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Rolling Out Hoshin Kanri in 2018? Here Are Our Top Tips.

Posted by Greg Jacobson

Nov 29, 2017 7:19:00 AM

Hoshin Kanri is a powerful strategic planning tool because it helps align the organization top to bottom around breakthrough objectives. It lets leaders take the long view with a three to five-year plan, but addresses the need to have short-term goals as well. Our clients that use the approach find that it makes decision making easier and speeds the way to consensus. Here are a few best practices that they have uncovered along the way.

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Topics: Hoshin Kanri, Strategy Deployment

Quotes to Make the Case for Strategy Deployment Software

Posted by Maggie Millard

May 30, 2017 12:30:53 PM

We get the chance to chat with folks who are interested in implementing strategy deployment software within their organizations almost every day. Most of the people we talk to really understand the need for this kind of solution and how it can benefit their company. Convincing others, however, can be a challenge. Not everyone immediately recognizes the valuable returns that a structured approach to strategy execution can provide. We’d like to help. Here are the most important elements of a compelling case for strategy deployment software, along with some relevant quotes from business leaders and other visionaries.

 

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Topics: Strategy Deployment

The Formula for Successful Strategy Deployment

Posted by Matt Banna

May 18, 2017 7:41:00 AM

When you're thinking about rolling out Strategy Deployment in your organization, it can be intimidating to know exactly where to start, what pitfalls to avoid, and how to set yourself up for success right from the beginning. I've recently written an eBook that covers these questions, as well as information about the software you need to enable Strategy Deployment, that you can download here:

Free Guide to Strategy Deployment

But I thought that today on the blog, I'd give you a sneak peak into one of the chapters of the book covering the formula for successful Strategy Deployment.

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Topics: Strategy Deployment

How Implementing Hoshin Kanri Can Help You Predict the Future

Posted by Jeff Roussel

Apr 20, 2017 8:11:00 AM

 

Speculative fiction and horror writer, Ray Bradbury, was one of the most celebrated 20th and 21 st century American writers. He is best known for works such as Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, and I Sing the Body Electric. As someone in the business of conjuring up visions of what’s to come, he had an interesting take on how to accurately foretell the future.

“People ask me to predict the future, when all I want to do is prevent it…. Predicting the future is much too easy anyway. You look at the people around you, the street you stand on, the visible air you breathe, and predict more of the same.”  

In other words, keep doing what you’re doing and you’re going to get what you are getting. Few would argue that logic, but unfortunately, this idea is often ignored when it comes to strategic business planning. Executives huddle in a room, analyze budgets, set revenue goals, and predict great success without fundamentally changing the conditions that led to the business results they are experiencing today. A year later, or a quarter later, everyone wonders why nothing has changed.

Bradbury finished his quote about predicting the future with, “To hell with more, I want better.” Businesses should too and Hoshin Kanri is one way to change the future by building it.

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Topics: Hoshin Kanri, Strategy Deployment

Top 7 Most Important Features of Strategy Deployment Software

Posted by Jeff Roussel

Mar 1, 2017 8:10:00 AM

If you are considering investing in strategy deployment software to support your organization’s efforts to achieve your most important objectives, we congratulate you. Too many leaders talk a big game when it comes to strategy, but fail to provide the company with the tools and information necessary to effectively carry it out. (Here’s a good example of what can go wrong.)

There are a lot of systems out there that could be sold as a strategy deployment solution. You can find everything from glorified spreadsheets to purpose-built improvement platforms. We’ve had the chance to chat with lots of folks who have been through the selection and implementation process, so we thought it would be useful to share a few of the features that make all of the difference.

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Topics: Strategy Deployment

Everything You Need to Know about Strategy Deployment  [WEBINAR]

Posted by Kade Jansson

Feb 8, 2017 7:04:00 AM

KaiNexus is pretty lucky in that it has a staff of amazingly talented and knowledgeable individuals. Our Vice-President of Improvement & Innovation Services, Mark Graban, is certainly no exception. Graban has over 20 years of experience practicing Lean both in manufacturing and in healthcare, is the author of several books including Lean Hospitals, and is the founder of LeanBlog.org. Recently Jeff Roussel, Vice-President of Sales for KaiNexus, hosted a webinar wherein Graban shared some of his experience and knowledge about Strategy Deployment. You can watch that full webinar, titled Everything You Need to Know About Strategy Deployment, here.

My summary and notes also appear below...

Everything You Need to Know About Strategy Deployment

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Common Questions About Strategy Deployment Software

Posted by Matt Banna

Jan 18, 2017 3:16:15 PM

Strategy Deployment is a hot topic in continuous improvement circles these days. We’re delighted to see that because effective strategy deployment can make the difference between reaching the goals of the organization in the expected time frame and failing to achieve the breakthrough objectives. Of course, strategy deployment isn’t easy and few companies really excel at the practice. Strategy deployment software has been developed to help provide a structure for the practice and keep organizations on track. We’ve had lots of productive conversations with leaders about how strategy deployment software can help smooth the path to success. Here are the questions that we get asked most often.

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Topics: Strategy Deployment, Software

Strategy Deployment Fail: Don’t Let This Happen to You

Posted by Maggie Millard

Jan 9, 2017 11:40:12 AM

I got a call from a good friend recently. She’s the CEO of a mid-sized technology company in Idaho. She’s almost always upbeat and full of energy, but on this day, she was obviously down. When I asked what was wrong she told me a sad tale indeed. Earlier in the day, at one of her company’s regular monthly meetings, she decided to offer a $100 bill to the first employee who could name all four of the company’s top-level strategic goals. What she got was crickets. Not a single person could name them all and few could come up with any of them at all. Ouch.

My friend is good at her job. The company is successful and her employees respect and trust her. “How could this have happened?” she asked.  I won’t get into the specifics of her situation, but this problem happens more frequently than you might expect. Leaders craft a strategy and announce it, but it just doesn’t permeate the organization. Here are some of the most common reasons that strategy deployment fails.

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Topics: Strategy Deployment

The Connection between Catchball and Culture

Posted by Maggie Millard

Dec 19, 2016 12:17:56 PM

Most leadership teams understand that a strong culture leads to positive outcomes like employee engagement, improved performance, retention, and satisfied customers. Perhaps that’s why so much has been written about how to cultivate and spread the culture you want. When you read about company culture, you’ll notice a few themes including making sure that employees see and feel like part of the big picture, giving people more autonomy over their work, and providing useful, timely feedback.

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Topics: Strategy Deployment, Lean

The Four Phases of Strategy Deployment – Part II

Posted by Maggie Millard

Dec 13, 2016 8:02:00 AM

This is the second in our two-part post on the four phases of strategy deployment. In part one, we focused on what it takes to craft the strategic plan.

Read Part 1 of this post here.

Now we’ll talk about how to bring that plan to fruition by turning to the next three phases of strategy deployment.

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Topics: Strategy Deployment, Hoshin Kanri

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