Operational transformation is an undertaking that spans across different facets of a business. There are the general goals of automation, cost reduction, and better service. Businesses have no problem in identifying the improvements they desire. However, the level of success hinges on how well they define the improvements. The approach… [More]
Businesses face a constant challenge in bridging the gaps between systems. When there is an overhaul of the customer-facing technology, it usually requires modifications to the existing approaches to facilitate the completion of a customer inquiry or a transaction. Any disconnects between the new technology and the legacy backend systems… [More]
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]
Bottlenecks are choke points where the available capacity is not able to handle the demand. Customers don’t like bottlenecks because it means they will be queued to get served. Businesses don’t like them either for they are signs of poor management. There are three main types of bottlenecks. They are… [More]
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]
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]
There are different solutions to tackle a problem. A complex solution is not necessarily a better one. Look out for these 5 myths.
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]
The breathtaking changes in the marketplace have posed challenges to many companies in how they run their business. These shifts are impactful. 1. Self-help—customers are happy to be in control and take on tasks which used to be performed by employees. A business needs to gauge which tasks are useful… [More]
How receptive is your company to change? The readiness for change has a bearing on who you need to champion change and the effort that would be required. The Readiness for Change grid illustrates the differences. When the change resistance is high, a conservative change mindset would lead to cautious… [More]
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