Lean is *Not* a Training and Development Activity

Markovitz Consulting

A prospect told me recently that he wanted to work with me to bring lean/continuous improvement to his company, but first he needed to “integrate it into his Training and Development” plans. If you frame lean/CI as a training and development activity, you won’t get the of buy-in and commitment from staff that you need. To be sure, when lean is done well, it IS a skills and human development activity. It’s not just a training and development activity.

Taking the measure of product development


Is the way you measure product-development performance harming your company’s health? Insights on OperationsNew research suggests that it might be.

An operating model for company-wide agile development


Organizations are succeeding with agile software and product development in discrete projects and teams. To do so in multiple business units and product groups, they must rethink foundational processes, structures, and relationships. Our Insights

Upgrading your business to a digital operating system


One element of a successful digital transformation is developing a new way of operating that relies on the right talent, prioritizing speed, and targeting milestones.

Accelerating product development: The tools you need now


Insights on OperationsTo speed innovation and fend off disruption, R&D organizations at incumbent companies can borrow the tools and techniques that digital natives use to get ahead.

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Importance of Developing Soft Skills in Consulting

Tom Spencer

What skills do I need to develop? Luckily, the answers that I received from countless individuals at various levels of seniority at the firm were the same: focus on developing your soft skillset. From associate to partner, everyone is operating on a deadline to fulfill their respective role on the case team.

4 Ways to Develop Practical Business Understanding for Consulting

Management Consulted

Many history, English, and art majors, engineers, and law students – all of interest to consulting firms, but lacking in business basics – come to us asking how they can develop their business understanding to prepare for consulting interviews.

7 Ways to Improve Operations Without Sacrificing Worker Safety

Harvard Business

These kinds of statements speak to a leader’s choice of values, and a failure to understand the relationships between a safe work environment and operational performance. The reality is that virtually all workplace injuries are preventable, and safety management and operational excellence are intimately linked. Improved operational performance will result in fewer injuries. Each firm needs to select or develop its own, appropriate to its functions and products.

From Engineer To Successful Ecommerce Consultant with Mike Gammarino: Podcast #48

Consulting Success

Once you have those two things together, the next piece is the ecommerce operations piece. Many times as companies grow quickly, the sales and marketing of those products quickly outpaces the operations. Consulting Success Podcast business development ecommerce operations outsourcing operations

5 Recommended Courses To Develop Business Understanding for Consulting

Management Consulted

An Introduction to Operations Management. Today we bring to you some key ways that you can increase your business understanding and, therefore, your effectiveness in consulting. As a consultant, you have to look at things in ways that most people would not.

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How IT can drive agile development


A simple idea: update your operating model to be able to build small, self-contained teams that create change quickly and efficiently. Our insights

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Strategic Planning – Develop Your Plan

Gina Abudi

As a follow up to my last article on strategic and operational planning, consider some additional best practices to follow to begin planning now for developing your 2018 strategic plan. The post Strategic Planning – Develop Your Plan appeared first on Gina Abudi. As part of your plan, consider: Who should be involved on the core team? Ensure leadership representation from across the organization.) Get employees from throughout [.].

Figuring Out How IT, Analytics, and Operations Should Work Together

Harvard Business

A new set of relationships is being formed within companies around how people working in data, analytics, IT, and operations teams work together. For IT to operate in the data and analytics space often takes realigning roles and responsibilities. Analytics Operations IT Digital Articl

Bank of Canada Admits Recession: Shades of Voldemort; The Solution: More Bubbles; Operation Twist Canadian Style?


Among developed nations, only the bubbles in a few Scandinavian countries and Australia can hold a candle to them. Operation Twist, Canada Style I smell an " Operation Twist " type move by the Canadian central bank to rectify this horrific " recession-signaling " condition.

Leadership Development Should Focus on Experiments

Harvard Business

Leadership development represents a huge and growing investment for most organizations. In past years leadership development has always been treated as a discretionary expense or even a luxury, and therefore something that could be pared down or eliminated in hard economic times.

Getting an Intricate Operation Back in Sync

Harvard Business

Facing interconnected operational issues, members of the eight-person senior leadership team were turning against one another. Over the years, I have developed just such a template. Operations in a Connected World.

What Inclusive Urban Development Can Look Like

Harvard Business

One of us is an urban theorist, the other a community-focused real estate developer. After repurposing many of the original structures and facades, the district is now evolving into a retail, restaurant, arts, and culture destination, a forum for local events, a flexible work space for businesses, and a residential area, all while evolving its manufacturing with 21 st century operations. Developers have two primary ways to help create new and better jobs.

Developing Leaders and Organization at the Same Time

Kates Kesler

The best global leadership systems develop people and the organization simultaneously. No other business process has more impact on shaping culture than company-wide talent development forums. Calibration and development councils can become the control centers for activation if used well. By investing in the talent conversation, they are “being the change,” working together with behaviors that are the global operating model.

How Companies Can Champion Sustainable Development

Harvard Business

Given political climates around the world and a new wariness around international cooperation, the private sector could find itself in the hot seat: trying to pick up the slack on big issues from climate change to sustainable development. Like Unilever, there are companies in other industries forming a vanguard of early movers, merging their business goals with sustainable development. Trying to cover it all would be operationally overwhelming and a waste of resources.

Great Businesses Scale Their Learning, Not Just Their Operations

Harvard Business

Historical studies of the Industrial Revolution have shown that there was a significant lag between the introduction of new industrial machinery into the workplace and resulting productivity improvements because it took time for workers to develop the skills required to get the most value out of the machinery – skills that could only be taught in a very limited form because they had to be adapted to specific contexts and needs.

Organizational Character and Leadership Development | Consulting.

Consulting and Organizational Management

Share » Connect » Blog: Consulting and Organizational Development. Organizational Character and Leadership Development By Jim Smith on December 16, 2010. For the last 50 years it has not been fashionable to talk about moral development, yet the subject of moral development is all about being a grown up. Loevinger, Ego Development. They operate from self-evaluated standards. The conscious operate from a self-evaluated set of standards.

The European electric bus market is charging ahead, but how will it develop?


There is still a lot of uncertainty around eBus battery charging strategies and the optimal type of charging hardware, mainly related to costs and operational flexibility. Widescale adoption of electric buses in Europe is near. Oil & Gas Insights

The new frontier: Agile automation at scale


Large-scale automation of business processes requires a new development approach. Insights on Operations

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Why Do We Spend So Much Developing Senior Leaders and So Little Training New Managers?

Harvard Business

During the last five years of my corporate management career, I had a great deal of leadership development. It’s hard to find precise spending data on the amounts invested in management training (for supervisors and middle managers) and leadership development (for senior executives).

How to Develop Empathy for Someone Who Annoys You

Harvard Business

Sandra Slager, chief operating officer at MindEdge, an online learning platform for companies and colleges, says that whenever she works with a challenging colleague, she reminds herself to “assume the best” about that person. vincent tsui for hbr. When someone you work with annoys you, it’s tempting to avoid the person as much as possible. But this isn’t always feasible and often only makes the situation worse. You’re better off cultivating some empathy.

The Key to Adaptable Companies Is Relentlessly Developing People

Harvard Business

But it turns out there are very few that are great and relentless at people development. When it comes to preparing organizations for a complex, high-speed future, many people who work in those organizations, or in management science, talk about the imperative for “ continuous improvement ” in operations. What is unique about these companies is that they have built their cultures to support the development of all of their people, every day.

Develop Deep Knowledge in Your Organization — and Keep It

Harvard Business

Leaders with a passion for developing employees’ skills, and those who understand the need to transfer knowledge among generations of workers, know how important it is to link in-house education to strategic planning. The educational concepts developed in that program have since evolved into a larger learning program called EYP University, which provides an average of 20 courses a year for architects, engineers, and a combination of the two.

Why Salespeople Need to Develop “Machine Intelligence”

Harvard Business

Amelia, the “cognitive agent” developed by IPsoft, can parse natural language to understand customers’ questions, handling up to 27,000 conversations simultaneously and in multiple languages. Operations in a Connected World.

Developing Employees’ Strengths Boosts Sales, Profit, and Engagement

Harvard Business

We’ve found that there’s significant potential in developing what is innately right with people versus trying to fix what’s wrong with them. The companies we studied develop what comes most naturally to people — e.g., having employees complete the CliftonStrengths assessment, incorporating strengths-based developmental coaching, positioning employees to do more of what they do best every day, and the like.

History of Organization Development (Part 1 of 6) ? ?Prehistoric OD.

Consulting and Organizational Management

Share » Connect » Blog: Consulting and Organizational Development. History of Organization Development (Part 1 of 6) — “Prehistoric OD” By Carter McNamara on March 5, 2012. What are our operating assumptions and where did they come from? NOTE: This site distinguishes the difference between “organizational development” and “Organization Development.” Organization Development. Training and Development.

As Work Changes, Leadership Development Has to Keep Up

Harvard Business

As work itself is changing, some of the basic tenets of leadership development are being challenged. To meet these challenges, we see three priorities for developing the next generation of leaders in the “work-disrupted” age: Mastery of Digital. Developing Tomorrow’s Leaders. employees, customers, free agents, communities we operate in) and so much more. Development programs must evolve from a static, closed-system approach.

WannaCry Cyber Attack Hits 99 Countries, FedEx, Nissan, Hospitals, Universities with NSA Developed Malware: Five Questions


The NSA found holes in the Windows operating systems and instead of alerting Microsoft it chose to exploit those holes for its own benefit. Operations had to be canceled. The National Security Administration (NSA ) has its hands in the biggest ransomware cyber attack in history. The problem with such an approach is the NSA is not the only one who can exploit the holes. At least 70 countries have been hit.

Startups Could Fundamentally Change the Way Big Investors Operate

Harvard Business

Small startup firms are already developing proprietary technologies — such as machine vision, deep learning, and other innovations —– that could help large investors evaluate opportunities and risks with far greater accuracy and efficiency than was previously possible. This disconnect is a major problem for the continuing development of efficient capital markets. Innovation has the potential to transform the investment industry.

History of Organization Development (Part 2 of 6) ? ?The.

Consulting and Organizational Management

Share » Connect » Blog: Consulting and Organizational Development. History of Organization Development (Part 2 of 6) — “The Psychologists” By Carter McNamara on March 19, 2012. What are our operating assumptions and where did they come from? NOTE: This site distinguishes the difference between “organizational development” and “Organization Development.” Organization Development. Library.

Ukraine Announces Full-Scale Army Operation on Pro-Russian Militants in Seized Buildings; Verge of Civil War; Russia Calls for Emergency UN Meeting


In what some call "crunch time" others a worst case scenario, Ukraine Announces Full-Scale Army Operation on Pro-Russian Militants in Seized Buildings.

How to Develop Leaders Who Can Drive Strategic Change - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM KORN FERRY

Harvard Business

Developing leaders to drive financial performance and operational excellence has always been important. Faced with this challenge, executives listed the need to develop leaders who can drive strategic change as the most important leadership development priority for their organizations. But another challenge emerged: Survey respondents said they were unhappy with their current leadership development plans. Image courtesy of Korn Ferry.

Expanding the Reach of Primary Care in Developing Countries

Harvard Business

While advances in health care in the developed world often emphasize new technologies, in developing lower- and middle-income countries simply expanding the reach of basic primary care services is crucial to improving health. In developing countries, primary care tends to be delivered by a mix of public and private sector providers. North Star primarily serves truck drivers and sex workers, operating in the afternoons and evenings to fit its clients’ schedules.


Harvard Business

What skills do today’s executives need to develop to become effective global leaders of tomorrow? The capacity to simultaneously develop a global and local perspective. ” The ability to develop networks that are internal and external to the organization.

The Future of AI Will Be About Less Data, Not More

Harvard Business

Innovation Research & development Technology Operations management IT Digital ArticleWe need computers with some common sense.

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Using Online Platforms to Boost Your Billings

Successful Independent Consulting

My last article discussed working with consulting agencies to supplement your business development efforts. Sample projects include company valuation, workshop development, competitive analysis, financial projections, go-to-market plans, performance measurement, and pricing.