Boardroom Metrics Blog

The Boardroom Metrics Blog provides an ever-growing source of business content, written by our Accomplished Executives about their areas of passion and expertise.  Latest blog posts and past content are accessible here.

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

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 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 business; … 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

Process Optimization for Quality Control

Process Optimization Part 2 Welcome back to our Process Optimization series, kicking off 2016 with a bang! Last week we started looking at some tools, based on the SIX SIGMA methodology, that may be useful to help boost your productivity.   We recall that SIGMA symbolizes deviation from perfection and SIX SIGMA, more specifically, is … read more

Process Optimization: Tools You Can Use Part 2 of 4

Hello again, Welcome to part 2 of our Process Optimization series. Now that we know that Six Sigma simply symbolizes degree of deviation from perfection, we select some Six Sigma tools to enable us to achieve greater efficiencies to exceed our customers’ expectations. Last time CTQ and SIPOC helped us better define requirements. Today, discover … read more