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. And yes, some training is required to learn both those tools and the fundamental way of thinking. It’s not just a training and development activity.

4 Steps to Improve New Manager Training

LSA Global

Do You Need to Improve New Manager Training? It is not easy to find an organization that does not want to improve new manager training. Why are so many leaders disappointed in the impact of their new manager training? Four Steps to Improve New Manager Training.

7 Ways to Improve Operations Without Sacrificing Worker Safety

Harvard Business

Needed repairs and upgrades were delayed, worker training postponed, and risk assessments overlooked. 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. It is a fundamental component of their operating culture.

Scientist, Engineer and Operations Manager

Seth Godin Blog

The Operations Manager takes the handbook and executes on it. The scientist invents the train. The operations manager makes it run on time. Operations managers shouldn't do experiments. A career is often based on one of these three stances: The Scientist does experiments.

The Upgraded Leadership Operating System

Cheryl Cran

Traditional training modules on leadership skills, communication skills, change management skills, emotional intelligence are useful tools to elevate leadership ability. What does it mean to ‘upgrade the leadership operating system’?

Why Doctors Need Leadership Training

Harvard Business

Even though medical institutions have designated “leadership” as a core medical competency , leadership skills are rarely taught and reinforced across the continuum of medical training. impact of training on quality metrics) of their interventions. STOCK4B-RF/Getty Images.

The Upgraded Leadership Operating System

Cheryl Cran

Traditional training modules on leadership skills, communication skills, change management skills, emotional intelligence are useful tools to elevate leadership ability. However the bigger learning and training opportunity is to arm leaders and their teams with new models and systems that will help them to upgrade their leadership operating system. What does it mean to ‘upgrade the leadership operating system’?

The Upgraded Leadership Operating System

Cheryl Cran

Traditional training modules on leadership skills, communication skills, change management skills, emotional intelligence are useful tools to elevate leadership ability. However the bigger learning and training opportunity is to arm leaders and their teams with new models and systems that will help them to upgrade their leadership operating system. What does it mean to ‘upgrade the leadership operating system’?

The Dirty Little Secret About Digitally Transforming Operations

Harvard Business

Operations in a Connected World. A major train operator, for example, designed an advanced analytics solution in order to better understand the failure behavior of a major battery pack in one of its train models.

More Training Won’t Reduce Your Cyber Risk

Harvard Business

How many times have you had to watch your company’s latest cybersecurity training video? An entire industry now exists to train us humans to be smarter in how we operate computers, and yet the number of cybersecurity incidents continues to rise. Are we impossible to train? Should the military train its soldiers, sailors, generals, and admirals so they are less of a weak link for cybersecurity, as Admiral Sandy Winnefeld, the former vice chairman of the U.S.

Great Businesses Scale Their Learning, Not Just Their Operations

Harvard Business

This kind of learning does not occur in a training room; it occurs on the job, in the day-to-day work environment. Ronald Coase nailed it back in 1937 when he identified scalable efficiency as the key driver of the growth of large institutions. It’s far easier and cheaper to coordinate the activities of a large number of people if they’re within one institution rather than spread out across many independent organizations. But here’s the challenge.

When Consultants Should Facilitate, Coach or Train | Consulting.

Consulting and Organizational Management

When Consultants Should Facilitate, Coach or Train By Carter McNamara on April 13, 2010. There are strong feelings that consulting, facilitating, coaching and training are very different roles. Ongoing contributions usually do not come from clients during trainings or when receiving advice from experts. When You Might Resort to Training. Training is often most useful when a group of people need to learn expert-based knowledge. Training and Development.

Pilot Pulls Wrong Throttle, Kills 43; Tennessee Train Crash Releases Toxic Fumes, 5,000 Evacuated; Robot-Preventable Accidents

MishTalk

Improper training of a Taiwan pilot took the lives of 43 people in February. The ASC’s report also showed that Captain Liao Jian-zong, who was at the controls, had failed simulator training in May 2014, in part because he had insufficient knowledge of how to deal with an engine flame-out on take-off. The same question applies to trains, even more so. There have been several major train crashes in recent years. And why do we still have humans driving trains?

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

Harvard Business

And as I neared the end of my corporate days, I realized I’d received much more management training in the last five years than I did in the first 20 years — when I really needed it — combined. What factors contribute to this training imbalance?

Analytics Training Isn’t Enough to Create a Data-Driven Workforce

Harvard Business

When it comes to creating a more data-and-analytics-driven workforce, many companies make the mistake of conflating analytics training with data adoption. While training is indeed critical, having an adoption plan in place is even more essential. Based on my experience, here are three ways leaders can shift a company culture from a one-and-done focus on “training” employees in analytics to an “always on” focus on analytics adoption: Form competency centers.

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Most Doctors Have Little or No Management Training, and That’s a Problem

Harvard Business

And they receive little on-the-job training to develop skills such as how to allocate short- and long-term resources, how to provide developmental feedback, or how to effectively handle conflict – leadership skills needed to run a vibrant business. Some health care businesses use duplicate dyad management structures—one to oversee the clinical enterprise and another to oversee the business and operations that support the clinical enterprise. Nicholas Blechman for hbr.

A Better Metric for the Value of a Worker Training Program

Harvard Business

The United States has thousands of workforce development and training programs, run by the public, social, and private sectors. for those not going to four-year colleges — everything from federal and state jobs initiatives to on-the-job training, certifications, community college, and employer training — is at least $300 billion a year. That requires successful training programs, which means we need to know which ones work.

German Reader on "Political Correctness"; Denmark Cancels All Trains From Germany; Juncker Pleads for Compulsory Refugee Quotas

MishTalk

Denmark Cancels Trains For Indefinite Period The BBC reports Denmark-Germany Rail Links Suspended Denmark's DSB rail operator said trains to and from Germany had been suspended for an indefinite period because of exceptional passport checks. Police also closed part of the E45 motorway - the main road link between Germany and Denmark - after about 300 migrants left another train and set off on foot towards Sweden near the border town of Padborg.

Denmark "Temporarily" Tightens Border Controls; Trains Cancelled; Cascade of Border Controls Grows; Understanding the Problems

MishTalk

Fences, train checks, walls, payoffs to Turkey, pressure on Greece, are among the methods. Lars Lokke Rasmussen, Danish prime minister, said the decision was prompted by Sweden’s move hours earlier to introduce identity checks for all passengers arriving by train, bus or ferry from Denmark. Swedish train operator SJ has suspended services to Denmark until it can iron out such problems. There are so many "temporary" border controls in the EU I have lost count.

Plan an offsite meeting

Consultants' Consultant

Offsites are excellent ways to solve operational problems, build teams and get your team on the same page. Off sites 101 Articles by Cindy Tonkin Presentations and meetings Training programsConsultants Consultant: Plan an offsite meeting with care. Do it right and it’s great! If not, a nightmare ensues. This checklist will help guide you through effective ways to plan an offsite meeting. Plan an offsite meeting: Get clear and […].

Selling Consulting Services Using High-End Value with Mark Pierce: Podcast #69

Consulting Success

Mark Pierce, owner, operator and founder of E5 Leadership Academy, has been teaching people how to fish rather than giving them a fish.

Political Acumen in Business

Consultants' Consultant

Consultants Consultant: Political acumen in business is what separates the competent operator from the outstanding. Consulting Well Political Acumen Articles by Cindy Tonkin Consulting skills Get what you want Manage others Please your boss and your clients Training programsIt’s what stops you – and your team – from career limiting moves. It’s the unspoken skill that separates the manager from the organisational leader.

How to Uncover the Root Cause of Poor Performance

Consulting Matters

The most common go-to solution for any performance gap is to throw training at it. The truth is, while training is often necessary, it is NEVER sufficient. These questions are designed to help you get to the root of individual performance problems – which may or not not require training to solve. Is training provided? Have training been effective? Could they do it if their lives depended on it (without further training)?

9 Research-Backed Manager Roles to Master

LSA Global

By operating in the following manager roles to master: 1. In this way the team can coordinate its activities with other teams so they can operate across organizational boundaries. Blog Management Development New Manager TrainingWhat Are the Manager Roles to Master?

How impact investing can reach the mainstream

McKinsey

Clear measurement standards, high-grade operations, specialized products, and more training for entrepreneurs can make impact investing a more influential practice.

How to Better Handle Office Politics

LSA Global

So you need to disengage from the way you feel and adopt an objective attitude from which you can operate and learn. Blog New Manager TrainingHow to Better Handle Office Politics.

How to Learn New Skills Faster

LSA Global

Josh Waitzkin, chess whiz, martial arts expert and author of The Art of Learning , puts it this way, “The more present we are at practice, the more present we will be in competition, in the boardroom, at the exam, the operating table, the big stage.”. Learn New Skills Faster|.

Seth's Blog: Memo to the modern COO

Seth Godin Blog

Instead of measuring the call center on calls answered per minute, he insisted that the operators be trained and rewarded to take their time and actually be human, to connect and make a difference instead of merely processing the incoming. In the industrial era, the job of the chief operating officer revolved around two related functions: Decrease costs. The company knew what needed to be done, and operations was responsible for doing it.

Higher Wages Aren’t Enough to Turn Mediocre Jobs into Good Ones

Harvard Business

Higher wages are also necessary for many companies that are stuck in a vicious cycle of bad jobs, bad operations, bad customer service, low productivity, and high costs. Operations Labor Digital ArticleImage Source/Getty Images.

How to Uncover the Root Cause of Poor Performance

Consulting Matters

The most common go-to solution for any performance gap is to throw training at it. The truth is, while training is often necessary, it is NEVER sufficient. Is training provided? Have training been effective? Do they have the prerequisites for training?

The New Manager Communication Skills to Avoid Big Mistakes

LSA Global

When messages are mis-heard or mis-interpreted, operations and relationships suffer. That is why most of our new manager training programs emphasize foundational new manager communication skills. Blog Communication New Manager Training Performance Management

Bureaucracy Can Drain Your Company’s Energy. Agile Can Restore It.

Harvard Business

Its hierarchical authority, specialized division of labor, and standard operating procedures enabled companies to grow far larger than they had ever been. Tens of thousands of agile teams have operated for decades without much awareness — let alone active support — from CEOs.

Are Your New Managers Ready to Lead?

LSA Global

As you sort out what works, see if you, too, can practice new manager training skills around effective communication, setting goals, gaining agreement, giving feedback, making decisions, prioritizing for the activities that really matter, and following up. Are Your New Managers Ready to Lead?

Welcome to the Library's Blogs! - Free Management Library

Consulting and Organizational Management

Development is hard pressed to interface with operations. Yet it is extremely important that this interface be workable because developments are not relevant until they find their way into operations. An operation is charted to preserve the status quo, the current thinking and methods. Operations assumes this status quo as a “given” and works within current procedures to improve them and “operationalize” them with a high degree of efficiency. Training and Development.

The New Manager Communication Skills to Avoid Big Mistakes

LSA Global

When messages are mis-heard or mis-interpreted, operations and relationships suffer. That is why most of our new manager training programs emphasize foundational new manager communication skills. Blog Communication New Manager Training Performance Management

The Value of One Great Idea

Women in Consulting

Your new business is doing great, but some of the operational aspects are taking up way too much of your time. How can you improve operational practices so that you can work more effectively? Consulting Training and Education WIC NewsBy: Rita Barber. Does one of the following describe you? Your business is on a roll. You’re ready to take that next step to grow your business even further. But you’re having second thoughts. Is this really the right time?

Demystifying Corporations and LLC’s

Women in Consulting

It should be part of your business plan to transition into a formal entity as soon as revenues increase to a level where you can justify the increased operating expenses associated with being a Corporation or LLC. The transition itself can be tricky and time-consuming, but the bottom line is that almost every business out there better serves its owners when it operates as a Corporation or Limited Liability Company. Consulting Training and Education By: Trevor Caudle.

How NASA Uses Telemedicine to Care for Astronauts in Space

Harvard Business

But our experience shows that achieving this requires planning and training prior to launch, as well as good communication and rapid learning in space. Training crew members to manage their care. Before launch, all astronauts are trained to use the medical assets that will be on board. There is not always a doctor on board, so some astronauts also undergo 40 hours of paramedic-level training to qualify as a crew medical officer.

How Manufacturers Can Get Faster, More Flexible, and Cheaper

Harvard Business

All kinds of companies had failed at operational flexibility. Optimization through cross-training. The third trait that many masters share is the use of flexible plant designs and multiskilled, or cross-trained, machine operators. The units are mounted on wheels, and each carries one vehicle body at the center as well as four operators, with a complete set of parts to be installed at the four sides of the vehicle.

How a U.S. Health Care System Uses 15-Minute Huddles to Keep 23 Hospitals Aligned

Harvard Business

In this article, I’d like to share the insights we’ve gleaned from the model’s first full year of operation, which hopefully organizations in health care and many other industries will find useful. Operations Strategy execution Organizational structure Digital Article