Does Reorganization Fix Process Problems?

After a third reorganization of its operations team over the past five years, a financial services company faces poor morale and increasing employee turnover. The reorganizations brought some improvements but real operational problems were not addressed. Reorganization tends to be considered as a quick solution to operational concerns. Businesses move… [More]

Alignment for Effective Execution

A high tech company is growing at a rapid pace. Revenue increases at 40% annually and headcount has doubled over the last three years. While the business is booming, senior managers are feeling that things are getting a little out of hand. Inconsistent approaches to decision-making and conflicting priorities create… [More]

Staying on Top of Operational Excellence

Operational excellence is an ongoing undertaking to optimize operations. It boosts the bottom-line of a business and accelerates the execution of everything a business needs to do in fulfilling its goals. While some businesses might not devote much energy to operational excellence until problems become chaotic, it has become a… [More]

The Challenges with ‘One Source’

It is confusing when one has to deal with multiple sources of information. Frustration abounds in sorting out the gaps between inconsistent data. There are risks with decision-making based on inaccurate information. The end outcome could impact the business negatively. It is ideal to be able to secure a single… [More]

Productivity is Not an Employee Issue

Productivity is often perceived as an issue with employee performance. We associate poor productivity with deficiencies in people that affect how much they are able to deliver within an allotted time. In fact, productivity is impacted by how a business structures and manages its operations. There are five areas where… [More]

Has Your Process Improvement Effort Fallen Sideways?

A process improvement initiative was kicked off a year ago as a result of a pressing need to boost productivity. Subsequently, various changes have been implemented. Crippling bottlenecks were eliminated. The systems are better integrated to facilitate smooth transitions of work across departments. A handful of improvement opportunities have also… [More]

Why Structure is Vital to Businesses

The strategic objectives and actions for a business were drafted by the executives in a company. They were shared with the parent company for approval to proceed with execution. At the same time, there was a directive to create a dashboard for reporting on progress and performance. While this looks… [More]

Are Your Templates Killing Productivity?

Businesses use physical forms and electronic templates for completing all sorts of work. Examples of common customer-facing forms and templates include the account application form, customer satisfaction survey, invoice, and auto-response email to inquiries. In the back office, there are the business case template, data entry screen, and performance dashboard…. [More]

To Standardize or Harmonize?

To streamline operations for optimal performance, businesses look for ways to garner benefits from consistent practices. The two most common approaches are harmonization and standardization. Harmonization is a way to stitch varying practices together so that the handoffs from one area to the next are problem-free. Standardization, on the other… [More]

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