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Did you ever notice that there are many attributes to this thing called “change”. The size of the change, the amounts of different change coming our way, how clearly we can see it coming, whether it is positive or negative, its degree of impact, an...
Did you ever notice that there are man...
If you are a beer drinker – how do you like your beer?
Columnist Jeff Cole on tactics you can use to gain influence within your organization.The ability to influence others has long been considered a key to success in any organization where...
Columnist Jeff Cole on tactics you can use to gain influence within your organization.The ability to influence others has long been considered a key to success in any organization where...
In Op-ex methods like lean and six sigma, the emphasis is always on process improvement. Improvement, however, is simply a code word for change. Hard to make a case against continual improvement, but there are times when changing a process is th...
Ever launched a process change only to have it blow right back in your face? If not, it’s awesome to be you. If you have experienced change blowback, there is something to be said for having a failure (hopefully not epic)...
In 1970, when Alvin Toffler wrote Future Shock, he defined it roughly as "too much change in too little time". 45 years later we certainly have no shortage of changes hitting us daily. You go to look at the morning news on the flat, rectangular...
Have you ever heard this ad? "They laughed when I sat down at the piano - but when I started to play!…" If it sounds familiar, it may be because AdAge declared it to be arguably the best advertising...
Paper or plastic? How many times have we all heard that at the market? When it comes to implementing methods like Lean or Six Sigma, we might ask a somewhat similar question: "Stapled or Woven?" [inlinead]...
3 Process Change Lessons from Dogs
Published: 2015-08-03
Are you a pet lover? I’m more of a dog guy and have enjoyed their friendship my whole life. You already know you can teach dogs all kinds of tricks. Did you know, however, they have something to teach us when it com...
If you’re looking for a sure-fire recipe for an ulcer, I’ve got just the ticket – accept a job in a company where you have to initiate any sort of change. Better yet – be on the receiving end. Accept any job anywhere and try to go for more than...
Lack of engagement in the Operational Excellence realm is a common hurdle to implementation, but if you spot the warning signs early enough you have a chance of managing it, writes columnist Jeff Cole this month, as he outlines three "code w...
Good time management is essential to any change initiative, but how can you change if you simply don’t have the time? This month, columnist Jeff Cole reveals two simple solutions to create value-added time and how to "pay your...
Are you in sales? Trick question – we’re all in sales. You may not be selling a product, but on a daily basis we’re all selling ideas, new ways of doing things, and information....
We all have voices in our heads – our internal monologue if you will. All thinking really is anyway is the process of asking yourself questions and answering them – right? Sometimes th...
Have you ever been in a situation where you are minding your own business when a life or career-altering change comes blazing out of left field? And you are left scratching your head and wonderin...
Sometimes it feels like change is everywhere we look. The frequency of change, the amount of change, and the complexity of those changes are greater today than at any point in human history. I...
Shared Expectations for Rapid Change
Published: 2014-02-20
Have you found that some tools are timeless? In good times or bad they serve us well. I was recently reminded by a client that not knowing your Customer’s expectations can be an absolute killer in the world of process improvement. It...
What if I told you that there is supposedly a secret to successful process change? And those who know that secret sway the odds of success i...
We’ll get to those ghosts in a moment, but first a quick commercial for benchmarking. If anyone ever offers you a job doing benchmarki...
The battle cry of dieters everywhere is "you are what you eat." But when it comes to organizational change a...
Whether we see change as good or bad has a lot to do with the way we t...