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Don’t Automate, Obliterate!

Our business simulation is intended to show the business impact of improving and even redesigning a rather simple business process using basic yet powerful tools. Process KPIs as well as customer satisfaction and customer KPIs are measured to gauge the degree of improvement. Since we have been running this simulation nearly a hundred times with teams […]

Gemba? I was There

When Uwe asked me whether I would like to go to Gemba in order to help understand the client’s process we have been studying, I looked it up on Google. To my surprise, Gemba is not a secluded, unknown part of Singapore. Gemba (现场) is a Japanese word that means “the real place”. Japanese detectives use […]

Recognising The Coach-able Moment

In a coaching or mentoring relationship, finding the right moment for performing the coaching is critical. Often, coaching attempts go wrong because the moment is just not right. But, how do you know whether it is a good time for coaching? Just ask yourself whether you have the right essentials for coaching someone: A sincere […]

Revisiting Management by Walking About (MBWA)

Some twenty years ago, just after I was hired by General Electric Capital and tasked to implement something as strange to a bank as continuous improvement in their newly acquired, yet dusty German banking environment, life was not walk in the park anymore. Gaining the skills for the new job with the help of the […]

Excuse Me, Why Should HR Know About Six Sigma?

A friend recently spoke at an HR Conference on a competency development roadmap for Six Sigma professionals. During the break, a few participants went up to him and asked him what Six Sigma is. Only then it occurred to him that not every HR person is familiar with well known basic principles and management practices […]

Banking – A Productivity Gold Mine

When I joined General Electric Capital fifteen years ago, I asked them why they would hire an engineer with no prior banking knowledge. The answer was quite a pleasant surprise: “We have enough people who understand banking. Unfortunately, we do not have those with a process mind-set.” To assume that banks have changed since then, […]

Strategic Workforce Planning

Strategic workforce planning is the process of matching workforce demand and supply over a foreseeable time period. Organisations conduct workforce planning that builds upon quantitative activities such as headcount planning and workforce analytics, and use these data as part of qualitative decisions to support and implement organisational strategies.

No One Makes Mistakes on Purpose

“Bob is not doing his job. What should I do with him?” “Mary has messed up our relationship with a key client. I had to step in to save the day.” Having done a multitude of projects in all kinds of private and public organisations, we have frequently encountered these and other remarks by managers about […]

Take Care of Your Talent – Or Someone Else Will

Recently, I had coffee with Edward, an old friend – or better: one of my mentors. He is approaching seventy and yet is in the pink of health. So I asked whether he plays golf 24/7. His response came a bit as a surprise. “My company still needs me – so I am re-employed. Full […]

Do You Have a Clear Line-of-Sight?

Whenever I entered the management team meeting at MyBank, I was prepared with a state-of-the-art PowerPoint pitch showing the performance of each department and its core processes. Every month, we got the latest underlying data together, aggregated them and displayed an overall dashboard of how the business is doing. For this particular month, my dashboard […]