Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Rebooting Your Business

In 2006 the James Bond franchise was given one of the most successful reboots in film history with the release of Casino Royale.

This rebooting of famous franchises has become something of a trend but it’s not just the movie world that can use it for renewal and reinvigoration.

Giles Johnston of Smartspeed Consulting Ltd believes that rebooting your business is essential – and it shouldn’t only be done on a periodic basis.

In fact Giles has been working with clients in utilising what he calls Daily Reboots.

He explains, “Regular well focused meetings are a great way of reviewing the status of a business and for planning ahead.”

Giles has worked as a business consultant for eight years, specialising in helping companies become more efficient and effective. He uses a variety of methods for this, including Lean Management techniques, Kaizen and Operations Management. Giles also delivers training workshops that focus on such areas as on time delivery and continuous improvement techniques.

Giles in fact is often praised by clients for providing solutions to problems in an innovative way, bringing the insight of an expert to improve their business.

A central theme of his work involves empowering managers to use their time more efficiently and of aiding front line staff identify and solve workplace problems. Giles in fact has helped many businesses improve every sort of process imaginable.

The scope and coverage of his work as a management consultant regularly includes Contract Reviews, Key Performance Indicators, better use of ERP/MRP, improving internal communications and information management.

“At the core of what I do is the constant, incremental improvement of business processes. And constant improvement needs to be matched by constant review.

“Daily Reboots are usually held each morning before the working day kicks off. These short meetings  involve a broad section of an organisation coming together to review core tasks for that 24 hour period.

“It could be something as simple – but effective – as using a checklist to run through the day’s operations and activities. It is important to be able to ask – and answer: Is anything slipping? Are we performing to an optimal level and is everything running like clockwork?

“The Daily Reboots are also great for working on the production schedule for the next 24 hour period. The reboots help an organisation avoid a situation where it is in constant fire-fighting mode.

“There are many things to do in running a business and the Daily Reboots enable people to know what needs to be done, when those things need to be done by, and then do them!

“The meetings also offer people the opportunity to discuss new ideas and for a team to come together to solve problems. A good Daily Reboot has an energising effect and delivers solid results.

“Daily Reboots also serve a more strategic role. They help people get into the mindset of preparing for each day, of being as primed and positive as possible.

“The small business owner understands this concept, of getting into this very positive place, in his or her mind, at the start of each day because they have to make things happen.

“SMEs and the larger companies can, in my experience, lose track of this, in the hurly burly of the working day.

“Daily Reboots can provide that platform for constant renewal, positivity, for re-energising your people.”

Smartspeed Consulting Limited
Taking the frustration out of on time delivery.

C'mon! Just write the SOP!