October 29, 2015

We’ve focused a lot on improvement this month, from ways to develop a kaizen-inspired mindset in your organization, to areas where you can cut waste and reduce shipping costs.

But even if you follow every piece of advice on the subject, how will you know if your business is getting better, or find out what’s really going on where the action happens in your organization?

Hiking back to Japan for inspiration, here’s the simple answer: get your boots on and “go to Genba.” Continue reading The Epicenter of Improvement: Getcha Genba Boots On!

October 16, 2015

In recent pieces, we’ve focused on driving continuous improvement and developing outside the box thinking across your organization. Both are rooted in great ideas, the best of which tend to flow when you encourage creative thought.

That can be easier said than done. Not everyone is able to channel or express their great ideas as easily as others, even though every member of your team has something valuable to contribute. That doesn’t mean that they don’t want to contribute and feel like a part of the process, though. That comes down to your company management, training, and creating an atmosphere that motivates everyone to offer their opinion.

Even when you feel like you have a lot of creative individuals in your midst, it’s worth taking the time to expand the idea pool as wide as you can take it. A few simple ideas can help you to do that, as well as giving a broader perspective on ways to improve an organization. Continue reading 3 Quick Tips to Encourage Creative Thought