Finding Your Operational “Needle in a Haystack”

Finding Your Operational “Needle in a Haystack”

Optimizing Processes to Increase Operational Efficiency What if every process was engineered to perfection and the term “inefficiency” didn’t exist? If that were the case, it would mean that an Industrial Engineer like myself would have A LOT of free time. But this isn’t the case for many organizations, so much of my time is spent finding small operational improvement opportunities that end up...

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Three Tips for Successful New Year’s Resolution Planning

Three Tips for Successful New Year’s Resolution Planning

In many of my recent projects, I’ve worked with clients to define “Vision & Value” for their initiatives. The concept of “Vision & Value” is an organizational change management best practice that facilitates conversations with key executives to identify goals and success factors for a project, creates alignment among executives around those goals, and identifies...

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Leveraging Experience to Scale an Implementation Across 100s of Sites

Leveraging Experience to Scale an Implementation Across 100s of Sites

Recently, we were part of a team that helped a logistics provider improve the efficiency of their cross-dock labor. West Monroe was brought in to help them identify improvements that would reduce overall operating costs and meet ever increasing customer demands around service and quality. In addition, the client was looking for a roadmap that addressed not just how to improve, but also how to...

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The ABCs of Working With Generation X, Y and Z

The ABCs of Working With Generation X, Y and Z

By 2020, Millennials (also known as Generation Y) will represent half of the global population. Furthermore, Baby Boomers (those born between 1946-1964), will be retiring at a faster pace than ever. Generation X will not be able to fill all of the open positions, pushing Generation Y into leadership roles much sooner than previous generations.…

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Stranger (Internet of) Things: A couple of factors to consider before making the investment

Stranger (Internet of) Things: A couple of factors to consider before making the investment

We recently attended the IoT Summit Chicago hosted by the Illinois Technology Association. This conference gathered over 500 professionals from around the globe to collaborate on best practices and discuss future trends in the often discussed, but rarely understood “Internet of Things (IoT).” We took a moment to reflect on time the conference and identify some key takeaways to share with...

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Coffee & Change, Episode 8: Managing Change in Community and Economic Development in Ukraine

Coffee & Change, Episode 8: Managing Change in Community and Economic Development in Ukraine

On this special episode of Coffee and Change Bill Kirst, our organizational change management lead, speaks with Roman Oleksenko, a project manager with Peace Corps Ukraine who leads community and economic development projects. They discuss the changing field of community and economic development, specifically through the lens of Peace Corps and its mission in Ukraine.…

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Top 6 Ways to Combat Change Fatigue

Top 6 Ways to Combat Change Fatigue

When I read Bill’s blog “Where’s the Snooze Button on Change?” I was inspired to write my own perspective on managing change. And then I hit my own snooze button a few times in the last few months due to some competing priorities. Change fatigue is real – and something I observe often at clients.…

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Coffee & Change, Episode 6: Managing Change in Environmental Affairs

Coffee & Change, Episode 6: Managing Change in Environmental Affairs

Bill Kirst, our West Coast organizational change management lead in Seattle, shares the sixth episode of his podcast series on the topic of change management. In this episode, Bill interviews Brandon Ray, a graduate student at the University of Washington who studies Marine and Environmental Affairs and International Studies. They discuss the importance of understanding stakeholders in...

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