Efficiency

Keep Your Company Communication Crisp and Varied

I’ve seen on several occasions where struggling companies are plagued by a common enemy, i.e., the failure to communicate.  Sales doesn’t talk to engineering, engineering doesn’t talk to operations and one shift doesn’t talk to the other shifts.  Failure to communicate can create waste that leads to inefficiencies and reduced profits.  Here are a few examples of what I...

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Learn to Work Smarter, Not Harder!

Many employees go to work each day frustrated because of all the non-value-added activities that occur in their work day.  Good, accurate information is hard to get, answering all the emails that come each day, interruptions that occur, and unproductive meetings are just some examples of the daily activities that cause anxiety and frustration.  On top of all this, no one seems to care and the...

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Eliminating Process Waste Begins With How You Define Work

Work is defined by Merriam-Webster as any activity involving mental or physical effort done in order to achieve a purpose or result.  Many people go to work everyday to make something or provide a service in order to make a living.  We all expect to get paid for the things we make or the service we provide.  But how much of what we do everyday is real work and not just the appearance of being...

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Asking Simple Questions Can Lead to Huge Benefits

Do you need to create change in your organization?  Having problems financially?  Instead of trying to hit a home run and get thousands of dollars in one project, another approach you can take is to ask simple questions.  If you were asked to save a million dollars in your organization, it would probably set off your brain’s alarm system and have a paralyzing effect on you.  However, if...

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Identifying and Eliminating Waste in Information Systems

Waste due to information is a major concern for many companies and organizations.  A lot of time is spent making sure information is correct and searching for missing data.  But there are many other forms of information waste.  Here are just a few: Redundant input of data Incompatible information systems Data that is inputted but never used Lost data Corrupted data Unclear data...

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Make Meetings More Successful

Meetings can be separated into three distinct categories: good ones, bad ones, and ugly ones!  Here are some suggestions for preventing the bad and ugly ones: Try as hard as you can to avoid having the meeting.  Can you handle it by sending a memo in an email or having individual conversations? Communicate and clarify the purpose of the meeting.  Set objectives for the meeting.  The...

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