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Beyond SMART: The Better Way to Master CI Goals

Beyond SMART: The Better Way to Master CI Goals

It’s goal setting time! When the annual goal setting process begins, we immediately think of SMART goals -- goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-bound. But there is a major flaw with the SMART goal setting process. While this tool can...

CI Profile: Donna Spencer

CI Profile: Donna Spencer

Here at CII, we really want to know our members. Sure, we could get along fine with just the basic networking events, community interactions, etc… But, we strive to be better than “fine”; we want to be a great community! To get to know each other better, we’re...

CI Superpower

CI Superpower

Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom. - AristotleEach continuous improver brings a unique perspective and skills to the team. Take the CI Superpower Quiz to uncover your superpower and understand how you can make an impact through continuous...

A Meeting-Less Culture

A Meeting-Less Culture

An estimated 37% of meetings are considered unproductive. While we often focus on improving meeting productivity, what if we just had fewer meetings?   Here's are some common causes of unnecessary meetings and how to eliminate them.The 1-on-1While many organizations...

Three Ways to Promote CI Culture in Virtual Work

Three Ways to Promote CI Culture in Virtual Work

An unprecedented 42% of the US labor force is now working from home, Stanford University reports. Amidst this incredible shift, many continuous and process improvement programs have been put on pause or have stalled out waiting for life to return to "normal". Instead...

Stop the Madness: Effective Meeting Foundations

Stop the Madness: Effective Meeting Foundations

We're spending a lot of time in meetings. A painful amount of time in meetings. And now that many workforces are working remotely, we seem to have more meetings than ever.  Before you hold yet another meeting, use effective meeting foundations and you might just start...

6 Tips for Effective Virtual Meetings

6 Tips for Effective Virtual Meetings

70% of managers say that meetings they attend are unproductive and inefficient. It’s time to stop wasting time in endless meetings and take back your day. We’re going to cover 6 tips to create better meetings in a virtual environment.1. Maximize the 5When you’re...

Budgeting for CI Training and Development

Budgeting for CI Training and Development

Budget season is just around the corner. How much money should you put in your budget for training and developing continuous improvement and process improvement professionals? And where should you spend that budget money in order to get the biggest impact from those...

Three Things CI-ers Should Stop Doing

Three Things CI-ers Should Stop Doing

Continuous improvement programs are absolutely vital to the success of an organization. These programs help establish and drive a culture of everyday continuous improvement. They are the heart of the organization that leads the company to finding more efficient ways...

Virtual Improvement Events

Virtual Improvement Events

In-person, focused  improvement events like Rapid Improvement Events, Kaizen Events, and GE Work-Outs are some of the most effective tools in the improver's toolbox.   The power of an in-person improvement event is tremendous. First, you have the team's undivided...