Stop Thinking “Productivity” — Start Thinking “Problem Solving”

Lead Change Blog

Whether you’re facing price pressure from domestic competitors, startups, powerful customers, or low-cost overseas providers, you’ve heard the mantra of “productivity” preached again and again. What typically comes to mind when your organization starts talking about increasing productivity?

What is Your Company’s Human Operating System?

N2Growth Blog

I like to call this collection of systems the organization’s “ Human Operating System.” ” Your firm’s Human Operating System is, of course, informed by your vision , enabled by your strategic plans and is translated into company culture. Here are the key parts of every Human Operating System: 1. It determines your reporting lines, you workflow and the nature of your production and service delivery processes.

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5 Tips to Improve Productivity in the Workplace

Strategy Driven

Have you taken a hard look at your current operations? You may think it’s difficult to improve productivity in the workplace, but that’s far from the truth. It can be as easy as finding ways to motivate your employees and streamlining your operations.

5 Essential Skills for Contemporary Leaders

Great Leadership By Dan

But, doing that means operating with the right actions, not the right titles. Successful contemporary leaders will need uncommon behaviors grounded in 5 essential skills to reignite staff engagement, enhance influence, and build lasting results: 1. Operating with trust.

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Complimentary Resource – Maintaining Continuity of Operations with.

Strategy Driven

Click here for more information on Maintaining Continuity of Operations with a Disaster Tolerance Strategy. Improve productivity, Enhance the bottom line… StrategyDriven Premium Subscriber Login Align Your Organization and Become StrategyDriven!

The Difference Between Transformational and Operational Strategies

Six Disciplines

According to the McKinsey article " Brilliant Strategy, But Can You Execute? ", there were two basic kinds of strategies: transformational and operational. A strategies is operational if the company face relatively low uncertainty and are mostly attempting to play the same old game better than the competition does. It takes vastly different skills to execute these two kinds of strategies.

Garage-Industry: Manufacturing Your Own Products From Start To Finish

Strategy Driven

A lot of modern business have turned their focus away from factories overseas, opting to make their products closer to home. This makes most of the operation free, as you’re already having to pay most of the bills. The very first step to taking a product to market is the design.

Team Building & Leadership Process for a Retail Operation; New.

Mike Cardus

Design by 12GrainStudio Team Building & Leadership Process for a Retail Operation; New Product Launch Saturday, November 27th, 2010 Posted by: mike Team Building & Leadership process that was created for a retail organization that was preparing for a new product launch.

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Author Interview: “The 8 Essential Skills for Supervisors and.


So with that out of the way, I am pleased to tell you that The 8 Essential Skills for Supervisors and Managers is a book that belongs in the hands of all leaders – whether they have direct reports or not. What are the 8 skills? Why did you choose 8 skills as the topic of your book?

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Karpman’s Drama Triangle: Gossip Kills Productivity


They may be unfairly blamed by others who operate from a victim’s mindset in order to avoid work or blame. Is it any surprise that triangulation can bring organizations and their productivity to a standstill? This is beyond my skill and capability to help you with.

Automation as a Means of Increasing Human Potential: Which Traits and Skills Will Automation Help Promote in Human Workers?

Strategy Driven

In the case of the machine operator, manual labor and routine tasks are most likely to be automated, while management, team-building, employee training and production supervision may now find themselves moved into priority roles.

People Skills Are Hard Skills - More Than You Know

Building Personal Strength

It is still common for most managers to refer to people skills as “soft skills,” because they aren’t specifically about the business of the organization. The perception is that getting along with people is nice, but “nice-to-have” — secondary to the operation of the business.

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Manufacturers Fix America’s Skills Gap by Turning to Schools

HR Digest

The “skills gap” in America is reaching epidemic proportions. manufacturing skills gap may leave 2.4 The unbridgeable skills gap is anticipated to have an economic impact of $2.5 These labor shortages will intensify in digital talent, skilled production and operation management jobs within the next three years. Industries that suffer skill shortages should increase wages, but manufacturing wages have remained stagnant.

How to Build Leadership Skills When You’re Not A Leader


He or she oversees operations and makes decisions for the organization. How will the products and services continue to exceed expectations? With small baby steps, you can develop, modify or grow your “habits, attitudes, skills, and characteristics” that may limit you. Leadership skills[Editor's Note: This is a guest post from Madison Davis. Madison writes for various outlets on finance and management.]. Proactive. Innovative. Ambitious. Assertive.

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How the World’s Best Leaders Enhance Their Productivity and Effectiveness

Leading Blog

The world’s best leaders know how to get things done by skillfully utilizing the talents of the people around them. In my book The CEO’s Secret Weapon : How Great Leaders and Their Assistants Maximize Productivity and Effectiveness , I interviewed global business leaders such as Richard Branson, Donald Trump, Steve Forbes, John Chambers and others, who repeatedly demonstrated this knack of hiring the right person who could operate as a seamless extension of the executive.

Garage-Industry: Manufacturing Your Own Products From Start To Finish

Strategy Driven

A lot of modern business have turned their focus away from factories overseas, opting to make their products closer to home. This makes most of the operation free, as you’re already having to pay most of the bills. The very first step to taking a product to market is the design.

6 Silent Productivity and Profitability Pitfalls, part 1 of 7

Strategy Driven

During this time, an engineer named Taiichi Ohno (known today as the father of Toyota) began the task of building a new capacity for Japanese industrial production. So where Ford incorporated everything into one integrated mega-plant, Ohno designed operations for a network of factories.

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7 Skills Required For Exceptional Team Teadership

Strategy Driven

There are many types of managers but it takes a certain skill set for a manager to consistently lead their team to long-term success. Why are leadership skills so important? Here are 7 skills all exceptional team leaders naturally possess.

Empower, Rather Than Delegate

Lead Change Blog

At the far end of the continuum is Shared Leadership, where the team member and leader are jointly responsible for the task getting completed and work in a collaborative and co-operative way, each individual focusing on their own area of expertise. According to the Corporate Executive Board, leaders that can move team members from low to high engagement through empowerment experience increases in productivity of over 21%.

Midsized Companies Can’t Afford Operational Glitches

Harvard Business Review

But they don’t think nearly enough about operational meltdowns – technological glitches and other problems that can put them out of business. They are usually quick to recognize operational problems and deal with them before they become disasters. Instagram dodged an operational meltdown that could have rendered the start-up dead on arrival. Operational meltdowns at midsized companies can take much longer to notice and resolve. A shortage of key skills.

Are You Productive Enough?

Harvard Business Review

Productive: “Achieving or producing a significant amount of result.” ” As a time management coach, I’m keenly aware that you could answer the question “Am I productive enough?” I’m also familiar with the fact that individuals fall on a productivity spectrum. One person’s maximum productivity for a certain role in a particular environment could look vastly different from another person’s.

Advice: Manage Well by Leading Better

N2Growth Blog

One could say the same forMicrosoft when Bill Gates viewed himself as the visionary and Steve Ballmer was the operator. More recently Larry Page has shifted his role from co-creator at Google to CEO displacing Eric Schmidt in day-to-day operations.

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The Dirty Little Secret About Digitally Transforming Operations

Harvard Business Review

But the reality is the results depend on how people use it, particularly if they can use it to amplify longstanding skills and expertise. Operations in a Connected World.

Great Businesses Scale Their Learning, Not Just Their Operations

Harvard Business Review

It also assumes that the constituencies served by these institutions will settle for standardized products and services that meet the lowest common denominator of need. To reverse these trends, we need to move beyond narrow discussions of product or service innovation, or even more sophisticated conversations about process innovation or business model innovation.

Move Your Analytics Operation from Artisanal to Autonomous

Harvard Business Review

Many organizations today are wondering how to get into machine learning, and what it means for their existing analytics operation. And it has the potential to make human analysts wildly more productive. The company involved is a large, well-known technology and services vendor, with over 5 million businesses as customers, 50 major product and service categories, and hundreds of applications. First of all, your analytics experts are going to need some new skills.

A Look Inside Lockheed Martin’s Space-Age Operations

Harvard Business Review

That requires constant innovation, in both our products and our own operations. The Future of Operations. Offline, too, communication skills are vital to exchanging ideas on complex matters.

An Effective Business Review Meeting?

N2Growth Blog

Another common complaint about Business Review Meetings is that nearly always the time gets hijacked with discussions on day-to-day operating or tactical issues, especially when we have a room full of engineers turned managers; they quickly dive down into trying to fix the problem right then. And their weekly (yes, you heard me right) 2 1/2 hour senior executive meetings are not only efficient and effective, but productive and strangely motivating as well. By John R. Childress.

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Get Your Operations in Shape by Focusing on Process

Harvard Business Review

Many organizations would do well to heed his advice, with far too many companies out of shape operationally. They've gone flabby in critical areas like filling orders, bringing new products to market, and answering customers' questions. In every company where I've seen operational sclerosis, the fault begins at the top of the organization — those who decide how to allocate capital, measure performance, set promotions, and determine which operational problems to fix and when.

Talk is Chief: Why Leaders Must Be Great Communicators

Skip Prichard

It’s difficult to overstate the importance of great communication skills for leaders. Rewards and promotions must be aligned to financial and operational performance. Leadership and Communication.

Leadership & The Expectation Gap

N2Growth Blog

We have all found ourselves in the unenviable position of assigning work product only to end-up with the deliverable falling far short of expectations, while having the producer of said work product thinking they exceeded all expectations.

3 Keys For Building Relationships With Those You Lead

Tanveer Naseer

Namely, that our ability to succeed and thrive is not simply predicated by the knowledge and skills we’ve accrued, but also by the relationships we seek out to create and build.

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Stop Operating with a Guild Mindset

Harvard Business Review

When guilds were originally established in the Middle Ages, their primary purpose was to build and protect the economic value of skills and knowledge. One of these key capabilities is direct store delivery (DSD), in which Frito-Lay depends on its own fleets of trucks rather than that of a third-party vendor; Frito-Lay's skilled and motivated drivers are known for their ability to build relations with store owners, commandeer shelf space and even offer stores credit.

Positive Teams Are More Productive

Harvard Business Review

All managers would like their teams to be more productive. Yet most companies are using the same old methods: strategic plans, goal-setting, streamlining operations, reducing inefficiency. Creative Werks’ core values are not just client and product-focused.

People Skills and Personal Strengths - The Bottom Line

Building Personal Strength

Wednesday, October 27, 2010 People Skills and Personal Strengths - The Bottom Line Im in a "bottom-line" mood right now. Can you operate weapons? People skills. There are several dozen specific people skills.

LeadershipNow 140: January 2020 Compilation

Leading Blog

Competing in the Age of AI Networks and AI are reshaping the operational foundations of firms. New Leaders: Essential People Skills to Use on Day One by @KateNasser. These 7 Moderating People Skills Reduce Fear & Keep Us Balanced People Skills by @KateNasser.

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The Big Picture of Business – Each Role Matters. The Value of Support Staff

Strategy Driven

The art and skill of being great support staff is a cornerstone of business success. Back characters on TV shows included restaurant and bar operators, where the stars went top relax. Therefore, our loyalty to the company rises, and we are more productive.

Social Media's Productivity Payoff

Harvard Business Review

On the contrary, they may become the most powerful tools yet developed to raise the productivity of high-skill knowledge workers — the kind of workers who help drive innovation and growth, and who are going to be in increasingly short supply. This assumes, of course, that time saved by communicating and collaborating via social technology is not used for viewing videos of cute kittens, but is dedicated to the most productive uses. How's this for counter-intuitive?

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Executives’ Biggest Productivity Challenges, Solved

Harvard Business Review

Robert Pozen knows a little something about thriving at the top — he’s the former chairman of MFS Investment Management, a senior lecturer at Harvard Business School, and the author of the book Extreme Productivity. What Would Make You More Satisfied and Productive at Work?

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The Consumerization Of IT And It's Impact In The Workplace

Eric Jacobson

Lagunas: There’s a widely-held view that access to consumer technology (social media, the Internet, mobile apps) will offer too many distractions, and negatively impact productivity. By: Guest Author, Kyle Lagunas Consumer technologies are infiltrating the workplace.

The Skill that Matters Most

Harvard Business Review

Conversely, we've found in our work that skill at self-regulation creates huge competitive advantage. Civilization advances," said the mathematician Alfred North Whitehead , "by extending the number of important operations which we can perform without thinking about them.". Managing yourself Personal effectiveness ProductivitySelf control is the ability to say no, in the face of temptation, and to take sustained action, despite the difficulty of a given challenge.

Mentoring and Lifelong Learning

Strategy Driven

Professionals who succeed the most are the products of mentoring. Many people do without the substantive insights into business because they have not really developed critical thinking skills. Analytical and reasoning skills are extensions of critical thinking skills.

The Ultimate Question 2.0: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

In it, Fred Reichheld skillfully develops several [.]. Bob's blog entries “framing progress and success in terms of the Net Promoter Score “On a zero-to-ten scale [comma] how likely is it that you would recommend us (or this product/service/brand) to a family member [comma] friend or colleague?” The Ultimate Question 2.0:

Do You Speak the Language of Performance Driven Execution?

N2Growth Blog

If you are responsible for leading teams, how can you be sure that the work being done throughout the day will innovatively increase impact and productivity to make tomorrow a better place? Or, if you are responsible for managing Solopreneur projects, how can you be sure that the work will increase impact and productivity? Isn’t that what productivity should be doing? Design the campaign plan with compressed timeframes (Parallel Operations). By Damian D.