As mentioned in a previous blog post, change management consultants and practitioners know of the abundance of literature regarding organizational change. My colleagues at Intersol, and in particular Marc Valois, Kathleen Connelly, Lise Hebabi and myself have debated the question as to whether change management in public sector is truly different. Furthermore, we have discussed the need for a change management model that would take into account these potentially important differences.&nb
As some of you may know, I’ve been doing volunteer work with SchoolBOX and the CTV Amazing People (AP) Gala for over three years. What I didn’t really know when I got started in this volunteer work is that I’d be spending 10 hot summer days in Nicaragua , doing manual labour – for fun!
It feels like a timely opportunity to talk about procrastination. July brings us warm, sunny weather, signalling our beloved summer is here and vacation time begins! In the workplace, colleagues are juggling vacations and as a result, the nature and pace of work can be affected.
The Focus in Part 2 will be to begin to uncover some of the “right’ ways to implement Lean and what some of the key indicators are that you should be aware of.
First, let’s alleviate the misconception, apprehension or anxiety that Lean doesn’t work. It does work! The caveat is that you must discover the ‘right’ or proper adaptation of the thinking and concept to your unique situation!
If you’ve never heard of Citizens Academy, you may want to check them out by visiting their website. It’s an award winning volunteer-led organization that provides free training and mentoring around the civic process, especially in the municipal sphere.
When people collaborate there’s a tendency for it to be “all for one and one for all” – with everyone needing to know everything that’s going on, everyone having their say in decisions, and everyone (or no-one) being held accounatable for the results.
Lean (the word) has been around for more than a decade and a half.
“Who wants to facilitate our next strategic planning session?”
Dreaded words. Everyone stares at their shoes. Cricket sounds fill the room.
No one wants to facilitate this group of opinionated, sometimes aggressive, or even worse – deathly quiet group of people through an exercise that could potentially spin off into oblivion leaving everyone silently promising themselves to call in sick this time next year.
Ah…the art of Facilitation.
It’s no secret that LEAN has demonstrated great success in the private sector for many years. Within the last decade, LEAN has also proven to be effective in healthcare, education, finance, and now government. Given the March, 2014 Eighth Report to the Prime Minister: Contributing to a Competitive Canada by the Prime Minister’s Advisory Committee on the Public Service, and its focus on efficiency and rethinking how work is done, we expect to see increasing interest in adopting LEAN practices in the federal government.