Organizational Development

Speaking At Lean Systems Summit

 If you’re interested in learning more about why Continuous Improvement doesn’t stick (and getting it to) check out my session at the Lean Systems Summit: Conflict Is The Root Of All Waste

 

I’ll be speaking on August 8th and would love to meet up if you plan on attending. 

 

Check out the event overview here.

 

Check out the post event comments and presentation here.

 

 

 

5 Characteristics of High Performing Workplaces

As featured in the June 2014 issue of Effective Flow Magazine: 

 

 

 

It’s the elusive goal behind every Continuous Improvement initiative: Every organization wants to become a high performing workplace. But what does this entail? How does one go about achieving it? How long does it take? I’ve spent my career answering these questions.

 

I have read countless tomes on the subject of business success and how to achieve it, benefited from […]

Funding for Employee Training

If budget prevented you from attending our last Fundamentals of Change workshop good news: For qualified organizations, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD) will grant up to half the cost of this training through their Express program.The EOLWD believes in FCC’s impact on the leadership and team building skills necessary to drive change and performance. Approved companies could get funding to kick off training in […]

What’s Your Blindspot?

Self awareness is the first step to becoming a better leader. It’s also the first step in mitigating your shortcomings and building better personal and professional relationships. This article synthesizes what the author calls “brain type” by behavior and provides a cheat sheet of each type’s strengths, weaknesses and blindspots. Though none of us follow a singular behavioral pattern, this is an entertaining general refresher on how it is […]

The Why and How Business is Personal

A thoughtful articulation of one of the tenets of Macresco’s philosophy as well as the relationship between communication, culture and performance. 

Business Good = Good Business

To end the week on a positive note, I am pleased to see Barry-Wehmiller @barrywehmiller recognized as one of Inc’s 25 most audacious companies. #Audacious The basis of its audacity? It dares to treat employees like human beings, eschews the idea of “managing” people and defines leadership as a responsibility to “steward” those in your care. This organization’s financial success proves the value of their altruistic approach to business governance […]

3 Lessons From Starbucks Standard Work

Like many tortured souls in my line of work, I frequently enter places of business and during whatever wait there is, reimagine different elements of the operation from the layout and processes, to the product array, delivery mechanism and related possible revenue streams that would improve the customer experience, culture and / or profit.

 

This activity comes as second nature to me and so I can run through scenarios quickly. […]

Practicing At Failure Is A Good Thing

Interesting perspective on the value of taking planned risks as a means of building an organization’s capacity for change. A business that can stomach failure is better prepared to face and manage the change it won’t always be able to see coming. Even better than that, this kind of company will be less afraid to consider change on a day to day basis which will naturally give rise to […]