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Operational Leadership

By KyoungHee Choi As leaders, have you ever felt that you are carrying too many heavy bags on your shoulders? Felt overwhelmed by circumstances around you? Often, leaders are trying to fill in their busy life with more than they can carry or don’t feel comfortable to be in a “Comfort Zone” position. While the concept of “Minimalist Leadership” is relatively new, the word and principles of “Minimalism” has been around for quite a while. We have all heard the saying “Less is more” popularized by minimalist architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. I personally love his architectural style and this principle. In Asian

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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 Madison Hanscom, PhD Most of us know what it feels like to grind for 8 hours at work and feel drained at the end of the day. Micro-breaks are a way to keep us feeling refreshed throughout the day and avoid feeling exhausted later. There are several types of work breaks that vary in length. There are vacations, weekends, the period of time between work shifts (the evening for most people), the lunch break, and then those little breaks we take during the workday, usually in between tasks. Those small, informal breaks during the workday are what researchers call “micro-breaks”. Depending

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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, PhD As companies plan and administer major changes or interventions to improve occupational health and safety, a participatory approach can very well determine success or failure. When employees are involved in the process, their voices shape the program into something that is a better fit for the people and the culture. There is no reason a group of leaders far removed from the average worker should be creating change initiatives in isolation. This can lead to a program that is out of touch with what is needed by the people, and it can also hurt buy-in and momentum.

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By Madison Hanscom, PhD Organizations must continually change and adapt in order to sustain improvement in this dynamic world. Without change, companies risk falling behind and losing the competitive edge. Researchers are developing a picture of what leads to successful change and what factors contribute to failure, because unsuccessful change can be disruptive and expensive. For example, it is known that having a proper diagnosis before the change, forming a clear vision, mobilizing energy, removing barriers, developing knowledge and skills for the change, setting goals, and implementing feedback are all crucial components of successful transformation. Another critical component is supportive leadership. What

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