Effective Communication:

Signs of Operational Effectiveness “If you just communicate, you can get by. But if you communicate skillfully, you can work miracles.” – Jim Rohn, author, speaker, entrepreneur It is Girl Scout Cookies’ season. Every year it reminds me of an amusing family story. My parents believed in supporting young adults in their many efforts, whetherContinue reading “Effective Communication:”

Consistency: A Sign of Operational Effectiveness

“Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come.” – Dwayne Johnson Aldridge Kerr is often asked what we see as one of the most common operational challenges organizations have. The answer? Lack of consistency. We joke that it is better to do something consistently ineffective and/orContinue reading “Consistency: A Sign of Operational Effectiveness”

Theme for 2023: Signs of Operational Effectiveness

“Operational effectiveness and strategy are both essential to superior performance.” – Michael Porter, Author, Harvard Professor Each year, we select a theme with hints on that topic for discussion throughout the year. Our theme for this year is identifying the signs of an operationally effective organization. We often ask our Clients if their organizations areContinue reading “Theme for 2023: Signs of Operational Effectiveness”

Rinse, Repeat

Repeating the hints learned in 2022 ….. for effective execution of a project or initiative ____________________________________________________________________________________ “There is no harm in repeating a good thing.” – Plato, ancient Greek philosopher The phrase “rinse, repeat” indicates “an action or process that needs to be repeated.” It is used to indicate that a certain pattern of stepsContinue reading “Rinse, Repeat”

Managing Risks and Project Management

“Plans are worthless. Planning is essential.” Dwight D. Eisenhower As we continue our discussions on effective execution of any project and initiative, a critical element to success requires robust project management, as we have discussed previously. An element of a good project plan is directly related to mitigating risks that will delay or worse, sabotageContinue reading “Managing Risks and Project Management”

Testing Before Execution

“Quality means doing it right even when no one is looking.”— Henry Ford It is so frustrating when a software solution becomes available…. whether a new solution or an upgrade…. and it just does not work as intended. Why does this happen so frequently? In many cases, this is due to lack or inadequate testingContinue reading “Testing Before Execution”

Managing Change and Scope Creep

“People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully. I’m actually as proud of the things we haven’t done as the things I haveContinue reading “Managing Change and Scope Creep”

End User’s Input

“Everybody who’s been successful has gotten lots of help and input from many, many people.” – Carol S. Dweck, Author of “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success” The Project Team was excited that the project was almost completed. Then, they were surprised when they presented it to the End Users and there were major concerns.Continue reading “End User’s Input”

Keeping the Project Moving Forward

“Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.” Conrad Hilton Momentum: Merriam-Webster defines it as “strength or force gained by motion or by a series of events.” As we continue our discussions this year on effective execution, one of the challenges Organizations may face isContinue reading “Keeping the Project Moving Forward”

Communication and Execution

“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” – George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright A Client once commented: “People are seemingly constantly asking how the project is progressing. We are never going to get this project done with the interruptions.” My response was simple: “Are you providing regular updatesContinue reading “Communication and Execution”