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Adaptability is the new core competency

Posted by Stephen Parry on Nov 17, 2016 3:13:37 AM

It used to be that management skills were passed along from superiors, well aware of how an organization worked based on established institutional knowledge. The formula was simple:  Take past management strategies, tweak and adjust for current realities and then manage. It’s an approach that was packaged, taught and executed with ease.

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Topics: Adaptability, Lean Methods, listen and adapt, Methods, sense and respond, Work Climate

How to do Shared Services the right - LEAN - way

Posted by Stephen Parry on Oct 13, 2016 9:19:01 PM

So you’ve got duplicate internal services in your organisation. Simple enough to just share them with others in the company, right?

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Topics: Customer Experience, Customer Value Principles, innovative culture, Lean, Lean Methods, Methods

The wow about the WOW! Awards

Posted by Stephen Parry on Sep 14, 2016 12:40:23 AM

Working with Lean over the years, I’ve grown to take special delight in seeing how customer engagement changes, develops and then becomes essential in the growth of an organisation.

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Topics: Customer Experience, Customer Value Principles, innovative culture, Lean, Lean Methods, performance, Speaking Events, Work Climate

The European Lean Educator’s Conference: My Day Two Picks

Posted by Stephen Parry on Sep 8, 2016 4:15:12 AM

I’m heading to the  European Lean Educator’s Conference (ELEC) taking place September 16 and 17 in Buckingham. On Tuesday I gave you my run down of sessions for Day 1. Today I’m going to share my Day 2 picks.

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Topics: Adaptability, Customer Value Principles, Lean, Lean Methods, Seminar, Speaking Events

The European Lean Educator’s Conference: My Day One Picks

Posted by Stephen Parry on Sep 7, 2016 8:44:37 AM

When talking to companies about Lean and Agile, I often wish I had a way to have them take a deep dive into the broad universe of thought and opinion on this dynamic way of thinking.

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Topics: Adaptability, Agile Review, Lean, Lean Methods, Seminar, Speaking Events

Spotlight on the European Lean Educator Conference 2016

Posted by Stephen Parry on Sep 1, 2016 6:21:58 PM

Anyone immersed in Lean culture will be heading to Buckingham in the UK for the third edition of the European Lean Educator’s Conference (ELEC) and for good reason.

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Topics: Knowedge work, Lean, Lean Methods, Speaking Events

A3 thinking: not a process

Posted by Stephen Parry on Aug 2, 2016 4:00:09 AM

When discussing A3, I often find myself having to clarify that it’s not simply a process you can implement. It’s a mindset that influences everything within an organization.  It’s a crucial distinction.

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Topics: A3 Thinking, Knowedge work, Lean Methods

An Adaptable organisation: sensing deeper and responding sooner

Posted by Stephen Parry on Jul 14, 2016 11:00:25 PM

Although I often talk of how adaptability and creating and fostering an agile environment help organisations keep up with external change pressure. But I’ve also seen these same approaches used very effectively in managing a company’s internal affairs.

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Topics: Adaptability, Lean Methods, sense and respond

Building trust essential to building Lean and Agile organisations

Posted by Stephen Parry on Jun 7, 2016 2:30:33 AM

 

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Topics: Change Leadership, Lean Methods, Work Climate

Championing failures the best way to succeed

Posted by Stephen Parry on May 17, 2016 10:54:52 PM

Someone told me recently about Pixar Studios cofounder Ed Catmull and how he said that you had to embrace failure to succeed. I hadn’t heard that particular story but I smiled in recognition. It’s no wonder that PIxar as a studio produces so many hit movies and collects numerous Oscar trophies.

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Topics: failure, Lean Methods, Methods, sense and respond, Work Climate