Archive for November 21, 2013

How to mitigate the obstacle

Identifying your obstacle and defining why it exists will provide the foundation for developing a plan to mitigate it.

Based on the specific obstacle and its causes, a specialized plan is needed to minimize the obstacle. The plan should include not only what will be done to diminish the obstacle, but also include:
1. The tasks required to execute the plan
• Example: If the obstacle is limited documentation, then a P & P Framework could be used to define the approach to use
2. The timeline for delivery
3. The required Resources, including the Team, the Participants, the Tools
4. The costs related to implementing the plan
5. The risks associated with not addressing the obstacle and the risks of pursuing its mitigation
6. The communication needs, including who, when, and how

As you can see, the plan to address an obstacle is similar to any Project Plan. Utilizing Project Planning Experts – either externally or in-house – will assist in mitigating the obstacle’s impact more quickly.

Aldridge Kerr can assist you in building a plan to mitigate your operational obstacles. Contact Charlene Aldridge at 972.447.9787 or CharleneAldridge@aldridgekerr.com to discuss how we can assist you in improving how you do what you do.

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What is the cause of the obstacle?

After you have identified your operational obstacles, the next step is to develop an understanding of why the obstacles exist so that you can develop a plan to mitigate the impact they have on your organization.

However, an obstacle cannot be resolved until there is an understanding of why an obstacle exists. Consider the following:
• What is the root cause? Training, resources, inefficient processes, unclear expectations, inconsistencies, or something else?
• When does it occur? Always, only in certain circumstances, at specific times?
• Who contributes to the obstacle? Specific positions, a department, an individual?

Once there is clarity on why the obstacle exists, then a plan can be set forth to mitigate that obstacle.

Aldridge Kerr can assist you in mitigating your operational obstacles. Contact Charlene Aldridge at 972.447.9787 or CharleneAldridge@aldridgekerr.com to discuss how we can assist you in improving how you do what you do.

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Identifying Your Organization’s Obstacles

In our most recent newsletter, we discussed operational obstacles that can impact rapid growth. Can you identify your organization’s obstacles? If not, here are some questions to consider that will assist you in identifying them:
• Are you exceeding your Clients’ expectations? If not, what is inhibiting this?
• Are you experiencing turnover and/or losing Clients? Do you know why?
• What defines your ability to maximize your organization’s effectiveness?
• Is your Team completing its tasks? Are they on time? Are there errors?
• Are there numerous Initiatives started but none that are completed or making progress?

Identifying which obstacles are impacting your organization’s growth is the first step to mitigating their impact. Aldridge Kerr can assist in identifying your operational obstacles. Contact Charlene Aldridge at 972.447.9787 or CharleneAldridge@aldridgekerr.com to discuss how we can assist you in improving how you do what you do.

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