Get out of the fix-it foxhole

You’ve worked for years to reduce cost through operational excellence. It’s a worthwhile endeavor, but is it enough? These days, customers need more. Leaders expect more. Meanwhile your team is fighting yesterday’s battles from their fix-it foxholes. Operational excellence is necessary, but not sufficient, in today’s world. The new best practice is operational agility. And … [Read more…]

Process Productivity through Digital Transformation

Written with Michael Neece In my book, Smart Work: Why Organizations Full of Intelligent People Do So Many Dumb Things and What You Can Do About It, I discuss how leaders achieve quantum increases in productivity and avoid doing dumb things. Recent research reports have revealed a major paradox. Despite decades of massive investment in … [Read more…]

Paradigm Shifts for Operational Excellence

(Written with Michael Neece) Paradigm shift: A fundamental change in basic concepts and practices Thomas Kuhn, physicist and philosopher “When something changes by two degrees of magnitude, we need a new name” Michael Hammer, originator of business reengineering Hold on to your seat belt, we’re experiencing an unprecedented magnitude of simultaneous changes coming at us … [Read more…]

Nine Capabilities of a Digitized Process

(Michael McNees and Walter Popper contributed to this post)   Welcome to the post-ERP era. In this new era, single-purpose apps and enterprise systems can no longer meet the organization’s needs, and happily many organizations have grown intolerant of the old world of expensive software customization, inflexible apps, and data silos. New realities are exploding … [Read more…]

It Takes a Team

In every possible way, teams represent a core aspect of process excellence. That’s why we at FCB Partners talk about them so often. In our Process Redesign class we discuss the critical roles and actions of process improvement project teams. In Implementation and Execution we focus on the necessity of transition teams and how to … [Read more…]

Change Leaders in the News

It’s a tough time for change leaders in established businesses. There’s every reason for people in their organizations to stay the course. Most businesses are structured to reinforce the status quo:  Job descriptions, functional organizations, reporting relationships, budgets, and performance measures work together to focus time, attention, and resources. There’s little incentive to change. But … [Read more…]

Smart Phones Killing Off Fashion Week

Today is the first day of Fashion Week in New York. Industry players from around the world get a first-hand view of the new designs. Top designers try to get fashion-forward writers to promote their latest lines. Top retailers send their top buyers to decide what will sell. A great industry, some top notch players, … [Read more…]

A Checklist for Getting Buy-In: 1% Persuasion, 99% Execution

Do you find it difficult to get time, attention, and resources from the top team in your organization? Is IT charging ahead with systems before considering the business process? Do local managers bypass the process when they’re stressed or just when it suits them? Then you’ve got a problem with buy-in. They aren’t taking you … [Read more…]