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Top 10 Techniques for Encouraging Workplace Innovation

Posted by Adam Darnell

Oct 27, 2020 11:06:02 AM

Innovation in the workplace not only helps companies stay competitive and profitable, but they are also happier workplaces, with consistently higher results in terms of employee satisfaction and retention.

Leading organizations are now paying more attention to the advantages of encouraging innovation than ever before. Many companies now have chief innovation officers to help drive new improvements and systems. Of course, there's a big difference between wanting to become more innovative and actually doing it.

There's no one solution to how to encourage innovation. The method differs from company to company and depends on the workplace culture, inherent systems, and team members' talents and skills.

In this post, we'll take a look at 10 ways to encourage innovation in your organization.

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Topics: Innovation Software, Employee Engagement

5 Ways To Accelerate The Pace of Change

Posted by Adam Darnell

Sep 1, 2020 12:30:00 PM

McKinsey and Company, one of the country’s leading management consultancies, reports that up to 70% of systemic change programs fail to reach their business goals.

Why? According to the firm, “Common pitfalls include a lack of employee engagement, inadequate management support, poor or nonexistent cross-functional collaboration, and a lack of accountability. Furthermore, sustaining a transformation’s impact typically requires a major reset in mind-sets and behaviors—something that few leaders know how to achieve.”

What these challenges all have in common is that they revolve around the way people think about change. Creating a culture that values process improvement requires a transformation in how leaders behave and how engagement is recognized and rewarded.

Here are five things you can do to increase engagement and accelerate the pace of positive change in your organization.

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Topics: Change Management, Change Management Software

The Improvement Project Version of 20 Questions

Posted by Adam Darnell

Jun 3, 2020 9:00:00 AM

I'm sure you've all played the game 20 questions. The goal of the traditional parlor game is to uncover an object chosen by one player by asking questions that eliminate other possibilities until deductive reasoning reveals the answer. Careful selection of questions can significantly improve the odds of the questioner winning the game.

When it comes to improvement projects, it is also true that careful selection of questions can significantly improve the odds of "winning," also known as producing positive change. What follows are 20 questions, that if considered at the outset, can help set your improvement project up for success.

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Topics: Daily Improvement, Improvement Process, Improvement Methodology

How to Hold Effective Huddle Meetings via Video

Posted by Adam Darnell

Apr 10, 2020 4:15:00 PM

The number of people who work from home has been growing at a steady pace for years. Widespread high-speed internet access and a ton of new productivity applications made it possible for 4.7 million people, 3.4 percent of the U.S. population, to work from home this February.

Of course, everything has changed since then.

Now, remote work isn’t a trend or a perk, it’s an imperative for all non-essential workers for the foreseeable future. All over the world, people are finding ways to adjust in-person processes to this new reality.

If daily huddle or stand up meetings were part of your team’s routine, we have some advice on how to transition them to virtual video conferences. Many of these tips will apply to any type of meeting you do via video.

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Topics: Software, Daily Lean Management

Good processes create good results. Simple, but not easy.

Posted by Adam Darnell

Feb 19, 2020 9:23:37 AM

We’re pretty sure that almost all business leaders, managers, and front-line workers want to create high-quality products and services that customers value consistently in the most cost-effective manner. But that isn’t always what happens, of course. While we know that good processes lead to good results, implementing and maintaining them is easier said than done.

Since we get to chat with folks about process improvement so often, we can share some of the reasons that processes break down and what you can do to avoid experiencing them.

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Picking the Right Lean Tools for the Job

Posted by Adam Darnell

Nov 21, 2019 7:00:00 AM

Whether or not your organization fully embraces the Lean approach to business, the methodology has a ton of useful tools and techniques. So many, in fact, that it can be challenging to decide which one to use for various types of improvement efforts. We can't give you a definitive answer because every organization and situation is unique, but there are some situations for which particular tools are generally well suited. Here are some recommendations.

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Topics: Lean, Improvement Process, Lean Software

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