With Business Problems, Time is Not Your Friend

time and money

By Dale Lawrence


In most process improvement projects, when analyzing the business problem in advance of determining a solution, you typically look at a variety of data. Many Lean Six Sigma (and other methodologies) projects start out with a data collection plan and gather such things as number of defects, number of people, time duration, pass/ fail rates, length/ weight/ temperature, customer survey results etc. While each of these can lead to valuable insights to root causes and possible solutions, most projects miss a key metric… the duration for the actual project. This includes technology builds, large process transformation and relatively small LSS projects. Read More...

Transforming, Innovating, Growing: The case for leaders with diversified careers

transforming

By Eric Michrowski


HBR recently published a study on Transformational Leaders . One of the conclusions that caught my eye was that most of the leaders that had successfully transformed an industry or business had very diverse backgrounds (think Amazon's Bezos who came from a Finance background). They mention the importance of leaders that come with outside experience and that are brought into a business to drive change. Read More...

Executive Fireside Conversations: Building an Army of Problem Solvers in a High Growth, Entrepreneurial Disruptor

fireside chat

By Eric Michrowski


I was recently meeting with the CEO of a professional services firm that has developed a business model, which is quietly disrupting his industry. Founded in a dislike in the conventional business model that his competitors have been reinforcing for decades, he has changed a few key variables to transform the service offer, namely:


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Four Vital Lessons Joe Dirt Surprisingly Teaches us about Strategy

Joe Dirt

By Clint Rusch


In 2001, David Spade’s magnum opus ‘Joe Dirt’ was released, to critical fanfare (11% at Rotten Tomatoes) and commercial success ($27M in domestic gross). A coming of age tale about the eponymous antihero (played by Spade), the film tells the story of a young man whose parents had a mullet wig surgically grafted to his head because his skull failed to completely form, before leaving him behind at the Grand Canyon at the tender age of only eight years old. Joe would go on to grow up in a plethora of foster homes, each with a series of misadventures more imposing than the last, before leaving the love of his life to try to find his parents, eventually ending up in a janitorial job at a Los Angeles radio station, where his tragic story became fodder for a morning show disc jockey. Joe eventually finds his parents, discovering their abhorrent and crass commercialism and rejecting them for the friends he discovered during the course of his search and recapturing his lost love. Read More...