Appleton Greene & Co is a niche corporate training provider, operating on a global scale. We specialize in the provision of standard and bespoke training programs for corporate clients, which are all process-driven and which are implemented, and supported over a sustainable period of time. We service clients in most international locations.
Appleton Greene's sustainable business strategy program helped us to positively impact our sustainable processes, thereby helping address some of the world's most pressing problems and how they might relate to us.
Some of the global issues that the program helped us to address include:
- Climate change
- Income inequality
- Depletion of natural resources
- Human rights issues
- Fair working conditions
- Racial injustice
- Gender inequality
Appleton Greene's sustainable business strategy program helped our company succeed overall in addition to promoting social and environmental improvement. Spending more money on sustainable business practices increased our company's profitability, which may sound counterintuitive, but studies show that the most sustainable businesses are also the most lucrative ones. This certainly turned out to be the situation with us.
I was surprised that Appleton Greene already had a Machine Learning program. The program is primarily used to help process large amounts of data quickly. These types of AIs are algorithms that appear to "learn" over time.
With the aid of the Appleton Greene Machine Learning program, we can quickly examine the data as it is received and spot trends and abnormalities. Let's say a machine in the production facility operates at a lower rate. In that situation, a machine-learning algorithm can detect it and alert decision-makers that a preventive maintenance crew needs to be sent out.
Their program is constantly being improved through implementation and feedback from hundreds of clients like us, making it cutting-edge.
Appleton Greene’s Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) program proved invaluable to the cultural improvement within our HR department. It is more than policies, processes, or headcounts. We can outpace our competitors by respecting our team member's unique needs, perspectives, and potential. As a result, a diverse and inclusive workplace earns our employees deeper trust and more commitment. It also sends a positive message to our customers.
At its core, Appleton Greene's Customer Value Management (CVM) program is an approach to managing all aspects of the "value journey" that a customer takes, from initial contact with potential customers—whether that contact occurs through a web calculator, SDR outreach, a targeted marketing campaign, or through a focused marketing effort or the active sales cycle, to ongoing customer relationship management after solution implementation.
We started engaging in this program four years ago and are still recycling it. The benefits are holistic, and new employees must be fully involved. The program makes setting boundaries, managing expectations, and delivering time after time easier.
When launching our new products or bringing our existing products into a new niche market, we felt that we needed a plan to help us to penetrate the market and grab the attention of our target audience.
This is where Appleton Greene’s SaaS go-to-market strategy program helped us. It helped to plan, develop, implement, manage, and review a detailed strategic plan that enabled us to figure out the right way to launch and generate more significant paybacks in the long term.
It helped us to:
- Identify the right audience.
- Create value proposition and messaging.
- Decide on your sales and pricing strategy.
- Choose a marketing distribution strategy.
- Choose a customer experience strategy and customer funnel.
- Decide on the right metrics to track.
Outstanding programs, excellent service, and easy to measure. This was a worthwhile experience for us.
Lean manufacturing was initially designed to reduce waste and maximize resource usage. Later, lean was developed in response to the competitive and ever-changing business environment. Businesses nowadays must contend with problems and complexity due to the fast-changing business environment. Whether focused on manufacturing or providing services, any company may ultimately rely on its ability to respond to these changes systematically and consistently to raise the output's value and ensure its survival.
Implementing Appleton Greene’s lean manufacturing system is thus a critical skill for any company to maintain, as value-adding activities are necessary to achieve this perfection. Few services focus on more than one lean factor, while the majority are solely concerned with one lean element.
However, Appleton Greene’s lean manufacturing program concentrates on all of the elements, including Value Stream Mapping (VSM), Cellular Manufacturing (CM), U-line system, Line Balancing, Inventory control, Single Minute Exchange of Dies (SMED), Pull System, Kanban, Production Levelling, etc.
This enabled us to implement a more holistic lean manufacturing system. This enabled us to create a coherent theory for the implementation of lean elements. The support we received from Appleton Greene far exceeded our expectations.
A very well thought-out program, well designed and implemented to the highest standards. We did not have to engage participants, the program does this naturally. An absolute must for any manufacturing company.
Because the business environment is constantly shifting, businesses must frequently reinvent themselves. One method businesses might get an advantage over rival companies is through innovation. It makes sure you have something valuable and novel to offer customers.
But innovation can take many different forms, each with a specific function to perform in a business. Process innovation is one of the components you can use to create observable change in an organization's operations.
This kind of innovation might apply to a company's technology, equipment, and systems, among other elements. You need to understand what PI is, how it works, and what it means for your company.
Before putting Appleton Greene's Process Innovation initiative into action, we took the time to accomplish this. We couldn't find anything else to enable our employees to be more creative. The procedures put in place are ongoing. We no longer care about employee retention statistics since the
Appleton Greene Process Innovation method is what our workers utilize to perform their jobs. Therefore, innovation is now part of our culture and is facilitated and supported externally by Appleton Greene. We never have to be concerned about getting outdated or complacent. Nowadays, innovation is ingrained in our DNA.
We were so focused on improving our talent management process, that we tended to ignore the employees we already had. Appleton Greene’s Employee Engagement program gave us the tools and the knowledge to create incredible new employees from within!
Gone are the days of finance leaders supporting the business, driving activities around tightly crafted responsibilities. The digital economy's demands and the need for companies to accelerate their transformation have led to a more strategic role for the finance organization. Appleton Greene's economic transformation program helped us elevate finance to a more dynamic capability that rapidly adopts new tools and competencies while fueling the firm's digital transformation.
We recently finished implementing one of Appleton Greene’s Quality Management programs after two years. There were many benefits, but " integration " was the overwhelming advantage.
Integrating project and quality principles led to a more integrated approach to knowledge.
By integrating knowledge, each part of the business contributed to the success of the whole – marketing, sales, IT, and project management were no longer separated as distinct parts but work together to pursue the same goals.
Every job function and activity within every department is accountable for quality objectives, and Appleton Greene’s Quality Management program implements them into every task, project, and learning opportunity.
Regardless of your industry, logistics is the foundation of every organization. Since the movement or transportation of commodities determines cash flow, logistics management facilitates this transportation, which is a primary corporate emphasis, necessity, and worry. For better or worse, logistics management affects a company's bottom line. It's imperative to avoid leaving that effect to chance.
So, What did we learn from Appleton Greene's 4-year Logistic Management program?
1. Visibility: Logistics management increases your team's understanding of the supply chain, enabling you to make data-driven decisions. Businesses can use this to manage expenses better, identify operational inefficiencies, identify issues with the supply chain, carry out demand planning, and identify future business possibilities.
2. Lower Overhead: By improving efficiency and having a more excellent grasp of the operation, logistics management enables businesses to lower overhead. These efficiencies, which include lowering shipping costs and reducing the amount of warehouse space required by actively managing inventory levels, can add up to millions with the appropriate changes.
3. Better Customer Experience: A great customer experience must be recognized. A positive client experience is a crucial motivator for recurring business. You can enhance the customer experience and increase brand loyalty and future sales by delivering orders precisely, swiftly, and with a streamlined procedure.
4. Loss Prevention: Logistics management assists in loss prevention in a number of ways. Accurate inventory accounting ensures your business always knows how many goods it has on hand and is one of the main ways logistics management reduces loss. Companies can also track movement and the current location to prevent products from being lost or redirected without warning. In addition, effective logistics avoids potential product spoiling and damage in transit by maintaining ideal storage and transport conditions, such as temperature and moisture management.
5. Demand Forecasting: Demand forecasting helps firms assess inventory requirements, sales trends, and transporting and stocking following those findings. Best practices for logistics management also assist businesses in scaling up to complete more client orders timely.
6. Competitive Advantage: On-time and accurate order delivery is a fundamental component of the customer experience, and positive CX is essential for generating repeat business, a strong brand reputation, and high net promoter scores. A company can improve its competitive edge and reliably deliver on promises with the help of logistics management.
But Appleton Greene did much more than teach us things, many of which we already knew. It gave us the critical ingredients for succeeding: knowledge; application; planning; development; implementation; management, and review. This is why it took four years; the support was excellent. The results were enlightening. I highly recommend them.
We were informed at an industry conference that took place last year that 75% of CPOs expect to implement a digital procurement strategy in the next five years. The procurement community's top notion of interest is "procurement strategy." However, developing a solid and pertinent procurement strategy is more complex.
The majority of manufacturing businesses are currently experiencing sudden uncertainty. Global geopolitics and supply chains are continuously shifting, so we all need methods to anticipate change rather than respond after everyone else has.
With Appleton Greene's Procurement Strategy program, we moved one giant step closer to achieving this. It's that good!
At its foundation, market intelligence draws data from several sources to build a comprehensive picture of the current market for our organization. It evaluates the market, issues, rivals, and potential for developing new goods and services for our company. We gather market insight by looking at survey results, customer information, sales logs, and social media indicators.
Our market intelligence procedures were excellent. We felt better at gathering and using market intelligence than our competitors. This was one of our significant strengths and opportunities.
But we wanted things to stay that way!
That is why we implemented Appleton Greene’s market intelligence program. We took something we were good at and made it better to stay ahead of the game.
The AGC (MI) process gave us the tools and support to do that. We were able to determine the following:
* Where should our organization focus its resources more?
* Which markets ought to be our following targets?
* What purchasing habits do our best clients have?
* What goods could be promoted to current customers in many ways?
* What demographic groups can our business target with new and existing products?
Boy, did we get better! Not because of anything that Appleton Greene did for us but because of what they enabled us to do better ourselves. This program will consistently be implemented on a cyclical basis within our organization for the foreseeable future because it will help us remain proactive and sustain and improve our market share as a result.
We all negotiate. We bargain with relatives over how to spend time off; we deal with friends over who will pay for supper; and we negotiate with contractors over when to arrive at the house for a delivery or repairs.
So, within our company, it is not just sales or marketing people who need to be able to negotiate; any employee working in an executive capacity or middle management needs to learn to negotiate on behalf of their department and their work colleagues, to promote themselves and their ideas, but most importantly on behalf of our customers.
We needed to implement a multi-departmental process that would eventually become part of our corporate culture. If our key employees need to learn how to negotiate, how could we grow and thrive in the face of better competition?
Appleton Greene's negotiation strategy program provided us with the answer. It enabled us to decentralize the process throughout the organization, resulting in buy-in and commitment from key employees and stakeholders. It helped us build our negotiation structure from the organization's grassroots upwards. It enabled us not only to negotiate better ourselves as individuals but to be open-minded about encouraging our colleagues to negotiate and to support them in winning.
We have become much better at:
- engaging in systematic planning and preparation;
- having high expectations;
- maintaining a reputation for reliability and integrity;
- exhibiting strong listening skills, knowledge of the subject matter, verbal skills, and self-confidence.
The result is that we now have an organization driven by a culture and a will to negotiate. Appleton Greene provided the process, trained us on how to use it, supported us while we were using it, and encouraged us to see how much progress we were making. We could never have achieved this level without Appleton Greene's help.
When stakeholders' needs and interests are disregarded, projects fail. This results in a lack of support from critical stakeholders, which could endanger the project's success.
Stakeholders are more likely to support a project when they feel their needs are satisfied. However, they might try to thwart your plans if their demands still need to be met. Stakeholder management aids in establishing strong bonds that keep your project moving forward.
We received a strong stakeholder management program from Appleton Greene. The program gave us the tools we needed to develop a proactive stakeholder management strategy, which enabled us to:
Identify and resolve stakeholder conflicts.
Obtain agreement and backing from essential stakeholders.
Be effective in our stakeholder communication.
Maintain stakeholder expectations in check.
Stakeholder involvement was tracked throughout the project.
Enhanced dialogue. We customized our messaging to each stakeholder's unique demands by determining their interests and needs. This made sure that everyone understood what we were saying.
Increased commitment. Stakeholders were more inclined to support the initiative when they felt their needs and interests were being considered.
Decreased dangers. We could detect possible hazards early and take action to minimize or mitigate them by interacting with stakeholders. This assisted in lowering the project's total risk.
Enhanced capability. We were able to maximize resources and match project activities with stakeholder interests thanks to the successful stakeholder management strategy. Project performance improved as a result of this.
Our ability to make this work was made possible by the Appleton Greene stakeholder management program, which also proved incredibly cost-effective.
For both our employers and employees, we gained from the Appleton Greene succession planning program in various ways.
When workers know the potential for advancement and even ownership, their sense of empowerment and job satisfaction might rise.
Knowing there is a plan for upcoming opportunities supports employee career development.
Managers will coach staff members to transmit knowledge and skills because management is committed to succession planning.
Management keeps better track of employee worth so that positions may be filled as they become available.
Management and staff can better share the company's values and mission.
A new generation of leaders is required when a sizable portion of the workforce retires.
The Appleton Greene strategy to succession planning benefits stockholders of publicly traded firms, especially when the prospective CEO replacement is already actively involved in business operations and has a strong reputation well before the current CEO steps down. Without a clear succession plan, shareholders won't sell off the company's equity when the CEO leaves.
I would recommend Appleton Greene’s succession planning program as a clever way of ensuring that the succession plan benefits the outgoing stakeholders and the incoming stakeholders.
Appleton Greene's corporate sustainability program helped us to create a viable strategy to deliver our services and goods to facilitate economic and sustainable growth. In addition, it effectively allowed us to prioritize long-term development via eco-friendly methods in opposition to short-term financial gains.
Our multi-year project to rebuild the organization, and its hierarchy, define new roles for employees, and establish new communication routes between and within departments was made possible with the assistance of Appleton Greene's organizational change program.
The curriculum helped us take a more proactive approach to achieve this ourselves, and the support provided by Appleton Greene and their learning providers and consultants was outstanding.
Doing what is right is sufficient for certain companies to motivate action. Data demonstrating that diversity can improve decision-making quality and that a varied workforce generates increased innovation may influence others. Additionally, the diverse backgrounds of the people who make up a nonprofit's board of directors, staff, donors, and other stakeholders allow them to provide fresh ideas that help the organization approach it's objective more creatively and inclusively.
We have embarked on a deliberate journey with Appleton Greene to determine how our company can promote diversity, equity, and inclusion as ideals for our industry.
We began with Appleton Greene's Diversity and Inclusion program, and we're still doing it today. This initiative encourages open communication among our staff and board members so they may reflect, pay attention to one another, and gain knowledge from one another's experiences. To determine how our partners can best extend this work throughout the sector, we are also working with our partners as part of a multi-year effort at Appleton Greene. We are happy to share what we have learned about how other NGOs adopt these values while furthering their objectives.
Adopting these organizational values is a means to consciously create space for successful outcomes, whether in direct services, nonprofit capacity-building, or public policy. We encourage everyone to consider their values, express them, and follow them. A great place to start is the Appleton Greene Diversity & Inclusion program.
We completed our procurement jigsaw with the help of Appleton Greene's program on outsourcing strategy.
Outsourcing can significantly boost your company's growth and lighten your workload, allowing you to concentrate on your primary goals. However, it's crucial to reduce the risks associated with outsourcing. We can conclude that outsourcing can benefit your company, but only if your approach is sound. For this reason, creating a unique outsourcing plan that works for your business is crucial. Appleton Greene gave us the strategy and the procedure that made this possible.
Every business seeks to get a competitive edge in the marketplace. You can quickly gain an advantage over your rivals with a successful outsourcing plan. Therefore, having a partner like Appleton Greene ensured we had a plan for outsourcing certain of our company's activities, which allowed us to save money and keep our staff concentrated on our main objectives.
We were given the Critical Success Factor (CSF) of having clearly defined key performance indicators (KPIs) by the Appleton Greene Outsourcing Strategy program. These metrics helped our executive team determine whether or not their outsourcing plan was successful. While these performance metrics can change, a trustworthy outsourcing provider ought to be able to offer a variety of them (presuming the client has already defined specific outsourcing goals).
The Appleton Greene team delivered the crucial component when we most needed it. They were receptive, decisive, and supportive.
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