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About Dr. LeddickSusan Leddick is a consultant in organization design and improvement. An effective consultant and trainer with extensive experience in both the public and private sectors, Susan helps you and your team develop practical solutions based on sound theoretical principles.
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Process ImprovementProcess Improvement is the basic workhorse for increasing organization performance. Based on Dr. Deming’s Plan-Do-Study-Act Cycle (PDSA), PKR’s approach is a step-by-step method that has reliably produced improvements in quality, cycle time, client satisfaction, cost, and staff efficacy in hundreds of settings over the past two decades. As applicable in a state department of education as in a manufacturing plant, process improvement is a core competency for the 21st Century worker. Our approach to process improvement enhances work you may already be doing as Professional Learning Communities, communities of practice, or Action Research.
Strategic PlanningStrategic Planning is a critical leadership role, but one that often works best with consulting help. PKR’s approach draws from a variety of sources for a straightforward and interactive planning process that challenges assumptions, capitalizes on organization strengths and opportunities, and formulates goals and strategies that re-invigorate outdated thinking. Strategic Planning is most effective when it follows design, but many organizations use it as a stand-alone practice.
Service DesignService Design is an exciting new development for all service providers. Service Design helps design teams get more focused on the client, think more broadly about the client's experience with the service, speed up the development cycle, and encourage more innovation. New tools and design practices tailored especially for the creation or redesign of new or existing services can be transferred to other service projects.
Organization DesignOrganization Design is for two kinds of situations: the need to create a brand new organization (whole or part) and the need to make a fundamental shift from the organization of yesterday to one more suited to today and tomorrow. In the second situation, leaders find their organization’s context changing so rapidly that new functions, structures, and processes are called for. A pivot from the past to the preferred future is the essence of organization design. Organization Design entails problem formulation, design, and implementation planning. It is based on what people want, not what they want to get rid of. The theory base is social systems.