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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.

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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

TLS Continuum: Dangers in Collaboratiion

The continuous process improvement field is inundated with articles and practices touting the benefits of working with cross-functional teams. The TLS Continuum methodology is based on the input of various views as to possible solutions to the problems facing organizations. But there is a downside to this effort to arrive at consensus on potential solutions to these very problems. That downside is groupthink.

What do we mean by the term groupthink? Irving Janis tells us that…

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Added by Daniel T. Bloom on April 8, 2016 at 10:45am — No Comments

TLS Continuum: The Dangers of Assumptions

Those of you who have followed this blog since the Blogger days in the early 2000’s know that there are two topics I have strongly avoided in this space – one is religion and the other is politics. And yet the current political climate provides clear evidence of the dangers of assumptions in our…

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Added by Daniel T. Bloom on March 25, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

TLS Continuum: What do we mean by Process Ownership?

In last week’s post we asked the question, who really is your process subject matter expert?  In this week’s post I want to take the discussion to another view of the question. If we have assumed who the process SME is within your organization, then what are their obligations to the…

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Added by Daniel T. Bloom on March 19, 2016 at 6:00pm — No Comments

TLS Continuum: Who is your process Subject matter Expert?

As I have stated earlier I am currently in the process of reading Michael Rother’s Toyota Kata. In…

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Added by Daniel T. Bloom on March 14, 2016 at 5:00pm — No Comments

TLS Continuum: But I still don't understand the correlation

Over the course of this series of blog posts, and most recently the last couple of weeks, we have stressed that the TLS Continuum requires the creation of a new normal in the organization. It calls for a new form of corporate culture. But where is the correlation between the TLS Continuum, Change management and the New Normal?

In order to answer that question we need to backtrack to the beginning of the journey if you will. Your organization has been in existence for decades, however…

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Added by Daniel T. Bloom on March 4, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

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