Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Do you work in a PUSHY environment? Or a Reluctant one?

Does your company or department push to get new processes in place? Or does it need to be dragged (reluctantly?) into adopting new systems and processes?

Understanding the environment that you operate in helps to ensure that you can help your company to adapt to appropriate new technologies that will dramatically affect your company's bottom line.

I have been fortunate to have worked with a few people that are pushers. They push to get their vision implemented. These people seem to have no fear. No fear of the consequences of any fall-out from how their 'bucking the system' will affect their careers. They are comfortable with their knowledge of their business and of their role in it. They understand technology and what it can do for them. Interestingly, they are doing really well - despite being periodically interrupted by the 'powers-that-be'. These people are always business-focused people. They are on the front-line of executing the work and managing the workforce. Their attention to the business model is the reason for their company's on-going success. There are many people like this in companies today.

Their counterparts, those that need to be pulled, are the reluctant ones. These people are the followers. They tend to allow the 'powers-that-be' dictate to them exactly what they will do and how they will do it.

In order to function effectively, corporations require more pushers than reluctants. The pushers are the visionaries. They sell the followers on their vision of how the business can improve. It is clear that corporations with a culture of pushing are more successful than those that are afraid of change. Freedom to innovate is a hallmark of a pushy organization.

Who are the 'powers-that-be'? In our business - providing software tools for work management - they are responsible for managing systems for the owner corporation. Let's refer to these people as the 'system managers'. Our software systems are designed to help the companies and departments that use them to build and implement better work management processes. The business is qualitatively improved by using such tools. System Managers too often focus on 'standards' as a means for ensuring consistency in the employment of systems. This approach ignores the realities of the problems that the business needs to solve. It allows the system managers to justify their choice of 'standard' systems to justify their selections.

Companies that abdicate the use of trend-setting approaches to managing their business are doomed to being in a follower mode. They are not the trend-setters of their industry.

As a provider of work management software tools, we at The TeamWork Group, welcome opportunities to work with 'pushy' organizations. In fact, these organizations stand to gain the most from the adoption of the progressive data management tools that we have dedicated ourselves to developing.

The TeamWork Group is working to make it easier for pushy organizations to access the tools that they need to continually improve business processes. We are making our tools available of the web. This means that the tools needed by pushy departments and companies can be utilized and can contribute to an improved bottom-line without upsetting the 'power-that-be'. You will not need to get approval for installing 'non-standard' software on company systems.

Does this sound too good to be true? The TeamWork Group provides systems that use industry-standard software from Microsoft, Sybase and Oracle to develop our tools. This ensures that we can easily co-exist with other software on in-house systems.

Be on the lookout for invitations to use TeamWork 2k on a trial basis. This try-before-you-buy is another really useful aspect of the web-based tools.

Other advantages that you can realize from The TeamWork Group's web-based work management solutions include:

  • Work management processes;
  • Asset-based work and project management;
  • Cost tracking, forecasting and management;
  • Turnaround, Shutdown, Outage, Slowdown management;
  • Incident, Issue, backlog management;
  • Time Management - including rate management and timesheets;
  • Gate management - including tracking of on-site time;
  • Routine maintenance management of your plant or facility assets;
  • Management of the procurement cycle;
  • Management of EPC projects
  • Many other tools that customers need to help reduce spreadsheet spread and database bloat

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