3 Myths about Efficiency

Efficiency has always been an operations metric businesses watch closely for a healthy bottom-line. Getting work done efficiently is considered good. High employee performance is implied. Managers are delighted when there is no backlog. Efficiency is often interpreted as good speed, high productivity and output. There are three myths about… [More]

Why Leaders Need To Be Trust Builders

Trust is confidence one has in another person’s integrity and strength. With trust, an individual is willing to take risk. Without trust, one would act in his own interest with little desire to expose himself to any potential harm. A workplace with trust fosters high performance across the organization. Hence,… [More]

The Hiccups in Digital Transformation

Digital transformation aims to bring automation, eliminate onerous, manual tasks and streamline processes to deliver the desired results in an expedient manner. Studies show that on average 87.5% of digital transformations fail to meet expectations. Three main reasons for the high failure rate are lack of appreciation of the scope… [More]

Standardization: A Key Success Factor for Digital Transformation

Digital transformation deploys technology to perform tasks with the goals to transform operations and better serve customers. It is a significant undertaking. It requires capital as well as extensive effort to prioritize, streamline, and automate tasks and processes. A key success factor for automation is standardization because: Variation adds complexity… [More]

Turning a Checklist into an Improvement Opportunity

To capture directions on completing a job, a checklist is often used to list all the activities involved. This checklist provides a reference for team members to avoid missing tasks. Interestingly, the timing for creating a checklist usually comes about when a job gets complex. Many people might be involved…. [More]

How to Plan for Optimal Data Capture

Data is abundant but having them in a way that is readily consumable could be challenging. Distilling useful business insight from data often requires some work. When businesses implement applications to digitize their operations, a lot of focus is placed on processing transactions. This encompasses tasks such as order entry,… [More]

The Predicament of “Go-to” Experts

The “go-to” experts in an organization are individuals who possess expertise that others seek to get things done. The expertise could be knowledge about a process, familiarity with a client group, or astute problem solving. The interesting thing about these “go-to” people is their position. They might not be a… [More]

How to Capture Operations Data that You Can Leverage

Operations data offers insight on how well processes and work activities deliver the intended outcomes. Often, service companies pay less attention to monitoring the day-to-day activities. The lack of monitoring leaves managers scrambling for adhoc measurements when problems arise. These adhoc measurements likely rely on manual approaches that are onerous…. [More]

How to Build Better Collaboration with Specificity

Interdepartmental collaboration elevates performance and morale. The lack of it leads to disconnects that damper customer service and operational efficiency. Recent conversations with clients about operational challenges highlighted three culprits that require attention. Information gap Handoffs of work from one department to the next call for appropriate information to be… [More]

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