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By Dale Lawrence In today’s environment, where operations need to keep growing capabilities, the Lean methodology will help drive efficiencies, build sustainable growth and ensure your business can scale regardless of the type of operation. The approach is the same whether you have a start-up in the growth phase and straining to scale effectively or a back-office support team that is overwhelmed with sudden volume. Going back to the fundamentals of Lean as the toolkit will help you identify the gap and provide ways to improve. During COVID, the need for Lean is even more important. Focus on the operations as a

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By Dale Lawrence Often, organizations focus on either culture or customer experience or operational excellence as independent activities without seeing that they all are interrelated. In fact, the customer doesn't really care about the company culture or the operational success but will feel the impacts from both. When it is time for the customer to reflect on their loyalty and determine if they with re-purchase, their decision will be based on the overall historical relationship and interactions. In effect, whether their needs were met with the least customer effort. The company must see the customer journey, the employee engagement and the

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By Madison Hanscom, Ph.D. Autonomy is a beneficial job characteristic. Research has shown when you give employees more control over their work, it is related to a host of great outcomes like job satisfaction and higher performance (1). An advantage to remote work is the opportunity for individuals to enjoy more of the autonomy they desire — but are flex workers always getting this autonomy in reality? A team of researchers recruited 1135 participants to take place in a study that collects information on their work experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic over time (2). The data collection began in April of 2020

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By Dale Lawrence While most leaders have adopted a plan of not bringing every employee back to the physical workplace, what is unclear is “how long?”, “how is this impacting my strategy?” and “what impact will this have on my business, partners and customers?”. Without a clear understanding of the long-term impacts of Coronavirus on society and specifically the economy, many leaders are unable to project far into the future business planning. Not only does this impact budgetary planning for capital and operating expenses, it changes how leaders look to growth, partnerships, supply chains, business improvements and customer experience initiatives. In fact,

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By Dale Lawrence Operational leaders, over the past five months of COVID-19, have mostly focused on managing costs, making decisions on difficult layoffs and furloughs while trying to convince their customers to purchase goods and services. This has been a balancing act, but the customer likely has taken a back seat to the other operational needs. In a number of areas, the customer’s experience has been forgotten. Some overall thoughts: • Business customers are also living through the same challenges. They are watching their spending, managing their costs and asking their own customers to buy. This is what happens in the interconnected business

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By Julia Borges Purchasing a vehicle is always a big deal. From deciding between various vehicle options to filling out all necessary paperwork, it can certainly cause a fair amount of anxiety for customers. Financing or leasing a car has always been viewed as a long, tedious process with many steps that will most likely keep customers there for the majority of their day – and in some cases, can even take multiple days. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, this process was seen as cumbersome and time-consuming; but with the new social distancing regulations and increased level of worry, potential customers are

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