I’ve been a believer in remote work ever since I co-founded Centric Consulting more than two decades ago. My co-founders and I wanted to form a new kind of consulting firm, one with a great culture. Being remote seemed like the best way to improve employee happiness.
I recently led a webinar for Fisher’s Center for Operational Excellence on the topic of “The Curious Leader,” which members can view in COE's Members Only Digital Content Archive (February 2020). We had a great discussion about how curiosity can help leaders build better relationships, grow their expertise, and become more innovative.
Think about a few recent challenges or frustrations you faced at work. How many are a result of relationships with colleagues, team members, suppliers, customers, or other people? Equipment and technology cause trouble sometimes, but other people are often at the heart of our most challenging work problems. For decades, executive coaches have been using a magical formula of deep listening and asking powerful questions to build strong relationships, get to the root of issues, and dramatically improve communication, self-awareness, and clarify expectations
This is our first year hosting our annual Leading Through Excellence summit virtually, but we've spent years perfecting the multi-day learning session that happens every April. We'll miss the lunches, VIP reception, and in-person networking -- but we're excited to offer the myriad of benefits that come along with hosting a virtual event.
Tracy Owens is a business transformation leader who has led his employers and client organizations in developing a culture of continuous improvement to achieve near-term objectives and better long-term results. Tracy has a deep toolbox for process improvement and a wide range of experience, interests, success stories, and connections. We asked Tracy what his top 5 secret weapons are when it comes to OpEx tools… Tool 1: The Response Router