Recently I was approached by a community college administrator about working with them to improve some of their processes. As I read her request one of the things I noticed was she wanted to know what other community colleges had I worked with to improve their processes. In my mind, it doesn't make a difference if you worked with other community colleges at all because process improvement doesn't differentiate as to industry or organizations.
Continuous process improvement ensures that your processes are capable of meeting or exceeding internal or external customer requirements and business performance objectives. Continuous process improvement consists of the rigorous application of the following activities:
A feasibility study should be always completed before launching any major new project, investment or venture. It serves a critical function in independently evaluating a plan or planned course of action, taking a fresh look at the assumptions behind it, the risks it faces and its chances of success.
Those organizations most often interested in changing their culture are usually those performing poorly, facing a crisis, newly reorganized under a larger entity and those with new missions or new managers. The example organization here is an exception to the general rule.
During the 1990's, the WHO was concerned that public health systems in less developed countries had weaknesses in their organizations and processes and were not serving their populations at the level they were capable of.
For many, the idea of owning your own business and being your own boss is alluring: you set your hours and you alone reap the rewards of your endeavors. Unfortunately, the road to success is often paved with many perils: employee costs continue to spiral as do the cost of goods; increased competition from other companies both here and abroad; more regulation from local, state and federal agencies; etc.
No successful company can survive and grow without a well researched and clearly articulated strategy.
You've decided you need a business plan, but you've been struggling so much with it that you're ready to drop the whole thing. Now may be the time to ask yourself: should I complete the plan by myself or should I hire a consultant? If you decide to hire a consultant, what skills and qualifications should you look for? What services should they provide? Finally, how much should you expect to pay? Let's explore the answers.
Although there are many variations, there are really only a few realistic exit strategies for most business owners. Most strategies only make sense for certain classes of business, so for any given business, even fewer options are viable.