Leadership Qualities: Reengineer Business Processes…

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Like coaches, effective leaders know that competition is fought with more than just speed, they have to reengineer their outcomes by introducing strength and agility training.

Imagine that you’ve been plagued with the same problem for years.  At the start of every year the team members sit around the table looking to the Head for direction on what they should do.  In the past, you have observed the competition and designed projects to outlast them or to compete with them.  But, what if they have caught on to your game, and changed their strategy by placing obstacles in your way?  What do you do?  You must reengineer your business processes because the old ones no longer work in this new field of competition.

Business process reengineering can be thought of simply as an overhaul of the organisation’s management system in order to redirect them from failure to success.  Take a look at the short video below to understand more about how Michael Hammer’s engineering background led to the development of business process reengineering which ultimately improves effectiveness and efficiency.

Michael Hammer and Business Process Re-engineering

As you look at your processes, and you seek to become more effective and efficient, one of the most important things to remember is that change it is not welcome by most of the team.  However, if it becomes the only option left on the table and management supports it, then it will happen. Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe knows this well as his country is now in the headlines for gender advancement.  Only a few hours have past since the AFP posted the headline (January 22, 2020):

“First woman enters Japan’s submarine academy.”

In light of this announcement, consider that from time immemorial, the Japanese have always had their defense by sea. It is a

“maritime nation surrounded by oceans in every direction and has the world’s sixth longest coastline and the sixth largest exclusive economic zone.
Our trade requires stability of maritime security and an international order since Japan depends heavily on foreign resources, foreign food and overseas markets that rely on sea lanes of communication(SLOCs) for over 90% of its trade.”  

(Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, 2019; https://www.mod.go.jp/msdf/en/about/role/). 

Other sources reveal that the Imperial Japanese Navy was founded in 1868 and fought major wars up until 1945 when it surrendered in World War II, forcing it to be dissolved.  However, Japan immediately formed the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force which exists today.  The Japanese forces became the third largest navy in the world by 1920, behind the Royal Navy and the United States Navy (USN) (For more see Boxer, 1993; Dull, 2013; Evans & Peattie, 1997; Naoyuki, 2019; Stille, 2014). So, why in their long history and training programs, has it taken 152 years for a woman to be accommodated on a Japanese submarine?

The Self-Defense Forces is currently struggling to attract young talent, and even moreso for candidates to serve on submarines.  So, they are looking to women.  Historically, the navy has only allowed men on submarines due to the challenges involved in accommodating gender privacy concerns.  But in late 2018, they revised the rules after realizing that “gender-specific privacy needs” could be met without major submarine remodelling.  Now, the navy is saying that

“This is a part of our efforts for efficient use of human resources.”

(AFP, 2019; http://www.msn.com/en-xl/asia/asia-top-stories/first-woman-enters-japans-submarine-academy/ar-BBZd7qW?MSCC=1579707105&ocid=spartandhp#image=BBSzjPe|93) .

Across the world, other battles are taking place as nations grapple with affordable sources of clean energy (Brinson, no date).  So, Israel and Egypt have signed an agreement on natural gas, which they will later export to Europe.  See the photo by Desouki (2020) and the related caption below.

© Khaled Desouki/ AFP via Getty images
Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz displays the signed agreement during the East Mediterranean Gas Forum (EMGF), in Cairo, Egypt, on Jan. 16, 2020. Israel began pumping natural gas to Egypt for the first time on Jan. 15, 2020 under a $15 billion, 15-year deal to liquefy it and re-export it to Europe.   

   There is no time for delay.  Start reengineering your processes now so that you can jump all the hurdles in your race by the end of 2020.  See https://crystalclearvisionblog.com/2019/01/14/leadership-defining-the-organization-problem/ and visit http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/KeishaAMitchellPhD .  

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