Tag Archive for: continuous improvement

The genius that is Burt Rutan

20 Jun
June 20, 2013 Genius is a word that can often be used inappropriately.  However, where Burt Rutan is concerned it’s the right word to describe his work and, perhaps more importantly, his approach to the complex challenges he has overcome.  Burt Rutan isn’t a name that most people are familiar with but as you’ll see in this week’s post it’s a name that has quietly delivered so much. Story I first came across the name of Burt Rutan while watching a compelling documentary about a little company Read more [...]

Your breakthrough day

02 May
May 2, 2013 Monday 26th November 2012 was a special and momentous day for New York.  On Monday 26th November, for the first time in living memory, an entire day passed without a single report of anyone being shot, stabbed or subjected to a violent crime.  Monday 26th November 2012 was New York’s breakthrough day. Story New York police officers could hardly remember the last time that such a violent-crime-free day last occurred.  Over the years New York has seen a drop in violent crime but this was Read more [...]

Measuring moments that matter

14 Mar
March 14, 2013 There’s an old management mantra that states “What gets measured gets managed.”  This is also akin to the saying “If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.”  Either way, it’s clear that having some form of metrics, measures or KPIs can be a good thing. When he was at Princeton, Einstein had a sign hanging over his office which read, “Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.” As Einstein suggested, it’s possible to Read more [...]

Small changes really do make a difference

22 Nov
November 22, 2012 The London 2012 Olympic Games was widely recognised as being one of the best games ever staged.  These games may now be a distant recollection but the legacy of what was achieved by the GB cycling team will last a lifetime and is a lesson to all of us connected with business. Although my old sport (rowing) also dominated the Team GB medal tables, it’s to cycling that I’d like to turn to demonstrate just what can be achieved when the right level of focus, determination and professionalism Read more [...]