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CI strategy - pretending to be on holiday

Do you have plenty of time to spend on completing your improvement projects?

Unless continuous improvement is your full time job it is unlikely that you would answer 'yes' to that question.

So, if you answered 'no', how about you take a holiday instead?

If you were on holiday your colleagues would have to muddle through; somehow they'd cope without you.

The same goes should you be sick. They might not be able to cover you for a prolonged period, but they could cover you for a while.

So, why is this any different to covering for you while you make the business better?

When I say go on holiday, it might only be for an hour or two. They wouldn't have to cover you for long in most cases.

The upside is that an hour invested in continuous improvement is worth many hours down the line.

The trick is to get some protected time; no interruptions to derail your thinking and implementing.

Pretending to be on holiday is one such strategy.

I've used this strategy and so have many of my clients.

Deep down you know that if you can spend a good few hours on the right improvement the business will be better.

If you just don't seem to get around to making time for your improvements then why not give this strategy a go?

Just remember, you probably won't get a tan!


Giles



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Enjoy reading,

Giles
About the author Giles Johnston is a Chartered Engineer who specialises in helping businesses to grow and improve through better business processes. Giles is also the author of Business Process Re-Engineering and creator of the 'Making It Happen' continuous i…