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Pareto Principle

80:20 Vision… The Pareto Principle

Pareto Happy

I’m not lazy, but I am a great believer in taking the most effective route from A to B.  That’s why I love the Pareto Principle… otherwise known as the Principle of the Least Effort.

Background

The principle is named after an Italian Economist (unsurprisingly called Pareto), who recognised an observable trend: 80% of Italy’s land was owned by 20% of the population.  He also observed that this extended outside of economics; for example, 20% of the pea pods in his garden provided 80% of the peas. read more

Why Facts should be your New Best Work Friend

Facts: Your New, Best Work Friend

Working Together

I once knew a manager who couldn’t have a conversation without using the phrase “start with the facts” or “starting with the facts”.  As much as I wanted to poke him in the eye back then, he’d actually latched on to a very astute approach.  Let me explain…

We’ve all probably been there: something’s gone wrong and all of a sudden… arms are flailing as people scurry around like the sky is about to fall on their heads.  But the sky doesn’t fall and tomorrow, well it’s simply business as usual.  Or perhaps someone identifies an issue… it’s catastrophic and could mean the end of the world as we know it!  Except it doesn’t and, well, everything carries on as normal. read more

Is Your Work Area a Messsss? Lean 5S!

Lean 5S: The Power of 5s

Tiday Desk

I know, I know… What are you on about Liz?  What the heck does “messsss” mean?  And what’s all this about “Lean 5S”?

Let me tell you more

Lean 5s is a methodology intended to make work space organisation as effective and as efficient as possible.  Wikipedia does a good job of explaining it:

“(5S)… describes how to organize a work space for efficiency and effectiveness by identifying and storing the items used, maintaining the area and items, and sustaining the new order”. read more