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Managing remote teams: Communication channels

October 8, 2020

Managing remote teams is a critical, new skillset to develop. National surveys indicate that a third of local government employees would prefer to continue working remotely. This is the first in a series of blog posts that will look at insights from Lean management principles that can help today.

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Lean leadership: Are you ‘leading’ or ‘doing’ the work?

October 1, 2020

Some might call leading “staying in your lane” or “playing your position.” Another way to think of it is simply doing the job the organization hired one to perform. A leader must “lead” even when it seems more difficult and risky to give up control. Determining how to make the transition from a great worker to a better leader can pose a difficult challenge.

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Process pros brew up Lean Coffee for the virtual workplace

June 17, 2020

COVID-19 has challenged many governments to consider remote work strategies and how their work processes would need to change. Process improvement specialists have started gathering – virtually – to share their experiences and lessons learned during the pandemic. We are calling these sessions “Virtual Lean Coffee.”

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Change Management Lesson 5: Moving from competence to mastery

February 18, 2020

Employees who have knowledge about a new process aren’t automatically proficient at achieving the desired results. Even with the best of intention and motivation, if I just depend on my individual knowledge and desire, I might never attain the needed ability level to make a new or changing process successful. So how do we incorporate a new skill into our ability?

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Change Management Lesson 4: Training for knowledge

February 4, 2020

Change management starts with building awareness and desire because it recognizes that success requires each employee to choose to adopt and use the new process. Training for new knowledge will yield best results if the people involved have enough awareness and desire to embrace the change, and to seek knowledge and put it to use.

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Change Management Lesson 2: Building Awareness of the Change to Come

January 14, 2020

In our Lesson 1 post, we introduced change management as a strategy to implement successful process improvement initiatives. In this installment, we will introduce the ADKAR (Awareness, Desire, Knowledge, Ability, Reinforcement) change management model. This is a five-stage approach to help organizations manage the people side of change. Today, we will focus on Awareness.

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Change Management Lesson 1: How to Get Started

January 7, 2020

Government staff often ask where to start when they seek to improve a process like permits, asset management, approval queues and so on.

It’s hard to know what actions to take without looking at why you are where you are today, and the mindset of the people who will have to make the change happen.

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Neill Public Library in Pullman improves services to patrons

May 28, 2019

Neill Public Library is a central gathering place where residents socialize, explore, discover and connect with the world around them.

Pullman city leadership
wanted to instill a culture of process improvement by using the Lean method in
city operations. The library, meanwhile, already had started to work on
improving customer experience. Library staff weren’t familiar with Lean, though, making the library a natural place for a pilot project.

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