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Kamishibai Boards: A Visual Management Tool to Improve Discipline and Workplace Habits

If you need to increase your effectiveness in the workplace and need a visual tool to help with day to day task management then this short guide is for you.
Giles Johnston, a business improvement consultant for small to medium sized businesses, takes you through the steps needed to implement a low / no cost solution to your day to day management problems - a 'Kamishibai' board. 
A Kamishibai board can help to improve discipline within the workplace and ensure that the working days / weeks / months are more effective.
Common within businesses that use 'lean' methods to improve efficiency and performance (and very effective to use when implementing 5S), a Kamishibai board can be used in its own right, in any kind of business, whether you are going through a lean transformation or not. 
Click here to view on Amazon.com.
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Plan, then execute

Planning and execution (the doing part) are often treated as the same activity. They are clearly separate; they have different names to begin with. When I say that they are treated as the same activity what I mean is that I often find that people will think about what they are doing (planning) as they are doing the task (execution). By this time they are already on a specific path and so the effect of their planning is limited.
Planning can be seen as another task to be completed. Another thing to do on an already straining ‘to do’ list. This is understandable with how workload’s seem to be nowadays. However, planning can be done very quickly, and can help to reduce the amount of work required to complete a task.
So, a small amount of planning could actually reduce the total workload you have in front of you. Coming up with a quick planning method that suits the way you work is the trick here, and that requires you to have a think about how you work best and what results you need.
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Huddles need to be quick

A daily meeting to organise, prioritise and focus team efforts are invaluable. They also need to be quick.
Businesses that have put these ‘huddles’ into place run the risk of the meeting becoming stale, boring, routine and long. The first three of these problems are OK, but the fourth ( huddles becoming long) is the real stumbling block. If you become quick at running the meeting then the first three problems can disappear altogether.
If your huddles are becoming stale and long winded then refresh the meeting through speed.
A daily meeting to increase productivity and performance is just too good to miss.


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