Profit and Growth Workshops Overview
Most businesses and organizations must satisfy two primary needs each and every day - the need to grow the size of the enterprise and the need to increase profits and resources to fuel this growth.

For growth, this means new products, new services, new customers, repeat customers, new business models and new revenue streams.

For profit, this means doing more with less, eliminating waste and inefficiency, parallel processing, eliminating rework and establishing dynamic supply chains.

Daniels Consulting Group provides workshops that zero in on each of these two business needs with the goal of identifying and implementing solutions that produce immediate results. This is sometimes referred as "low-hanging fruit", and if approached with energy and discipline, can be the source of quick and sustainable gains.

These workshops are not intended to replicate or replace the longer-term improvements that come from a full-fledged Six Sigma effort. However, these programs provide a useful introduction to the tools and analytical frameworks of Six Sigma, and how these tools can be applied to profit improvement and growth goals. The byproduct of this analysis and action is improvement in both the top line and the bottom line.
Six Sigma for Growth
This 2-day workshop uses the core methods and tools of Six Sigma as well as key concepts and tools of strategic analysis in order to identify high-potential targets for increasing revenue. Business teams conduct the analysis and make the final decisions that will maximize the value of new opportunities. In addition to finding and picking the "low-hanging fruit", longer-term opportunities are identified and documented for future planning efforts.

The goal of this workshop is to identify near-term targets that have a high potential for stimulating growth, and then developing action plans to move towards these targets. The methodology is a facilitated team discussion interspersed with analytical and design tools that will enable the formation of new and exciting possibilities.

Approximately half of the workshop time is spent on divergent thinking, identifying new and unusual paths for growth over the next 6 - 12 months. AS-IS and COULD-BE maps are developed to help visualize high-potential opportunities for change.

The second half of the workshop is spent on convergent thinking, selecting the ideas that spur the greatest passion and formulating plans for implementing these ideas. The outcome is an action plan developed by the team for growing the business.

The key to accelerating the growth planning process is:
. Engaging the whole system - all stakeholders - in the process
. Maintaining alignment between strategic plans and operational decisions/activities
. Utilizing proven tools for analyzing, assessing and selecting the right opportunities
. Gaining commitment to the action plan for growth
. Creating a team charter to ensure crisp execution
. Establishing specific measures and metrics to drive progress and success
Six Sigma for Profit
This 2-day workshop uses the core methods of Lean Six Sigma to quickly identify high-potential targets for increasing profit and reducing cost, and then developing plans for maximizing value from these target opportunities.

This accelerated effort to produce the same or greater output with less energy and fewer resources is focused on the near-term gains that can result in greater productivity and financial returns. Again, longer-term opportunities are considered and documented for future process-change efforts.

The methodology centers on a facilitated team analysis and discussion designed to uncover current and emerging opportunities. Lean Six Sigma and strategic analysis tools are used to quickly understand and isolate areas of leverage and possible gain, and action plans are developed to move towards these gains.

As near-term ideas are uncovered, business teams gain passion and energy for making these ideas a reality. The outcome is immediate cost and waste reduction while maintaining or even increasing service and response levels.

The key to accelerating the profit improvement process is:
. Engaging the whole system - all stakeholders - in the process
. Maintaining alignment between strategic plans and operational decisions/activities
. Utilizing proven tools for analyzing, assessing and selecting the right opportunities to minimize cost and waste
. Building commitment to the profit improvement plan
. Creating a team charter to ensure crisp execution
. Establishing specific measures and metrics to drive progress and success