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Standing on a Mountain of Diamonds: Removing Waste for Maximum Rewards

Posted by Stephen Parry on Sep 9, 2019 3:02:27 PM

If you are a change leader -- C-suite executive or middle manager, embarking on a change program, getting the foundations right is critical.  This will determine the success or failure of your transformation.  Read Waste Management from our eBook, Change Readiness: Planting the Seeds for Change Success or download it in its entirety here.


Waste Management

Where does all the rubbish go?

You will be familiar with the word “landfill” but have you ever actually seen one? Where exactly are these places? They never appear in that “points of interest” list on a satnav and they are never signposted off the motorway. The reason for that, of course, is obvious. It is why the dumpsters are hidden around the back of your favourite restaurant. Nobody wants to think about them, let alone see them.

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Topics: Change Leadership, Adaptive Culture, Business Tips, Change Management, Adaptive Business, business agility

Some Tweets of 'Mind'

Posted by Stephen Parry on Apr 8, 2019 3:52:55 PM

When thinking about your transformation program, particularly when using Lean and A3 Structured Thinking, here are some of my past tweets that will give you some food for thought.

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Topics: IT Business, Lean Methods, A3 Thinking, Lean, Change Management, Adaptive Business, business agility

How do you see your organisation? Is it a Marilyn Monroe or an Albert Einstein?

Posted by Stephen Parry on Apr 4, 2019 7:03:29 PM

When working on business transformations, I often start by showing the team a hybrid image of Marilyn Monroe and Albert Einstein, which was created by Dr. Aude Oliva at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It is the same image but can be perceived in two different ways depending on the distance from it.

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Topics: Customer Experience, Lean, Business Tips, Change Management, Adaptive Business, business agility, Agile

Sense and Respond: The Journey to Customer Purpose (Foreward)

Posted by Stephen Parry on Apr 4, 2019 3:37:00 PM

 by Dr. Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld

"In reality, this is a culture change on a massive scale. It is a shift to a culture that can see the value in recognizing ‘disconnects’ with customers. It is a shift to a culture where frontline workers have the skills and motivation to conduct root-cause analysis.It is a shift to a culture in which learning is seen as central to business success, not just an add-on activity.

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Topics: Lean Methods, A3 Thinking, Sense and Respond Book, Work Climate, Adaptive Culture, Change Management, Adaptive Business

The Key Challenges for Business Transformation and Change: Turn on the Lights!

Posted by Stephen Parry on Aug 8, 2018 11:31:51 AM

Originally published in CIO Magazine, my article's audience is C-Suite Executives, Change Leaders and Middle Managers and those interested in eliminating waste, creating value, and ultimately, creating a business with Agility and Adaptability.


Imagine yourself at a party where everyone is having great time. Suddenly someone turns on the lights, and everyone looks around. What do they see? One huge mess – which up till this point had not been visible. In terms of business transformation be it Lean, Agile or Adaptive, this ‘putting on of lights’ represents the key challenge. It is about letting all in the organisation see, in the clear light of day, the mess or waste that their company is continuing to create.

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Topics: Adaptability, Adaptive Culture, Business Tips, Change Management, Adaptive Business, business agility, C-Suite Executives, Middle Managers, Change Leaders

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