Building a culture of continuous improvement in an age of disruption
A cultural shift in an age of disruption
Building a culture of continuous improvement is not just about executing a handful of process improvement projects. More is required to drive sustainable results over time and embed continuous improvement into the very fabric of the organization.
Yet most organizations that make a run at continuous improvement fail to make it stick. How to support continuous improvement?
#1 – Show respect to the people whose work will change by getting them involved in defining the improvements
People resist change that is imposed on them. But if they help define the changes, they will own them. Whenever an organization imposes new things on people there will be difficulties. Participation, involvement and open, early, full communication are the important factors.
#2 – Welcome failure in experiments of new ways of working as a way to learn – remove the downside risks and provide upside
Experiments allow us to learn and improve. Commit to your employees that they will stay employed if they suggest process change. You should also give them some of the upside from making those changes – profit sharing and promotions. And by training them, you can demonstrate your commitment to their development.
#3 – Create wins – pour champagne on it
When you have a daunting mountain to climb, it is often best to break it into molehills. Continuous improvement challenges are best broken down into smaller ones with concrete achievable goals.
Breaking such problems down into a series of more modest steps, all on the path to the ultimate goal, reduces fear, clarifies direction, and increases the probability of early successful outcomes – boosting support for further action. If you want something to grow, don’t forget to pour champagne on it.
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