|By Ben Currington used under
Have you ever try to lift a piano?
If you have I bet you have the same experience as me; you go up to the piano and take a good hold and … nothing. It’s like it’s bolted to the floor, or something (oddly enough my exact words the first time I tried to lift a piano).
This is impossible. We will never make it. But you get one more guy and then you make another try. Maybe if someone could just slid a mat underneath … And you try again. 1…2…3… and … IT MOVED!
That split second is my favorite feeling in the whole world. Trying really hard, and get the first little sign of that your efforts are in the right direction. When IT MOVED! It of course doesn’t only applies to pianos or not even physical effort but that so tangible there. Let me share something that has not to do with physical work, but where this feeling was super strong. It happened today.
In my team we have been trying to help one part of our organisation that struggles. No… you don’t get it. Really struggles. Called “dead” by others in our organisation. Been on a downhill streak for about 3 years.
The main problem is the lack of customers. Fewer and fewer people visit the company meaning that they loose money every day.
We went there about two weeks ago. We employed a few well directed actions to try to turn the numbers into where we actually made money instead.
We showed everyone on a big board and showed it everyday.
We followed up our actions daily. We asked them to only tell us what can be achieved until tomorrow instead of aiming for the stars. Our kanban board only have one column, for aficionados; “Tomorrow”. Here we list the things that will be done tomorrow.
We made motivational speech (my first ever!) since the staff was totally depressed after being told for years that they suck and the numbers looks bad.
We also started a company-wide focus on quality in everything we do. Years of being “sub-standard” has left these poor guys without any feeling for taking care of equipment or each other. Even the simplest fixes are very hard to get done. Just because … really don’t know. But I think it’s because they are not used to do stuff. Especially not stuff that no one told them explicitly to do.
Also here we asked them to do only small, small things. “What have you improved since yesterday” will be asked to each department. I’ll write another blogpost about the outcome of that. Too early yet.
And today …. IT MOVED!