Author: Nelson Coulter

Achieving continuous improvement in organizations is a tough slog.

The efforts of each individual or division in the organization certainly helps. The stacking up of those efforts can be thought of as the addends in a mathematical sum.

Looks something like this:
a + b + c + d + e + ….. = Improvement

A more robust approach, however, is to leverage the mathematical concept of products in our efforts to get better. The resulting product is sort of like a sum on steroids.

Looks something like this:

A x B x C x ….. = IMPROVEMENT

If the addends in the sum represent the individual efforts of the organization’s members toward improvement, what do those factors in the product represent? Those are the systems we put in place.

While both sums and products move us in the right direction, it’s our systems that propel us toward improvement in accelerated fashion.

**Next week’s lesson will focus on the debilitating effects of subtraction and division on an organizations efficacy. (Yep, not pretty.)

*If you’d like to read more of nc’s blatherings go to nc’s Recursive Learning

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