What is STOP?

What is STOP?“STOP!” is a methodology that interrupts and encourages consideration of regular activities and habits toward assessing their ongoing value. It can be an individual, a department or a company program of behavior which drives a discipline to evaluate and stop activity that is no longer beneficial, thereby creating the space and time needed to establish new focus, new habits and growth. Done well, STOP! will begin the process of making continuous improvement and change a habit, not unlike brushing one’s teeth. (www.johnruh.com/brushing-your-teeth).

4 Common Problems STOP! will Address:

  1. A lack of focus on the most beneficial work and action. By reducing or eliminating activities that “we’ve always done” that are no longer needed, time becomes available and critical activities become clear.
  2. Potential crisis situations will be avoided by creating “bandwidth” within teams to look forward, anticipate and proactively adjust strategies, approaches and processes.
  3. Issues of Individuals who may be in “survival mode” are addressed by making time, awareness and emphasis available for development and continuous improvement.
  4. Resistance to change. Security oriented individuals as well as “people pleasers” have been shown to adjust faster and with less resistance when change is introduced through formal programs. Research indicates that more than 70% of the population falls into this behavioral pattern. Without structured programs, change is only sustainable during crisis situations.

Suggested First Step:
Our 30+ years of research that includes 10,000 DISC profiles locally, nationally and internationally, suggests that organizations are comprised of high proportions of employees (often more than 50%) who are slow to change (and resistant when change is deemed as unnecessary). The first step to address this issue is to conduct as many discussions as are necessary to underscore why the status quo is not safe for the company or its employees, that everyone’s security is at risk without change and until continuous improvement becomes a daily habit.

Introductory Offer of Help:
John M. Ruh and Associates will be pleased to visit with no obligation for up to one month to assess your culture and recommend the specific steps necessary to initiate STOP! and institutionalize habitual continuous improvement. We will provide a clear proposal of the time and cost investment to these programs.

Want More Information? See our Related Blogs
Go to Blogs at www.johnruh.com/business-articles/ and read related entries under “Continuous Improvement” and “Culture”. You can also request a copy of our booklet “Why Bother with Culture”. Please call our founder John Ruh at 773-641-9631 or email john@johnruh.com.