Category: Lean

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Dance Your Way to Better Team Performance

During our monthly coaching conversation last week, one of my customers shared her latest challenges and successes in leading continuous improvement within her organization. To my surprise she added, “Also, my team and I signed up for dance lessons.” This is a bit unconventional as company-sponsored team building activity goes. But why not? A diverse

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To Be a Lean Coach, Know the Wrong Answers

The success of lean systems, and continuous improvement in general, relies on engaging the hands and brains of everyone in the upkeep and renewal of the system. It requires constant practice. It requires a strong will to compete and to not become complacent. Towards this end, the role of coach has

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Inspiring a Bias for Action

Jamie Parker practices Lean and is passionate about learning and sharing Lean leadership. She has 15 years’ experience in operations management / leadership across retail, service, and manufacturing environments. Jamie serves as an internal coach to her organization’s operations managers across the country while supervising P&L and operations management responsibilities

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GA 106 | How to Understand the Nature of Transformation

Today’s guest is Dr. Darlene Dumont, the Public Service Program Director for LEI, or Lean Enterprise Institute. Darlene shared some of the projects she’s worked on throughout her impressive career and explained the value of the Lean Transformation Framework in understanding your lean journey. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download

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A Break to Reflect and Unlearn

By Kevin Meyer Over the past few years I’ve been working hard on cultivating positive habits. New habits can be powerful. But habits can also create barriers that limit our perspective, which can hinder kaizen, creativity, and even our knowledge of ourselves. The proverbial “rut,” and we’ve all been there

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GA 105 | How to Improve Your Business with Change Management with Paul Brand

Today’s guest is Paul Brand, a change management consultant from the Netherlands. Paul wrote a book called Change Your Mind, Change Your Business, and he shared with us why he wrote it, what it’s about, and how change management relates to lean. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download

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How to Change Minds

One of the most common challenges people face when leading continuous improvement is persuading others to change. We agree that want a different results, we agree that this requires different processes and different behaviors, and we agree that what this really means is a new mindset, philosophy or culture. Like a machine

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