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]
The vice president of a professional service company has been inundated with complaints from his project managers about getting engineers to work on projects. The complaint is that the engineering department has been tardy in assigning resources, causing delays in kicking off projects in a timely manner. Often, the assigned… [More]
Business transformation introduces massive change to diverse aspects of a business. The initiative consumes capital, time and effort. McKinsey research has shown that success rate is lower than 30%. The larger the business, the more complex and challenging it is to achieve the anticipated improvements and sustain them. To be… [More]
Successful businesses have an integrated approach to carry out the work required to create, produce, and deliver what they offer to their customers. This allows them minimize potential hiccups that lead to poor customer experience and hence, customer dissatisfaction. Collaboration across the organization is key to integrate activities performed in… [More]
The adoption of technology in business has been taking place in a feverish pace. While many businesses have garnered significant productivity improvement from the investment, many are struggling to integrate the new technologies with the existing systems and operations. Not every business has the luxury of swapping out old technologies… [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]
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]
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