TRIPLE III TIME: 21st Century “EVAL-CULATIONS”

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One of my regular targets for “change-action” is applying imagination to the traditional standards of measuring success and considering a Return-On-Investment.  It is always easier to take out the OLD performance standards and/or fiscal “cost-per” measurements and declare a program, service or product a success or failure.  But what about measuring a continuous improvement action/training?  Is it a standard business procedure to re-gather affected staff to determine the minimum or maximum effectiveness of a continuous improvement initiative?  Or is just offering the initiative and having everyone attend the measure of success?

Well because change, innovation and dollars all deserve “equal time” as progress and quality factors, consider these TOP 10 “What Aren’t We Seeing?” EVAL-CULATIONS! (Yes it’s a new word!) as you consider the value of your continuous improvement efforts:

  1. Did organizational leadership revisit the trainees and ask them “What’s the 1 THING you learned?”
  2. How many other colleagues did you share your positive learning experience with?
  3. Did the organization’s action/training prompt you to meet one-on-one with co-workers to consider a more progressive change?
  4. How many attendees expressed a “Something To Look Forward To!” attitude following the continuous improvement action/training?
  5. Was it possible to calculate the number of “spin-off” ideas that resulted?
  6. In follow-up discussions…did attendees appear to improve their ability to prioritize?
  7. Did the organization’s action/training generate increased/quality internal/external communication?
  8. How many attendees “stepped-up” to be more involved in future actions?
  9. Is it possible to witness personnel re-looking at past evaluation approaches and considering new, innovation-based designs?
  10. If our goal is to be better and special…as organizations, businesses, and workers…shouldn’t we try to use unique 21st Century EVAL-CULATIONS as new criteria?

Don’t ever be afraid of or limit the way you look at the value of initiatives.  Better and Special deserve an always changing, always innovative measuring stick…plus it often causes FUN to be infused into your daily work.

About Inspiring Innovations, Inc.

Marv Pichla is currently the owner and Creative Advisor for his own small business, Inspiring Innovations, Inc. Sharing his unique experience with entrepreneurship and innovation in public service, Marv consults with public and private business, education, and community organizations to develop new and different problem solving methods through real-life example-based learning. Prior to starting-up Inspiring Innovations, Inc. Marv served as Executive Director for Thumb Area Michigan Works! As Executive Director, Marv used public sector innovation as his guide for the organizations regional career development, employment service, education and strategic planning initiatives. Finally, Marv was raised on a farm in the Thumb Area of Michigan where he claims he received the education principles he values most. However, he obtained his Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Center Michigan University in Public Administration and eventually his Ph.D. from Capella University in Minnesota. Marv can be reached at: mpichla@inspiringinnovationsllc.com

Posted on January 25, 2019, in INNOVATION NOW, TOP 10, Triple III. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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