YOUR TUESDAY TIP – MEET MR. I GOT IT

Do you have people that volunteer to take an action to complete, but this action never gets done? Do you have meeting participants who are never accountable for actions that have been assigned to them? If you waste time in meetings hearing why so many actions have not been completed…. you may have a Mr. I Got It.

The lack of documented actions in meetings is frequently listed as an area of frustration in meetings. If actions aren’t documented, assigned, and given a completion date during meetings; it is left up to chance that a meeting participant will complete the intended task.

With a few simple steps, you can manage Mr. I Got It. Learn how to develop your own action documentation tool by requesting our Action Register. Start by clicking below to identify Mr. I Got It in your organizations!

HOW TO SPOT MR. I GOT IT – VIDEO

“Has anyone ever said, ‘I wish I could go to more meetings today’?”  
– Matt Mullenweg

YOUR TUESDAY TIP – MEET MR. NO DATA

Do your meetings provide your organization with data? Is the data provided at your meetings relevant and accurate? If you waste time in meetings talking about data that is wrong, outdated or just not available, you may have a Mr. No Data.

The objective of business data is to tell the story of recent performance. When configured and used correctly the data will highlight what is working, what needs improvement, and where focus needs to be moving forward; telling a comprehensive story about overall performance through both leading and lagging data points.

With a few simple steps, you can manage Mr. No Data. Discover how to create accurate and pertinent data by requesting our Guide to Scorecard Fundamentals. Start by clicking below to identify Mr. No Data in your organizations!

HOW TO SPOT MR. NO DATA – VIDEO

“Meetings get a bad rap, and deservedly so – most are disorganized and distracted. But they can be a critical tool for getting your team on the same page.”  
– Justin Rosenstein

YOUR TUESDAY TIP – MEET THE HISTORIAN

Do you waste time in your meetings rehashing past events? Is there a person focused on what you used to do, not what you need to do? If so, you have a meeting Historian in your organization.

The Historian brings “frustration” to your meetings. Instead of embracing new ideas from others, they hold on to the old ways of doing things. They are resistant to change and listening to others.

The Historian constantly references the past, they like to do things the way that they have always been done. They are not open to trying anything new. This person reminds everyone about the disastrous results last time the organization tried something new.

With a few simple steps, you can manage the Historian and end your Meeting Misery. Discover if your meetings are efficient and effective by receiving our Meeting Audit Checklist. Click below to identify the Historian in your organization!

HOW TO SPOT A MEETING TOURIST – VIDEO

“I think there needs to be a meeting to set an agenda for more meetings about meetings.”  
– Jonah Goldberg

YOUR TUESDAY TIP – MEET THE TOURIST

Meeting Tourists are a big contributor to the money we waste in meetings every day. How do you get an employee who only fills a seat at meetings to become fully engaged? Do they even need to be in the meeting?

Are you aware that the Meeting Tourists are costing you and your company each week? Do you have a plan to eliminate this waste and make these “tourists” accountable for their actions to the organization? Stop wasting money and get these people back to work!

With a few simple steps, you can eliminate the Meeting Tourist. Start by clicking below to identify the Meeting Tourist in your organizations!

HOW TO SPOT A MEETING TOURIST – VIDEO

“The least productive people are usually the ones who are most in favor of holding meetings.”   –Thomas Sowell

YOUR TUESDAY TIP – END YOUR MEETING MISERY

Cut the time you spend in meetings in half!

No one minds going to a meeting if it is productive and something gets done!

For many today, meetings dominate a large portion of our work day; however, Meetings are dreaded because of time wasted and lack of outcomes. Look at these statistics:

  • $37 Billion wasted on Meetings each year
  • 55 Million Meetings a day

Over the next few weeks, Competitive Solutions, Inc. will be introducing the Wasteful 8. We will share the behaviors of these typical meeting attendees. You may recognize them from your daily meetings. You will laugh and commiserate with us, as you see some of your co-workers unveiled.

Are you aware of what these co-workers are costing you and your company? Do you know how to eliminate this waste and give yourself back an average of 7 hours a week?

Click below to watch our video series in the coming weeks for solutions to your Meeting Misery.

WATCH YOUR MEETING MISERY VIDEO

“Meetings are indispensable when you don’t want to do anything.”   –John Kenneth Galbraith

AREA INFORMATION CENTERS: Connecting All Employees to Performance (Part 4)

AREA INFORMATION CENTERS: Connecting All Employees to Performance (Part 4)

Prioritization Matrix:

An important tool to assist a team in determining what projects/initiatives to work on:

  • Aligns focus on the right things
  • At the right time
  • With the right people

The Prioritization Matrix takes into consideration the effort to implement (resources & duration) as well as the benefit it will provide.

Two main sources of inputs for prioritization are as follows:

  • Response to issues from performance metrics
  • Proactive ideas from employees – general Continuous Improvement

 

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To receive an AREA INFORMATION CENTER – TEMPLATE EXAMPLE, click the link below:

AREA INFORMATION CENTER TEMPLATE EXAMPLE

“You don’t get harmony when everyone sings the same note.”   –Doug Floyd

AREA INFORMATION CENTERS: Connecting All Employees to Performance (Part 3)

AREA INFORMATION CENTERS: Connecting All Employees to Performance (Part 3)

Leader Process Confirmation:

Leader Process Confirmation lists specific criteria that helps leaders determine if effective visual management is in place at the Area Information Center. It helps provide consistency for leaders throughout the organization and to help shift focus on purely results to a dual focus of results plus process. It ensures that critical business processes are working properly, employees are engaged, and continuous improvement is a way of life. Following this approach also allows for the Leader to provide valuable feedback and support to their respective team.

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AREA INFORMATION CENTER TEMPLATE EXAMPLE

“Quality is not an act. It is a habit.”   –Aristotle

Preparing for 2017 – Tips for Auditing your Scorecard

Preparing for 2017 – Tips for Auditing your Scorecard

Even the best Business Scorecards need to be revised and updated regularly. Organizations that effectively audit their scorecards are better able to identify business risks and process system inefficiencies, take appropriate corrective action, and ultimately support continuous improvement.

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AREA INFORMATION CENTERS: Connecting All Employees to Performance (Part 2)

AREA INFORMATION CENTERS: Connecting All Employees to Performance (Part 2)

Taking a closer look at a few of the elements of an AIC:

Meeting Agenda / Process Confirmation Form

Provides meeting charter information as well as defines the set agenda for the meeting. Each agenda item has defined criteria that must be satisfied in order to ensure the process is being followed. An assessment is performed and documented for each topic (red or green). This standardized approach provides consistency and allows for any team member to be able to facilitate and therefore not be dependent solely on the Leader. 

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AREA INFORMATION CENTER TEMPLATE EXAMPLE

“A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together.”   – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

AREA INFORMATION CENTERS: Connecting All Employees to Performance (Part 1)

AREA INFORMATION CENTERS: Connecting All Employees
to Performance (Part 1)

 

Creating and sustaining high performance throughout any organization requires
the collective engaged efforts of ALL employees. The vision of successful organizations
is such that:

“Every Employee, Every Day comes to work feeling connected to the business and has
the ability and opportunity to drive continuous improvement to better their work.”

Area Information Centers provide the platform to bring employees at any level together
to demonstrate their engagement by documenting & reviewing performance, accepting
actions, setting priorities and driving continuous improvement.

Specifically, Area Information Centers are designed to:

  • Follow a set meeting cadence (date, time & place)
  • Make performance visual with real time data and trends
  • Easily expose and identify opportunities for improvement
  • Provide a format for communication of key operational information

Area Information Centers (AIC’s) are typically Whiteboards that are set up in the specific
location where the work is performed. They are considered a “low tech / high touch”
solution that are maintained and sustained through the shared responsibilities of the
specific team members.

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AREA INFORMATION CENTER TEMPLATE EXAMPLE