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The Squawk Point is all about service operations and our ability to make things far more complicated than they really need to be.

Running an operation should be as easy as finding out what your customers want, then giving it to them. Nothing more or less.

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Operations Analysis

white elephant

The Sure Thing

Pain and despair Imagine you run a servicing centre. You have a staff of 100 who fill in forms to order things for customers. Maybe they process applications Maybe they fill in patient’s details Maybe they capture the details of car repairs You get the gist of it… Lots of people, lots of information and lots of screw […]

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Process Improvement


Quantity Versus Quality

Conventional management wisdom: You can have quality or quantity but you can’t have both. Bang ‘em out quick Sod the quality, feel the width Cost, quality, speed ~ pick any 2 Even the Romans knew this was the case. It is quality rather than quantity that matters ~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca So if you want […]

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Employee Engagement

HMS Ocean

A Splendid Waste of Time

Is management by wandering around a good thing? I was talking to a friend of mine today.  He used to work for the Royal Navy. He navigated ships in his 20’s. Apparently getting H.M.S. Ocean around the Isle of White and into the Solent without sinking some fool in a yacht is no mean feat.  Particularly […]

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