Municipalities – Relieve Your Budget Stress by Adjusting Your Sails

Today everyone seems focused on the Federal and Provincial budgets and the challenges they face with growing demands and global economic woes.  But as we all know too well,  problems at the top flow down to the next levels – that is, municipalities and ultimately to you and I, the taxpayers. Municipalities are struggling more than ever.  They find themselves in a perfect storm. Demands

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Using Facilitation to Restructure the Organization

For some managers, the thought of involving staff in the restructuring of their own organization is ludicrous.  Given the chance, everyone will want to raise the salary and classification of their own jobs and set themselves up to work with their favourite peers! This isn’t entirely a false assumption.  When an individual is in conflict between what is best for the

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What is a change readiness assessment, anyway?

As change management professionals, we stress the importance of doing a change readiness assessment at the beginning of a project. But what does that mean, exactly? A change readiness assessment can take many different forms, and be more or less thorough depending on the situation. At the core, its purpose is to determine to what extent the organisation and key

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Lean Transformation – Turning a Strategic Plan into Action

Many organizations have had some exposure to Lean Training. A small number of these organizations have actually attempted to apply the various Lean tools. Unfortunately, they often report that their experience and more importantly, their results, have not met their expectations. These organizations are left wondering if Lean works in their business sector. So, what went wrong? The best way

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