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Great, We Have Improved … or Not?

Many companies spend considerable amounts of money on customer surveys every year. Customer survey results are being used to amend strategies, design new products and services, focus improvement activities and … to celebrate success. Since the impact of customer service results can be quite hefty the data driving important decisions shall be trust-worthy. And, the […]

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Balancing Customer Satisfaction and Productivity

Your staff members complain about having too much work, the proportion of people on short-term sick-leave is consistently above average and the turnover rate is disturbingly high. However, comparing takt time and processing time does not show to any obvious issue. So, what is the problem?

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Ground Rules for Creativity Sessions

If you wish to engage in a fruitful workshop that leads to innovative ideas, you may wish to clarify some basic ground rules for creativity sessions. These ground rules have been adopted from the Creative Problem Solving toolbox by the International Center for Studies in Creativity. And, they have been proven essential through many creativity sessions.

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Beyond HR Data Analytics – Competencies HR Professionals Should Possess

HR professionals with knowledge of Lean Six Sigma tools and HR Data Analytics can deliver better service to their customers – their leaders and colleagues. Identifying requirements and gaps, analysing, improving and innovating processes as well as ensuring the performance long-term are valuable business partners.

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Cultivating an Improvement and Innovation Mindset

Not continuous improvement nor innovation have to start with massive initiatives. To the contrary, it needs to be part of the DNA of an organisation if you want to ensure that your aforementioned initiative is successful and lasting.

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Don’t Automate, Obliterate!

Only a small percentage of improvement during our business simulation is due to IT support. Most of it is a result of understanding the process and optimising the flow using good old BPR tools. However, with the availability of cloud-computing and apps for all nearly all tasks, we seem to have forgotten what matters.

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Why do we do the Things, the Way we do

We have just acquired a bottle of Italian craft, homemade and aged balsamic vinegar from a dear family friend who we think is trying to expose us to the wonders of dipping bread into the vinegar, for a total sensory experience. This is ironic because he is definitely not a fussy eater and is the […]

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Nuts and Bolts of Solutioning

Each improvement project undergoes two general phases, As-Is and Should-Be. Analysing is about understanding the problem, identifying and confirming the root causes. Solutioning requires to turn the newly gained knowledge into impactful solutions that have a good chance to get implemented. Some hints for Solutioning:

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Everyday Innovation

Waiting for the next “great innovative product idea” may never get you one step closer to a  higher level of customer satisfaction, more revenue and consistent business growth. Instilling an innovative mind-set facilitated by some simple creativity tools that are supported by empowerment does. Innovate – every day.

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Lean Six Sigma and Innovation

Over the last decade, companies and organisations in nearly every industry all over the world have introduced Lean Six Sigma to increase customer satisfaction and to deliver impressive results. An outstanding example is General Electric, the company who has made Six Sigma as popular as it is today. Another term that has drawn tremendous attention […]

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