On a daily basis, creative energy that could be put towards value-added outcomes is being sapped by non-value added activities.
What if you could build an environment where you dropped the friction quotient?
Over 100 years ago, Henry Ford popularized the concept of the modern production line through the delivery of his Model T automobile. It was quite a remarkable feat for that time. After implementing a series of changes to the assembly line, the overall production time for one Model T changed from 12.5 hours to 93 minutes while also reducing overall per unit production costs. Of course to achieve this breakneck speed and efficiency, Henry Ford concluded that ” Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black”
80 years later, Toyota came to the world with the Toyota Production System, which spawned what some might point to as the modern quality revolution. Waves of quality theories emerged including such methodologies as Total Quality Management, Cost of Quality, and Lean/Six Sigma. The core underpinning of the quality movement focused on the reduction of variability and reduction of non-value activity to produce a more uniform, predictable, and cost effective outcome.
Fast forward to today, where the barrier of entry to bring a good or service to market is as simple a hurdle to cross as a computer with eBay or Kickstarter account. Its the remarkable and unique that is starting to command attention and premium price. The challenge is how do you create and scale the remarkable and unique, as the historical approaches may no longer apply.
Scaling in the new creation economy is going to require leaders to invert Henry Ford and the Toyota Production System to focus on making the “how to” as simple and effortless as possible. They will be required to enable teams and individuals to devote more effective energy to the process of creating and delivering the unique and remarkable.
Here at Friction Free Flow, we are going to help you re-imagine your flow of work through:
- Identifying transformative steps
- Create flexibility through compartmentalization
- Identifying and creating core minimum process requirements
- Orchestrating the right application of the talent force to achieve effective scale