Tag Archive: change management

Implementing Change in 2018? Remember the 4 I’s©

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Are you planning to improve your business in 2018? Whether you are installing a new ERP system, optimizing your supply chain, or improving your business processes, you are implementing significant change. Change is never easy. It is always difficult to get people to accept and embrace a new way of doing things. To get that acceptance, you need to remember the 4 I’s©: Inform, Instruct, Invest, and Inspire. You will greatly increase your chances for success in 2018 if your plans include all these critical change management elements.
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Want Success? Keep Culture Change in Mind.

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After leaving the work force as a VP of Supply Chain and Operations with a successful track record, I knew I could help executives improve business performance; however, I had no idea how to find clients. Thus, I immersed myself in the keys to success of starting a thriving consulting practice. I discovered that referrals were much more important than a “nice-to-have”; they would make or break success. Fast-forward 11 years, and I have built my business on this tenet – it is a relationship business. At least 95% of my business has resulted from repeat business and referrals. What…
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Four Steps to Improve Data Accuracy: A Case Study

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Recently a client hired me to help them get their ERP implementation unstuck. The client had implemented a new ERP system at the first of several planned sites over a year ago but were unable to get the results they needed from that implementation to get permission to start the second site. Over the years I’ve been consulting, I have developed a method that I use to help my clients improve their processes. The steps in my method are: Align, Train, Enable, and Inspire. I’ll explain each one in context of this case study.
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Executive Summaries on Enterprise Apps© Number 8: Improving ERP Utilization

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A client recently contacted us at the ACA Group because they were not getting the results they had hoped for when they implemented a new enterprise wide Enterprise Resource Planning system. How we helped them makes a good case study on how to improve ERP utilization that can be applied to any organization that is not getting the results they want from their systems or processes.
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Executive Summaries on Enterprise Apps© Number 6: Managing Differently After Implementing ERP

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What do you, yes you, the senior executives of the company do differently the day after your new ERP is up and running? The correct answer is everything, but we’ll focus on three specific items. Organizational Design Process Design Business Metrics
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Strategies to Succeed with Organizational Change

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Volatility is the new normal. Those organizations that can succeed with change will thrive. Thus, it is worthwhile thinking about how to become effective with organizational change to not only increase the value of your business but to also create an enjoyable workplace: Fit with strategy – Change for the sake of change without looking at fit with the company’s strategy is useless yet occurs frequently. Focus efforts on what really matters. Do we fear change? – No! People don’t fear change; they fear the journey to the future. Explain the whys – Who doesn’t respond better when they understand why they are…
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Leadership Is the Cornerstone to Delivering Better Business Results

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As I’ve been going through my hundreds of articles to put together the 100 tips, it’s become obvious as to which topics resonated with me as essential to delivering bottom line business results.  Here are a few highlights from the people perspective: 1. People are your #1 asset – If you don’t pay attention to your people, nothing else will matter. Start here. 2. Retaining top talent – It is not as simple as paying fairly. Those who retain top talent will thrive. 3. It Begins & Ends with Leadership – I still believe my HR mentor Debra’s comments sum this up, “It…
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Want to Improve Your Business But Not Sure Where to Start?

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Volatility is here to stay! Even though we continue to drudge along in the lackluster recovery, excitement remains – earthquakes, nuclear disasters, global conflicts in Libya, oil prices skyrocketing again, etc. Thus, if there is anything business leaders know about the current economy, it is that dramatic change will continue – and they must find a way to succeed in this environment. Yet amidst all the chaos, it’s tough to find a clear path to success. I often hear from my clients and contacts, “I know I need to improve my business, department or personal career; however, I have no…
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Ensuring Success with Your ERP Initiative: Tools and Techniques for Driving Change

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When you’re implementing a new ERP system, you want people to use new tools, screens and reports, and to work in new collaborative ways. In other words, you want people to change, and that makes an ERP implementation a change management project. Most of the time initiatives that require people to change the way they behave fall into two camps. We either assume people will naturally change from the old way to the new way, or we say how important change management is, and then assume someone else is doing that because we don’t have a clue how to get…
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The Problems with Inventory Turns

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Though inventory turns is the standard measure of inventory performance, inventory turns is limited as a metric. I’d go further to say, a good measure is one that causes the people involved to take action and therefore inventory turns is not a good measure. The first problem with turns as a measure is the question people always ask about it, what is the right number of turns? It is impossible to define the perfect number of turns. Some people say 52 turns, meaning I should turn my inventory once a week, is a great goal for turns. My experience is…
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