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03.22.93  Ron Ashkenas

10x Reduction in Time: Focus on Cycle Time

In early November 1993, Jim Wagner announced several critical improvement challenges facing Motorola UDS. Of particular importance was the need to improve the delinquency and cycle time performance of key high-selling products.

 

05.11.92  Ron Ashkenas

From Dialogue to Action in GE WorkOut: Developmental Learning in a Change Process

Using real examples, two of the designers of GE’s WorkOut process show how WorkOut generates both results and learning through organizational dialogue.

 

The Lemmings Who Love Total Quality

Many North American corporations are rushing headlong to a destination called "total quality." These corporations are heading for a nasty surprise because the popular approaches to total quality are flawed by four self·defeating characteristics.

 

Managers Can Avoid Wasting Time

As long as human beings are managing organizations, jobs will have requirements that create anxiety, and thus lead to time-wasting activities. If you want major payoffs from management productivity, you must defeat "busyness".

 

08.15.69  Ron Ashkenas

How Goal-Setting Plus Discipline Licked a Plant Peak Load Dilemma

This article describes how we helped Bell Canada set an "impossible goal" to restore full service to customers much more quickly than they had been.

 

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