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Joakim Ahlström

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Don’t Blame the Bike If You Want to Improve Performance

April 10, 2015 Have you ever watched a child learning to ride a bike? Who (or rather what) gets the blame when things don’t go the way the child wants? The bike! The child might even argue that it’s a stupid bike and it’s impossible to ride. But what has this to do...

​Are Your Managers Bottlenecks in Your Improvement Process?

March 9, 2015 For managers, time is a scarce commodity. Actually, it’s equally scarce for everyone, but I start off this way to show that I know how tough it is to be a manager. When I meet managers of various kind—CEOs, division managers, middle managers, indeed all sorts of managers—I take their...

The Five Paradoxes of Continuous Improvement

February 26, 2015 Continuous improvement has proved harder than expected for many organizations. One big reason is that there are a few challenges most organizations sooner or later encounter and your intuitive responses actually prevent you from succeeding. Paradox #1: Simplicity A common reaction to failed improvement initiatives is to go for a...