Excelling businesses are supported by well integrated processes within and across different functional areas. In order to maintain high performing processes in a rapidly changing business environment, it is essential to have a sound process management framework. There are six elements to a process management framework. Ownership A plant foreman… [More]
The self-service kiosk is finally in place at the MacDonald’s in my neighbourhood. I clicked through the screens to order a coffee and a croissant. The kiosk was easy to use. On that day, there was a line of customers waiting to use the kiosks even though the cashiers were… [More]
The right action accelerates execution. It is beneficial to execute with focus and purpose. Otherwise, you might waste time and effort.
Plastic cards fill our wallets. Credit cards, debit cards, loyalty cards, bank cards, membership cards, and ID cards add weight to the bulging wallet. The migration to the bar-coded key tags is an improvement but still an inconvenience. It is not surprising to find a wallet packed with more than… [More]
In many organizations, the functional structure is the default approach to organize their people and their work. It is straight-forward for management purposes because one can associate expertise with work. Despite the many benefits, silo thinking has been a constant damper to operational efficiency. Silo thinking is a result of… [More]
I attended a meeting where the focus of the discussion was on performance measurement for a financial reporting team. The objective was to determine one service result that the team would be measured on. As there is a schedule for the distribution of the monthly report, timeliness was top-of-mind. At… [More]
Hitting a hole in one was such an ego booster to a beginner golfer. I was thrilled when that happened half way through a 9-hole golf course. That summer, I thought I would only get better at this challenging sport. That was ten years ago. For the past few years,… [More]
Staring at a garden overtaken by weeds, my first thought was I needed an herbicide to get rid of them. Little did I know a generic herbicides is not effective for all weeds. Some weeds are more hardy and difficult to get rid of. In order to do a proper… [More]
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