We have recently been writing articles on making the most of the time you have. One of the most important things you can do to help ensure a successful day is to have a good night routine. Many people have a hard time going to sleep. Those that do get to sleep find that their sleep is less than restful. Having a successful morning routine or strategy to go about completing your day is ineffective [...]
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A man was walking, near the end of his days, in a field of grass overlooking the meadows. Off in the distance, a forest, rich in life and beauty. As the sun beat down on his face, he could feel the warmth offset only by a slight spring breeze. Off in the distance, he could hear the sounds of the stream or river and the water washing over the rocks. Along side the old man [...]
We often hear people lament that time goes by faster today than ever before. Some say the older you get the faster time goes by. I am confident that a search of the internet will find hundreds, if not thousands, of books and articles, some with scientific evidence about our perception of time and its relative speed. I feel time does go by faster because by the time I complete my planning Sunday night for [...]
On the path to ‘quality of life’, people often find themselves facing the same problem again and again. Perhaps it’s the same relationship with a different face and name. Perhaps is it’s our time slipping away because of an unanticipated visitor that, once we reclaim it, slips away again. The face of the problem changes, but the pattern repeats. We support a local non-profit school called Montessori in the Park (www.mipschool.org). At the end of [...]
If I were to ask you the color of a traffic Yield sign, in the United States, you, like most people that I've asked, might say YELLOW. In fact, if I told you that you were wrong, you would probably argue with me. I know because I did, as did others I chatted with. The reality is that they started out being Yellow in 1954 and remained that way for almost 20 years. In 1971, [...]
You’ve probably heard this saying before: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. It means that a little precaution before a crisis occurs is preferable to a lot of fixing up after the crisis happens. This can apply to many things, including maintaining physical assets related to your business. If you are a business owner, then you may already know the importance of maintenance. Preventive maintenance is maintenance that is regularly performed [...]
(In our last post, we discussed our simplified approach to Project Management, called “4 Core Elements and 3 Wrap Arounds”. In that post we discussed the use of Earned Value and burndown curves. We find that most people understand burndown curves, but many do not understand Earned Value. In this post, we describe our use of Earned Value with an example.) Earned Value Earned Value provides a standard approach to measuring progress during work, including [...]
Figure 1 The book “Execution, The Discipline of Getting Things Done” by Larry Bossidy, Ram Charan, and Charles Burck finds the inability to execute a plan to be a weakness in many organizations. There are likely to be hundreds of books and other guidance on the topic of Project or Change Management and how to “Get Things Done”. At ACA we have simplified our approach, called 4 Core Elements and 3 Wrap Arounds, to [...]
Achieving Sustainability To successfully manage the change process, the team must deliver more than just the financial impact that justifies engagement in the first place. They must also be able to demonstrate that the process is sustainable, and can, in fact, be improved on. This sustainability and improvement possibility can and should be exploited to the organization’s benefit and should be identified and delivered by the team. The mutually beneficial relationship that exists [...]
Measuring Success The concepts and construction of metrics has played a role throughout the process of change management as it relates to an organization. At this point in the process, the metrics begin to assume a larger part as they validate or refute the actions taken in response to the need for change. In short, the metrics prove the vision and solution right or wrong at this point. However, there can be a different [...]