Handling the crisis: how to create an information-rich remote-working environment

Handling the crisis: how to create an information-rich remote-working environment

A crisis is rippling through the world, and it’s palpable across industries. For example, the EU has asked Netflix to take it down a notch, after which Netflix announced it would reduce streaming speeds in Europe for 30 days to help ease internet congestion. At Texas Digital, we’ve seen a shift in needs as well: some of our clients in the US and Europe had…

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Red versus green 'welcome' sign: which one would you prefer?

Red versus green ‘welcome’ sign: which one would you prefer?

Suppose you’re walking downtown, craving some good food and a welcoming atmosphere. You spot two restaurants. One has a neon red sign above the door that reads, ‘Open.’ The other is adorned by a green sign that says, ‘Welcome.’ Which restaurant do you pick? The impact of colors: on brains and actions Here’s the thing with colors: they affect our brains. And since our brains…

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How ditching the wallboard will propel your organization into the future

How ditching the wallboard will propel your organization into the future

We often hear the term ‘wallboard.’ We’re no nitpickers, but that’s really not okay. Because if you’re talking about wallboards, you’re living in the past. Not a good place to be if you want to move forward. What to do? Embrace the performance board. It helps you thrive in the present and propel your organization into the future. Time to change your mindset Here’s the…

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Dancing to success, bawling over failures: maximize your sales team's efforts

Dancing to success, bawling over failures: maximize your sales team’s efforts

Pretty much every (self-respecting) organization has a sales department. And let’s be honest: sometimes, it’s a hodgepodge of emotions. Laughter, frustration, cheers, tears: it’s all part of a regular weekday. Have you ever thought of aligning Visual Management with your sales team’s current state? Chewing on candy and broccoli: life in the sales department Your salespeople know the sweet taste of success. And boy, do…

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What's this maze-like sign trying to tell us?

What’s this maze-like sign trying to tell us?

Suppose you go for a nice little hike in the woods. You take in nature’s sights and sounds, breathe in the fresh air. All is well – until your view is suddenly blocked by a giant sign. It’s staring you in the face, firing a bunch of information at you in a variety of colors. You’re overwhelmed (thanks to the ocean of data). Alarmed (that’s…

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Flickering or quiet lights: beware of the fun-fair pitfall

Flickering or quiet lights: beware of the fun-fair pitfall

It’s winter and it’s dark outside. In some cities and countries, this means the streets are flickering with bicycle lighting. Particularly children are equipped with fun fair-like lights. The more the merrier, parents believe when it comes to lighting. But in early December, the Dutch police force issued a warning: parents who were concerned about their children’s wellbeing were wise to tone down the lighting.…

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How to tackle the dreaded downtime

How to tackle the dreaded downtime

What if all your systems go down? We know, we know. It’s a disaster of sorts. You don’t want to talk about it. You don’t even want to think about it. Right? The thing is, you should. Especially if you rely on Visual Management. Did you know those screens can be true saviors in such times of despair? If you take the right measures, that…

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'Safety first:' is that the message you convey?

‘Safety first:’ is that the message you convey?

Let’s talk safety for a bit. Of course, it’s a factor that should never be overlooked, regardless of the sector you operate in. But in the manufacturing industry, it’s crucial. Usually expressed in (lost-time injuries (LTI) and lost-time injury frequency rate ( LTIFR ), it’s an important indicator of how safe and people-oriented an organization really is. The question is, do you communicate your company’s…

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Time to jump on the customer contact train!

Time to jump on the customer contact train!

Customer contact involves people. Despite rapid digitalization, human-to-human interaction is still indispensable if you aim for a high customer satisfaction rate. Now, let’s place an old adage in this context: seeing is believing. How that’s relevant, you ask?

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Why you should upend the hierarchical pyramid

Why you should upend the hierarchical pyramid

The inverted pyramid is by no means a new phenomenon. But when it comes to upending the traditional hierarchy in organizations, implementing it is easier said than done. A model where the tip of the pyramid is at the bottom so the ‘higher ranks’ can serve those at the base isn’t as common as it should be.

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