Daniel T. Bloom's Blog Posts Tagged 'Improvement' (22)

TLS Continuum Part 26: My Momma Done Told Me...

You were starting school or playing a sport. Think back to what your mother, or father told you at the time. If you were like my parents you were constantly reminded that if we did not succeed, try, try again until you did. Funny thing happened when we entered the business world. Suddenly you are told if you can’t do it safely don’t do it.  If you tried something and it didn’t work then you are penalized for trying on your annual performance review. If you tried to show sings of innovation…


Added by Daniel T. Bloom on November 13, 2015 at 10:34am — No Comments

TLS Continuum Part 24: I want it and I want it now

A common misconception among many managers is that continuous process improvement will happen overnight. It just does not happen that way. The implementation of the TLS Continuum and continuous process improvement demands and even requires that we create a new corporate normal. This new normal creates a new corporate culture, which can be dramatically different from what your organization is accustomed to.

Our goal then must become looking at the entire organization and looking at…


Added by Daniel T. Bloom on October 30, 2015 at 2:51pm — No Comments

TLS Continuum Part 23: What is my role here?

Congratulations you have made it to that corner office. Now comes the hard stuff. What really is your role within the organization? What are the organization expectations now you have reached this level of your career ladder? The role of senior leaders within our organizations is dramatically changing and to be successful you need to likewise change. You need to change from being a manager to a coach. The purpose of this post is to explore the two roles and their impact on the…


Added by Daniel T. Bloom on October 12, 2015 at 2:27pm — No Comments

TLS Continuum Part 22: Management what were you thinking? the good and bad of quotas

Everybody has them. Every organization has them. As the global workplace we call them by many names. But when we refine them to their roots they are all quotas. Salesmen are told they have to sell so many units. The rank and file are told they must produce so many units per work shift. Customer service is told they must handle so many customer calls per hour. These are quotas. If it looks like a quota, acts like a quota or smells like a quota it is a quota. So that brings us to the basic…


Added by Daniel T. Bloom on October 2, 2015 at 1:50pm — No Comments

TLS Continuum Part 21: You are the bane of my existence so be gone out my world

You make a phone call to your credit card company and you get caught in the virtual whirlpool as the VM system takes you through all the options. One of the continuing recordings says “in order to serve you better please give us the reason for your call today.” You are in the office and a client calls and one of your colleagues answers the phone. After listening to the problem your colleague responds that she will have to transfer you to someone else because that is not her job. Even worse…


Added by Daniel T. Bloom on September 25, 2015 at 11:40am — No Comments

TLS Continuum Part 20: What is in it for Me?

As we discussed in the TLS Continuum Part 18: Changing Managers to Leaders, as managers/leaders in the new global; marketplace we have a new responsibility added to our workload. This new responsibility is to both educate and train our human capital assets so that the organization can move forward.


Wait a minute are they not the same term?

Talk to many in and outside of academia and they will tell you when we educate someone, we also train them. Others will tell…


Added by Daniel T. Bloom on September 18, 2015 at 8:39pm — No Comments

TLS Continuum Part 19: I have a dream

On August 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his iconic “ I have a Dream Speech.” Like Dr. King I too have a dream or more correctly a vision. While I am not referring to my four-year-old son as Dr. King did, I am referring to our global workplace. Let me paraphrase Dr. King’s speech and relate my vision or dream to you the reader.

I have a goal in my professional life to deliver a message. It is a message that will transform our business world to greater heights. Today…


Added by Daniel T. Bloom on September 11, 2015 at 9:39am — No Comments

TLS Continuum Part 18: Change Managers to Leaders

Throughout this TLS Continuum series I have tried to stress that in order for the TLS Continuum to be successful we need to create a new normal as far as corporate culture is concerned. This change applies to not only the organization as a whole but to the role of management as well.

Answer this quick question for me? What kind of manager are you? Are you that fierce tyrant or are you the manager who strives to make the organization grow? The answer to these questions is imbedded in…


Added by Daniel T. Bloom on September 4, 2015 at 2:42pm — No Comments

TLS Continuum Part 16: Better Late Than Never

 I am consistently seeing the statistic that 75 percent of all process improvement efforts fail. Why such a high rate of failure? Part of the problem is the tendency for management to put off the start of the improvement efforts. The reasons for it run the gamut covering a wide spectrum.…


Added by Daniel T. Bloom on August 22, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

TLS Continuum Part 15: Focus on the Process

 Acme Manufacturing is a proud firm that has been serving its customers for nearly a century but lately they have been experiencing some problems. Just yesterday their largest customer called the CEO of Acme and told them if the reliability of their products did not drastically improve, the customer was going to take their business elsewhere. The CEO immediately calls a management meeting and tells the department managers and HR if the human capital assets can’t do the job correctly…


Added by Daniel T. Bloom on August 17, 2015 at 12:10pm — No Comments

TLS Continuum Part 14: 10 Strategic Initiatives to Get you out of this place

In Part 13 of the TLS Continuum Blog series we talked about the necessity of getting out of the corner office in order for process improvement to take place. This sequel will present 10 strategic initiatives to aid you in that journey towards the new corporate culture.

Strategic Initiative #1: Visit a customer – Set aside one day a month to get out of the office and visit with your organization’s top clients. Begin a dialogue with them as to what they expect from your…


Added by Daniel T. Bloom on August 7, 2015 at 11:01am — No Comments

TLS Continuum Part 13: I have to get out of this place

Congratulations you have been designated a high performance, high potential human capital asset. You have achieved the goal of getting the corner office. Your career development plan/succession plan is on target with this stop only going to last about three years and then you are off to another assignment. These plateaus are enhancing your career portfolio but along the way you have missed out on a golden opportunity to take your career to the highest level it could go. Do you really know…


Added by Daniel T. Bloom on July 31, 2015 at 11:54am — No Comments

TLS Continuum Part 10: The Ultimate Goal

It was our intent throughout the TLS Continuum Roadmap to lay out a clear path to reach where we are now.  In addition as we proceed with this and the subsequent installments It is critical that we make sure we are on the same page at this juncture.

In the nine parts of the series we began by looking at the importance of values. I was concerned that to understand the roadmap it is was necessary to understand the role of organizational values in the process improvement efforts. Part 2…


Added by Daniel T. Bloom on May 18, 2015 at 9:36am — No Comments

TLS Continuum Part 7: What have we done?

As organizations today we are faced with a major dilemma. We listen to government officials tell us that we really need to concentrate on turning out more individuals grounded in the STEM disciplines. But that push comes fraught with a major discord. Let me try and describe the dilemma in a real time example.

In our two-day seminar, on which this series is based, we used to ask the participants to complete Osterwald’s …


Added by Daniel T. Bloom on March 10, 2015 at 9:37am — No Comments

TLS Continuum Part 5: Darn it!! Why aren't you listening

Dr. Tony Alessandra, the author of the book “The Platinum Rule” , suggests that the purpose of all businesses is to acquire and maintain customers. So how do we, as Tony suggests, acquire and maintain customers? We do so by listening to the voice of the customer as it relates to how we do business.


To begin with let me clarify what we mean by the term customer. Whether it is an internal customer in the…


Added by Daniel T. Bloom on February 3, 2015 at 11:08am — No Comments

TLS Continuum Part 2: Creating a Center of Excellence

This second installment in this series is considering two issues. The first is where are we as HR professionals? The second looks at what we consider the definition of HR excellence, which will lead us to the roadmap for creating that HR Center of Excellence.

In Achieving HR Excellence…


Added by Daniel T. Bloom on January 2, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

You can't see the picture if you are inside the frame

On the way to the Veterinarian’s for an emergency run, we passed a church whose billboard stated “You can’t see the picture, if you are inside the frame.” The statement clearly applies to both our organizations and the dichotomy that exists in almost every workplace on the face of this globe we call earth.

Taiichi Ohno, the creator of the Toyota Production System, charged his managers with standing in a circle and observing the organization in real time. If we take Ohno’s charge in to…


Added by Daniel T. Bloom on November 6, 2014 at 9:33pm — No Comments

How to become the critical HR leader you are meant to be

Human Resources are at a critical crossroads in today’s global marketplace. One route leaves HR where it has predominantly been from the days of National Cash Register. We are primarily charged with being the corporate fireman. We are there as the organizational administrative policeman. The downside is that you then are perceived as being a commodity or a mediocre part of the organization. The result being the functional manager’s feel they could very easily do without what you do. If you…


Added by Daniel T. Bloom on August 31, 2014 at 9:29pm — No Comments

Jack be Quick Jack be Nimble

A month ago, many of us were glued to the tube watching the finals of the World Cup from Brazil. It gave us an insight into how in order to win, the players had to be quick and nimble. Every second of the game, the players had to be alert to what was happening on the field. The goalie had to forecast the moves that were required in order to meet the incoming ball to keep out of the net. The player on the field had to judge when was the right moment to kick the ball or to…


Added by Daniel T. Bloom on July 23, 2014 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Get off the Bench

My local churches have come through again. One of them has a sermon posted for this weekend titled Get off the Bench. It made me think for a moment about how that would apply to HR. When you think about it that is where HR is today. We are on that bench. We as HR professionals seem to be complacent with staying in one position even if that leads us to be…


Added by Daniel T. Bloom on September 13, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments


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