Month: April 2008

Total 12 Posts

Life is like a bowl of oranges

As I mentioned towards the end of our most recent video the demonstration with the oranges, pebbles, sand, and water can be used to explain a far more important life lesson. Before this, please allow me to thank you for your comments and emails regarding the video.  I read one

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Oranges, Pebbles, and Sand

In this video my daughters and I demonstrate how meeting an objective is just the beginning to improvement. Subscribe to LSS Academy If you enjoyed this video please consider subscribing to our full feed RSS. You can also subscribe by email and have new articles sent directly to your inbox.

Takt Time Competition at Gemba Panta Rei

I recently wrote a guest blog over on Gemba Panta Rei where I set up a hypothetical takt time question. Jon Miller has been nice enough to offer up some sweet prizes for those who leave meaningful comments before May 1, 2008. So, if you haven’t checked it out please head

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Tips for Dealing with Conflict

Our ability, as business leaders, to manage conflict can’t be overstated. If you’ve never dealt with conflict in a professional environment…well, you live a blessed life. Most of us, however, have almost certainly facilitated a meeting or training course with some angry person sitting there with a sour look on

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The Crow and the Pitcher

Here’s a neat story credited to Aesop. It’s found in the 2nd century AD Greek fable collection by pseudo-Dositheus.  That sets the scene far more eloquently than me explaining how I came across the story in one of my kid’s story time books called “The Aesop for Children.” In a spell of

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The LSS Academy Guide to Lean: Update

A few months ago, during the launch of the new and improved LSS Academy, we made our first free ebook available: The LSS Academy Guide to Lean Manufacturing.  Honored and Humbled I have been blown away by the number of kind emails I have received from all over the world.  If you haven’t

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The Old Navy from Hell

My blogging goes in spurts.  I seem to get on a “theme” and roll with that for a few posts.  Well, regular readers of LSS Academy have likely sensed I have been on a “take action/5S” rant as of late.  Well, tonight it’s time to share the story that inspired these

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Well Do Something!

“If you come to a fork in the road, take it.” -Yogi Berra A True Story Several years ago I was riding in the car with my Grandma and Grandpa.  We were driving to the store if I remember correctly. Along the way my Grandpa pulled up to a busy intersection,

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Fix the Broken Windows

What do fixing broken windows and continuous improvement have in common? I contend a lot.  Read on and let me know if you agree. The so-called broken window theory comes to us by way of the criminology world. Broken Windows The theory asks us to consider a building with broken windows. It

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