Kobe Bryant (41), the basketball phenomenon, tragically passed on 26th January 2020 along with his teen daughter and 7 other individuals, in a helicopter crash.

Growing up with a love of sports, I knew of Kobe from the exhilarating games we watched on TV. His career spanned over 20 years playing for his beloved dream team, LA Lakers.

His demonstrated proficiency of the game is what propelled him on to the world stage, but he was also an author, speaker, entrepreneur with various interests including investing, media and inspiring the next generation of young athletes.

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As a self-acknowledged Lean Six Sigma nerd, I’m always exploring the ways in which different companies adopt the principles of Lean Six Sigma. With Apple taking the number 1 position for the most valuable brand of 2020 (Forbes list) hitting a brand value of $241 billion, I wanted to explore how this leading technology company applies the methodology first adopted by Motorola in 1986.

Voice of the Customer

Capturing the Voice of the Customer is one of the most common techniques used within the Define phase of the DMAIC framework (Define, Measure, Analyse, Improve, Control). Given the popularity of Apple…

In these unprecedented times it is undeniable that the global pandemic is going to act as an accelerator of change in many areas of our lives.

We all know for instance that work will never be the same, even if we don’t yet know all the ways in which it will be different. The hybrid model trend that has surfaced, with home and office in different proportions, has for instance accelerated the demand for digital solutions designed to align the needs for health and safety but also organisational agility, interaction and collaboration.

The pandemic is providing us a unique opportunity…

Let’s talk about Stress. The rise in remote working has had some implications on our working habits. It has blurred the lines between working hours and social hours making it difficult to switch off and easy to overwork. Social distancing and lockdown restrictions have placed limitations on the stress relieving activities that most people are accustomed to. It is no wonder that workplace stress levels are rising. Research conducted in 2020 by Perkbox revealed that a staggering 79% of UK employees experience work-related stress making it the most common form of stress in the UK. Among other top causes of…

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With data often described as the ‘life-blood’ of modern businesses, managing and protecting it is vital. IT staff face growing pressure to improve data security, management processes and organisational compliance.

Furthermore, data is growing at a rapid rate. Businesses are seeing their own challenges associated with the growth of data. It puts pressure on storage capacity and creates a headache for IT staff trying to cut risk and prevent threats like ransomware.

But where is all this data coming from?

For most businesses, this is complex and difficult to answer. Additional systems are put into place as businesses grow, implement…

Disclaimer — this article isn’t going to tell you how to get yourself to #1 on the Forbes list, and neither will it earn you a net worth of $38.8 billion but what it will do is explore some of the ways in which a Canadian man named Elon Musk may have gone about achieving this.

Steve Jobs once said, “Those who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world usually do.” But what is it about thinking one can change the world that makes them ‘crazy’? Humans are creatures of habit, and as a Change Manager…

As a self-confessed Continuous Improvement geek, I’m always banging-on about Lean principles and sharing examples of Lean in action wherever I go. There are some awe inspiring organisations around the world that demonstrate the power of lean and raise the standards of ‘what good looks like’. What does it mean to be a truly Lean Business? Does it mean that they’re ‘skinny’? No — they are just striving to become better each day.

A Lean Business is one that embraces the Continuous Improvement spirit by maximising value for its customers whilst minimising wasteful activities.

Some Key Characteristics of a Lean…

The Learn-by-Doing Philosophy originated from American philosopher John Dewey and was further developed by several renowned organisations such as Toyota Motor Company and IBM. It simply refers to a hands-on, problem-based approach to learning and is seen as an optimal approach to personal and organisational growth. Here, we explore what makes this approach so successful…

Discovery vs Instruction — the double-edged sword

Which is more effective: discovery learning or direct instruction? It’s an endless debate and one that has been researched to death by psychologists for decades. …

We get there as soon as the store opens and on first glance things look, to be frank, pretty chaotic. There are multitudes of people everywhere, manoeuvring massive trollies piled mountainously high with bulk purchases of food, drink, electronic goods, designer-labelled apparel and almost everything you can think of. Over the years, we have bought a ridiculous range of items there — from bacon to sunglasses, to a beautiful statue for our garden. It is not the cheapest you will ever find, but the quality of its stock is amazing. I once cooked and served a plate of salmon comprising…

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