Consulting

Is Sustainability the new Lean?

Posted by on Jun 20, 2013 in Consulting, Lean, Social Progress, Sustainability | 2 comments

I had lunch with a friend whose opinion I respect a lot a few months back, and he told me that sustainability is the new Lean. Because I am a Lean practitioner I wondered: Am I going to have to start all over again? A short time later I got the chance to attend the Natural Step strategy in Sustainability Foundation Course. The Natural Step is a Canadian not-for-profit agency that promotes sustainability in business. The Natural Step adopts a partnership stance rather than a watchdog mentality, encouraging them to change their operational practices, strategy and culture to lessen their...

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Why We Hate Consultants

Posted by on Jul 20, 2012 in Consulting, Problem-solving, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

Why We Hate Consultants

During a recent chat with a respected friend and former colleague, I heard him say ‘… and that’s why we hate consultants’. It got me thinking.  And I asked a few more friends who have hired consultants why they hate consultants and this is basically what I got: They regurgitate what our employees already know. They give us THEIR answer, without considering what we know. They have no real operational experience and think too theoretically. They don’t give us real actionable plans. This all got me thinking about how I can best serve my clients and avoid...

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