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Board of Directors – Are you a Manager or Governor?

Are you a Manager or a Governor? By the end of this short series you will be better informed of the differences between Management and Governance   – and be able to reflect on your board and your contribution to it. I recently met a fellow, lets call him Tom, who sits on a board … read more


How to Run your Business like a Forest – Part 2 of 3

  HOW TO RUN A BUSINESS LIKE A FOREST – PART 2 of 3 Last week we sowed a seed: How can a business create products, processes and services that function most efficiently, while optimizing environmental and social impact in the long term? LEAN thinking shows how waste can be reduced by balancing flow and … read more


Does a Board provide more than oversight?

  Does a board provide more than oversight? The second installment in the three-part series is a continuation of the conversation with Tom and his role as a director. We had had a lengthy discussion on the merits of providing oversight, and the distinction between management and governance.     As an engineer Tom is … read more


How to Run your Business Like a Forest – Part 1 of 3

HOW TO RUN A BUSINESS LIKE A FOREST – PART 1 of 3 Janine Benyus, founder of the Biomimicry Institute, started a revolution! She views the world through a lens of optimal practicality, teaching us to adopt sustainable solutions by emulating natural patterns and strategies. Business can benefit from imitating nature at its most efficient. … read more


How Green is your Office?

How Green is your Office? Picked up this great self help guide at the library recently: Greening Your Office: Strategies that Work, by Doucette and Johnson. Be it a home office or a cubicle in an office tower, every workplace can become more efficient and environmentally responsible. The best is the dollar saving kickback and … read more


Process Optimization Part 4 – The 5 Why’s

Process Optimization Part 4 Welcome to the final part in our series on process improvement. Over the past few weeks we have seen some tools that can help boost productivity to achieve greater customer satisfaction for example: CTQ , SIPOC, MUDA types of waste, Pareto charts, Kano diagrams, RUMBA and how to mitigate risk. Today … read more


Can you really write an effective RFP response for my Industry?

We’re sometimes asked: Can you really create an effective RFP response, even if you’re not experienced in my industry? It’s a very understandable question. And the short answer is: Yes.  We’ve done it countless times, and will be happy to provide references at your request. The slightly longer answer is: You are experts in your … read more


Process Optimization: Tools You can USE Part 4 of 4

Hello again, In this final segment on Process Optimization using Six Sigma tools, we focus on drilling down to root cause, to solve challenges while avoiding issue recurrence. The 5 Whys is simple yet incredibly powerful, to hone in on which process to improve, without laying blame.     More visually, an Ishikawa diagram can … read more


What is Governance anyway?

A standard definition of ‘governance’ does not exist. Yet everyone expects organizations to be governed well. It seems a nebulous notion and yet if you are a director on a board then you are expected to ‘govern’ on behalf of all the stakeholders. That may mean a broader audience than the investors.   The tricky … read more


Process Optimization – Ready to RUMBA?

Process Optimization – Ready to RUMBA? Hello again everyone. I hope 2016 is treating you well so far. We have been identifying some tools that help boost productivity, by defining and prioritizing what to do, to achieve greater customer satisfaction, e.g: CTQ , SIPOC, “NOWTIME” (the 7 Types of waste), Pareto and Kano diagrams.   … read more


Process Optimization: Tools You can Use Part 3 of 4

Process Optimization Part 3 Welcome back everyone. In our Process Optimization series we are becoming familiar with some Six Sigma concepts and tools that can easily be picked up and used to help any organization improve efficiency. Today we identify 2 concepts that can really help mitigate risk: Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA) which may … read more


Are YOU the next Happy Woman Entrepreneur?

I recently read in a Forbes Magazine article that ‘American Women Entrepreneurs are among the happiest people in the world, and their happiness levels surge as they grow their businesses’. This seemed newsworthy to me, and it made me curious about whether or not this statement is true about Canadian Women Entrepreneurs too? Beginning my … read more