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Client Success Story: Jandel Homes

A proud Albertan company Jandel Homes is a proud Albertan company that has been retailing modular homes all across the prairies [Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba], British Colombia and all over the Territories for over 45 years. Today, they are one of western Canada’s largest modular home retailers, with large Sales Centres in Edmonton and Grande… Read more »

Collaboration Model for Construction Projects

Collaborative projects and relationships are more successful, productive and open to innovation. But there are a lot of factors that improve or kill a collaborative culture and relationship. From GO Productivity’s perspective we see collaboration as important for company success. Our mandate is to help organizations grow and optimize, and often to do that organizations… Read more »

Client Success Story: Oakville Stamping & Bending

It started with an ARC In 2016, GO Productivity delivered an ARC (Assessment, Road-map and Coaching) to Oakville Stamping & Bending. The ARC, as it traditionally does, looked at establishing a focused productivity and innovation plan to help support the business, in the wake of a range of new growth opportunities that had presented themselves…. Read more »

GO Productivity Book Club – LSS For Dummies – Part 1

Welcome to the first installment of our Book Club. This week we will be starting our first segment on the book: Lean Six Sigma for Dummies by John Morgan and Martin Brenig-Jones. This week we will touch upon Part 1: Getting Started With Lean Six Sigma, which will comprise of Chapter 1: Defining Lean Six… Read more »

Structural vs. Entrepreneurial Leadership

Whether we like it or not, most of us have a tendency to fall mostly into the camp of either structural leadership or entrepreneurial leadership. Some see the value in debating which is more effective, but the fact is that neither will work in all situations encountered by leaders in the workplace, and the most effective leaders are able to use some combination of the two.

Top Four Skills Needed for Emerging Technologies

With many new emerging technologies starting to take precedence, they can seem complicated and convoluted despite the potential advantages (and disadvantages) that they bring.  Major companies are embracing the rapid pace of change and taking in these new technologies, this in turn, will create pressure on other companies to adapt to the new realities created… Read more »

Taking time to balance the day to day with long term planning

“Tomorrow, your job is to change the world into a better place.   Today, your job is to see that everyone gets there.” ―Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky It’s very challenging balancing the hectic day-to-day demands of keeping your company afloat and visioning for the long-term future. Planning for the future without paying… Read more »

Case Study: Applying Process Improvement Principles to Reduce Waste in Financial Services

As Deming once said, “If you can’t describe what you are doing as a process, you don’t know what you’re doing.” The Methodologies of Lean, Six Sigma, and the combination of the two (Lean Six Sigma) were born in the manufacturing sector, but they are nothing new to the service sector. Healthcare, airlines, insurance, and… Read more »

Alexander Hamilton: A Man Who Was Never Satisfied With “Good Enough”

“Learn from the past, prepare for the future, live in the present.” – Thomas S. Monson At GO Productivity, our focus is continuous improvement. But it isn’t just important to us, or the small and medium sized enterprises that we work with. In fact, it was extremely important to one of the forgotten founding fathers… Read more »

Getting Started on your Collaboration Strategy

Organizations considering collaboration are starting to get more support and resources to make their transformation into executing on collaborative construction projects. On May 7th, organizations came together for a seminar and continued the conversation to further build understanding and support for what it takes to be more collaborative and execute collaborative contracting models. From the… Read more »

Guest Blog: What is Collaborative Contracting?

Whenever I talk about collaborative contracting publicly at a conference, or privately in a business meeting, I am often asked the question:  What exactly is Collaborative Contracting?  I am asked this question often enough, that I resolved to address it with this blog. So, Enjoy! The reality is that there is no one, single definition… Read more »

Alberta is Competitive

At GO Productivity, we think it’s critically important to amplify the industry voices that motivate positive change and encourage growth.  So, we want to highlight the good work of the Alberta Steel Manufacturers. The ASM are a membership of steel suppliers in Alberta that started seeing industrial construction projects outsourcing steel to global suppliers but… Read more »

Construction’s Capacity to Perform: Collaboration and Productivity

Is anyone getting tired of being told Alberta Construction Productivity is lagging behind the other industries? Is it possible that construction projects have some inherent aspects that just jam-up the gears and prevent us from improving as fast? At first glance it seems to all come down to timeline and schedule. Construction is project work… Read more »

The GO B2B Marketing Challenge

In a business climate characterized by uncertainty surrounding commodity prices and trade agreements, business owners are often reluctant to spend time and money on projects with uncertain returns. The GO B2B Challenge is a marketing case competition to consider the best way to encourage small and medium-sized businesses to invest in productivity and innovation systems…. Read more »