Continuous Improvement

Tips & advice to help you improve your performance

 

How To Support a Continuous Improvement Program

We had an interesting discussion on a recent training course about how continuous improvement within a department can be supported. One manager on the course was implementing a Kaizen Programme and his main concern was that the structure of the organisation, and especially his team,…

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Improve Your Career Prospects By Reading Effectively

Francis Bacon wrote, “Reading makes a full man” and Emerson wrote, “It’s a good reader that makes a good book”. Reading is one of the core skills of any good communicator. Our trainers will often ask delegates how many books have they got in their…

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Ideas To Help You Turn Your Business Around In A Crisis

Richard Branson once said “No-one has ever accused us of lagging behind. In fact, I’m willing to turn an entire company upside down if it’s time to do that. We’re in perpetual evolution”. I believe that unless a business is in perpetual evolution, it isn’t…

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How to Encourage Creativity in the Workplace

We are often asked by managers, how do we get our people to think creatively? We all know that creative thinking is a skill or talent that is highly prized, but how exactly do we encourage it? Good question. I think it all starts with…

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Why Consistency Is Crucial To Your Management Success

On a recent management course we were running, the discussion revolved around the key skills managers need to make an impact in today’s working environment. One delegate suggested consistency in approach. But another delegate thought it would stifle creativity if a manager tried to be…

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How To Make Strategic Planning Work

Many managers practice strategic planning because it offers a clear vision and direction for their department. It’s necessary because, without it, you are driving in the dark with no lights. You’ll get to your destination, maybe, but it will be difficult and take a lot…

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Be Proactive In Your Management Style

It’s been said that there are three types of people in business: – those who make things happen, those who watch things happen and those who ask “what the heck happened?”! At the start of each month, it’s a good time to analyse how you…

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Applying Best Practice Management

The process of measuring best practice involves looking at other companies to uncover basic principles that you can model within your own business. When GE developed their Best Practice Project, their main ethos revolved around asking the question, “What’s the secret of your success?” The…

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Improve Your Value As A Manager

Personal and professional development is one of the most valuable uses of your time in your career as a manager. It’s only by growing and developing your skills within your current role that you convince others you are worthy of investing in for the future.…

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Developing Qualities Of Great Managers

Do me a favour. Get a pen and a piece of paper. Carry out this simple exercise before reading down the screen. OK? Ready? Let’s go. Draw a tree. Any tree. Just draw it. It doesn’t have to be a masterpiece. Just draw a tree.…

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How You Talk To Yourself Can Have A Profound Effect

Many psychologists have long argued over the impact of negative thoughts. All agree they have a powerful effect on you. They affect your attitude, your physiology, and your motivation. Your negative thoughts actually control your behavior. They can make you sweat, make a messy presentation…

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Learning about Behaviour Patterns1

Every individual on your work team has a different personality. Each different personality type will have a different way of reacting to a situation. While it may be difficult to predict just how each individual you work with will behave on a regular basis you…

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