Three Characteristics that Drive Effort and Success

Takeaway: Our work structure encourages or discourages engagement. We need simplicity and directness designed into all we do. This encourages engagement.   Businesses systems and work activities can become complex and cumbersome. Activities work better when tasks are structured around three basic characteristics: Simplicity Directness Engagement Let’s look at each one of these. Simplicity “Any intelligent fool can make things …

Short Interval Control (SIC): How to Stay On Task and On Time

Takeaway: Short Interval Control is a powerful structure for removing variation and staying on task and on time.   If you have any processes or activities where variation is an issue, Short Interval Control can help. Short Interval Control uses structured process checks in short intervals to maintain control and ensure quality. We often talk about averages in business. But customers …

Evaluate and Balance Workloads

Takeaway: When we learn to properly evaluate and balance workloads, we improve what we do and how we do it. We create a blueprint for success. Our businesses operate as a series of systems made of people, processes, and equipment. When we design these systems for efficiency and work balance, it creates work flow. We reduce bottlenecks.   Work Balance …

Burning Platform Issues: The Leverage They Provide

Takeaway – Burning platform issues arise over the horizon as threats, and yet they provide opportunity. We need to scan for problems and leverage them for company growth continuously.   What is too important to leave to chance? A burning platform issue can be defined as a problem that is so severe that the very existence of the company may …

Good People Can’t Override a Bad System

On July 28th, 1935, the first prototype for the B 17 Flying Fortress bomber made its maiden flight. Boeing had won the contract from the U.S. Army Air Corps, beating out Douglas and Martin. They were to produce 200 bombers. The plane had exceeded all U.S.A.A.C. expectations. On its second flight, the crew had forgotten to remove the “Gust Locks.” …

Four Ways to Execute Strategy and Achieve Your Wildly Important Goals

One of the best business books I have read in the past 15 years is the book titled “The Four Disciplines of Execution” by Sean Covey, Chris McChesney and Jim Huling. What are the 4 disciplines of execution? Focus on the wildly important goals (WIG) Act on lead measures Keep a compelling scorecard Create a cadence of accountability strategy execution, …

How to Foster & Confirm Genuine Accountability in Your Organization

Organizations with high levels of accountability have been show to have increased performance, and a more positive company culture, vision, and ethics. While genuine accountability from employees may seem like something that is largely the result of intrinsically motivated individuals, there are in fact several things that leaders can do to ensure that accountability is not limited to a few …