Are you one of those impatient, results driven, over achiever types? Yeah, me too. However, recently I have changed my mindset a bit, and have begun to savor in the joy of learning, not just the outcomes. Here are some examples. It started with an experiment. In an effort to teach a group of front line leaders how to manage, control and improve processes we did the formal training, but then followed that with some practice exercises. The managers were assigned coaches (I was one of them) and were asked to address real business problems in small teams. What made this different from all ofRead More →

Over the years I have led or been the end user (or victim) of business outsourcing initiatives. Some were very successful, while others were a flop. What’s an Ops Leader to do? Here are 4 specific steps that you can take to increase the likelihood that your project will be successful. Have others? Please add them in the comments section. 1) Ask About The Contract Early In The Sales Cycle During the sales process, some vendors will tell you everything that you want to hear. Then, when it comes down to the contract negotiations, they refuse to agree to certain things in writing. Our legalRead More →