In last week’s blog I discussed the response to the question What Is? The intent was to present you some tools on how to determine what your organization looks like in its current state. It is that determination which leads to the rest of the process.
Ogilvie and Liedtka, in their book Designing for Growth: A…Continue
Added by Daniel T. Bloom on August 26, 2016 at 11:13am — No Comments
Welcome to the first of four posts that explore the interconnection between design thinking and the TLS Continuum. It is a dynamic way to understand your customer and your customer’s expectations. This first installment is critical to the success of the process improvement effort since we need to understand the problem in its basic manifestation.
We begin this journey by understanding that the ultimate outcome is going to affect people. The changes you make in the long run are going…Continue
Added by Daniel T. Bloom on August 19, 2016 at 11:09am — No Comments
I have written extensively in this blog series about the power of the TLS Continuum in your organization. Like most of you I read the professional media and books to stay on top of what is going on in our industry. Every now and then you come across a concept which changes your whole focus or makes your mind run a mile a minute. I have just such a concept in two things I have read recently. The first was an article written by Tim Brown and Roger Martin in article titled…Continue
Added by Daniel T. Bloom on August 14, 2016 at 8:05pm — No Comments
Your organization believes that there is a problem with the organization, so the tendency is to try and repair everything at one. While on the surface that may see like the right direction for the organization, this approach seldom meets the end goal. This segment of the TLS Continuum Blog Series suggests that there are 10 commandments to selecting projects that will bring the most benefit to you and your organization.
Thou shalt become one with the…Continue
Added by Daniel T. Bloom on August 5, 2016 at 2:36pm — No Comments
If you watch the media and social postings there a lot of comments about why process improvement efforts fail. The reasons for excuses run a wide gamut. I would suggest there is a more fundamental reason for improvement efforts that fail. We have the wrong focus. I am not suggesting that the…Continue
Added by Daniel T. Bloom on August 1, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments
I was reading the Summer 2016 issue of the MIT Sloan Management Review in which an article appeared by Catherine Bailey and Adrian Madden titled “What Makes Work Meaningful or Meaningless.” The article gave me some pause for thought as to why cross functional teams sometimes failure to reach the goals that they have set.
My response is that these teams fail because we have not properly…Continue
Added by Daniel T. Bloom on July 22, 2016 at 11:23am — No Comments
Your organizations has committed to improving your processes, however you have left out a critical part of the equation. No process improvement effort tis going to succeed without the input from a cross-functional team which looks at both the current and future state of the process within the…Continue
Added by Daniel T. Bloom on July 15, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments
I am still in the process of reading Your Place at the Table by Allan Cox. Throughout the book Allan Cox centers his message on seven signs of authenticity. Considering the events of the last 48 hours a couple of these signs appear to stick out more than others.
Added by Daniel T. Bloom on July 8, 2016 at 11:52am — No Comments
Whether you are on the side of those who hire or interviewed, know that the process of finding a good job option is a challenge for everyone involved, but worth seeking out.
I recently read a study showing that more than 60% of Americans do not feel their work is a good option for them. He also noted that more than half of all US workers surveyed feel "unhappy" and / or "depressed" in his current job.
Whether you are on the side of those who hire or interviewed, know that the…Continue
Added by Ericka Diaz de Morales on July 4, 2016 at 5:00pm — No Comments
I am currently in the process of reading Your Place at the Table by Allan Cox. It consists of a series of short essays, which discuss the concept of Authenticity. In one of these essays Allan Cox defines empowerment, as “I love you for what I am when I am with you.”
In my weekly tip of the week on Wednesday we…Continue
Added by Daniel T. Bloom on July 1, 2016 at 2:19pm — No Comments
How To Recruit On LinkedIn, Fast, Without Breaking The Bank
Recently I discussed the …Continue
Added by Ninh Tran on June 30, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments
You are a member of management of your organization and you have an employee who Is not performing to the level that the organization requires, so what do you do? If you re like many managers your immediate response is to talk to the employee about how to change their work habits in order to achieve your goal.
I recently attended a meeting of the local SHRM chapter in which the presenter made the point that management coaching is not what we think it is. It was an interesting…Continue
Added by Daniel T. Bloom on June 24, 2016 at 11:14am — No Comments
On June 13, 2016, three big brothers got together and spun the roulette. The Microsoft house took the gamble, and the LinkedIn players got their huge payout. Microsoft's CEO …Continue
Added by Ninh Tran on June 23, 2016 at 8:00am — No Comments
On a fairly frequent basis I hear hiring managers make the statement that “when interviewing new candidates I try and find someone who is just like me to bring into the organization.” I can understand the tendency to do so. If they are just like the hiring manager there is likely to be less of a…Continue
Added by Daniel T. Bloom on June 17, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments
Turn on the news or read the newspaper and you will see stories about teenagers complaining that they are being bullied in the schools, on the streets etc. These stories bring about almost immediate consternation from the public in the form of twitter posts, Facebook posts etc. In every case the predominant message is that this is wrong and needs to stop. The flip side is that we do not see that same outrage when it is management acting in the role of the bully in the workplace.
Added by Daniel T. Bloom on June 10, 2016 at 10:29am — No Comments
My blog post from last week stressed that we should not measure for the sake of measuring. The same concept goes for determining what projects to begin. I do not care whether you are an IBM or the corner mom and pop store, you do not have the capacity to take on every project that may be needed to resolve obstacles within the organization. So if we can’t undertake everything how do we make the value of the projects understood by the organization as a whole?
Taking a page from last…Continue
Added by Daniel T. Bloom on June 3, 2016 at 9:48pm — No Comments
Every day in every organization management from the boardroom to the C-Suite is demanding that we produce metrics to determine how the organization is functioning. The common demand is that we measure something. In his book Six Sigma: The Breakthrough Management Strategy Revolutionizing the World’s Top…Continue
Added by Daniel T. Bloom on May 27, 2016 at 10:24am — No Comments
Imagine a scenario where everything moves along smoothly with no problems. Imagine you have the power to wave a magic wand and every problem solves itself. For many members of management this the way they face reality. They forget the process is called Continuous Process Improvement. We do not have processes that just move it on. We do not have a problem with which we can wave a magic wand in the air and call the problem resolved. So when we become complacent and base our actions on…Continue
Added by Daniel T. Bloom on May 26, 2016 at 11:22am — No Comments
By Tracie M. Davis, MBA
We all see the memes on LinkedIn that say “People Leave Managers, Not Companies.” I am guilty of sharing those quotes every time I see one pop up on my screen. I’ve noticed many people agree with this statement, but there is very little information going around on how to be a better manager.
Of course, there is the famous “be a leader and not a dictator” meme going around but that only focuses on one aspect of employee engagement.
Added by Tracie Davis on May 20, 2016 at 9:35pm — No Comments
It was 8 years ago in July 2008, where I found myself reflective, hopeful, pondering from a bird's eye view my Career vantage point while overlooking Lake Tahoe in a year where I had steered my career back to the staffing landscape. It was a welcome reprieve from what up until that point had been a busy year. Lake…Continue