Daniel T. Bloom's Blog Posts Tagged 'leadership' (55)

TLS Continuum Part 62: What if? Imagine the future

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…

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Added by Daniel T. Bloom on August 26, 2016 at 11:13am — No Comments

TLS Continuum Part 61: What is? Reality of the Present

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…

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Added by Daniel T. Bloom on August 19, 2016 at 11:09am — No Comments

TLS Continuum Part 60: A new perspective on the TLS Continuum

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…

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Added by Daniel T. Bloom on August 14, 2016 at 8:05pm — No Comments

TLS Continuum Part 59: Where do I Begin? 10 Commandments of Project Selection

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…

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Added by Daniel T. Bloom on August 5, 2016 at 2:36pm — No Comments

TLS Continuum Part 58: We do not see the world as it is, we see it as we are

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…

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Added by Daniel T. Bloom on August 1, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

TLS Continuum Part 57: What Is In It For Me?

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…

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Added by Daniel T. Bloom on July 22, 2016 at 11:23am — No Comments

TLS Continuum Part 56: A team is greater than its parts, It is not dependent on a single part

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…

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Added by Daniel T. Bloom on July 15, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

TLS Continuum Part 55: Authenticity and Teamwork

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.

The need…

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Added by Daniel T. Bloom on July 8, 2016 at 11:52am — No Comments

TLS Continuum Part 54: I Love You for Who I Am

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…

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Added by Daniel T. Bloom on July 1, 2016 at 2:19pm — No Comments

TLS Continuum Part 53: What m I supposed to do?

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…

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Added by Daniel T. Bloom on June 24, 2016 at 11:14am — No Comments

TLS Continuum Part 52: Dangers of "Hiring in your image"

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…

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Added by Daniel T. Bloom on June 17, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

TLS Continuum Part 51: It is not acceptable in society, it is not acceptable in the workplace

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.

In…

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Added by Daniel T. Bloom on June 10, 2016 at 10:29am — No Comments

TLS Continuum Part 50: A few little steps can lead to greater steps

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…

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Added by Daniel T. Bloom on June 3, 2016 at 9:48pm — No Comments

To measure or not to measure that is the question

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…

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Added by Daniel T. Bloom on May 27, 2016 at 10:24am — No Comments

TLS Continuum Part 48: Dangers of Complacency

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…

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Added by Daniel T. Bloom on May 26, 2016 at 11:22am — No Comments

TLS Continuum: Process Improvement equals Experimentation equals failure (sometimes)

As I read the literature out in the market I see wide responses to organizational problems with the usual suspects. We resolve performance issues by cutting costs. We resolve performance issues by cutting human capital spend. We resolve performance issues by cutting overhead. Here is the problem,…

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Added by Daniel T. Bloom on May 6, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

TLS Continuum: The Missing Link

Last week in our weekly blog post we talked about what the TLS Continuum was, however I left out of the discussion a valuable point about what is missing from most continuous process improvement efforts. That missing element is critical thinking. Hey I get it, it is just not you. Our next generation can’t critically think either. The base of the TLS Continuum is critical thinking so it is important that we understand the role it plays in process improvement.

The TLS Continuum process…

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Added by Daniel T. Bloom on April 29, 2016 at 11:31am — 1 Comment

TLS Continuum: TLS Continuum What is That?

I got into a discussion in the past days over the use of acronyms. The comment was passed that nobody understands acronyms so why use them. So for you who are reading this blog let me give to the basics of the TLS Continuum.

The letters TLS stand for the three components of the continuum. The letter T stands for the Theory of Constraints. Created by Dr. Eliyahu Goldratt in his book “…

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Added by Daniel T. Bloom on April 22, 2016 at 9:33am — No Comments

TLS Continuum: TLS Continuum What is That?

I got into a discussion in the past days over the use of acronyms. The comment was passed that nobody understands acronyms so why use them. So for you who are reading this blog let me give to the basics of the TLS Continuum.

The letters TLS stand for the three components of the continuum. The letter T stands for the Theory of Constraints. Created by Dr. Eliyahu Goldratt in his book “…

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Added by Daniel T. Bloom on April 22, 2016 at 9:33am — No Comments

TLS Continuum: Dangers lurking in our corporate culture

The very essence of our organizations is found within the corporate culture of the organization. It creates the vision of the organization both internally and externally to your organization. From the very beginning of the TLS Continuum series we have stressed the need to see a problem, feel its…

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Added by Daniel T. Bloom on April 16, 2016 at 9:30pm — No Comments

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