Month: March 2008

Total 33 Posts

Hesitate and Die

One of my favorite movies is U-571 starring Matthew McConaughey.  In the movie, a German submarine is boarded by disguised American submariners seeking to capture its Enigma cipher machine. Now in Charge Once the seasoned skipper dies, McConaughey is forced to assume control.  He is young, inexperienced, and scared as their submarine is under

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Kaizen and the Way of the Ninja

Taiichi Ohno was fond of saying “use the way of the ninja, not of mathematical calculations”. He had fun with language even as he left the people he scolded puzzled by his words. Perhaps in today’s language he might say “when doing kaizen be a ninja, not an accountant” or

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Dealing with Doubting Thomas

Today, Roman Catholics around the world read about Doubting Thomas. No matter what your personal belief system is, I think there is much to learn from this story, especially for those of us attempting to drive change in our organizations. Thomas, called Didymus, one of the Twelve, was not with them

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10 Benefits of One Piece Flow

There are at least ten reasons one piece flow won’t work. But, I prefer to look at things positively. You know, the glass is half full. With this said, here are 10 benefits of implementing one piece flow. Benefit 1: Improves safety. Research shows that overexertion is one of the

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What is Progress?

I was reading some quotes of G.K. Chesterton tonight and came across this one. “Progress should mean that we are always changing the world to fit the vision, instead we are always changing the vision.” – Orthodoxy, 1908 G.K. Chesterton Rather than attempting to write an article to complement the

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A Response to the Video Skeptics

It’s safe to say the kinds words, comments, and emails for my one piece flow video have far exceeded my expectations.  While most of the comments and feedback have been extremely positive there have been a few skeptics in the crowd.  For the record, I love skeptics!  Why?  They push

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Spring Fever – Fact or Fiction?

“It’s spring fever…. You don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!” -Mark Twain Texas Sun Today marks the beginning of spring. Here in Texas, the sun is shining longer each day, vibrant green grass is beginning

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