Skip to main content

What happens when you give up with continuous improvement?

How many people have you spoken to about continuous improvement and striving to run your business the way that it should be run?

Do you ever get the response that they have run out of steam and that they no longer feel that their voices have been heard?

I hear this from many people when I work with different businesses, but there is usually a way out of this position.

Most continuous improvement revolves around discussion and experimentation.

If the conversational element is broken let's come up with some ways to re-start the discussion.

If you know what good looks like for your business then you at least know what you need to talk about. (If you don't, it might be time to define it.)

So, how about you take a time out from your normal busy-ness and generate ten ways to have a conversation about the items that have become stuck in your business?

Working out how to re-ignite a conversation is something that is easy not to do, it is easier to carry on and put up with how things are.
Only $25 - ready for immediate download

If you feel ready to get a few of the continuous improvement activities that should have been done ages ago back on track try the challenge above. Come up with ten ways to re-start the necessary conversations, have the conversations and then focus on tracking the actions thereafter.

I see too many great ideas that have stumbled that never make it through to implementation. They should have been picked up right away and dealt with; today is the day to sort it out.

If you want a simple to follow approach to help you deal with these kinds of conversations then check out my Improvement Accelerator Framework.


Have fun generating your conversation starters!

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 improvement toolkit.

Popular posts from this blog

Kaizen improvements need to be specific

Do you find that your Kaizen improvements don't always go to plan? If you do, then you're with the majority! Whilst there is great deal of 'trial and error' there is a simple approach that can help. Available from Amazon Being specific about critical parts of your improvement can uplift your results. So, how do you go about doing this? The most direct route is to be clear about which parts of your improvement are critical. From here you can explain, in detail, what you want for those items. This might take some practice as many of us have become lazy in this regard. We take it for granted that our team 'get us' and will know what they need to do. If you ever feel that something basic is missing from an improvement ask this question: "What does good look like?" The answer should put you back on track. About the author: Giles Johnston is a Chartered Engineer who specialises in helping businesses to grow and improve through better business processes and

Where to start with Kaizen, if you just aren't sure

Kaizen is a great word. It is a word that can unleash the potential of both a business and an individual. Kaizen means more than just continuous improvement. It is a word that is linked to: Confidence Growth Exploration Courage Many people I speak to, that are new to improvement projects, aren't sure if they are on the right path when it comes to embracing the spirit of Kaizen. If you are also one of these people then let me share with you a few thoughts that can help you feel at ease about starting and leading change. Start with your concerns A great place to start your improvement life is with anything that isn't right. Getting your concerns out into the open really is the first step for most of us. If you aren't happy with something, raise it. This isn't only a great place to start, but something that you shouldn't give up. Whenever a standard is not being met, or not even defined, get vocal and then do something about it. Start small The intention of Kaizen is

Stimulating Kaizen opportunities - the 'mechanical' way!

I often end up in conversations about how to stimulate Kaizen ideas and opportunities. If you have read my other posts, you will know that I split the improvement journey into two halves. For many people, the initial Kaizen focus is all around fixing things that are wrong / not working properly. Once you get past this point you need something else to focus and motivate you to generate improvement opportunities. The two halves of the Kaizen journey The discussion that I often end up in, is the one around the imagination quandary. People talk to me about not being creative, or not being inspired to come up with improvement ideas. Do you ever feel this way? It seems that there is a popular view that some people are creative and some aren't. Great Kaizen ideas are not just the product of 'creative' people. There are lots of ways that you can generate improvement ideas without having to sit on a mountain top cross legged waiting for inspiration. Finding a 'mechanical' w