Process or Perish

“If you can’t describe what you do as a process, then you don’t know what you’re doing.”

Strong words from W. Edwards Deming, who, with a 14 step manufacturing process, helped the Japanese recover their manufacturing after World War II. With Toyota recently retaking the position of largest auto manufacturer, it is worth noting what a difference process discipline can make.

What’s in a process?

The Confident Rider: Driving Behavioral Change in Your Business

Change can be a confidence killer but behavioral change is definitely a confidence killer.

What is behavioral change? Think back to the 90’s – when you were away for lunch, your missed calls would be written on a piece of paper and you would then return the calls.

Then e-mail arrived, completely changing how and when we respond to people.  It required a whole new system – a new behavior – of how to work with e-mail day in and day out. There were a whole set of steps that occurred slowly over a period of time. Some of those steps were difficult. So, behavioral change is where we have to change substantively from what we currently do to something new and probably uncomfortable.

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Keystone Habits

Keystone Habits provide everyone in your company a simple, basic message that creates purpose, direction and energy. So what is it and why is it so effective?

First, let’s look at how one man, Claude Hopkins, accelerated a recognizable habit: brushing your teeth. Claude, an ad man from the early 1900s, had a problem. He had agreed to help sell a new brand of toothpaste when only 8% of the population even brushed their teeth. What would it take to do that?

As Charles Duhigg observes in his book The Power of Habit, Claude used a basic habit-creating process. First he