Strategy

Yes, but What do Values Have to do with Lean?

I was recently engaged by a VP of Operations to help him make the case for Lean to executive leadership. To that end, I was also tasked with convincing the CEO to revisit (and maybe refine) the organization’s values, purpose, goals. My recommendation was that an airtight business orientation would be essential to driving the organizational alignment necessary for Lean to flourish.

 

While I waited for my meeting to start, […]

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    Does your organization know how to cultivate value creation?

Does your organization know how to cultivate value creation?

Interesting article from Harvard Business School on creating value versus the more common occurance of claiming value. Leaders that are looking to cultivate this skill in their organizations would benefit by having some fundamentals in place. First, they need to ensure that the purpose, core values and strategic goals of their companies are also value oriented. As the article states, “…Companies that make their purpose just about profit often […]

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 […]

Comfort Zone = Perspective Killer

Interesting idea for an app to build empathy – an important component of perspective. Don’t know how successful the app in particular would be, but I get the point and the purpose. We all benefit from challenging ourselves, our ideas and ways of thinking to learn and relate. Self awareness creates better communication which leads to better relationships and stronger organizations.

 

Organizations like the individuals that run them, can also […]

By |May 20th, 2014|Strategy|

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. […]

Your Customers Are Already Doing R&D

Lego is an excellent example of the huge value that can come from customer insight. Embracing their customers’ sometimes unconventional use of the blocks is in part what led to the company refining its business model and experiencing a significant resurgence. Reminds me of my favorite unconventional uses of Lego blocks – creating plant layouts. The guys at Sur Seal have had great success testing out theories while playing strategizing […]

Surprising habit of highly successful companies

The secret to success according to Bill Taylor of Fast Company, the man who has covered many of the great organizations of our time:
“But the most successful companies care more than everyone else — about customers, about colleagues, about how the organization conducts itself in a world with endless opportunities to cut corners and compromise on values.  You can’t be special, distinctive, compelling in the marketplace unless you’ve built […]


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