Sesame Street is a great example of a company which combines business with a meaningful purpose and continuously adapts to changes in the market.
Although Sesame Street is a media company, they also have a meaningful educational mission: “help kids grow smarter, stronger and kinder”.
This resulted in Sesame Street introducing new characters, such as Julia who has autism or Zari the first female Afghan Muppet. It is amazing to see how the company is providing meaningful messages through fun programs.
My old time favorite character from Sesame Street is ELMO! I bring him along to business meetings to teach discipline.
👉 Check out my blog post to understand his role.
Change is everywhere around us and seems to be happening continuously. But this doesn’t mean that change is an easy effort. Quite the contrary!
I have always been in the midst of various transformation programs and learnt that applying a structured approach is almost always necessary.
Check out a guest blog post from my former team member Akvile who shares her knowledge on ADKAR model and how we applied it while deploying LEAN A3 problem solving methodology at Maersk.
ADKAR model is my favorite change management tool and I continue using it whenever I need to deploy a new change.
Enjoy reading it and let me know your experience with change management.
Government institutions are rarely mentioned among best practice examples of successful transformations. But this one beats them all!
In the early 90’s New York was known as a dangerous city full of drug traffickers, murderers and various crimes. The police staff were underpaid and overall staff engagement was low.
The story’s hero William Bratton was appointed as a police commissioner in 1994 and in less than two years he turned the city into one of the safest big cities in USA!
What did Mr. Bratton do to achieve such results?
📌Let leaders face operational challenges by themselves instead on solely showing the numbers. In LEAN we would call it go to gemba.
📌Limited resources to achieve ambitious plans is a well known reality. Instead of staying in a "Pity island", Bratton reallocated his resources in a smarter way. Instead of equal distribution, he placed the officers in places with the most impact.
📌In order to touch PEOPLE with a new transformation strategy, Bratton identified kingpins and put them on a spot light during bi-weekly meetings.
📌Politics! They happen everywhere and you cannot avoid it, but you can learn how to manage it. Early on identify your supporters and "devils" and prepare well articulated arguments.
Over the last few weeks I was deeply involved into a business performance management topic. This made me realize how much myself and maybe some of you, apply the same principles in our personal lives.
Measuring our happiness with success KPI’s from professional life feels to me a bit outdated.
👉 check out my blog post with my thoughts on this topic.
I am very interested in your thoughts!