The use of Interest-Based Problem-Solving (IBPS) to engage employees (and their representatives) in solving business problems is gaining momentum worldwide. At its heart, IBPS is a form of systems thinking that provides a structure to a problem solving or negotiating session where instead of it being “you against me because of the problem”, it becomes “you and … Continue reading The problems with Interest-Based Problem-Solving and how to fix them
"High Performance Engagement (HPE) has been a fantastic success story for Air New Zealand, setting the tone for collaboration at all levels of the organisation. Employees have direct and substantive involvement in problem solving, initiating improvements and the decision-making process, which has led to an increase in collaboration scores in our regular employee engagement survey. HPE has … Continue reading High Performance Engagement (HPE) has been a fantastic success story for Air New Zealand
A Finance Manager, Ops Manager, Human Resource Manager and a group of Employees walk into a bar. They all fight over whose round it is. End of joke! The Finance Manager had noticed that the Ops Manager and HR Manager always ask for more money than they need. They also noticed that every year they spend … Continue reading The cause of poor workplace performance – no matter which way you look at it.
"Ladies and gentleman. The financial performance is not enough. The real thing is the harmony within the company. If you have the harmony within the company the financial performance will arrive. If you don’t have the harmony inside the company the financial performance, even if you have them, will be lost. The real key is … Continue reading Ladies and gentlemen. The financial performance is not enough! A word from Goldratt.
"It would seem to be so self‑evident that maximum prosperity for the employer, coupled with maximum prosperity for the employé, ought to be the two leading objects of management, that even to state this fact should be unnecessary. And yet there is no question that, throughout the industrial world, a large part of the organization … Continue reading “Perhaps the majority on either side do not believe that it is possible so to arrange their mutual relations that their interests become identical.”
“The largest continuing hemorrhaging cost in every organisation is the time that people are wasting basically protecting and looking out for themselves.”- Robert Kegan
Finding the synergy between Consumer Value, Commercial Responsibility and Culture has been the key to Air New Zeland success … “Our customer centricity, commercial focus, and highly engaged culture have made Air New Zealand the most revered company in our part of the world as reflected in our corporate reputation rankings on both sides of the Tasman.” … Continue reading Air New Zealand, the 3C’s and HPE
There are fundamentally two approaches to dealing with resistance to change. First, we can see the power in it and utilise it in the same way as Dr. Kegan and Dr. Lahey suggest in my last post or, we can see it as harmful and try to eliminate it. In 2001 Prof. Victoria Mabin and … Continue reading Remove resistance or harness it?
“We are in the middle of one of the most profound shifts in human history, where the primary work of mankind is moving from the Industrial Age of “control” to the Knowledge Worker Age of “release.”– Stephen R Covey For centuries people have organised themselves into collective groups. We all know that when we work … Continue reading What is High Performance through Engagement?
"It's worth remembering that we lived in tribes for millennia, long before we learned how to speak. Emotional connection is our default. We only added words and symbolic logic much later. There are a few places where all that matters is the words. Where the force of logic is sufficient to change the moment. The rest … Continue reading Facilitating change – the real issues are …
Fire engines are really important. When someone's house or business is burning down or there is a major problem it will often be a fire engine that "saves the day". That is why they have real value. But, when things are quiet, fire engines just sit there doing nothing. What is worse is that they … Continue reading How efficient is a fire engine?