Why Structure is Vital to Businesses

The strategic objectives and actions for a business were drafted by the executives in a company. They were shared with the parent company for approval to proceed with execution. At the same time, there was a directive to create a dashboard for reporting on progress and performance. While this looks… [More]

The Balancing Act between New and Old

The adoption of technology in business has been taking place in a feverish pace. While many businesses have garnered significant productivity improvement from the investment, many are struggling to integrate the new technologies with the existing systems and operations. Not every business has the luxury of swapping out old technologies… [More]

What I Learned from Yoga on Execution and Results

The yoga studio has been a place for me to relax my mind and loosen the tight muscles. After practising yoga for almost three years, I have mastered a few poses but still struggling with the more challenging ones. It has been an interesting journey. There are lessons from my… [More]

From Functional Excellence to Integral Collaboration

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 Standardize or Harmonize?

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]

Prerequisites for Successful Process Transformation

As businesses adopt technology to transform their business models, process transformation must follow to support the new operating model. The effort to transform processes has been underestimated. There are five prerequisites for successful process transformation. Clear identification of backend support requirements With a focus on delivering improvements to the end… [More]

Progression on Process Excellence

Businesses can take difference approaches to improve their operational processes. Some take a step-by-step approach. They start with automating high volume or most problematic manual processes to free up capacity. In doing so, they are able to increase speed and improve accuracy. Depending on the application or the tool they… [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]

5 Ineffective Practices with Rules You Want to Avoid

Running an effective operation requires rules. Businesses need to establish rules for acquisitions of materials and labour, capital requests, quality control, and other operating procedures. These rules formulate a framework that enables smooth execution. A lack of them, or failure to follow these rules, would lead to adverse effects. Here… [More]

Five Reasons Why Modernization Initiatives Deliver Lack-lustre Results

Modernization initiatives are supposed to be transformative. Expectations for return on investment are high. Despite the commitment for resources and executive support, these initiatives often deliver lack-lustre results. There are five reasons for the lack-lustre results. 1. Conservative approach Concerned about potential chaos created by sudden drastic changes, the business… [More]

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