27 Apr

Technology Will Change Work and Your Business

Recently I wrote an article titled, The Future of Work – Are you Ready, where I discussed the impact of technology on jobs, the workplace and how work would be accomplished in the future.  An important statement in that article was “…nearly two-thirds of all jobs could have a significant part – at least 30% – of their activities automated by 2030.” and “ … about half of all work activities globally have the technical potential to be automated by adapting currently demonstrated technologies…”   In other words, rapid advances in technology will not only change how work is done; it will change jobs and change the skills needed to perform those jobs.  If that isn’t eye-opening enough for you consider a Dell Study that states “85% of the jobs that will be available in 2030 are not available today.”

What exactly does this mean to you?

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27 Oct

Going Through the Motions Isn’t Problem-Solving

No one likes problems.  We either try and resolve them or we try to avoid them.  We avoid them by doing nothing or by simply ignoring they exist hoping they will go away.  Sometimes ignoring a problem is a good strategy as not all problems need or deserve our energies to resolve.  However, when we decide to work on resolving a problem how we proceed is important to achieving an outcome.  Too many times I have seen organizations and individuals focus on the process instead of the desired results.  In other words, they spend more time talking about the problem, talking about the problem-solving process and little to no time about executing the solutions to the problems they are trying to fix.  This process focus isn’t problem-solving.

So what is problem-solving?

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05 Oct

Project Management for Your Business

Like it or not we all can find ourselves leading a workplace project.  Our ability to successfully execute Project Management is key to the success of our businesses.  As a result, we must understand what it takes to successfully manage a project.  By success, I mean not only completing the project on time and within the budget but also achieve or exceed the expected results.  Given that an estimated 80% of our work time is spent on projects the development of the necessary skills to do that is important to our total success as leaders.

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03 Mar

YOU COLLECTING CANS?

As I was pumping gas a man in dirty disheveled clothes walked up to me and asked: “Do you know what time it is?”  I looked at my watch, answered him and then looked at him more closely.  He had a half filled plastic bag and had been putting aluminum beverage cans in it.  He thanked me, started to turn away when I asked “You collecting cans?”  He said yes and I asked him to wait as I reached into my Jeep and gave him 4 empties I had inside.  He thanked me again and I asked, “You collect these often?”

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24 Feb

Your Lean Initiative Will Most Likely Fail

Blasphemy! Heresy! Burn Him!   Yup, I wrote that.  Your Lean initiative will most likely fail.  A study released by the Lean Institute conducted by Industry Week in 2007 found that only 2 percent of companies that have a lean program achieved their anticipated results.  Further, more recent follow-up studies have shown that few of those sustained their gains initially made.  Much can be made of that statement and when you consider that more recent studies show at best that only half of Lean initiatives achieve any measure of success at best (some show as little as 5% success) you have to wonder what all of the excitement is about.

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