How to Overcome Silo Thinking

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]

Workload and Productivity Assessment

A manager for a benefit administration team wants to assess the workload and productivity of her team. The team has data on the volume of transactions it processes. However, there has been no tracking of the time spent on various tasks. The manager gathers her team of six to discuss… [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 Right Tool for the Job

Drilling a hole on a wall seems to be a fairly straightforward task. You pin-point the location for the hole and drill. I attempted to do so to hang a large painting. As it turned out, there was more to it. Once I chose the spot for the hole, I… [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]

5 Keys to Serve Internal Customers

Internal customers are just as important as external customers. Your service constitutes an input component to their work. There are ripple effects on the business when internal customers are not served well. Functions such as recruitment, budgeting, and procurement provide services to different areas within the company. These services are… [More]

How to Turn Good Intentions into Concrete Results

Two departments in a finance company decided to improve the workflow for onboarding a new client. The handoff between the two groups hinged on an Excel file which listed the tasks to be done and their statuses. The Excel file served as a checklist and a communication tool. After spending… [More]

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