Queuing for service is a test of patience. Customers might abandon their effort when the wait time becomes intolerable or conflicts with their plans. There are many ways to enhance queue experience. Inform and manage expectations Standing in a queue builds anxiety. When informed, customers can decide whether to wait… [More]
Paper maps have been a staple in my luggage when I travel as I rely on them to get myself oriented in a new city. In my recent trip to France, I managed to rely fully on my smartphone. Prior to departure, I did some research to get myself oriented… [More]
To streamline operations for optimal performance, businesses look for ways to garner benefits from consistent practices. The two most common approaches are harmonization and standardization. Harmonization is a way to stitch varying practices together so that the handoffs from one area to the next are problem-free. Standardization, on the other… [More]
Bottlenecks are choke points where the available capacity is not able to handle the demand. Customers don’t like bottlenecks because it means they will be queued to get served. Businesses don’t like them either for they are signs of poor management. There are three main types of bottlenecks. They are… [More]
Successful businesses rally their employees to act in a coherent fashion. This coherence is driven by a common set of values and beliefs. Culture is the foundation for these values and beliefs. Building a culture for continuous improvement doesn’t happen overnight. It takes persistence and commitment. There are five steps… [More]
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