Are You Making Good Use of Your SOP?

The standard operating procedure (SOP) is a document that details the steps, precautions, and rules related to a routine operation. It serves to provide all the information needed for someone to do the work. Ideally, the SOP eliminates the need to chase after individuals for answers when questions arise. During… [More]

Operational Realignment for Pivoted Businesses

Pivoting your business is a necessary survival strategy during uncertain times. Whether you choose to introduce a new product or service, migrate staff to support the digital channels, or unbundle your service offerings to make them more appealing, there is a need to realign your operations. Shifts introduced as a… [More]

Adapting to Fast Changing Business Landscape

The coronavirus pandemic has put many business’s operations to the test. The evolving situation poses unexpected demands on areas that require rapid adaptation. This includes customer service, production, service delivery, backend support systems, and many more.  The operational impacts are far reaching with physical distancing adding another layer of challenge… [More]

Would You Let Poor Processes Put the Business in Peril?

The need for sound processes increases with the size of a business. Businesses with consistent and congruent processes are able to provide excellent customer service, deliver high quality products and services, and they have a strong foundation for profitable growth. From a startup to a multi-national enterprise, effective processes play… [More]

Framework for Performance Measurement

Performance measurement is a critical tool for guiding strategy execution, decision making, and operational improvement. Every business does track financial results on a regular basis. There is no doubt financial health is important but performance in other aspects of the business is just as crucial. In fact, operational and customer… [More]

3 Myths About Quick Actions

Taking action is considered a positive progression toward result realization. When posed with a problem, many of us are eager to take action and eliminate the problem. On the flip side, quick actions could lead us astray. Consider these 3 myths of quick actions. A fast solution reflects efficiency You… [More]

Does Reorganization Fix Process Problems?

After a third reorganization of its operations team over the past five years, a financial services company faces poor morale and increasing employee turnover. The reorganizations brought some improvements but real operational problems were not addressed. Reorganization tends to be considered as a quick solution to operational concerns. Businesses move… [More]

Alignment for Effective Execution

A high tech company is growing at a rapid pace. Revenue increases at 40% annually and headcount has doubled over the last three years. While the business is booming, senior managers are feeling that things are getting a little out of hand. Inconsistent approaches to decision-making and conflicting priorities create… [More]

Staying on Top of Operational Excellence

Operational excellence is an ongoing undertaking to optimize operations. It boosts the bottom-line of a business and accelerates the execution of everything a business needs to do in fulfilling its goals. While some businesses might not devote much energy to operational excellence until problems become chaotic, it has become a… [More]

Design for Process Exceptions

Process exceptions are productivity dampers. Some exceptions are caused by human errors such as incorrect data entry. Others are triggered by unanticipated situations such as a customer request that doesn’t fall into any predefined categories. With evolving customer needs, exceptions will arise more often. They pose as challenges to established… [More]

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