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I recently conducted a two-day training class for business managers in the six-sigma methodology at a major university in which one of the participants stated that the least beneficial part of the course was having to create a project centered around an issue from their individual workplace. One of the participants responded that the project was their least valuable part of the course because his managers would never let him implement the…

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Added by Daniel T. Bloom on May 18, 2018 at 11:20am — No Comments

When will they ever learn?

In their iconic song “Where have all the flowers gone?” Peter, Paul and Mary posed the question when will they ever learn. While not talking about war but rather our corporate environments on a global basis, I have the same question. In today’s global workplace it is mandatory that we not only talk the talk but walk the walk. Unfortunately, every day I see signs of where this is not the case.

Listen to your senior management as they proclaim that their people are their most valuable…

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Added by Daniel T. Bloom on May 2, 2018 at 12:26pm — No Comments

TLS Continuum Part 89: Empowerment: The DNA of Sustainable Change Management

You and I constantly hear the comment that our organization human capital assets are no longer engaged. Dale Carnegie Institute in a recent survey states that among the 1,500 employees, only 29% are fully engaged and 26% are disengaged. Almost half (45%) are partially engaged. One of the downsides of today’s organizational structure is that the environment that we work our human capital assets are driven to…

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Added by Daniel T. Bloom on April 15, 2018 at 8:27pm — No Comments

TLS Continuum Part 88: I am a human capital asset manager, but who am I managing?

I began as the personnel administrator. I was the organizational fireman. But times have changed and now I am the gatekeeper to the organizational talents, attributes and skills. With that responsibility comes the need for me to assist the organization with the retention of current human capital but also to plan for the future talent needs of the organization.

It is from that perspective that I ask the question who am I managing? For the most part we are…

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Added by Daniel T. Bloom on March 6, 2018 at 12:22pm — No Comments

TLS Continuum Part 87: Processes Gone Awry

First of all, let me extend my regrets for not keeping better in touch but I and my family have been fighting this bug that is flying around. Not the flu but close to it. It sucks to be under the weather.

This past week has been filled with more irony then I would want to have to experience but I did. It began with attending my local SHRM chapter meeting where the topic of the day was what to do in the case of an active shooter. During the presentation, my phone beeped with the…

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Added by Daniel T. Bloom on February 21, 2018 at 11:24am — No Comments

TLS Continuum Part 86: 5 ways to bring business skills to the classroom?

We constantly read in the media and hear our elected officials espousing that our schools are in turmoil. However, if we bring the TLS Continuum and its associated business skills to the school environment we can counter these messages of gloom and doom. So how do we make that happen?

Map your processes

Both from a macro view and a micro view, take your school processes including lesson plans and map out the flow of learning through the school. Begin…

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Added by Daniel T. Bloom on January 20, 2018 at 10:25pm — No Comments

TLS Continuum Part 85: Are you in real time or in a bubble?

In Part 84, I posed the question as to whether your organization viewed the global workplace from looking in the mirror or looking out the window.  I suggested that the view from the mirror is what you think you do and the view from the window is what your clients tell you what you do or they need.

The difference between the two views creates what we call a gap analysis.…

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Added by Daniel T. Bloom on November 30, 2017 at 8:07pm — 1 Comment

New book released by CRC Press November 8, 2017

As a professional educator, can you bring the language of business to the school system? The Excellent Education System: Using Six Sigma to Transform Schools presents the results of an investigation of how both public educational and college institutions have implemented the methodology of six sigma to change and innovate how we deliver education to the future leaders of the

world…

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Added by Daniel T. Bloom on November 13, 2017 at 8:56pm — No Comments

TLS Continuum Part 84:The organizational view of the world via a mirror or a window?

The other day I was listening to an installment of the Voice of Experience from the National Speakers Association in which the presenter talked about the different view one gets from the mirror versus the window. There is a direct applicability to the TLS Continuum.

In order to achieve sustainable…

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Added by Daniel T. Bloom on November 11, 2017 at 2:30pm — No Comments

TLS Continuum Part 83: The HR Missing Link- Have You Found it Yet?

In Part 82 of this series, I posed the question whether or not human capital management was dead or not. In this part I want to suggest that there is a vital path to your survival both as an HR professional and as part of your organization.

The C-Suite office holders of the 21st century are in a quandary. They are confronted with a wide-ranging audience they must answer to. This audience includes the stakeholders of the organization as well as the human capital assets. The…

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Added by Daniel T. Bloom on October 12, 2017 at 11:39am — No Comments

TLS Continuum Part 82: Is Human Capital Management Dead?

As I listen to the Internet scuttlebutt I have cause to stop and consider whether the HR profession, as we know it , is thriving or either dying or has already died. I have a fellow consultant who told me that the reason why I am not getting the interest in some of my programs is because the majority of HR people are ignorant. Others tell me that we, as a profession, have no fathom how to respond to the demands and needs of the C-Suite. So, what is the dilemma here?

To answer…

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Added by Daniel T. Bloom on September 25, 2017 at 10:05am — No Comments

TLS Continuum Part 81: Who are as an organization/as a society?

I am currently experiencing the thrills of having a 16-month old grandson running around the house. This is an experience, which I have not had to deal with in over thirty years since my sons were born. But the events of this past weekend make me stop and wonder what type of organizations or society are we leaving for him, as he grows older?

In working with clients I advocate that in order for continuous process improvement efforts to be successful, your organization needs to become…

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Added by Daniel T. Bloom on August 16, 2017 at 1:33pm — No Comments

TLS Continuum Part 80: Don't Ask. Don't Tell

This blog post does not refer to the former government policy regarding sexual orientation in the military. Rather this refers to a vital part of the TLS Continuum and the voice of the customer. We can’t improve our processes without the input from our customers. However it does no good for you to ask the customer what keeps them up at night if you are not going to follow through on resolving those concerns.

Let me give you an example.  We recently had a problem with our 43inch TV and…

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Added by Daniel T. Bloom on March 26, 2017 at 8:09pm — No Comments

TLS Continuum Part 79: The Continuous Process Improvement Perfect Storm

If you watch the TV or read the newspaper over the past month you have seen a rash of incidents in which the new president says one thing and his cabinet members say something entirely different. This inconsistency of message leads to an inconsistent message to the employees of the government, our allies and more important to the customers of this country – its citizens. I hear many media pundits who lay out what this could mean for the country in the years to come. This is not a political…

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Added by Daniel T. Bloom on February 26, 2017 at 4:31pm — No Comments

TLS Continuum Part 78: Obstacles are the pathway to opportunity not the dead ends

 

Let me begin with a few premises. Whether we are talking about our personal lives or your business workplace, everything we do is based on a process of some type. Each process is constructed of a series of steps, which lead us to the end result. The second premise is that although we would like everything to run crystal smooth in reality it never happens. Along the way we are confronted with an event that waylays the process. Consider the preverbal Murphy’s Law that states…

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Added by Daniel T. Bloom on February 12, 2017 at 6:01pm — No Comments

TLS Continuum Part 59: Where do I Begin? 10 Commandments of Project Selection

 

Your organization believes that there is a problem with the organization, so the tendency is to try and repair everything at one. While on the surface that may see like the right direction for the organization, this approach seldom meets the end goal. This segment of the TLS Continuum Blog Series suggests that there are 10 commandments to selecting projects that will bring the most benefit to you and your organization.

 

Thou shalt become one with the…

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Added by Daniel T. Bloom on August 5, 2016 at 2:43pm — No Comments

TLS Continuum Part 58: We do not see the world as it is, we see it as we are

If you watch the media and social positing there a lot of comments about why process improvement efforts fail. The reasons for excuses run a wide gamut. I would suggest there is a more fundamental reason for improvement efforts that fail. We have the wrong focus. I am not suggesting that the problems are the wrong focus instead I am suggesting that the problem is how we look at the problem.

When we assemble a group of people to work on the resolution of a problem they come with all…

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Added by Daniel T. Bloom on August 1, 2016 at 10:57am — No Comments

TLS Continuum Part 57: What Is In It For Me?

I was reading the Summer 2016 issue of the MIT Sloan Management Review in which an article appeared by Catherine Bailey and Adrian Madden titled “What Makes Work Meaningful or Meaningless.” The article gave me some pause for thought as to why cross functional teams sometimes failure to reach the goals that they have set.

My response is that these teams fail because we have not properly…

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Added by Daniel T. Bloom on July 22, 2016 at 11:39am — No Comments

TLS Continuum Part 56

Your organizations has committed to improving your processes, however you have left out a critical part of the equation. No process improvement effort tis going to succeed without the input from a cross-functional team which looks at both the current and future state of the process within the organization.

In order for a cross-functional team to be successful there are several ground rules that need to be followed.  The intent of this weekly blog poste is to review those ground…

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Added by Daniel T. Bloom on July 15, 2016 at 10:50am — No Comments

TLS Continuum Part 55: Authenticity and Teamwork

I am still in the process of reading Your Place at the Table by Allan Cox. Throughout the book Allan Cox centers his message on seven signs of authenticity. Considering the events of the last 48 hours a couple of these signs appear to stick out more than others.

The need…

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Added by Daniel T. Bloom on July 8, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

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