Do You Engage the Frontline Workers in Your Operational Improvement Efforts?

Customer reps are often overlooked as a source of pragmatic ideas and customer insight for re-engineering operations. As the face of your business, frontline workers play a significant role in building solid customer relationships, which ultimately affects customer loyalty, your brand, and the growth of your business. The following examples… [More]

Advancing the Yardstick for Transformation Success

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]

Bridging the Frontend with the Backend

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]

From Functional Excellence to Integral Collaboration

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]

What to Do About the Bottlenecks

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]

5 Ineffective Practices with Rules You Want to Avoid

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]

The Resolute to Succeed

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]

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 Shifts that Change How You Run Your Business

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]

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