Business Management - Productivity/Process Improvement

Does Your Company Suffer from Omphaloskepsis?
February 28, 2018 at 12:00 am

Companies who are omphaloskeptic (i.e. inwardly focused) tend to be much less successful than those who are highly attuned to the needs of their customers and may miss market opportunities because they don’t see patterns in customer behavior.

Xeikon Celebrates 30-Year Anniversary
February 15, 2018 at 11:44 am

Xeikon marks 30 years since its founding with a series of educational blogs chronicling the history of digital printing.

Job Shop Management Software: Under-Utilization
February 13, 2018 at 10:05 am

Did you now that Lean Management has over a 90% failure rate?  Likewise, 45% of features in Job Shop Management Software goes totally unused. In fact, another 19% of a software’s features are rarely used, resulting in a 64% under-utilization ratio. These failure rates, of utilizing and sustaining business processes, reminds me of a conversation I had with a large publishing company CEO.

Is Your Team Fired Up or Burned Out?
February 12, 2018 at 10:03 am

If you’re seeing telltale signs of burnout from your high achievers - exhaustion, forgetfulness, negativity and pessimism - you’re not alone. According to a study by Kronos, 95% of human resource leaders say that employee burnout is sabotaging their efforts to retain their workforce. Here are a few habits that can alleviate a slow burn.

4 Ways to Produce Change in an Organization
February 9, 2018 at 2:05 pm

In working with organizations over the years, I have observed a particular reaction people have when someone in their organization proposes a change, particularly a major one. Those on the listening end, who are required to make the idea a success, are hearing it for the first time and may have a mixed reaction to it. It is at this intersection where so many ideas fall apart.