How do you describe being the best but also continuously improving, at the same time? I recently had the opportunity to speak with a leader in Store Operations at a growing retail company. He had some interesting observations on some things I take for granted. His point was simple.
Contact Mary How Organizations Can Identify Areas for Improvement Typically, organizations will identify a problem and then work to identify the root cause of the problem to come up with a solution for implementation. But what if there are several, few, or no problems in the organization, but you would like to improve your organization?
How do you go about identifying areas for improvement? One of the best ways that I know how an organization can identify areas for improvement is to use a Lean assessment methodology.
The Lean assessment helps an organization identify potential opportunities for improvement at a high level and provides an understanding of the process before change occurs. It is a methodical evaluation that documents the current state of the business and what can be expected in the future state.
Ultimately, any area can be evaluated. Here are the steps to performing a Lean assessment in your organization: Meet with key and controlling stakeholders to determine expectations and timeline for the Lean assessment.
Determine the project scope. Write a project charter to contain the project.
Conduct interviews with staff to gather answers to specific questions. What are the perceived levels of empowerment in the business? There is value in speaking to as many staff as possible to identify the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to the business.
Also include other situational topics specific to your business. Develop benchmarking for several areas in your organization. For example, include strategic and operational planning in your review, workplace organization, IT systems, human resources development, current accounting practices, operational performance, sales and marketing, and other areas that you feel could or should be included in the assessment.
Prepare summary and detailed reports of your findings and include specific areas for initial improvement, reasons, and possible solutions.
Estimate amount of internal and external resources and provide high level recommendations resulting from your findings. Meet with the key and controlling stakeholders to present your findings and recommendations and determine steps forward. But what should a company do now that you have all this information?
At the beginning, start with a minimally intrusive area such as corporate culture or readiness for change. Then get stakeholder buy-in for change in that area. Your initial efforts should include a full-scale investigation in the area that you have chosen as well as extensive benchmarking as you establish your go-forward plan.
Whatever area you choose and however you choose to implement it, a crucial ingredient is and will be people. Include as many people from your organization as possible in the project. And remember to include them early in the planning stage, so that ideas are captured and heard.
There is nothing worse than initiating a project and implementing it on your own in an effort to not make waves for staff. You need to make waves.
You need to get staff involved. The more involved they are, the more accepting they will be of the change.A few tips for teachers in general: 1) reduce your TTT (Teacher Talking Time) in the classroom, by giving simple and clear instructions, by asking one or two students to show (by means of speaking.
I was slogging my way through a novel when I downloaded Getting the Words Right by Theodore A. Rees Cheney. You might think the novel would have held my interest against a book subtitled: 39 ways to improve your writing.
An objective measure of aerobic progress and an early-warning test for potential training problems. Among the important benefits of using a heart monitor is the ability to objectively measure your aerobic progress. As a passionate advocate of growth, I’m continuously looking for ways to self-improve.
I’ve compiled 42 of my best tips which might be helpful in your personal growth journey. Writing is an essential tool for learning a discipline and helping students improve their writing skills is a responsibility for all faculty.
Let students know that you value good writing. Stress the importance of clear, thoughtful writing. Having someone read over my writing can highlight these issues and help me to clean up my work.
On the other hand, if I spend a long time on a piece, it can be just as bad. It’s easy to become lost in a piece after a while, and have trouble stepping back and seeing it objectively.