The Best Leaders Have the Best Systems

Lead Change Blog

Systems. If you’re going to accomplish anything big or important—and that’s what leadership is all about—you’ll need systems. Good systems are what we use to accomplish tasks that have to be done, at a certain level of quality or accuracy, again and again. It requires systems.

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Reflections on the Fabric of the Toyota Production System

Deming Institute

This article is the first of a series I am preparing in collaboration with Dick Steele , a Board Member of The Deming Institute, to offer our thoughts on the legendary Toyota Production System and its connection to the management system within Toyota and how it was inspired by Dr. Deming.

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Why Your Business Needs Workforce Management Systems

Strategy Driven

Workforce management systems are some of the most revolutionary features that can handle everything online from HR to hour registration and scheduling with one single tool. You can save this labor and reassign those employees to more productive tasks.

America’s Loneliness Epidemic: A Hidden Systemic Risk to Organizations

Michael Lee Stallard

Its presence appears to improve the cardiovascular, endocrine and immune systems’ performance. As artificial intelligence further increases the presence and role of machines in people’s day-to-day lives, an unintended consequence is that technology may diminish people’s ability to connect.

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Boost Innovation by Strengthening the Organization’s Immune Systems

Great Leadership By Dan

Those successful in establishing a culture of innovation have addressed their organization’s “immune systems.” Just as the body’s immune system keeps it healthy, stable and tolerant of change, an organization’s immune system must be strong in order to handle the task of innovating.

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Technology: Are you "Byte-Lingual"?

Jason Womack

Learn the language of technology to become more productive (save time) every day; become byte-lingual. How would you rate your overall "fluency" with your technology and tools? You use your email system and SMART phone every day; what would the impact be if you learned one new productivity feature each week for a year? Watch Online Video Tutorials : Visit video (or product) websites to learn about the product (service, program, etc) you’re interested in.

Key Strategies For Increasing Productivity

Strategy Driven

Productivity is an area that has a direct impact on the success of a business, but it is also an area that can fluctuate drastically. Encouraging remote working can also have a positive impact on productivity.

Why Deming / Why Now / Working to transform “our” system

Deming Institute

The early emphasis on productivity in the program was a familiar theme at my work and the telecommunications business. It was technologically advancing at a very rapid rate that was in evidence every day. Guest blog by Dennis Sergent, Principal Consultant, Sergent Results Group.

August Frontline Festival: Leaders Share Tips about Productive Work Spaces

Let's Grow Leaders

This month’s festival gives tips about setting up a productive work space. Michelle Cubas, CPCC, ACC, of Positive Potentials, LLC shares that productivity is the result of an open mind and energy working together. Once a day, he clears it following the GTD system.

Technology for Your Workplace: Where Do You Begin?

Strategy Driven

Technology has changed our lives from the way we communicate, shop, eat, and our health. At the workplace, technology can be vital, especially when you want to boost productivity without wasting time. What type of technology do you need? Will the technology be costly?

Improving Your Workplace Productivity In Business

Strategy Driven

It’s key that workplace productivity is at it’s very best, all the time. Any dip in productivity and the business growth and success will suffer as a result. Here’s how to improve your workplace productivity in business. Invest In Technology.

T.O.I.L.E.T. Training™ -- a breakthrough system to improve workplace learning

Great Leadership By Dan

Training System™ -- a new platform that promises to reshape how training is delivered in modern organizations. Today’s workers and organizations are under unprecedented pressure to maintain high productivity,” said RLI Research Director Walter P. Training™ System,” explained Hokes.

Why Technology Is So Important In Business Practice

Strategy Driven

So with that in mind, here’s some of the mostly wide renowned reasons as to why technology is so important in our business practices. It’s often a lot cheaper to run business through technology! You just finished reading Why Technology Is So Important In Business Practice !

Technology Investments That’ll Improve Your Business’s Organization

Strategy Driven

In today’s modern environment, a business needs to be making use of the full range of technology available to them in every aspect of their enterprise. Here, then, are just some of the ways in which technology can have a positive benefit to your business’ organization.

Possibility Maximizer: Maxim Health Systems' Flu and Wellness Podcast

Sales Wolf Blog

The Resource:   Maxim Health Systems' Flu and Wellness Podcast What it Covers:  In this short podcast Maxim Health Systems seeks to provide the knowledge and information necessary to prepare your organization and its workforce for the upcoming influenza season.

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8 ways to increase employee productivity

Strategy Driven

They will help you to increase employee productivity at your company, without pushing your team members over the edge. It will be impossible for your employees to reach their maximum levels of productivity if they are struggling to connect. Update your company technology.

Have You Strategised How Productive Your Business Is? Time To Focus

Strategy Driven

This is when you need to strategize to ensure that your business is more productive. Is your business productive when it comes to marketing? The next thing to think about would be whether or not you think that your business is productive when it comes to marketing opportunities.

Are You Using Those Fun New Technologies to Monitor, Mentor or "Motivate" Your Employees? Prepare for Sabotage

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post from Robert Galford: It has been hard to ignore the recent spate of stories about the newest techniques and technologies designed to increase employee efficiency, motivation and/or engagement.

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Tech Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself! 3 Reasons To Upgrade Your Systems

Strategy Driven

As time moves on we constantly need to get the latest tech and systems to ensure that our business moves with the times, but do we need to keep updating our machinery? It’s these little touches that will keep you in their mind when they are looking for somewhere to get their next product.

Time Management: How to Maximize Your Productivity

Women on Business

Guest Post by Vanessa James, Technology Consultant at (learn more about Vanessa at the end of this article): In a busy office environment, it often becomes important to be able to complete several duties simultaneously. In today’s technology-ridden world, our electronic devices seem to be able to multitask for us. What’s more, when our machines multitask for us, no quality of productivity is lost.

Time Is Money: Top Tech Tools to Increase Company Productivity

Chart Your Course

For business owners facing a time crunch, the good news is that you can gain extra hours of productivity by using technology to save time managing many common chores. The most essential time management technology for increasing your productivity is calendar scheduling software.

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Busy vs. Productive: 5 Ways to Focus on the Right Things

Survive Your Promotion

One of the basic ideas in the Franklin system is starting your day with 10 minutes of planning and solitude. Putting My Smartphone Away – Technology can be a great tool to help you keep in touch and get things done during the day. photo credit: Nina Matthews Photography.

How to Launch a Product Like a Rock Star

Strategy Driven

Here’s a quick one-question quiz: What is the most important requirement for a successful product launch? A great product. A market that wants a great product (Product-Market Fit). It’s the complete plan to drive sales of a new product.

Green Company, Red Products, Black Ink | In the CEO Afterlife

In the CEO Afterlife

Green Company, Red Products, Black Ink. And although our business leaders may have the “will” to transform their companies, the “way” is continually blocked by inefficiencies, higher costs and unacceptable returns on the investment in technology. In the CEO Afterlife. Main menu Home.

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How New Technologies Could Transform Africa’s Health Care System

Harvard Business Review

Across industrial sectors, from healthcare to energy, from construction to retail, engineers are creating new technologies with potentially disruptive implications for the current architectural order of the global economy. One of the technologies, an “ AI doctor ”, shows great promise for the future of healthcare in Africa. If AI systems could handle some of the minor healthcare issues, the available healthcare professionals could focus on the most difficult issues.

Streamline Your Business Technology In 4 Easy Steps

Strategy Driven

Investing in the right technology is essential for any business, but it only benefits your company if you do it correctly. But if you can streamline your business technology, you’ll find that it works far more effectively and you’ll save some money at the same time.

6 Silent Productivity and Profitability Pitfalls, part 1 of 7

Strategy Driven

The last decade ushered in an economic meltdown and technological breakthroughs that have forever changed the business world as we knew it. In the business world, waste kills productivity and profitability. We call these the new silent killers of productivity and profitability.

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A Technology Case Study: Implementing What the Customer Wants

Strategy Driven

In order for any change to occur – whether it’s a decision to purchase a product, or an implementation to add new technology – whatever touches the ultimate solution must buy-in to the change.

Mobile and Social Fundraising

Coaching Tip

Because of the rapid speed of technological advancement, from this point forward nonprofits will have to embrace multiple communications and fundraising tools if they want to reach donors and supporters of all ages. If you work for a nonprofit that relies heavily on individual fundraising, the decisions you make concerning nonprofit technology will dictate your fundraising and program success. The second shift in nonprofit technology is the rise and maturation of social media.

The Problems with 5-Star Rating Systems, and How to Fix Them

Harvard Business Review

They don’t separate good products from great ones. Customers Technology Digital Article

WhatsApp Grew to One Billion Users by Focusing on Product, Not Technology

Harvard Business Review

At a time when digital technology is transforming one industry after another, large companies tend to view innovation and disruption as the result of breakthrough discoveries or technological wonders. That’s our product, and that’s our passion.

New Product Narcissism

Harvard Business Review

I want to love Samsung products. But at the end of the day, I don't love Samsung products. In reality, when a job arises in my life and I find myself in search of a solution, I tend to hire a bundle of products to complete that job. Who makes the products?

Get More Efficient In Your Business

Strategy Driven

Computers, desks, chairs and equipment that isn’t up to good standard can hinder productivity. You must ensure that you are getting the best things in place for your staff so that they feel at ease and this will lead to better productivity throughout the months. Update your technology.

Cloud Computing and Business

Lead Change Blog

In the corporate world, cloud computing has become a popular buzzword as companies shift more and more of their products and services onto the web. The revolution of cloud computing actually preserves the basic structure of how businesses have used information technology resources for the last few decades. This has created a new market for subscription services, where customers pay a monthly or yearly fee for access to a web product for personal or professional use.

6 Fast and Easy Ways to Improve Work Performance

Strategy Driven

How productive is your business? A common way to measure organizational productivity is to look at your bottom line. If revenues are growing year over year, you can conclude that your company is productive. However, that’s a simplistic way of measuring productivity.

Digital Growth Depends More on Business Models than Technology

Harvard Business Review

Given that those companies were all venture-financed and emerged from Silicon Valley, you might assume that the key ingredients that have ensured their success were cutting-edge technologies, digital platforms, and customer bases that were chiefly made up of digital natives.

Convincing Skeptical Employees to Adopt New Technology

Harvard Business Review

Bringing new technology and tools into your organization can increase productivity, boost sales, and help you make better, faster decisions. ” Here are some ideas for encouraging the adoption of a new technology. Choose technology wisely.

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10 Advantages of Using OCR in Business

Lead Change Blog

This technology enables enterprises and organisations to improve customer experience by making unstructured content searchable. Advanced technology that allows you to recognize text using OCR can be applied in many different fields to ensure customers have access to the information they are looking. Companies that use OCR increase accessibility of data for customers using their systems. IMPROVE PRODUCTIVITY.

The Internet of Things Needs Design, Not Just Technology

Harvard Business Review

Reaching these lofty projections over the next four years, however, will require a fundamental reorientation in the way that technologists and product designers work together to create successful “connected” personal devices and home appliance products.

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How Artificial Intelligence Will Supercharge Work

Skip Prichard

That’s what Chris Duffey, creative technologist says about this incredible technology revolutionizing industries the world over. In this world of product and pricing parity, the delivery of superior service experience has become the new marketing, and the new real competitive edge.

Is Tech At The Root Of Your Inefficiency?

Strategy Driven

In modern business, we have become very used to our reliance on digital technology, to a degree that might have been unfathomable even a couple of decades ago. All kinds of businesses use it nowadays, from making processes easier to complete to managing important business systems.

Limit Cyberattacks with a System-Wide Safe Mode

Harvard Business Review

The main reason they can harm companies to such a staggering degree is that today’s cybersecurity systems use centralized monitoring, with little beyond their main firewalls to protect the rest of an organization. As a result, when companies are hacked, it can take days for information technology teams to isolate infected systems, remove malicious code, and restore business continuity. The good news is that the technology exists to make good cybersecurity a reality.

Two thought-provoking perspectives on the “crisis of capitalism”

First Friday Book Synopsis

transformational innovation in product and process technologies to minimize resource use the “short-termism” of so much modern business lies at the heart of many of today’s problems The challenge for business is to meet global needs in a sustainable fashion The remedies for capitalism Two thought-provoking perspectives on "the crisis of capitalism" UnileverHere are brief excerpts from two articles featured by McKinsey & Company.