In a world of too much to do and not enough time, increasing productivity at an individual or team level is an art that can only be learned through adoption of various proven methodologies and behavioral changes. The programs we offer at MPS, combined with our blogs have been a great resource for those hoping to make sustainable change. Our team at MPS houses a wide array of subject matter experts, many of which are essential in developing the content we share on a regular basis, from change management, alignment, well-being, productivity, organizational success and much more.
The list of four blogs below are our top favorite blogs of all time. We loved writing them as much as you loved reading them and we’re excited to share them with you again.
“Productivity” is a constant workplace buzzword, but it’s often an ambiguous subject that the business community groups together with time management. Most organizations aren’t seeing productivity for what it really is, which is a broad cultural change across an entire organization that often demands more thought and leadership to implement successfully. Productivity can be viewed through the same lenses that lean and Six Sigma methodologies are: It’s a system for improvement that’s culturally embraced, measured and constantly optimized to be truly successful within companies.
Through research of various companies over the decades, sustainable productivity can be attained through five key areas of focus. When these five disciplines are consciously focused on at an individual, team or organizational level, they can create cultures of sustainable productivity… Read More
The following should sound familiar: The annual strategic plan seemed perfect — everyone in the room nodded enthusiastically when it was reviewed — but by the end of the year, some or all of the goals weren’t getting reached, and there was a list of excuses and blame going around about why. If this story sounds familiar, rest assured that you’re in good company: The Harvard Business Review reported that “in 2016, it was estimated that 67% of well-formulated strategies failed due to poor execution.” There are always many reasons why companies fail to execute their strategic plans, but one theme that resonates throughout all organizations over time is a lack of alignment between company strategies and goals and those carrying them out… Read More
There are few business terms that cause as much stress or fear to employees as reorganization. Reorganizations, more commonly known as “reorgs,” generally mean a change in staff and company structure: whether it is a combination of divisions (therefore opening the door for redundant employees), a change in ownership for products or services, or a change in leadership, reorgs generally mean one thing: change, and change can be scary.
When it comes to a company’s business cycle, reorganizations are a major adjustment that impact employees and managers. Often being conceptualized in the strategic planning process, the main reasons for a reorganizations are to streamline and improve the business, and according to McKinsey & Co., about 70% of 370 so-called reorgs in North America led to increased value for the companies; however, such a major change should not be taken lightly, as it can cause a significant amount of anxiety for everyone involved… Read More
Supplemental Blog: The Key to Achieving Alignment
By definition, alignment is a “state of agreement or cooperation among persons, groups, nations, etc., with a common cause or viewpoint.” However, how many meetings have you been in where people nod their heads in agreement, but fail to follow through with what they agreed to? Or, perhaps, they come back the next day and ask for more clarification on the task because they did not fully understand it the first time. In this situation, when those people nodded their heads during the meeting, they were displaying agreement with their leader, but when they asked for more clarification, they were seeking alignment. It is important to understand that alignment and agreement are not synonymous, nor do you need one to achieve the other… Read More
Employee engagement rates are highest they’ve been in nearly two decades, and there’s a good reason for it. According to Gallup, 26% of employees were engaged at work in 2000, but in the most recent 2018 study, that number has risen to 34%. The main reason that employers should be concerned about employee engagement is because organizations with high engagement rates have a 21% higher profitability than those with low engagement rates. So, what has led to this new rise in employee engagement? Well, employers are changing the way they operate, and they’re implementing new programs that support the physical, emotional, and financial well-being of their employees… Read More
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