15 Signs that Standardization is Needed

Flexibility has always been perceived as a positive thing for a company to manage its business. While this might be the case, it is not always the best. Consider the consequences when each team, department, or business unit has full autonomy in setting its operating rules, designing the job descriptions,… [More]

How to Overcome Change Resistance

How frequent do you hear the following in your conversation about change? Customer support doesn’t have access to the system The gatekeeper checks the form before it is handed over for date entry It is not the responsibility of returns processing to speak with customers Marketing needs to approve the… [More]

Simplicity is Golden

Work tasks consume time and money. By keeping things simple, you expedite completion and improve productivity. More importantly, you build a solid foundation for transitioning to the digital era. Review the two areas Connie identifies for opportunities to simplify work activities.

The ABCs of Operational Excellence

Running a business effectively has many advantages. You serve the customers well, keep a healthy bottom-line, and foster positive morale in the organization. Companies that are successful in weathering the ups and downs in the competitive marketplace practise the ABCs of operational excellence, which are alignment, balance and collaboration. Alignment… [More]

The Pros of Cons of a Gatekeeper

A gatekeeper controls access. He has the duty to scrutinize every request for access and the authority to refuse entry. In business, a gatekeeper can be used to monitor the quality of work, validate requests, or streamline work. There are pros and cons to having a gatekeeper. Pros Consistency—the gatekeeper… [More]

Is Technology a Silver Bullet?

Deficient technology has been blamed time and again that it is a main culprit for poor performance.  Many companies rush to invest in popular solutions hoping for a silver bullet to their problem. A financial service company invested in a customer relationship management (CRM) application. Its goals included capturing all… [More]

Solutions that Won’t Make the Grade

The effectiveness of a solution hinges on how well it addresses the issue and the improvement effected. Some solutions are quick to implement; others require significant effort and capital. All too often, lacklustre results raise questions about why they were considered in the first place. Here are several examples of… [More]

How to Tackle Inefficiency with a Big Picture View

A bottleneck is a juncture where things could not move through due to constraints. These constraints include inadequate resource to handle the volume, errors that result in rework, delays caused by problems with specific tasks. A bottleneck is the result of an inefficient practice. Persistent inefficiency slows down the workflow… [More]

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