Total Factor Productivity

How to Calculate Total Factor Productivity as an Indicator

Accomplishment may be measured by the increase in productivity per employee.  For many, calculating productivity has been nebulous and argumentative.  One factor that seems to permeate all industries from pure service and software to pure manufacturing of products and goods is called the Total Factor Productivity.  Since no formula of any value goes without an acronym,…

Structured Meetings Lead to Higher Quality Outputs

Justify Structured Meetings Using Professional Facilitators

A highly productive meeting or workshop can generate positive impact within an organization and among its stakeholders–permeating their culture.  Here are a few straightforward facts, implications, and recommendations for the use of structured meetings, led by professional and trained facilitators. Background of Structured Meetings The dynamism of business wisdom demands the application of knowledge, stuff that is ‘in−formation’ (not…

Alignment Illustration

How to Facilitate Alignment and Confirm Balance

When you facilitate alignment, you help groups identify gaps, omissions, overkill, and to confirm the appropriateness and balance of their action plan. Rationale Building consensus around alignment can be very challenging, especially if you facilitate exclusively in the narrative world (ie, written words). The FAST method suggests the use of icons (see PowerBalls) that are…

Stakeholder Analysis

How to Build Stakeholder Analysis and Consensual Understanding

Stakeholder analysis begins when stakeholders are identified by examining the way that they interact with the organization in providing or receiving services or benefits. Stakeholders may include external or internal persons, groups, systems, and other organizations that interact with the organizational group or a specific process. Process Stakeholders are identified by examining  contributions to the…

Building Agendas

Building Agendas to Deliver the Output You Need

Building agendas for a new meeting or workshop that will effectively lead a group to its deliverable, are detailed in the eleven steps below.  Following them will increase your meeting success.  Before we begin, let us remember the definition of a solid, structured meeting (eg, FAST) agenda: Agenda Defined An agenda is a series of steps that structure…

Building a Strategy Execution Map

Excellent Questions For Building a Strategy Execution Map

The process of building a Strategy Execution Map may proceed in 4 phases: Development: This is the most critical phase.  In this phase, facts, perceptions, and opinions are collected and packaged into a format that can be shared with all participants.  If the major stakeholders and influencers feel they have been heard, their participation will be…

Becoming a Humane Human

Become a Humane Human, Understand WHY Behind WHAT

Road Rage.  Have you been irritated by someone else’s driving?  Of course, we all have.  Today I realized however that I am likely guilty of doing the precise thing that others have done to piss me off.  However, when I did it, there was justification—of course.  When they did the same thing however, they were…

Power of the Single Cell

Power of a Single Cell to Make Your Deliverables More Robust

With structured analysis, each piece of data or single cell might be decomposed another layer. Amplify this approach even further by splitting your four cells into sixteen.  Therefore, see the picture below.  We can now ask, generate, and record sixteen pieces of information on a large Post-It® for each assignment.  Note how we take the four…

Basic Decision Matrix

Facilitate a Decision Matrix to Document Supporting Rationale

A decision matrix supports both decision-making and decision quality at the same time. A decision matrix can be viewed as the ‘logic’ behind all decisions, providing the rational for both the support and reasons to de-select or de-emphasize one of the options. Method Once “Purpose” to the object (ie, topic) has been agreed upon, we can…

Not Meeting Conflict but Voting leads to lower quality decisions

Why Voting Leads to Bigger Numbers but Lower Quality Decisions

Western society, and to an increasing amount, the rest of the world, depends on the voting method of decision-making.  Various levels of government including federal, state, and local elections rely on plurality voting, whereby one person equals one vote.   While some will argue that a benevolent autocrat provides a fairer form of governance, most democracies…