Toyota’s Fujio Cho says leaders need to do three things: Go see, ask why, and show respect. This is a brilliantly simple summary of some well-studied and widely accepted philosophies. In this article we present some of our own thoughts on this memorable little phrase.
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The Honourable Melanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister for Western Economic Diversification Canada was in Edmonton to announce that Western Economic Diversification Canada will provide an investment of up to $596,300 to support GO Productivity through our ARC Program in improving the competitiveness of western Canadian businesses. Our ARC Assessment-Roadmap-Coaching… Read more »
GO Productivity is pleased to announce the release of our 2019 Annual Report.
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We’d like to take a moment to highlight some of the great work done in the last year by our clients.
Welcome back to the 5th installment of our Book Club.Part 5: Deploying Lean Six Sigma Continuing our read of the book: Lean Six Sigma for Dummies by John Morgan and Martin-Brenig Jones, we are now continuing onto Part 5 of the book which consists of Chapters 13 to 18. This installment covers Chapters 13-15.Chapter 13… Read more »
Entering 2020, we look back at our impact in the last decade. With many new advancements in innovation and technologies going into 2020, how can we help you take advantage of these opportunities? What’s your vision for 2020?
Competitive advantage is the edge a business has over its competitor. This can be gained by offering clients better and great value. Where does your competitive advantage come from?
All of us need a lot of support to ‘stay on the straight and narrow’ in life. But then again so do businesses, we are in fact just groups of people trying to solve a certain world need. We know that Lean is an improvement methodology with rigour and flexibility that can provide that steering… Read more »
Welcome back to the fourth installment of our Book Club.Part 4: Improving the Process Continuing our read of the book: Lean Six Sigma for Dummies by John Morgan and Martin-Brenig Jones, we are now continuing onto Part 4 of the book which consists of Chapters 9 to 12.Chapter 9 – Identifying Value-Adding Steps and Waste… Read more »
GO Productivity and NAIT and excited to announce their strategic partnership. Read about it here.
Welcome back to the third installment of our Book ClubPart 3: Assessing Performance Continuing our read of the book: Lean Six Sigma for Dummies by John Morgan and Martin-Brenig Jones, we are now continuing onto Part 3 of the book which consists of Chapters 6 to 8.Chapter 6 – Gathering Information One key Lean Six… Read more »
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 »
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 »
Welcome back to the second installment of our Book Club Part 2: Working with Lean Six Sigma Continuing our read of the book: Lean Six Sigma for Dummies by John Morgan and Martin-Brenig Jones, we are now continuing onto Part 2 of the book which consists of Chapters 3 to 5.Chapter 3 – Identify Customers… Read more »
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 »
How you view job-related training at your company is a big determiner of how engaged your employees are, how they feel when they come to work, and how able your company is to tackle productivity improvement projects. If you see training as purely an expense item, you’ll probably have employees who are disengaged at best,… Read more »
CAM Industrial dove into improving their processes with the ARC+ and improved their sales quote cycle time by 25%.
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 »
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.
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 »
Collaborative Construction is a hot topic today. It involves breaking down the barriers between companies working together on a construction project. In a true collaborative contract, each party must be open, honest and share their true costs and contingency amounts. That requires Trust! You may be concerned that if the other company knows your true… Read more »
“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 »
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 »
In the last blog post, we discussed ways to ensure that your SOPs are standardized so that you can set the stage for better employee compliance. The next step is ensuring that these SOPs remain front and center in the minds of your employees so that compliance becomes second nature.
There are but four words needed to capture what’s going on in the Canadian business environment: change, complexity, uncertainty, fear. There are two words, though, on which we need to focus during even the darkest of days that will get us over the hump and into the future: hope and innovation. The ups and downs… Read more »
“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 »
Lean principles aren’t just for manufacturers. Don’t believe us? Continue reading and watch this video to see Lean transform a NYC food bank after Hurricane Sandy.
According to the Canadian Institute for Health Information, Canadian companies lose an estimated $16.6 billion in productivity per year due to workers calling in sick as a result of mental health issues. This trend is expected to increase in severity and this is having a measurable impact on business, productivity and talent retention. And conservative… Read more »
I recently went on vacation to Taiwan. While on my trip in Taipei, I had the opportunity to represent GO Productivity and attend InnoVEX and COMPUTEX 2019; one of the global leading innovation trade shows. This event is one of the leading ICT, IoT & Startup trade shows in the world. For the 2019 show,… Read more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
GO Productivity is pleased to announce the release of our 2018 Annual Report.