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Embracing Change In the Digital Age – Part 1

I love browsing at my local library and spotting a gem. Recently, I picked up 3 new works encapsulating CHANGE, dominated by Generation Y, who are experts at: Multi-tasking, defining the sharing economy, taking social media

Primary Greatness – Transformation

While reading his latest book, Primary Greatness, by Stephen Covey, published posthumously, I realize that I am currently experiencing a tremendous wave of change, very much inspired by his 12 levers of success…

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

We are on a quest to understand how a business can run as efficiently as a forest. So far we have seen how LEAN thinking can reduce waste, and how a value stream can become balanced through push and pull, and feedback loops. We acknowledged that all resources come with some cost, be it financial, … 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

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