Skip to main content

Driving productivity by splitting up the problems in your business


I bet that you can think of three changes you want to make in your business, that would drive up your levels of productivity, as you read this.

How easy are these changes to make?

Are they new ideas, or are they items you are struggling with?

If they are new ideas that’s great.

If, on the other hand, they are ideas that have been floating around your business for a while I want to share an observation with you that might help you get your project(s) unstuck.

When I get to listen in to managers talking in a business about the problems that are stopping them from making a meaningful change happen I often find that they clump their problems together (often unconsciously). This makes it a big problem. I’m sure that you know what I am talking about.
However, when you study the problem it is often possible to tease out the individual problems. Once you identify these focused, smaller, problems it becomes easier to address the issues one by one.

So, today’s challenge for you is this:

  • Find one of your change projects that is stuck due to a known problem.
  • Study the problem and attempt to pull it apart to reveal the smaller issues that are tangled together.
  • Decide how you want to tackle the individual problems and start to make progress on those items.
  • Monitor your change project and see if it starts to get some momentum.


I accept that this approach will not work in every circumstance, but you might be surprised at just how many problems in your business are a collection of smaller problems just wrapped up together to give you that effect.

Here’s to gathering momentum with your changes,

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.

Discover practical improvement strategies to drive up productivity for both you and your business. Access the free tools section today by clicking here.

Popular posts from this blog

Stop firefighting, start performing!

Another weeks passes and another example of unnecessary fire fighting demonstrated by a business I have been to help. If you have this taking place in your business, let me ask you a few questions: 1. What keeps on happening? Regain control with this practical book Can you pin down what it is that you keep having to do, to get out of trouble? If you can't, is there a pattern you can observe? 2. Do you want it to stop? Is it causing you enough of a problem that you want it to stop? If the answer is yes, keep reading, if not park it for another day. 3. Find out what is going on Do you know why you are having this issue? If you aren't sure where the issue is arising from, then take a few minutes to have a look around. When you have some idea, go to the next step. 4. Cause and effect Do you know what is truly causing the fire fighting situation? If you spend the time to get to the root cause of the situation , you have a good chance of permanently eliminating this situation. Most p

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

Are your teams clear?

I have recently finished working with a team that were struggling. They were struggling to meet their production schedules. They were struggling to respond to customer enquiries on time. They were burnt out and frazzled. After some prodding and poking it became clear what their issues were. In particular, it became obvious that expectations of the team weren't clear or defined. Defining what you expect from teams is a standard management approach. The problem with most teams is that leadership describe the standards in vague terms . So, what happens if you get the standards crystal clear? You should expect to see the team produce the right outputs. They should produce the outputs at the right time. And, they should produce them in an agreed way. Be clear with your teams. Ask the question: What does good look like? If you want to get some more ideas on how to define effective standards and visions, get your copy of my book today . What does good look like? is a practical guide to h