What Process Teaches Us About People

What Process Teaches Us About People

Process improvement projects fail more often than they succeed. Even though there are many documented lessons from these failures, organizations continue to repeat the same mistakes. The result is wasted project spend and a process that is as bad (or worse) than when the project started. For would-be disrupters this is detrimental. Launching a disruptive idea and failing in execution makes your company trust you less and your customers are not going to risk their continuity with you anymore.

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Staying Out of the Ivory Tower

Staying Out of the Ivory Tower

What happens to our favorite artists when they get popular? A lot of things do, but the reason they resonate less is that they’re in an ivory tower. The pains and struggles they sang about when they made their first few albums are gone. The unique perspective they drew upon to write in an original way no longer exists. They are different people. They still have problems and struggles, it’s just that now those are ivory tower problems; problems that are meaningless to you.

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Cultivate Disruption

Cultivate Disruption

Human reflexes tell you to be rigid when you are pushed. They tell you to seize control and to settle things down. It is a reflex because it’s overwhelming if you are already busy with something (or several things). You are at capacity, can’t work another 60-hour week and besides, there is enough cool stuff in the pipeline already.

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Individual Contributors (Should) Make the Best Innovators

Individual Contributors (Should) Make the Best Innovators

How can a mid-market or big company be as good at quickly innovating as a great start-up? By putting more empowerment back in the hands of individual contributors. To understand why this works and how to achieve it, it’s important to understand the make up of start up employees. Start up employees are:

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How to Read

How to Read

Experts and pontificators are not there to give you an instruction manual on how to be good at your job, but this is how they tend to be used by their readers. Most of the time normal people who are “well read” find a few authors they totally agree with and relate to and stick to them. They attempt to directly implement the things they’ve read into their job function. This is the wrong way to read because it develops critical thinking very slowly.

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Quality Controls: Keep it Light

Quality Controls: Keep it Light

Continuously adding controls is quite damaging over time. Since controls are applied to processes across all individuals who perform them, every control you implement reduces the productivity of individuals who would otherwise perform the task correctly. The penalty of adding a control to those who don’t need it is greater than the gain of a new control correcting the behavior of those who occasionally mess up.

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Your Single Greatest Asset: Overcoming Obstacles

Your Single Greatest Asset: Overcoming Obstacles

A study published by Expert Choice shows that when it comes to finding the top project managers in the world (the ones who really have to make sure execution is flawless and manage $100 million+ budgets effectively),  senior executives are looking for one quality above all others: the ability to overcome obstacles.

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