In her latest blog titled “Every Day, in Every Way: Fostering an Attitude of Continuous Improvement,”
“An attitude of continuous improvement represents one of the cornerstones of productivity,”
In business, when someone makes the decision that good enough is good enough, the incentive to try harder is lost. And those businesses are the first to suffer when a competitor decides to do a better job, Stack says.
They’re also the first to give up when the going gets tough.
There’s much to be gained in practicing self-improvement, and formatting one’s attitude to succeed is as easy as reciting the vowels: A, E, I, O, U.
1. Act on change. Change is a given in business, and individuals need to evolve along with marketplace conditions and technology, or face failure.
2. Emphasize teamwork. Personal improvement is important; however, teamwork is critical, because it offers the best opportunity for aligning with the organization’
3. Innovate and Test. In addition to acting on change, Stack recommends continuously tweaking each aspect of the workflow process in an effort to improve.
“The ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ attitude doesn’t belong here,” Stack says. “But don’t change just to change.
“Test each innovation thoroughly to make sure it actually improves on what it replaces.”
4. Organize. It’s impossible to continuously improve when an individual is unable to keep track of everything.
“Create simple, intuitive filing systems for your information,”
5. Unleash creativity. Stack recommends encouraging creative thinking at all levels and scales, brainstorming improvement ideas with team members even when things seem to work fine, and listening to their ideas.
“Something as simple as realigning machines on a shop floor may generate substantial savings and simplify workflow,” she says.
Any organization that fails to practice continuous improvement sabotages itself in the long run.
“Keep your eyes open and keep stretching your boundaries,”
For information on fostering improvement and productivity, visit the http://www.TheProductivityPro.com website, Email Laura@TheProductivityPro.com, or call 303-471-7401.
About Laura Stack:
Laura Stack is a time management and productivity expert who has been speaking and writing about human potential and peak performance since 1992. She has implemented employee productivity improvement programs at Wal-Mart, Cisco Systems, UBS, Aramark, and Bank of America. Stack presents keynotes and seminars internationally for leaders, entrepreneurs, salespeople, and professional services firms on improving output, lowering stress, and saving time in the workplace.
The president of The Productivity Pro®, Inc., a time management firm specializing in high-stress environments, Stack is the bestselling author of five books: “What to do When There’s Too Much to do” (2012); “SuperCompetent”