How to Build a Culture for Continuous Improvement

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]

Key Success Factors for Business Transformation

Ongoing market changes and technology advancement have posed an inevitable need for businesses to transform themselves in order to compete and thrive. Transformation for transformation’s sake could drain resources for little return. There are six key success factors for business transformation. 1. Customer experience enrichment Transformation efforts need to be… [More]

The Leap to Excellence

The Pantheon in Rome is an ancient structure that displays architectural and engineering excellence. The circular dome consumed over 4,500 metric tons of concrete. The base of the dome is over 20 feet deep, tapering to just under 4 feet to the top around the centre oculus. It is the… [More]

Are You Building What Your Customer Wants?

Investment in agriculture technology development has increased fivefold over the course of three years. According to AgFunder, a marketplace for companies to raise funds, $2.7 billion have been invested in 2015. However, the adoption has been slow. This is due to a several reasons. First, the new technologies don’t work… [More]

10 Considerations for Outsourcing

In the fast changing business environment, speed has become a key competitive advantage. Many companies seek to outsource work that others can deliver in a complementary manner. It is a strategic decision. Companies can garner abundant benefits when it is done well. There are 10 things to consider for determining… [More]

Building Success with a Frame of Reference

Dining in a Michelin star restaurant is a memorable experience. The chef showcases his fine culinary expertise with creative use of quality ingredients and immaculate presentation. On top of that, the attentive service and the ambiance deliver an extraordinary evening. That fabulous experience becomes a frame of reference for comparing… [More]

10 Things on the Radar for Managing Project Interdependencies

Interdependencies add complexity to decision-making. Oversight on their cross impacts could cause major setback to the outcomes. The following is a list of questions that need to be addressed. 1.       Linkages What is the relationship between the projects under consideration? Have you identified the specifics, the what, when, why, and… [More]

The Essence of the Big Picture

With the advance of Google maps, driving around in a strange neighbourhood is not a huge challenge anymore. The voice navigation provides turn-by-turn directions. Despite the convenience, I found the first visual presentation of the origination and the destination offers a mental orientation on where I am headed. That big… [More]

10 Reasons Why Process Must Come First

Running a business is an intricate undertaking. Employees work on tasks that are interrelated. Today, technology is used in completing most of the work. As a result, many of us believe that work needs to be designed around the capabilities of the technology. This approach leads to sub-optimal execution and… [More]

10 Shifts that Change How You Run Your Business

The breathtaking changes in the marketplace have posed challenges to many companies in how they run their business. These shifts are impactful. 1.       Self-help—customers are happy to be in control and take on tasks which used to be performed by employees. A business needs to gauge which tasks are useful… [More]

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