This Focused Performance Weblog started life as a "business management blog" containing links and commentary related primarily to organizational effectiveness with a "Theory of Constraints" perspective, but is in the process of evolving towards primary content on interactive and mobile marketing. Think of it as about Focusing marketing messages for enhanced Performance. If you are on an archive page, current postings are found here.
Tuesday, November 11, 2003
Lean and Mean -- Speaking of "fads" (some of which are worthy to follow), from the Boston Globe...
"...Lean manufacturing will not end factory shutdowns or layoffs. One reason, specialists say, is manufacturers are the victims of the very efficiencies they attained. The introduction of new processes and technological productivity has never been higher. Neither have job losses."
But that is only a fait accompli if there is no innovation applied to the demand side -- if there is no planned effort to grow the business either by taking advantage of the new capabilities and capacities, or finding new uses for those capabilities and capacities. Sustainability, growth, and success of a business and of its associates/employees does not come from the internal leanness alone, but from using that leanness to protect and grow what matters -- the top line. (via Fast Company Now)
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