All too often organizations get stuck in the same way of doing things. Why does this happen? Well simply put because it is normal behaviour. When we try something a few times and it works we tend to keep doing things that way. The only problem with doing things the same way is that our environment is constantly changing, that one thing we did a certain way is becoming less and less effective but we don’t quite notice.
Why don’t we notice? Well because it is just like when you gain weight a little bit at a time it slowly creeps up, until our jeans don’t quite fit, but next pay day we just buy a new pair of jeans and then another new suit or dress a couple sizes bigger, until one day you are in the change room and look at yourself in the mirror and don’t recognize the person staring back at you. At this point its not too late, its never too late actually but the only sure shot way of ensuring you don’t get there is monitoring your weight on a regular basis. Your scale is the only objective way to know whether or not you are truly gaining weight and if you are you may be able to scan your environment for factors contributing to this and course correct.
Now imagine the above on an organizational scale, the bigger the organization the more “complex” monitoring for “unwanted added weight” becomes. I am sure some of you might say wait a minute, this is rather simple for us actually we know when we are getting over weight, we know what that measure is for our organization, I will concede yes you absolutely know what that measure or set of measures is/ are for your organization at the Sr. / Leadership level but does that person at the frontlines know how he/ she can effectively contribute to improving that measure? There is almost always a direct correlation of daily frontline activities to you achieving your biggest organizational objectives and if everyone at every level & department of the organization knew what they could do every single day to achieve the big picture objectives, keeping the unwanted weight off wouldn’t be so difficult.
Critical 2 Vision Executive Leadership Workshop is the roadmap you’ve been looking for to leverage your organizational strengths and build the discipline of continuous course correction to not only keep the weight off but also to install the capacity for innovation right into the DNA of your organization. On Tuesday October 18th 2016 at 1:30pm come attend this FREE 1.5 hour webinar that introduces you to this day long executive leadership workshop scheduled to run on November 9th 2016 and November 30th 2016; at the webinar you will have the opportunity to do a live Q & A with Norm Rudd and Neha Singh the co-facilitators of this transformational workshop.
In the picture above you see the members of our team, busy planning using Lego! To see pictures from other LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® sessions please click blog part 1 of 5.
In the above video you see a time lapse video of a Lego Based Lean Simulation Session during one of our Lean Green Belt Training sessions, yes the only male in that video is me (Derek Polano). To see pictures from other LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® sessions please click blog part 1 of 5. Read more
For our Five Year Anniversary our team is taking turns writing this blog in Five parts, each blog will feature a case study to answer the most often asked question “what do you do with LEGO®”? At Timelined we estimate to have 20% of Canada’s practicing certified Serious Play Professionals, yes there are probably lots being certified everyday but according to statistics from Lego only about 14% of certified professionals practice this art and science everyday as facilitators. Read more
We are pleased to announce that Lean Green Belt and Yellow Belt Training programs have now been scheduled in Sudbury, Timmins, North Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, and Thunder Bay, to support sustainability for Northern Ontario organizations. Read more
Organizations are consistently being asked to do more with the same level of resouces which directly translates to doing more with less. Whether you are in the public or private sector, adding customer value, keeping staff engaged while keeping costs low is always a big challenge and a tough balancing act. Read more
This is a great video from the Process Excellence Network that hits home the definition of a process and why process excellence and process improvement matters. Read more
At the beginning of our Lean Training Sessions we like to show this video (made by the New York Food Bank in Conjuntion with Toyota) that helps hit the concept of how the application of the Toyota Production System and Lean Principles can help make major changes through some small, simple and cheap adjustments. Read more
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