Kaizen

The Japanese concept of Kaizen means continuous improvement. Too often we get content and complacent and think “it’s good enough”.

The reality is things are never good enough and we need to be continuously looking for opportunities to improve.

The thing to remember is the world is constantly changing so if you don’t improve constantly you will start to fall behind.

Have a great day!

Lawrence

Incremental change

I’m working with a client who is using technology that is extremely outdated. They are wanting a solution that will provide the newest technologies, the most up to date features etc. The problem is, to overhaul their entire system will take many months and while it has to be done the problem is the time to make the change.

The challenge is whether it’s worth it to fix the old system to make it workable while working on the major overhaul of the entire system.

Some would say the short term fix will more than pay for itself and others would argue that it’s throwing good money after bad.

There isn’t a right or wrong answer but I do believe this is applicable in many parts of life.

Have a great day!

Lawrence

Cloudy Judgement

I had a conversation the other day with a client who semi jokingly said “it’s easier when I don’t let the facts cloud my judgement”.

He was referring to how people express their opinions without regard for what the data is to back up the opinions.

At what point do we insist that people factor the data into their statements when they are presenting opinions as facts?

Have a great day!

Lawrence

New Eyes

Sometimes you need to bring in a new set of eyes to look at a situation.

When you look at the same things over and over you tend to start seeing what you think is there and not what is really there. You start to miss some changes, you miss some mistakes and you start to look perspective.

Be willing to bring in new eyes, new perspectives and be willing to hear from people who are able to see what is really there as opposed to what you think is there.

Just a thought.

Have a great day!

Lawrence

The right fit

Sometimes the right fit is only the right fit until things change. Then it becomes the wrong fit.

You can hire a CEO who does a great job growing the business but then when the business gets to a certain size, the CEO isn’t able to manage the business so they are no longer the right fit.

You can hire a chef to cook a great meal for 20 people but that same chef might struggle cooking for a banquet of 2000 people.

This is why it’s important to keep evaluating people because a person who was the right fit at one point might not be any more, even if they haven’t changed at all.

Have a great day!

Lawrence