Among the many businesses in the greater New Orleans area, there are those led by personal visions to look beyond the obvious and visualize new possibilities. The goal of Nola Walk is to find and highlight those individuals on this site.
These leaders may rise to distinction from within all business categories, and this blog will attempt to find them, whether they are in health care, retail, entertainment, education, or any of scores of other types of businesses. You’re just as likely to find them greeting you in a store in your neighborhood as find them featured in New Orleans City Business.
There is no shortage of people in business who are excellent problem solvers. Problems are not strangers to offices, warehouses, construction sites, and cattle ranches. Virtually all organizations are fraught with challenges that need solutions, and every establishment needs one or more people who can fix what is “broke.” Often those people live by the creed, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” That motto takes them down the path of relative bliss of a day free of problems.
There are, however, far fewer people who may be just as skilled in fixing problems, but who say to themselves, “If it ain’t broke, let’s see how I can fix it better.” They take what works and look for bottlenecks, constraints, and superfluous steps that limit “flow” through an apparently healthy process. They have the ability and the drive to analyze a process that seems to be working fine and improve it to perform better. Their goal is continuous process improvement.
However, such folks tend to be rare in big companies, organizations, and bureaucracies. After all, too much flow, too few problems, and “problem solvers” can begin to feel that their job security is threatened. Survival itself may motivate them to make daily decisions to leave well enough alone.
So, we at NOLA Walk will look for leaders who can’t leave well enough alone…those who will rise to distinction by that very characteristic. Such people, even if they don’t talk much about their urge to continuously improve what is…they nevertheless walk the walk in Greater New Orleans.