What is a Stop Program?

Stop ProgramA “Stop Program” is a method that initiates consideration of regular activities and habits toward assessing their ongoing value. It can be an individual, department or company program which drives a discipline that evaluates and stops activity that isn’t beneficial, thereby creating the space and time needed to establish new focus, habits and growth. Done well, a Stop Program will initiate 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 a Stop Program Can Address:

  1. A lack of focus on the most beneficial work and action by reducing/eliminating activities that “we’ve always done” that are no longer truly needed, time becomes available and critical activities become clear.
  2. And reduce potential crisis situations 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” by creating opportunities for individual and team progress thereby making time, attention and focus 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 and secure for the company, and further 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 a Stop Program and institutionalize habitual continuous improvement. JMR 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” by emailing us.