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.
- 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
- 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*
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:
- Legacy systems and processes – Opening spreadsheets created in 2011
- Dependency of people without influence – Last in line for the information
- 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.
- 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.