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By Eric Johnson When embarking on a process improvement journey, it is critical to first know the details of the root causes, your resources skills and constraints, and most importantly your culture's ability to thrive under the new changes. Process Improvement initiatives often arise out of a number of different situations as a solution to issues organizations currently face. The initiative may be an idea of an executive that has prior process improvement experience or exposure to process improvement information or conversations, and ascribes to capturing those benefits for her area. Or it may originate from a middle manager who has participated

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In the June 12th issue of ESPN The Magazine, Seth Wickersham published an outstanding story about four-time Pro Bowl defensive back Richard Sherman and his struggles to move past the Seahawks’ inability to close out a win over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX, the most-watched television program in American history. As a quick reminder – the teams played to a tie (14-14) in the first half, before Seattle scored ten unanswered points in the third quarter. In the fourth, the Patriots replied with two touchdowns of their own, to take a 28-24 lead, with approximately two minutes remaining

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For years, organizations have pursued process improvement to proactively identify opportunities for cost reduction, quality enhancement, elevated productivity, and to achieve new standards. The industry of process improvement has exploded in size and scope, and has brought with it scores of buzzwords, methodologies, certifications, and associated requirements. Here are four myths that have hitched along for the ride…and one truth that hasn’t, but should have. MYTH #1: Process Improvement is Slow. I get it. It’s an advantage for the process improvement practitioner to say that it’ll take a long time to see the improvement, that it’ll take a long time to implement

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By Eric Johnson Data is only useful when it is used to change behaviors, processes and/or activities. Data can make or break an organization and often many executives ignore it at their peril. When done incorrectly, a data strategy can be used to misrepresent actual performance, serve as tools in political fights, and reduce the focus to meeting simple numbers instead of strategic initiatives. However when viewed holistically, data can be an immensely productive part of an organization and can even establish a strategic advantage over other market players. But to capture these benefits, the organization must instill the mindset of using

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By Eric Johnson In the pursuit of an ever-elusive profit margin, organizational complexity tends to increase relative to the outputs of the business. Customers are demanding increased features of products and services yet competition places downward pressure on pricing. At this point, operational processes become a strategic advantage: how can you deliver your products and services at the level your customers want but at the ease and cost structure your company needs? If this describes your situation, you are not alone. At Propulo, we interact with organizations every day that are looking to capture the value that is derived from reduction in

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By Allison M. Ellis, Eric Michrowski & Dr. Autumn D. Krauss In the service industry, employees on the frontline are critical for driving the business, through having meaningful interactions with customers and clients and serving as ambassadors of the entire organization. Prioritizing the customer or client experience, or in other words taking an outside-in perspective, requires a focus on both creating systems and processes that efficiently and effectively serve the customer, as well as identifying the human factors that drive the highest quality customer experiences. Many are familiar with the adage, “the happy worker is a productive worker”, but have you heard

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