It is time to get excited about the start of this decade. Opportunities abound, I am a great believer in the concept of "Abundance" which means there is enough work around for everyone if you look for it. I have posted recently about the need for deeper conversations on social media and elsewhere. It is hard to be creative, deliver new content all the time, but it is about making connections between the old and the new and braking artificial or perceived walls. One of the reasons I am so passionate about "lean" thinking, is that the concepts can be applied everywhere, because it is about productivity. The new technologies, whether it be Artificial Intelligence, I.o.T. or anything under the banner of Industry 4.0, are all about productivity.
Change is happening at exponential rates. This has happening for some time. The world of manufacturing is moving quickly, and technology even quicker. We have AI and IOT influencing Industry 4.0 but the pace at which technology is changing, is way beyond that the adoption rate , particularly in certain industries.
There is a lot of talk about win-win, but what does this really mean, and how to we get to this holy grail in our work or negotiations. It is critical that we get the results we desire to move forward. I have given this thought, and tried to put this in my own context such that I can perform appropriately. People talk of conflict ,confrontation, alignment, agreement, resolution.
Senior leaders have been wrestling with strategy for years. There has been a trend over the last few decades of linking metrics to strategy. This has obvious benefits, but can be counter productive. An article in the September issue of the HBR highlights an example, where this has gone spectacularly wrong. Wells Fargo was an extreme example of where using metrics to drive sales induced staff to setup deposit and credit card accounts without the client consent.There were significant fines, reimbursement of fees and the consequent loss of reputation.
There is a considerable amount of material on how to be more personally effective. This is a hot topic as the world becomes more complex, there are greater expectations on individuals and timelines are getting shorter.
I have been fortunate enough to attend a couple of events recently, one in Cambridge and one in Milton Keynes on the impact of digital technology , such as AI & I.o.T . Over and above the technological advances there was one recurring theme, that of acceptance.
Exciting news for Aspire2BLean, We have just taken office space in the centre of Birmingham , so we can support the vibrant Midlands economy and manufacturing sector. We will still
This is an expanding question because it encompasses everything we do. I have to stay mindful with my work, such that I don't get buried in the historical roots of lean manufacturing. At Aspire2BLean, we analyse the business situation and provide solutions for the traditional process wastes, but also look at the innate connections with energy losses, effluent and inefficient business processes. We are now looking at the digital interfaces and aspects of our daily work.
We have to go way beyond these fundamental processes, and look into the dimensions of personal productivity as a subset of business efficiency. This will have a significant impact on the overall goal of waste reduction. Within this area we have to go deeper and analyse the interaction with the person and machine. Nothing earth shattering, as it about the ability to train and guide staff on new hardware, which we have been doing for some time. We must get to the point where our personal ability to connect effectively with the computers and digital interfaces improves, and our understanding is greater. It is not just about bespoke software for equipment, but the ability to deal with packages like Office 365, CRM and project management software. All of these touch points are opportunities for a loss in efficiency. I have tried to visualise this in a simple animation.
As lean experts and professionals we are always talking about agility based on lean thinking. The majority of people in industry and commerce are aware of the term VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex Ambiguous), its importance and resonance. What does