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February 6, 2023
During session four of Job Relations (JR) on Wednesday last week a site leader said to me “sometimes it doesn’t work”.
January 19, 2023
What is the compounding consequence of an aging workforce, rising demand and a tight labour market? Right now, we are at a crossroad in people development!
November 29, 2022
I’ve not yet seen positive relationships in any workplace where TRUST hasn’t been close to or at the core. So the question must come, assuming positive relationships are desired, how can we build trust? Or more interestingly perhaps, what part did trust play in the story of QF32?
October 31, 2022
… where ‘normal’ (or ‘good’) is the predetermined acceptable standard. A recent project with Lachlan Shire Council has taught me (Ben) a lot. Although, upon reflection, I’m now wondering why it took me so long. Let me show you what I learnt.
September 23, 2022
When I (Oscar) asked Tony Burns “what’s our objective for the week?” Tony replied “make sure all participants have enough knowledge and skill to go and play and learn from that”. What a terrific answer when the ‘playing’ is directed toward scientifically thinking within continuous improvement. It’s easier to act your way into a new way of thinking than think your way into a new way of acting …
September 12, 2022
The reality is if the why isn’t meaningful ‘enough’, the what and way we do it will probably waiver over time.
August 19, 2022
There is potential for 91,000 workplace experiments per year in a very large Australian government organisation. The maths is straightforward. It may be for your organisation too.
August 8, 2022
A client last week … A department knew they had ‘problems’. Productivity had dropped, Work in Progress was growing, quality ‘issues’ (that were ‘sort of’ measured) were raised. What then happened is very common in many workplaces. In the midst, one question saved us lots of time, effort, and energy.
July 17, 2022
Oscar was recently interviewed by Value Prop CEO, José Palomino, on Business Growth On Purpose. The discussion led to seeing ‘improvement’ a little differently.
July 4, 2022
What a person thinks - right or wrong - is a fact to that person and must be considered as such.
June 18, 2022
If I (Oscar) was facing ill health and, geography aside, I could choose any doctor to care for me, I’d choose Dr Lou Flaspohler, a doctor in Cincinnati Ohio. This isn’t because of Lou’s skills in practicing medicine. Honestly, I have no idea of his skills in that area but I’d gamble they are good enough! Rather, I would choose him for two reasons.
June 6, 2022
Job Relations, specifically the 4 steps to handle a problem, is introduced in linear form to assist ‘learning’, then, when learned, the cyclical nature can then be noted and applied.
May 23, 2022
In my mid-April news item I introduced the work we’re doing with Story Construction, Iowa. I spoke of the application of Work Standards with the Small Projects Group. Their endeavours have continued largely through ‘learn by doing’ with mentoring via Zoom (1 x 1 hour session per week). Our goal – apply the model you see to their ‘Daily Routine’ of planning and reflecting.
May 9, 2022
I have had a great time recently working with teams at different workplaces that both wanted their workplaces to speak. We’ve had some great learnings and conversations.
April 11, 2022
Story Construction deliver construction projects. That’s what they do. They say the reason why they do it is because people matter. This is perhaps a phrase that has been coined before and loosely applied by many. The difference with Story is that the President and Chief Operating Officer walk the talk, which then spills in every direction. Not in a loud way - in a way that embodies respect for people and builds trust.
March 31, 2022
I was recently reminded whilst working at Cabonne Shire Council the benefits of planning to build people capability before the capability is needed. Three separate departments had approached me in preparation for the arrival of 'new' staff. The new staff were replacing staff about to go on maternity leave and filling existing vacancies. What the leader (and teams) wanted to create was a clear plan of who to train, for which work and by when.

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