Miller’s Monday Morning Message

Andrew MillerMiller’s Monday Morning Message
presented by ACM Consulting Inc.

Andrew Miller on operational excellence, strategy, life balance and everything in between

Toronto – August 10, 2015

There is a fine line between speed and structure for an organization. The problem is that most organizations have trouble finding that balance, especially ones that are growing very quickly. When should we race ahead and when do we need to have some discipline in our decision-making? People often this this is the classic dilemma between having an entrepreneurial culture versus a bureaucratic one. But this is a spectrum, and like any spectrum, you can strike a balance.

Here are some questions to consider to help you strike that balance:

  • What would be the impact, positive or negative, of making a quick decision?
  • Who is going to be most impacted by this decision and do they need to be involved in the making of the decision?
  • Is there any additional value in getting others involved?
  • When we give our employees the freedom to make decisions on their own, how do we react when they make the wrong decisions?
  • What internal barriers have we created that slows down decision-making and our ability to be flexible, but doesn’t help us make better decisions?

It’s all about striking a balance between speed and structure to find the sweet spot where you can maximize results.

Where is your happy medium between speed and structure and what do you need to do to get there?

Looking for more insights?
Check out my podcast series called Hockey Management, where I use hockey as an analogy for successful business results.
Prefer watching videos? The take a look at my short videos providing operational excellence tips.
Follow me on Twitter @AndrewMillerACM

To request an interview or more information, please contact:

 
Andrew Miller
416-480-1336
© Andrew Miller. All rights reserved. 2015.

Miller’s Monday Morning Message

Andrew MillerMiller’s Monday Morning Message
presented by ACM Consulting Inc.

Andrew Miller on operational excellence, strategy, life balance and everything in between

Toronto – August 3, 2015

In many of my group sessions I ask the audience to rate their organizations on two factors: the quality of their ideas and their organization’s ability to implement those ideas. Here is the visual I use.

Most organizations put themselves in the top left quadrant, meaning they have great ideas but are poor at implementing them.

I always challenge these groups by saying the reason they put themselves in this quadrant is because their ideas aren’t as good as they think they are. If the ideas were really that good, they would be easier to implement.

The issue is how people and organizations define what constitutes a good idea. An idea is only a good one if it aligns with the direction that an organization is going, nothing else. And, if an idea aligns with the direction an organization is going it becomes easier to implement.

The way to get your organization into the top right quadrant is to ensure your ideas and strategies align with the direction of the organization and then become masters of implementation (more on that next week).

Looking for more insights?
Check out my podcast series called Hockey Management, where I use hockey as an analogy for successful business results.
Prefer watching videos? The take a look at my short videos providing operational excellence tips.
Follow me on Twitter @AndrewMillerACM

To request an interview or more information, please contact:

 
Andrew Miller
416-480-1336
© Andrew Miller. All rights reserved. 2015.