Productivity Everywhere – Know when you need to ask for help

 

I am normally used to  rapid change in the context of manufacturing processes and in certain cases, other elements of business culture, all with the backdrop of productivity. However, I have more recently thinking about social media platforms.  I was a late comer to social media driven by a lack of knowledge and being of a generation that evolved from letters to memos to email.  As I drive my own business, I am  becoming more aware of the power Continue reading “Productivity Everywhere – Know when you need to ask for help”

“Culture eats strategy for breakfast”

“Culture eats strategy for breakfast”

To be successful, a revised business strategy requires vision, transformation and employee engagement. Transformation, or cultural change, is the hardest to achieve and engagement depends on it entirely.

Have you ever found yourself sitting up at 1 am watching that shark documentary again, despite a 5 am alarm call for an important morning meeting?

If so, you are not alone. It’s human nature to continue doing what we are currently doing, despite knowing perfectly well it may be to our cost. It’s called human stasis.

For example, it’s widely accepted that most families could save thousands per year if they changed their behaviour, eliminated waste and shopped around more for their utilities and other essential requirements. Despite the ease of doing so on comparison websites, many don’t, and the providers’ profits are dependent on this irrational aversion to change.

“Watermelons frequently go from shop to fridge to bin.”

In business, collective resistance to change amplifies the problem and it’s the biggest barrier to the successful implementation of a new, exciting and often essential strategy.

You may have a clear business objective, a perfect corporate vision and an insight-driven strategy to achieve that, but if your people aren’t engaged and willing to accept change, it will likely fail to achieve the desired results.

So, what can be done to effect organisational cultural transformation?

It is the synthesis of three elements:

  1. Systems
  2. Passion
  3. Behaviour
  • Your organisation must have the essential tools, systems, and processes in place to underpin and enable the desired change.
  • Those leading the organisation must be visibly passionate about the need for change and its importance for the future of the business.
  • As that passion propagates through your organisation, behavioural change can then be encouraged through training, capability development, coaching, and mentoring.

One final thought … in 1998, Blockbuster could have acquired Netflix for $50m. Today, Neflix has a market cap of $137bn and Blockbuster is nowhere to be seen. Resistance to change can be deadly.

John Cockburn-Evans is professional “business declutterer” and “lean” machine. He is an expert international consultant and coach with over 25 years’ experience in a range of industries.

Why I Coach for Change & Productivity?

As well as being a productivity specialist, I am a professional coach. So why am I blogging about this ? It may sound obvious, as working through a change process can be one of the most demanding activities that staff and leaders get involved with. Coaching is a widely used term, and sometimes misunderstood. It is often confused with consulting and mentoring. Coaching is a clearly defined process of high-end Continue reading “Why I Coach for Change & Productivity?”

Internal Personal Efficiency – The importance of an “Interdependent Culture”

I have been reflecting quite a bit recently about this topic, and the potential for further improvements in personal efficiency. Overall company efficiency is the sum of the component parts i.e. the aggregate efficiencies. This is why it is important to stay focused on our personal efficiency. I have blogged about productive people before, but quite often we think we are better than we actually are. One factor is that in the corporate or large company world, we can get sucked into “Other People’s Waste”. What do I mean by that? Inevitably we have  to work in teams , whether that be large or small. Each team member will carry with them their own waste. Continue reading “Internal Personal Efficiency – The importance of an “Interdependent Culture””

Getting Clearer on Productivity

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The Brexit position has become more uncertain and business confidence dropped further, even though the UK is still outperforming other EU nations such as Italy and Germany in terms of growth. This vindicates more than ever the need for a “Lean” approach with businesses more agility in the market place. Continue reading “Getting Clearer on Productivity”

Productivity Inhibits Curiosity

In the line of work I do, there is a constant drive for productivity and efficiency. This clearly has its benefits, but it can be a hidden hindrance. As we rush to clear our job lists, key activities and work to have impact with our strategic goals, we have very little time to step back. This may sound obvious, and the principles of effective time management are well established, but what are the unintended consequences of this “hurried” or “rushed” state we create for ourselves? I use the word “ourselves” because even though our plates are filled by others, we have the power to control our environs.  Continue reading “Productivity Inhibits Curiosity”

Bureaucracy – Fighting the “Waste” where appropriate.

There was a very interesting article in this months HBR by Gary Hamel and Michele Zanini titled “The End of Bureaucracy” with an interesting example of how a Chinese company Haier, has adopted a very interesting business model to make it more efficient and agile in the market place. They have adopted the concept of ME (Microenterprises), whereby there are over 4000, each with 10-15 employees that serve the company both internally and externally. Continue reading “Bureaucracy – Fighting the “Waste” where appropriate.”

The Difference Between Performing Organisations & Great Ones

I am always amazed at what improvement potential there is for organisations, even profitable and well established ones. There is a perception that they are well down their “Lean” Journey, and that they have made significant improvements, whether it be through technology or process development. Organisations are rarely as well developed as they think they are, of course this  breeds complacency. Maintaining the improvement “hunger” is a real challenge in large companies. Continue reading “The Difference Between Performing Organisations & Great Ones”

Super Productive People

I read an interesting  recent article in the Harvard Business Review about highly productive people. It was explaining the typical traits of these. These can range from being able to set stretch goals, showing consistency, maintaining focus, problem solving and may others. In our profession we spend a considerable amount of time working on productive work systems, but less time generally about productive people. Continue reading “Super Productive People”

Different Perspectives on Productivity

There are numerous definitions of productivity, and a significant proportion of them are related to a company’s KPI’s in some form or other. If we take manufacturing as an easy example, these can be visualised as kg/hr , £/month or RFT (Right first Time) if we cover the elements of production, sales and quality. All of these have a direct relationship with the bottom line, and the cost of product made. However KPI’s are also important in the “transactional” environment such as the administration arm of a company, or in say financial services. Processing documents can be  a significant proportion of any process, and errors or tardiness will also negatively effect the bottom line.

This is where an experienced coach/business consultant can help. Ones with significant industry experience in different sectors, can start to build connections on where the losses are.  Continue reading “Different Perspectives on Productivity”