network.

 

 

Articles about SGS

 

Associates Participate in Making SGS Gobally Competitive

 


 

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Landscape forms begin their Scanlon journey in 1981.  They have been recognized by The Wall Street Journal as one of the top workplaces. To learn more about the award click here.  John Chipman founded the company as a way to keep his landscaping crew employed during the long Michigan winter.  Today they are a worldwide leader in public space furniture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Newspaper Articles about Landscape Forms

 

Where Saying Yes is Part of the Plan

 

Firm Quiet Giant

Podcast about Landscape Forms

 

Listen Now! John Chipman, track 1

 

Listen Now! John Chipman , track 2

 

Listen Now! John Chipman, track 3

 

Listen Now! John Chipman track 4

 



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Thomson-Shore is a green employee-owned  printer. Thomson-Shore was recognized by the Employee Stock Ownership Association as the 2008 ESOP Company of the Year.

 

Podcasts about Thomson-Shore and Scanlon

For many years Scanlon Steward Myron Marsh was CEO of Thomson-Shore.  Myron held Executive posistions in three Scanlon Organizations during his long career---Tolkien, Xaloy and Thomson-Shore.

 

Listen Now! Myron Marsh, track 1

 

Listen Now! Myron Marsh, track 2

 

Listen Now! Myron Marsh track 3

 


 

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Spring Engineering was one of the top 25 Best Places to Work in the greater Detroit area when they had their Scanlon Plan.


Articles about Spring

 

USA Today Team Effort Boost Bottom line

 

Podcast by Tim Tindall, CEO of Spring

 Tim Tindall, track 1

Listen Now! Tim Tindall, track 2

Listen Now! Tim Tindall, track 3

Listen Now! Tim Tindall, track 4

 

Spring Scanlon Plan I.C.E.

 

Spring ICE Plan

 


Lorin

Lorin Industries annodizes Aluminum.  Buzz Kersman served as CEO.  Buzz was awarded the Scanlon Stewardship Award.

Buzz Kersman Podcast

 

Listen Now! Buzz Kersman, track 1

Listen Now! Buzz Kersman, track 2

 

Listen Now! Buzz Kersman, track 3

 


 

Health Care

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Beth Israel's Scanlon Plan was called Prepare 21.  During the time Beth Israel's Scanlon Plan was in existence Beth Israel was one of the top 50 best places to work in America.  The Plan did not survive a merger with Deaconess Hospital.

Beth Israel's plan was extremely well documented.  There is even a Harvard Business Review Case Study.  Prod. #: 491045-PDF-ENG

 

Articles about Beth Israel's Scanlon Plan

 

MIT case study of Beth Israel's Prepare 21

 

Strategies for Healthcare Excellence

 

Strategic Healthcare Marketing

 

Participatory Management at BI

 

Employee Relations

 

Boston Globe

 

Prepare 21 Scanlon Plan

 

Prepare 21 Scanlon Plan

 


Retail

Sears

The Sears Scanlon Process was called Goalsharing to distinguish it from and earlier failed gainsharing program.  It was an elective program.  It achieved success in every unit that tried it but was abandoned when new management and ownership took over.

Sears Articles

 

Scanlon Plan and Retail Performance

Sears Scanlon Plans

 

Licensed Business Unit

 

Fashion Group

 

Sears Lakewood

 

 

 

Organizational Culture Surveys

ScanlonCultureInventory

EPIC-Organizations will help you assess your organization's cultural strengths and weaknesses using state of the art Culture, Satisfaction and Engagement Surveys.  We help develop leadership and teams using a variety of diagnostic tools. 

 

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Gainsharing/Goalsharing/Profit Sharing

 

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Our methods are featured in every major compensation book!  We help you design Gainsharing/Goalsharing/ProfitSharing Systems that truly tie pay to performance!  We help your organization with gainmaking as well as gainsharing.  Lean/Six Sigma practices were pioneered in Frost/Scanlon Organizations.  Learn how to turbo charge your lean program and create a high performance culture.

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Download the ABC's of Gainsharing and learn how.

Scanlon Servant Leadership

Scanlon Leaders are servant leaders.  If you are a servant leader looking for organizational theory and practice that can help you lead organizational change and create cultures of excellence consider the proven template of the Frost/Scanlon EPIC Principles and Processes.

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Why Scanlon Matters by Larry Spears, Warren Bennis and Max DePree

Scanlon-the man and the Plan

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EPIC Resources

Native RTL SupportLet us help you put the pieces together to create your own EPIC-Organization.  Here you will find research, articles, and books on Leadership, Scanlon Plans, and Gainsharing

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