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 …

Fire, Ready, Aim!

Better Than; Ready, Aim, Fire Takeaway: We can hesitate to get in the game. Progress happens when we have data to work with. We get data by acting. We learn, adjust and continue to move forward. The problem with “Ready, Aim, Fire!” is we can take too much time with “Ready” and “Aim”. We need the information that comes from …

What Gets Measured Gets Done

Takeaway: Measurement is at the heart of all improvement and sustainment. Imagine you’re hiking in a vast forest. A thick canopy of trees blocks much of the sun as you search out trails leading to a campsite where you plan on spending the night. You know the campsite is two miles North of where you parked your car. You proceed …