20 Apr

Process Problems – The Biggest Issue Impacting Business Performance

According to a study done by Tolero Solutions, “an overwhelming 60 % of people said poor processes were the biggest frustration impacting their business performance and satisfaction at work!”  This is a significantly large number and one that should alarm any Business Owner or Leader wanting their business to be successful.  Process is obviously how we accomplish anything.  Understanding your processes is a crucial step to ensuring successful business performance. 

I find a surprising number of business leaders who think they understand their process only to discover that the process is not what they thought.  Processes break down; they change without considering the impact and all to often employees who are the process don’t understand how their part of the process fits into the bigger business picture.

So what can you do?

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13 Apr

Agile Leadership Drives Organizational Performance

The ability of an organization to respond to changes in both its internal and external environment is called agility.  An organizations agility is paramount to its long term, and often its short term, success.  The turbulence that businesses have been experiencing in the last several decades is not going away.  Whether the challenges are created by political, climatic or economic events, the organization must respond rapidly, or whether, possibly dying in the process.  The ability to respond to these challenges as well as identify and capture new opportunities is a key factor in ensuring the sustainability, and growth, of a business.  The key is, Agile Leadership Drives Organizational Performance.

How do you make that happen?

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30 Mar

The Future of Work – Are You Ready

Work is changing, and for many, the future will eliminate the work they do today.  A recent report by the McKinsey Global Institute concluded that nearly two-thirds of all jobs could have a significant part – at least 30% – of their activities automated by 2030.  That could affect 800 million roles, it said.  Further, “… about half of all work activities globally have the technical potential to be automated by adapting currently demonstrated technologies…”  This has a significant impact on the future of business and on the future of the workforce.  If you are a Business owner or Leader, preparing for this inevitable change should be a big part of your strategic planning.   The year 2030, the endpoint of this study, isn’t far away.

What will you do?

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23 Mar

Does Strategic Workforce Planning Add Significant Value?

What is the value of good Strategic Workforce Planning or SWP?  If done well, good SWP ensures that the workforce has truly contributed to the business’s bottom line.  More specifically, good SWP measures how well the workforce contributed to the business strategy and it accepts (embraces) that business outcomes are significantly driven by workforce performance.

Many businesses still treat their workforce like a cost that needs to be managed and controlled.

Why?

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16 Mar

Limiting Beliefs Are Sustaining Your Skill Shortage

Finding workers for your business is harder than ever. According to June 2018 article from CNN Business, There are now more job openings than workers to fill them. With unemployment nationally around 3.8% and here in Wisconsin at 2.8% business owners and leaders are struggling to find workers.  I find this issue to be profound and troubling. The reason, purely anecdotal but I feel a well-qualified anecdotal, is that I communicate weekly with a lot of unemployed highly skilled workers around the US.  To a person, they tell me they can’t get hired. These workers all have one thing in common; they are very experienced people over the age of 50.  And…you aren’t hiring or considering hiring them because of your limiting beliefs

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