Asset Tracking for Small Businesses: Is It Time to Ditch the Spreadsheet?

Asset tracking is essential for big businesses. It helps minimize costs and prevent unnecessary losses through a streamlined management system. While some small businesses get by without asset tracking management systems, it is just as important for them to minimize costs and improve efficiency. If you’re running a small business and still using a spreadsheet to track your assets, it’s …

Behind the Numbers: Why You Should Collect Qualitative Safety Data

Takeaway:  Qualitative and quantitative data each play a different role in strengthening your safety program.   When most people think of data, they think of the quantitative stuff. All the things that are easy to count, measure, and sum up. But if that’s the only kind of information you’re collecting, you won’t be able to optimize your safety outcomes. Whether …

6 Benefits of Tracking Construction Assets Electronically

Takeaway:  Tracking assets is a useful process in all types of industry, but tracking construction assets is especially vital. How many times have you misplaced you phone or remote control and wished you had some kind of tracking device that could help you locate it right away? Now just imagine the same frustration, but amplified. Instead of missing the first …

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 …

Driving Excellence: Management Control and Reporting System (MCRS)

Takeaway – Management Control and Reporting Systems (MCRS) reveals how businesses need to take great care in designing information gathering and reporting. Information is to our businesses what oxygen is to our blood. Company health is determined by it.   Imagine the environment of a hospital intensive care unit. The patients in ICU are monitored closely: blood pressure, heart rate, …

Use Data to Gain Consensus

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the word “consensus” as the judgment arrived at by most of those concerned. This creates what is referred to as “High agreement.” When we as a group of people have high agreement, we can accomplish amazing things. The seemingly impossible becomes possible. Collective intelligence will usually outperform individual intelligence by a large margin. As an example; …