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Are all of the opinions on the table?

The opinions that count of course!

When we are looking at changes that are going to take place in a business there may be several viewpoints that need to be taken into consideration.

There might also be information that needs to be shared and acted upon.

If you skip this step you're taking a risk...

I find that when this activity is undertaken many people feel dis-heartened about what transpires.

Suddenly an improvement idea that was just about ready to go feels as though it has been made 100 times more complicated and just about impractical to implement.

If you have ever felt this way you will empathise with those people who see their projects lose momentum and grind to a halt.

However, there is a way out of this situation; play with the ideas and explore some different combinations.

Find some alternative routes and agree on what 'baby steps' you can make to get the improvement journey re-started.

The improvement may now seem more complex, but by agreeing the first few steps you might find that you can still see a way forward, but this time with a far more robust project that won't cause a problem for someone else further down the line.

After all, it is better to go slower with a good project than faster with a bad project.

Don't let the seeming complexity phase you, just juggle the pieces of the puzzle a few times until a different route emerges.



Giles Johnston
Author of Business Process Re-Engineering and creator of the 'Making It Happen' continuous improvement strategies online course.

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