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Getting the Most from the Apprenticeship Levy

Last April at the time of 'Apprenticeship Week', I posted a reflection on how most companies and training academies seem to overlook the importance of including Continuous Improvement as a core skill set within any scheme of apprentice development. With apprenticeship levies being a current topic and one where employers will be looking to get the most from their investment, [...]

By | February 1st, 2017|Categories: New Potential News|Comments Off on Getting the Most from the Apprenticeship Levy

Beating Those Year-End Target Blues

With less than five weeks till most break up for Christmas, many out there may be nervous about achieving annual targets, considering the usual seasonal distractions. As the holiday spirit takes hold, Christmas parties and holiday planning can challenge employee focus and momentum, risking productivity at a key time. However, avoiding the title of office Scrooge can be tricky in [...]

By | November 24th, 2016|Categories: New Potential News|2 Comments

How Aligned Are Your Improvement Efforts to Your Strategic Priorities?

Many business leaders would immediately respond with confidence that a clear selection process exists to focus improvement effort in their organisation. Only by drilling down into that response does the picture often become more opaque. One reason is that we often call efforts to resolve problematic situations ‘improvements’, when in fact they are really problem solving. Fire-fighting today’s problems is [...]

By | October 3rd, 2016|Categories: New Potential News|2 Comments

Are you ‘In’ or ‘Out’ of Continuous Improvement?

The long fought debate around the EU referendum, a pivotal point in British history, has been fought with debate, insults and at time factual discussion. The question not asked enough in many companies however, is are you ‘in’ or ‘out’ of continuous improvement (CI). Within the camp of organisations declaring to be ‘doing improvement’, or being a ‘lean company’, there [...]

By | June 28th, 2016|Categories: New Potential News|Comments Off on Are you ‘In’ or ‘Out’ of Continuous Improvement?

Lean Six-Sigma is for me, not only my processes

How often do you finish a days work disappointed at how few important to-do tasks or business objectives you have started as intended? Of course this will always happen to an extent, but the frequency with which it happens determines if it needs attention. Using the cliché, working on the urgent rather than the important stuff often allures us to [...]

By | July 27th, 2015|Categories: New Potential News|Comments Off on Lean Six-Sigma is for me, not only my processes