Don’t underestimate the value of a strong foundation of best practices.
Building the foundation
The core of the foundation is not often understood or valued. Solid building blocks are essential: a demand driven, customer focused approach, alignment of strategy and operational execution, roles and responsibilities, and good meeting practices are just the beginning.
How experienced is your brick layer?
Too often consultants say to themselves ‘This is just another client project’. Well, that’s not an attitude you’ll ever find with our team. We understand your challenges and the importance of hurdling over them. We have the real-life experience, scars and accolades to prove it.
Which bricks to lay first?
It always makes sense to understand your starting point. You may need to assess your current state to figure that out. What is your 3 to 5 year plan – your business strategy – and how can you get there? Your long-term plan and how you will execute it are fundamental. Continuously validate that your strategy is adding value to your customers. As you execute, incorporate change management to make sure your entire team is on board, well informed and ready to take on the challenge!
The A-Ha moment
Business process and value stream mapping are opportunities to bond cross functional teams and drive continuous improvement. The whole team is needed to ‘lay the foundation’ and add value to the customer. The map cements the project goals with the people responsible.
You are ready to build the house
You know your foundation is complete when you are conducting effective meetings with the right people, collaborating on best practices, and making good decisions.
Effective change management guarantees adoption
Employee engagement is fundamental with any change. A top down approach is often fraught with miscommunication, perceived as a possible threat with value misunderstood. Involving representation from multiple organizational levels along with a frequent concise communication plan rallies the team, building and sustaining momentum.
Check out how a leading producer, distributor and marketer of avocados created a clear corporate vision of the future and empowered the entire organization to drive change through multi-functional collaboration.
You need good meeting practices
Senior management’s support and adherence to good meeting practices will serve as a role model for the rest of the organization. Your employees will set an expectation for themselves and others to support meeting guidelines and complete their assignments on time.
Leverage your people with social models
We believe in building communities of practice to set and update standards. We help you create and leverage social hives to spontaneously identify and solve problems.