C25K – The Productivity Expert

Busy is not productive

"If time is our most valuable resource, attention is the currency we value it in. Where are you focusing your attention?"

Two Simple Options

C25K - Flagship

The Couch to 5km of productivity. – Give yourself the time to focus what is important

5 weeks A manageable 1-2hrs per week investment

2-5X your effectiveness while working less

£250 or R4,500* per participant

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Boot Camp Interventions

Specific and tactical targeting legacy processes – Every intervention will be different

1-4 days – 6 intense hrs per day

Outcome is variable, but in the past I have helped cut lead time by 90%. Halved month end close. Reduced steps in a process by 80%.

£550 or R9,500* per day + travel

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The C25K is ideal for mid/senior level managers and freelance entrepreneurs. 

My experience and expertise for boot camp interventions is primarily with Finance teams, but I have found it necessary, as finance is the back end of the information flow, to work with all teams within an organisation.

"We've always done it that way"

  • Teams are busier and work longer hours than output would suggest, it feels like the result is not in line with the effort
  • Staff miss deadlines and every month seems the same, submitting at or after the  deadline, whether things went well or badly
  • Conflicting priorities which don’t focus on ROI –We ask how long does it take to get the result we want, not if I am prepared to invest this amount of time, what result can I get?
  • A history of attempts at strategic transformations and reorganisations (both systems and people) result in the same legacy processes being performed by different people or in different systems
  • Workarounds, rather than fixes are implemented – some are likely to be needed, worrying when this becomes the default.

Tactical implementations and changes result in marginal improvements that compound for dramatic effect.

Couch to 5k

A powerful programme to create the space and time for a more effective organisation:

  • Most productivity initiatives try for Olympic or Marathon intensity, without getting some base fitness first.
  • This programme extracts the best practices across experts and methods, to allow teams to get started.
  • Gives some breathing space, to start thinking in a different way.
  • It can help managers – who can then lead the changes in their teams.
Structure:
  • Week 1 – Identifying focus areas and making space
  • Week 2 – Book-ending and prioritising focus
  • Week 3 – Reducing interruptions and increasing focus time
  • Week 4 – Mailbox and meeting management
  • Week 5 – Checkpoint and specific interventions
Commitment:
  • 5 weeks of small changes, with dramatic compounded impact.
  • 1-2hrs investment each week – 30-60min Skype call, 30-60min Implementation.
  • 4-5 people per cohort.
  • £250 or R4,500*

Boot camp

Specific, targeted, tactical – Every approach could be different

  • 1-4 days intense activity
  • Specific tactical issues e.g. Close calendar, Debtors, Cash flow, KPIs
  • 6 hrs of focused rapid resolution – Split between diagnostic, design & implementation

Types of activity – I am pragmatic not dogmatic

  • Lean – Value Stream Mapping – Remove clutter and noise
  • Theory of Constraints – Bottlenecks and flow
  • Dependency – Critical path analysis
  • Problem Solving – Root cause problem solving
  • Marginal Gains – 1% is all it takes. Moore’s law is only 0.1% per day.
  • Focus – Prioritisation and productivity best practice (e.g. 80/20 or Pareto, Deep Work)
  • Best practice – SOPs, Excel Design, Outlook (Mailbox and Calendar)

What I don't do

  • Systems changes – Fixing legacy systems remediation or systems change. This may be a recommendation, but needs to be built on a solid foundation. 
  • Make the changes for you – If I do, then when I leave, the changes aren’t owned.
  • Long engagements – This is expensive and creates a culture of dependency.
  • Bottom up change – Without alignment and involvement of the decision maker, this cannot be “someone else needs to change.”
  • Number three priority – The intervention needs to be in the top two priorities of the individuals involved.

I am a problem solver born out of frustration

With a background in Audit, SOX(!), Internal Audit and SAS70 – I found controls stacked on controls which dilute ownership and cost more than the risk they are covering:

  • 10 years in working Finance and Financial Services
  • Chartered Accountant (ICAEW) – 5 years creating work through Audit
  • Lean Certified (Cardiff University) – 5 years fixing the problems created

Systems are blamed, they are designed well, used “differently”:

  • The actual system – System limitation (often not the problem)
  • How the system is configured – Configuration limitation (sometimes the problem)
  • How it is used – User limitation (often the problem)

I have worked with Finance (and other teams) across 15 countries and have consistently found the same three issues:

  1. Legacy systems and processes – Opening spreadsheets created in 2011
  2. Dependency of people without influence – Last in line for the information
  3. Lack of focus – misunderstanding urgent and important, versus what I’m doing now

Location is Nothing or Everything

  • The C25k is designed to be done online.
  • Boot camp interventions are typically (let’s chat before deciding) using best face to face due to the intensity.

*Pricing Notes

  • 50% price reduction for Government, Freelancers, Charities and Sustainable/Circular Entities
  • Being a citizen of the world, I also accept Euro and US Dollars.

For the C25K –

  • 100% refundable if the individual leaves after week 2 and has completed the required activity in that time.

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