Across the country on any given day, someone in management is uttering the phrase ‘where did it all go wrong?’ Conventional wisdom says you look at your people and then your process and you work backward to spot dependant variables and points of failure. I sit on the other side of the bench. As a Process Improvement Consultant, certain situations have left me in awe of how little decision makers rely on common sense. If you really want to find the root cause, stick to these guidelines.
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Taking your business green has been the cause du jour lately, but it may be easier than we thought. As a company where do you begin? According to Heatsteam, the easiest place to start is your hot water system. I invite you to take my challenge, try the system and send me your feedback.
Businesses can become green using the Retro-Save, which allows your main pressure cold water to be heated on demand. The cold water is heated on demand by using the heat from your existing water system. Taking your water system green can save you up to 30% on your heating costs and when it fitted on new buildings it can save 50%. The green doesn’t just happen at work; the systems can be fitted on homes and hotels as well. BRE, the British testing agency, estimates that 82% of the energy used in homes is due to heating and hot water systems. Carbon emissions can be reduced by up to 10.25% per home and as all eco-warriors will tell you; even if you do one thing it helps.
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Now that BP has chosen Bob Dudley to lead the company into a new future, can he inspire change? The 2007 Baker Report has provided a very challenging view of corporate culture. Against all odds, I think Bob Dudley can use this situation to foster a change within BP if he tackles a few of these issues.
Assess the Situation
BP has spent a lot of time talking with Congress and the media to do damage control; that effort should have first been levied at the workers. BP is a large corporation with a wealth of internal knowledge; they have contacts that most professionals only dream about. That internal knowledge should have been the first place they turned. I am not impressed by the talking heads, but by the knowledge of the staff. You want to know what to do, talk to the people that do it. Find out why the situation occurred and the best way to fix it. Listen to your staff, they are the experts. The information they possess could have prevented false starts.
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National Security is a hot button topic, but is it making us any safer? A lot work has been done to improve the time it takes for a clearance to be completed, but have those improvements cost us our safety? The government agency that handles security clearance, the Office of Personnel Management, has been under pressure to reform the process quickly. The research into this reformation has raised a number of questions that delve into the quality of the investigations delivered. This research hopes to examine whether the reformations have harmed the quality of the investigations, whether the current legislature provides for quality investigations and how the current process is harming the quality of security clearance.
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The issues with the Apple 4G phone have been on everyone’s radar lately, but it brings to light a great business discussion. Your brand is usually based on a breakthrough product or service that performs really well and ideally is a market leader for your industry. Your company spends countless hours developing and refining what will ultimately define your company. What do you do when your flagship product fails?