Kevin Meyer

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Preparing for Reflection

“We do not learn from experience… we learn from reflecting on experience.” – John Dewey I’ve written before about how I’ve worked hard to develop a practice of reflection… daily, monthly, and annually.  In doing so I’ve become convinced it is one of the most effective tools of effective leaders. 

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The Multi-Faceted Power of Walking

Walking is man’s best medicine. – Hippocrates Walking has become a much larger part of my life over the past few years.  It started when I embraced kinhin – walking meditation.  Walking slowly on the beach for an hour or so, one step per breath, barefoot and silent to engage

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From Linear to Roundabout Thinking

Ever since I visited Italy over a decade ago my inner geek has had a fascination with traffic engineering.  If you’ve visited Italy, or many similar places, you probably know why.  Traffic appears chaotic, thanks in part to what appears at first glance to be a lack of signals and

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Monuments to the Lean Journey

Nearly two decades ago I had left the medical device industry to jump into telecom photonics equipment.  My team was responsible for the operations side of a facility that was a recently-acquired startup in the space, with a product that became so popular it created an almost immediate 12-18 month

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Scalable Learning, with a Lean Twist

Last week John Haley and John Brown penned an interesting piece in the Harvard Business Review titled Great Businesses Scale Their Learning, Not Just Their Operations.  They began with a bit of history on how scalable efficiency used to be a critical foundation for business, but that’s no longer the

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Waste Whack-a-Mole

Today is garbage day in my neighborhood, and like most people in California and probably most of the U.S. if not the world, our trash is neatly segregated into green, blue, and gray containers for pickup – yard waste, recyclables, and general non-recyclable trash. Actually a fourth if you count

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New Videos: TWI Summit 2017

Gemba Academy has just released a new Gemba Academy Live! series with the videos from the 2017 TWI Summit that was held in San Diego.  In these videos you’ll see Roger Bilas discuss TWI and brain science, learn how TWI can used to develop people, and hear stories from the

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New Videos: Practical Problem Solving in Spanish

We just released our fifth course in the School of Lean in Spanish, Practical Problem Solving. Going beyond Spanish subtitles, which are already available on all School of Lean and School of Six Sigma courses, these new courses use native Spanish speakers, with all video backgrounds and supporting content (overviews, quizzes, tools)

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