Finding New Ground and Greater Focus

Jan 2, 2020 4:21:46 PM / by John Cockburn-Evans posted in Impact, Lean, Process, Productivity, Digital

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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. 

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The Complexity and Power of Agility

May 24, 2019 12:12:55 PM / by John Cockburn-Evans posted in Lean, Operations, Process, Productivity, waste

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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 

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Getting Clearer on Productivity

Mar 4, 2019 9:07:13 AM / by Aspire2blean posted in Business, growth, Lean, Operations, performance., Process, Productivity

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The Brexit position has become more uncertain and business confidence dropped further, even though the UK is still outperforming other EU nations such as Italy and Germany in terms of growth. This vindicates more than ever the need for a "Lean" approach with businesses more agility in the market place.

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Productivity Inhibits Curiosity

Dec 20, 2018 10:57:05 AM / by Aspire2blean posted in Business, curiosity, Environment, Lean, Sustainability, Uncategorised, Process, Productivity

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In the line of work I do, there is a constant drive for productivity and efficiency. This clearly has its benefits, but it can be a hidden hindrance. As we rush to clear our job lists, key activities and work to have impact with our strategic goals, we have very little time to step back. This may sound obvious, and the principles of effective time management are well established, but what are the unintended consequences of this "hurried" or "rushed" state we create for ourselves? I use the word "ourselves" because even though our plates are filled by others, we have the power to control our environs. 

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Bureaucracy - Fighting the "Waste" where appropriate.

Nov 19, 2018 11:45:37 AM / by Aspire2blean posted in Business, Lean, Operations, Process, Productivity

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There was a very interesting article in this months HBR by Gary Hamel and Michele Zanini titled "The End of Bureaucracy" with an interesting example of how a Chinese company Haier, has adopted a very interesting business model to make it more efficient and agile in the market place. They have adopted the concept of ME (Microenterprises), whereby there are over 4000, each with 10-15 employees that serve the company both internally and externally.

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The Difference Between Performing Organisations & Great Ones

Oct 25, 2018 7:55:16 AM / by Aspire2blean posted in Business, Corporation, Environment, Lean, Operations, Sustainability, Process, Productivity

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I am always amazed at what improvement potential there is for organisations, even profitable and well established ones. There is a perception that they are well down their "Lean" Journey, and that they have made significant improvements, whether it be through technology or process development. Organisations are rarely as well developed as they think they are, of course this  breeds complacency. Maintaining the improvement "hunger" is a real challenge in large companies.

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Super Productive People

Jul 24, 2018 9:40:19 AM / by Aspire2blean posted in Business, Lean, Operations, Process, Productivity

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I read an interesting  recent article in the Harvard Business Review about highly productive people. It was explaining the typical traits of these. These can range from being able to set stretch goals, showing consistency, maintaining focus, problem solving and may others. In our profession we spend a considerable amount of time working on productive work systems, but less time generally about productive people.

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Different Perspectives on Productivity

Jun 7, 2018 1:45:26 PM / by Aspire2blean posted in Business, Corporation, Customer, Effluent, Emission, Energy, Environment, Lean, Operations, Saving, Sustainability, Process, Productivity

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There are numerous definitions of productivity, and a significant proportion of them are related to a company's KPI's in some form or other. If we take manufacturing as an easy example, these can be visualised as kg/hr , £/month or RFT (Right first Time) if we cover the elements of production, sales and quality. All of these have a direct relationship with the bottom line, and the cost of product made. However KPI's are also important in the "transactional" environment such as the administration arm of a company, or in say financial services. Processing documents can be  a significant proportion of any process, and errors or tardiness will also negatively effect the bottom line.

This is where an experienced coach/business consultant can help. Ones with significant industry experience in different sectors, can start to build connections on where the losses are. 

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Manufacturers are Gearing Up for the Next Layer of Competitiveness

Mar 20, 2018 9:56:53 AM / by Aspire2blean posted in Business, Lean, Operations, Process, Productivity

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Artificial Intelligence - Links to Productivity & Humankind

Jan 29, 2018 10:47:58 AM / by Aspire2blean posted in Business, Environment, Lean, Process, Productivity

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