If you use spreadsheets in your work, this course will revolutionize the way you look at data. If you "were" a startup, and are finding that Run is not the same as Start Up when money now has to come from cash flow, not investors, take this course!
Working hard in your business, there can be precious little time to work ON it, to make things better. When you do find time, trying to see what matters in columns and rows packed with too much data but too little meaning bites!
Do I have the cure? Not just how to keep the books, but how to know their meaning: everything you need to know to know when, whether, and where to act, and predict what will happen in the near future with confidence, so you can anticipate problems before they happen.
Starting with an overview of what will be learned, the course includes:
Based on a proven system with more than 80 years of successful application in a wide variety of businesses, packed with examples from sports, healthcare, retail, manufacturing and more, and step by step hands on practice, guided by a Master, you will learn to transform data from your existing reports in a few minutes with a flick of a pen or a mouse.
If Simon Sinek helps with the why, this course helps with the how. How to know with precision what you need to make things not bite, as in earn more, be more productive and have more time in your life and enjoy it.
You will need a pencil, an eraser, some graph paper preferably, a straight edge, a calculator, a computer and spreadsheet software would be nice, but most of all, your uncomputer... your mind.
The course is made up of 45 classes, with over 6 hours of video, plus pdf's for study, supplementary materials, and an hour or two of independent practice to move you from first exposure to mastering the art of making wonderfully useful reports and how to apply them for breakthrough, magical results.
Demystifying with humor the Profit and Loss and Balance Sheet (if accounting can be humorous), a short primer on the basics of two of the three main reports in GAAP, or Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. Great for those who want to bone up on the subject, or those who have used it for years, perhaps, secretly, wondering why.
It's not you! Why the common reports like the P&L do not provide context, are hard to connect with what really happened, or in other words, how can you know without enough context.
Why the flaws of averages and "apples and orange" percentage comparisons muddle understanding.
Why single datapoints and limited comparisons are so dangerous.
A short inspirational...
Moving from 2D to 4D reporting using the age old controversy, who is the greatest home run hitter of all time. (Thank you, Dr. Wheeler)
Another example from Football, (the one played with the feet, known as Soccer in the US), comparing Pele and ...
What science explains about why we so easily find connections in data that may not be real, and other revolutionary tidbits.
The little known but utterly important law of nature they didn't teach you in school, and how it profoundly effects everything we do. Knowing it can provide a leg up on the competition; mastering it lead to almost magical success.
Short but sweet, including my priceless impression of white noise.
From driving looking in the rear view mirror (the common management reports) focused by what happened, not what is or will, to looking at the road in front of you.
A short but sweet call to action.
"All you need is 30 minutes and a pencil and paper to get what you need from the data..." We begin DOING, using the UNcomputer...
Turning our eyes from the past to looking forward from the present to the near future, so you can manage it.
Only after doing by hand, we move do doing in Excel: (I can't stop you, but thorougly encourage you to learn to do them by hand first. It will lead to a greater depth of understanding before you enlist the computer power that can multiply mistakes at the speed of light. What we learn by doing with our hands with pencil and paper, sticks with us, even if it feels a bit "heavy metal" sometimes.
The second part of the lecture before.
A look at more advanced work using a simple, affordable program from the Deming Collaboration Website, allowing you to look at seasonal and other effects without having to create a new chart every time. A great tool for understanding businesses like retail, agriculture, or any other business that changes seasonally.
Another important allegory... burn it into your mind, it is elegant, simple and profound!
Short, sweet and will lead to breakthrough improvement, if you take it to heart. Why objectives fail.
Creating the charts needed for a more or less universal report that measures how well your whole business is running, and lets you get a clear picture, practically in real time, of the health of your business, and how well you are managing your TRUE costs, the overall costs of the system.
The application of the report created in the last lecture, to create instant, relevant, effective understanding in a way you could never dream of doing when seeing only in two dimensions as in the common financial reports.
What to do with your newly found time from your newly acquired knowledge: build a better system... in this case an ordering system as an example.
An age old technique from the days of apprenticeship for ensuring you burn the basics in... working alongside me. "Pedagogical" power technique.
An Uncomputer vs Computer smack down!
More hands on practice in Excel
An example for the "rest of us." (those using Macs) For Linux you are on your own, sorry, but I don't have a Linux computer.
hands on practice
Even more practice
The importance of how things inter-relate.
How to really learn if something is useful and true. The missing link in most of today's management system: a good theory and reality testing, some say, the application of science to everyday life, I say making it relevant to every day life for profound breakthroughs in productivity and quality of production and personal life: introducing PDSA, a simple tool for profound learning and improvement. (enough superlatives?)
Cost cutting vs. True Cost continued...
Recommendations for awesome books on which much of this course was based, with supplementary pdf written by Dr. Donald Wheeler, Mr. Process Behavior himself, on why the charts work (Process Behavior Charts are officially called XmR charts.)
An inspirational slap on the back... just for you...
Some suggestions for next steps, if I succeeded in helping you change your glasses and you are thirsty for more!
I bring many years of experience along every step of the food chain from farm to table, sharing my experiences, making people smile, helping people enjoy life more, and make great products profitably. My life's work has been about enjoying, nurturing, collaborating and cultivating in harmony with Nature.
A former 5 Star Chef, including 8 years with the prestigious Ritz Carlton Corporation, in the 1980's I pioneered the introduction of restaurant quality food to the Supermarket Industry in Northern California.
I was President and Chairman of the Board of the American Cheese Society, and am a founding member of the Deming Collaboration. In the 1990's I worked behind the scenes helping to plant the seed and cultivate the renaissance of high quality, local foods, from family farms in the US, working with, among others, the California Milk Advisory Board, The Extra Virgin Olive Oil Alliance (EVA), and the Dairy Business Innovation Center.
He blogs on productivity in harmony with Nature and is a monthly columnist for the Cheese Reporter.