Get Uncomfortable

While planning to lead a steering committee meeting this week, I realized I was little uncomfortable with what the meeting content could create. With multiple stakeholders in the room, there is always a potential for conflicting opinions. Who likes conflict? I’m not afraid to admit that some, if not all, conflict can make me uncomfortable. Yet, it’s these kind of Read More …

What about traditions?

People love traditions. Traditions are those behaviors with a special significance or meaning that provide a common linkage or bond to bring people together. A tradition provides a human connection that spans race, gender, nationality, and even time. Traditions connect people. Last week we toured college campuses with my daughter. What an exciting time and an important choice in the Read More …

Cast the bully out

We have a love-hate relationship with steering committees. Do committees provide value that pays for the amount of overhead they create in workflows? If you are a committee member with voting privileges then the tendency is to support and agree with the both the decisions and procedural steps the committee follows. If you are a project requestor then your attitude Read More …

Getting IT outside the box

I think it’s safe to say that direct interaction between IT and Operations doesn’t happen enough. I’m talking about IT programmers, analysts, and project managers sitting with Operations and Manufacturing to understand their daily workflow with the intention of providing technology solutions to automate workflow and make it more efficient. Making that type of conversation happen isn’t easy. Team members Read More …